Captain's Log
4 August 2012


Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day four, overnight the ship continued alternating between sailing and motor sailing as the winds abated and strengthened sporadically. As the ship rounded Breaksea Spit and entered Hervey Bay. The morning commenced with an inspiring wakey wakey song composed by Red Watch, arousing all from their slumber to breakfast and up on deck for morning brief. Half way through this activity a rain squall enveloped the ship requiring all to shelter down below decks.  After happy hour (cleaning stations) a ‘person overboard’ exercise was successfully conducted recovering the ships life ring in good time. The ship then proceeded to a sheltered anchorage in Platypus Bay on the western shore of Fraser Island. After a sumptuous lunch all Youth Crew were transferred ashore to stretch their legs during a sporting afternoon, hug a tree and enjoy the surrounding crystal clear waters. On return to the ship the next round of rope races was conducted. During this activity the ship’s Easter Bunny had secreted chocolate Easter eggs on every bunk whilst the crew were all on the upper decks. This was followed by a teak deck BBQ cooked and consumed on the upper deck whilst the sun set. Next a three way talk activity was conducted; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of personal information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; and then present this to the remainder of the crew in the third person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking. After this activity the Youth Crew settled into anchor watches for the night. Each is displaying commendable resilience and stamina whilst maintaining enthusiasm and a fantastic sense of humour. The intention is to remain at anchor overnight in Platypus Bay before re-commencing our passage north tomorrow morning.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


24°56's / 153°13'e


2300 at anchor - weather isolated showers, wind ESE 6 knots, swell nil, temperature 24 degrees, barometer 1018 hpa