Ahoy Shipmates, Overnight and during the early hours of this morning the Ship tacked on three separate occasions and continued to ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½beat up wind’ slowly making ground to the south. Despite numerous bouts of seasickness the YC still managed to climb themselves out of their bunks and close up at tacking stations in quick time. By morning brief we had reached the outer reef and after completing one more tack managed to hold and maintain a southerly course. Early afternoon saw the YC complete their first set of hotly contested rope races, which was closely followed by the Navigators informative and interactive lesson on the scientific art of navigation. By early evening we were 2nm to the east of Upstart Bay but due to a wind shift had to complete one more tack so that the ship could safely to clear Cape Upstart. Throughout the night watches, the YC will be consolidating their newly found navigational skills and continue to be instructed in the duties of helmsman, lookout and roundsman. Tomorrow should see us reach the Whitsunday Islands were we plan to spend a night at anchor and give everyone a well earned rest.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently sailing close hauled under fore & aft sails and experiencing moderate 15-20kt SE winds.
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike