Captain's Log
18 April 2014

Day 7 – Sea to Heron Island anchorage

Ahoy there Shipmates,What a fantastic night at sea. We had enough wind to set most of the sails, including the Topsail and Top Gallant squares. The Watches were kept busy through the night finishing off the Bearex / ‘Apples and Onions’ activities as well as managing the sail plan to suit the wind and practising for their assessment in the morning.During the morning watch Adam and Tilly prepared the deck for Captains setting and furling assessments, which Sumo and I kicked-off with Blue Watch at 0715. Each watch cycled through the assessment and was judged to be safe to set and furl the sails by themselves with the staff crew only monitoring safety. This would then enable the watches to progress to Command Day tomorrow.Once the assessments were completed the staffies anchored the Ship in the vicinity of Heron Island. After a briefing on the does and don’ts in and around the local Marine National Park, Watch Officer Brad ferried the youthies ashore in the seaboat. Chef Aaron had prepared cut lunches to maximise the time the youthies would spend ashore. All Youthies had returned onboard by 1630 and saying ‘what a great break ashore they had and how much they’d enjoyed having a snorkel and relaxing on the beach.After a quick shower and clean-up of the Ship I sat everyone down for a brief on Command Day. We then tucked into a fantastic teak deck BBQ and enjoyed the atmosphere on deck with delicious food, beautiful sunset views and great company.Congratulations to the Youth Crew who were elected as follows:Captain – LiamSail Master – BrentonNavigator – JoshWatch Officers – James, Hugh and HannahWatch Leaders – Kai, Ella and SavvyChefs – Jasper, Tearske and Dallas.To finish off the night Adam put on a movie at midships about sailing a Tall Ship around Cape Horn. There really is no better end to a fun day sailing a tall ship than kicking back with your shipmates and watching a film about the days of old on an ‘old school projector screen’ with the stars above.We shall remain at anchor overnight with the Youthies keeping anchor watches and recharging their batteries for tomorrow when they take charge of the ship.Until tomorrow, yours aye,CAPT Mike     “ 


23° 26' South / 151° 53' East


Weather: fine, Wind: 025 / 5 kts, Swell: nil, Temp: 24 deg. C