Captain's Log
4 October 2012

Day 6 – Lady Elliot Island

Ahoy there everyone,Welcome to day six of our voyage, overnight challenging four hour watches were kept on a glass like sea under the glow of the moon while dolphins frolicked alongside. With a spectacular sunrise, White Watch rocked our morning with a self composed wakey wakey song, setting the benchmark for the day and heralding a strengthening wind, at last! On completion of breakfast the ship proceeded to anchor in the lee of Lady Elliot Island. After morning brief and ‘happy hour’ the watches proceeded ashore in the sea boat to stretch their legs and hug a tree (or small shrub) in order to cure any lingering motion sickness. Each watch discussed mid voyage talks where individual and collective progression was evaluated against the day one goals and revised for the second half of the voyage. An opportunity to snorkel on the fringing reef was undertaken before returning to the ship for lunch. On completion of lunch the next round of non-competitive ‘rope races’ was conducted followed by Captain’s sail theory in order to consolidate the practical aspects of the deck and sail work that they have been conducting during the voyage. The ship then weighed anchor and cleared Lady Elliot Island to the west under a full press of sail making good 8.5 knots assisted by a 25 knot sou’ easterly. The ship was then called to tacking stations which enabled each watch to rotate through the various positions on the ship enabling each member to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how the sails and yards are handled during this important manoeuvring evolution. Dinner was accompanied by a glowing crimson sunset as the ship continues to make ground to the north overnight closing our next scheduled anchorage tomorrow in the Bunker Island Group. The Youth Crew have displayed remarkable teamwork and endurance today as the voyage continues to gain momentum. A big salty hello from all the crew to Maxine and her land lubber friends who have been intensely following the Captain’s log since our departure from Brisbane. Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Damien


24° 9' South / 152° 33' East


2200 at sea - weather scattered cloud, wind SE 30 knots, swell SE 1.5 metres, temperature 25 degrees, barometer 1019 hpa