Captain's Log
8 October 2009

Reef Cruising

Good evening Shipmates,Since weighing anchor yesterday evening the ship has been under sail and indeed with the exception of engines being used to depart Cairns, they have not been used on this voyage thus far.The last 24 hours has seen the ship continue the passage north through the Inner Great Barrier Reef. The SE trade winds have continued although today they were somewhat fickle in the Princess Charlotte Bay area. They returned again at 15 kts at around lunchtime and after lunch it was a joy to turn off the generator for an hour or so enabling all of us to enjoy the serenity of only the sound of the wind and the sea. All good things come to an end and with the generator back on line, the first set of rope races were conducted between the watches. White watch were the clear winners today. Shortly thereafter, Adam the Navigator provided the YC with a navigation lecture giving them the tools to assist with plotting the ships position which will be one of the many skills needed for the YC command day. As I sign off I fear the wind is dying off which may necessitate starting the iron topsail (engines) to motor sail. We’ve had a good run thus far but I’m keen to give the YC tomorrow night at anchor and we have some ground to make. Yours AyeCaptain Gunna


13° 35' South / 143° 41' East


Co 000, Sp 3.5 kts Wind ESE 10 kts, Swell Nil, Temp 25C