20° 9' South
148° 54' East
Currently at anchor at Nara Inlet and experiencing light SE winds with nil swell.
Overnight following our evening tack we shaped a new course for Airlie Beach. The reason behind this slight detour was that during our departure from Townsville we managed to tear a hole in the collar of our inflatable boat (RHIB) and needed to have this repaired as soon as possible. Luck would have it that a contractor specialising in this type of repair had been located in Airlie Beach which meant that we could drop of the RHIB and then continue without any disruption to the voyage.
The drop off of the RHIB occurred this morning and once we had recovered our second boat and its crew preparations were made again to get underway. At 1230 we weighed anchor and shaped a new course for Nara Inlet. During our transit to Nara Inlet we conducted round 2 of ���Rope Races' then completed a very good set of rotational tacks (this activity gives the Youth Crew the opportunity to experience each of the other Watches tacking stations).
With this activity complete all sail was handed in and we entered the spectacular Nara Inlet coming safely to anchor at 1530.
This evening with Nara Inlet as our backdrop we enjoyed a sunset Teak Deck BBQ which was followed by an entertaining session of three way talks (this activity enables each of the Youth Crew to learn a significant amount of in depth information about two of their selected ship mates, this is then presented to the remainder of the crew in the third person).
To finish of the evening Kenny the Navigator gave a short presentation on how to monitor the ships safety while at anchor, then we reverted to anchor watches for the night ensuring that everyone will get a good nights sleep.
Tomorrow morning we will depart Nara Inlet and continue our passage through the Whitsunday Islands.
Until tomorrow, take care.