Captain's Log
31 March 2011

Day 6 – Inner Great Barrier Reef

Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship continued making ground to the north through the Inner Great Barrier Reef with consistent 25+ knot SE winds and frequent passing showers. In addition to conducting bridge duties, 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 again back on the upper deck with vigour for the morning brief followed by happy hour as the ship received her daily cleanse. After which I presented a lesson on sail theory to the Youth Crew in order to consolidate the practical aspects of the deck and sail work that they have been conducting over the previous six days.After lunch the Youth Crew conducted mid voyage talks where each watch discussed individual and collective progression against their initial goals, then reset priorities and revised goals for the remainder of the voyage.The remainder of the afternoon was utilised by the Watch Leaders to continue consolidating deck work and climbing aloft while those on bridge watch applied practical navigation skills by fixing the ships position. It is pleasing to note that yesterdays shore expedition proved that hugging a tree cured motion sickness as it appears that the majority have been awarded their sea legs.The intention is to remain at sea overnight continuing north towards the Whitsunday Group.Until tomorrow evening.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


21° 3' South / 149° 23' East


2200 at sea - Weather overcast intermittant showers, Swell SE 1.5 metres, Wind SE 28 knots, Temperature 24 degrees, Barometer 1015 hpa