Hi Everyone, Welcome to Day 6 of our voyage. Overnight we safely transited through the Whitsunday Passage and by sunrise this morning we were located 10nm to the south of Lindeman Island sailing close hauled under a full press of fore and aft sail and enjoying 15-17kt south easterly trade winds. During the day I completed my presentation on sail theory and in particular the intricacies of sailing a square rigged sailing ship. This was followed by a good set of demonstrational tacks. This activity gives the Youth Crew the opportunity to come to the bridge and experience tacking the ship from the commands perspective which comes in extremely useful when they take over the ship on Command Day. Given the perfect sailing conditions that we have been experiencing today I took the opportunity to shut down all machinery and let the Youth Crew and Staff experience the peace and tranquillity of â€˜silent sailingâ€™. This has become a popular part of our program and really does give you the opportunity to forget about the outside world and just enjoy sailing this fantastic ship and being at sea. During this voyage a number of the Youth Crew have expressed an interest in learning about astro navigation so today Tim the Navigator (wealth of experience in all things to do with navigation) gave some instruction on how to â€˜navigate by the starsâ€™. Following this instruction he pulled out the ships sextants tonight and with a sky full of stars gave those that wished the opportunity to get some practical experience of how to plot our position using a sextant. The time is now 2130 and we are presently located 7nm to the south west of Brampton Island enjoying perfect sailing conditions. It is our intention to remain at sea again tonight then proceed to anchor at Brampton Island sometime late tomorrow morning. Until tomorrow, take care. Yours Aye Captain Gav
Currently located 7nm to the SW of Brampton Island and experiencing moderate 10-15kt SE winds with nil swell. Current temperature is 15 degrees.
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