Captain's Log
24 April 2011

Day 6 – Easter Sunday

Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship remained underway motor sailing south through the Inner Great Barrier Reef, tacking the ship at various times throughout the night to maintain the navigation plan. This kept the watches busy along with applying practical navigation techniques and conducting engineering rounds. In addition each watch conducted an unfamiliar team orientated task without instruction in a limited time; needless to say each of the watches acquitted themselves well and explored various methods of communication, leadership and teamwork. Wakey wakey at 0700 saw the on watch Youth Crew perform a stirring tune to arouse all onboard for a hearty breakfast, all hands were then again back on the upper deck with vigour for the morning brief. We had a very special guest who either somehow managed to stow away on the ship at Great Keppel Island or miraculously board the ship during the night. It was in fact the Easter Bunny with enough Easter eggs to re ballast the ship, this had the opposite effect with the Youth Crew who consumed the chocolate in a frenzy.During the day the watches continued deck and sail work in the challenging conditions with 25 knot SE winds and a 1.5 metre swell. Collectively they are displaying magnificent determination and applying themselves to all tasks with vigour. Rope races round four required extra special dexterity and coordination on the rolling deck as each watch were determined to be the first to locate the nominated upper deck items.After rope races had concluded then the ship was called to taking stations in order to conduct demonstrational tacks. This enabled each watch the opportunity to stand on the bridge and observe the command and control aspects as the ship was tacked through the wind. These set of tacks consolidated the sail theory and practical deck work instruction gained over the previous six days.With the completion of dinner the intention is to remain at sea overnight shaping a course for Moreton Bay.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


24° 26' South / 153° 23' East


2200 at sea - Weather scattered cloud, Wind SE 18 knots, Swell SE 1.0 metre, Temperature 24 degrees, Barometer 1020 hpa