Captain's Log
8 July 2008

Platypus Bay

Ahoy Shipmates, Sleep was interrupted at 2345 last night with the requirement to tack ship. All watches mustered quickly on deck for this evolution and in a matter of 15 minutes the tack was completed, the watches handed over and everyone was back in bed. Throughout the early hours of this morning the wind continued to freshen and back to the south west. Given these conditions, at 0500 I decided to change my pre-planned anchor from Lady Elliot Island to Platypus Bay were we could expect a more sheltered anchorage. Following morning brief and another good set of cleaning stations it was straight into rotational tacks which were completed just in time for lunch. Early afternoon saw the YC complete round one of ���rope races�� which was closely followed by a very informative and interactive navigation lecture. By 1400 the wind had abated to less than 5kts so all sail was handed in and YE motored the final 2nm to our planned anchorage at Platypus Bay, which is located on the western side of Fraser Island. As if scripted, a number of whales immediately appeared as we dropped anchor and for the next 15 minutes the YC enjoyed their own private viewing of these wonderful creatures. At 1500 the YC were ferried ashore to Fraser Island to enjoy either a swim, leg stretch or to spend time with other YC members to prepare for the evenings planned activity of three way talks. Upon return, we all enjoyed a relaxed ���teak deck BBQ�� (professionally cooked by Sumo and myself) followed by a very entertaining session of three way talks. By 2100 all of the day’s activities were complete so a very weary but happy YC turned in for the night.Tomorrow morning will see us depart Platypus Bay, round the northern point of Fraser Island and continue our passage southUntil tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


24° 50' South / 153° 9' East


Currently at anchor in Platypus Bay (Fraser Island) and experiencing very light SW winds