Captain's Log
16 April 2011

Half Day Happiness

G\’day Shipmates,Captain Gunna back at the helm here having wrestled the \’Captains log\’ back from the YC. As you no doubt figured out I let their entries go through unedited warts and all. I suspect some wouldn\’t fare to well in a spelling bee!Today has been another great day. Up early this mornig, happy hour and then weigh anchor and berthed at Mckay Mariner at 0900. Our guests for the half day sail, Life Style Choices arrived onboard and we then sailed for a three hour cruise in the fresh SE off Mackay. They all had a good time. After berthing and saying farewell to our guests the YC stepped ashore and conducted their end of voyage talks. Then it was back onboard for the final set of rope races and it was then time to climb and harbour furl the square sails. They did a great job.The YC then took on BBQ duties and did a brilliant job and certainly getting us into the mood for the slide show which was a compilation of photos taken by the YC depicting the whole voyage.Normally we would sail for the evening but there is no great anchorage suitable for the freshening conditions so I determined we would stay put. Tomorrow morning though we will head out to sea early given the suitable conditions which will allow the YC to man the yards to finish up their voyage.Tonight we also got to hear a poem from Ryan and he has kindly typed it below and seems a fitting way to finish up the Captains Log.Chat tomorrowCaptain GunnaCarpe\’ diem On April the seventh at 3 o’clockA bunch of lone strangers stood on the dockTheir bags filled to the brim with clean clothesLittle did they know what the conditions would imposeInitially we climbed to face our deep fearsOnce we conquered the rattlings, up went the cheersWe started with a feast both great and mightyBut little did we know, we would be getting it nightlyWe caught the wind out to the seasWith the scent of land caught in a breezeWe thought ourselves pirates out to plunderBut all that resulted was Pip’s chunky chunderPeace and calm stomaches, Narra’s Inlet did bringWe jumped from the bow and flipped from the swingCharades was successful, an afternoon’s delightRichard’s ���Anchorman’ was truly a sightThe rest of our trip past with frightening speed The events of each day relived in our dreamsEach morning the staffies would teachBut this morning we changed for Whitehaven BeachCricket, dodge ball, sea-lice and sunCoconut oil, tanning and Elyse on the runThe creatures we glanced was over 204 We drew them on Tug’s list, always adding moreTurtles and squid and butterflies in flightTerry, Todd and Cohen up fishing all nightThe galley disco run by Kim, oh what a sight!We knew instantly that the feeling was alrightMany long nights spent down in the galleyShooting and saving, then those votes we would tallyWe were lucky enough to have a musician aboardWith his nightly renditions, his vocals just soaredNana and Auntie was a much loved showThe make up, the costumes and Josh’s warm glowThen time to save our leaders with a game of egg dropPenny and Kim survived whilst Dan was a flopPercy Island was what we all saw as a paradiseWe wouldn’t change a thing, just maybe the sea-liceHuman pyramid, Annika was a screamAnd what a success, the beach assault teamSunset and rises, moons and star gazingEvery moment on board, the scenes were amazingCleaning and scrubbing, getting those toilets so whiteIf only, just once, we got that bloody song right!This is not a goodbye, this is not a boo-hooIt’s a see you all later, a big thanks to the crew


21° 7' South / 149° 14' East


Alongside Mackay Mariner. Wind 130 / 15 kts, Temp 24C