STILL NO WIND, not even a puff, so today we decided to focus on some touristy things. This morning during ‘happy hour’ (cleaning stations) we weighed anchor and motored over to Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, one of Australia’s whitest and most beautiful beaches where we all went ashore for a swim, played some sport or just went for a walk. Back on board for lunch we weighed anchor again and came back to Border Island with a ‘rule of the road’ at sea lecture conducted enroute. Coming to anchor at 1430, the tide was now in and ideal for some snorkelling over some of the prettiest fringing reef in the Whitsundays. I’m a sailor, not a poet, so I won’t attempt to paint a picture of the fabulous colours and shapes or the myriad of fish, large and small. Suffice to say there is nothing like seeing it live.This evening the fun continues with a deck BBQ, a challenging game of ‘eggs might fly’, then early tomorrow we’re off to see some of the more extensive outer reef. If no wind comes soon we might have to call on Young Endeavour’s wind god, ‘Brother Nutzi’ but we’re not quite that desperate yet. Youth Crew entry by Libby Bird (age 18 from Echuca). The Young Endeavour already after only 4 days has been the best experience of my life, so far. We have not only learnt to sail a ship. We have made new friendships and now have many unforgettable memories. Already the 24 youth crew have undertaken many challenges- our most prestigious climbing to the very top of the ship. We have experienced marvellous Whitsundays ‘winter’ weather. In doing so, we have had the chance to sight whales, snorkel on spectacular reefs, swing from a rope off the side of the ship, and inspect and enjoy the magnificent islands the Whitsundays has to offer. The 24 youth crew have already become the closest of friends. We’ve played games, shared jokes and stories, making us life-long friends. All the staff aboard the Young Endeavour are the easiest people to get along with. They have become great friends. All their help, support and knowledge is greatly appreciated and something I believe should be shared with any person between the age of 16-23 who loves a challenge. Ducky’s a legend. (Editor’s note – Ducky is Libby’s Watch Leader)Back to Cap’n Bob. These Youth Crew are going to send me broke with all these nice comments. I am definitely going to have to find some wind and do some rough tough tall ship stuff.Until tomorrowCap’n Bob (and Libby)
At anchor Catalan Bay, Border Island in the Whitsunday Group. Wind nil, temp 19 degrees, skies clear.