Day 5 – Great Keppel Island
Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship remained at anchor in the lee of Great Keppel Island. At 0630 all hands were up on deck for an Early Morning Activity prior to breakfast. The morning brief was very brief as heavy passing showers called a premature end to this daily ritual. The ship received her morning cleanse before the Youth Crew were landed ashore to hug a tree which is reputable cure for motion sickness or stretch their new found sea legs on a trek across the island to locate an elusive store.On return to the ship a fabulous lunch was consumed prior to sailing away from anchor and then conducting rotational tacks. Next on the agenda were rotational tacks, where each watch rotated through the other two watches tacking stations, enabling each person to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the ship is tacked from each location during this important evolution.With tacking complete each of the watches set the remaining sails and soon we were handsomely shaping a course north making good seven knots with a fresh SE winds abaft our beam. This kept the deck watches busy along with applying practical navigation techniques and conducting engineering rounds. It has been another extremely busy and rewarding day for the Youth Crew. With a following sea conducive to a peaceful night sleep for all either side of a four hour bridge watch during which each will conduct a leadership and teamwork exercise. The intention is to remain at sea overnight making ground to the north along the Queensland Central coast via the Inner Great Barrier Reef. Until tomorrow evening.Yours ayeCaptain Damien
2200 at sea - Weather heavy showers, Wind SE 18 knots, Swell SE 1.5 metres, Temperature 23 degrees, Barometer 1015 hpa
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