Welcome to Day 5 of our voyage. Following a peaceful night at anchor a well-rested Youth Crew were woken early (0600) so that Staff could weigh anchor. The benefits of being awake and on deck at this time were that they got to witness a spectacular sunrise then participate in one of Sail Master Chucky’s entertaining early morning activities. Breakfast followed with the specialty of the morning being fresh pancakes with fruit and maple syrup.
While all this was happening the Staff Crew had weighed anchor and in calm conditions Young Endeavour departed Platypus Bay. Once clear of the Bay we shaped a course to the north and commenced making good speed to our next anchorage which was Lady Elliot Island.
Once the Youth Crew had cleaned up from breakfast we had another informative morning brief followed by Happy Hour (Cleaning Stations) then following a short break I gave my presentation on sail theory then TJ gave an informative brief on flags and flashing light.
In good conditions we made good speed to Lady Elliot Island and came safely to anchor just in the lea of the island at 1330. Once safely at anchor we ferried the Youth Crew ashore where they were given the opportunity to snorkel in the crystal clear water of this amazing marine park which by all reports was a huge hit with numerous sightings of turtles and other tropical marine life.
By 1730 everyone was back on board and following another one of Chef Jarod’s delicious dinners we weighed anchor, departed Lady Elliot Island and in moderate conditions are now back sailing overnight.
The time is now 2100 and we are located 8nm to the SE of Lady Elliot Island sailing under fore and aft sails in moderate 10-15kt NW winds which we expect to back to the SW during the early hours of tomorrow morning. Overnight the Youth Crew will continue to fine tune their sailing and navigation skills.
Until Tomorrow, Take Care
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike