Currently located 16nm to the west of the Wessel Islands sailing on a broad port reach and are experiencing 8-12kt SE winds with nil swell. Our current speed is 4kts and the temperature is 22 degrees.
Welcome to Day 4 of our voyage. It was another clear but humid morning that greeted the Crew of Young Endeavour when we awoken from our slumber at 0630 this morning. Our Early Morning Activity consisted of a game of Knights, Mounts and Cavaliers which was a very entertaining way to start the morning.
Following the normal morning activities of morning brief and cleaning stations the Youth Crew were given an interactive presentation on Rules of the Road by our resident maritime expert Jordo then on completion we held a short teambuilding activity which was followed by lunch.
Originally we had planned to ferry the Youth Crew ashore to this afternoon to view some indigenous rock paintings and play some beach sports but an earlier reconnaissance of the beach and the surrounding area showed clear signs of crocodiles inhabiting this area so I made the decision not to allow anyone ashore. Understandably the Youth Crew were disappointed but understood my decision.
Instead this afternoon we ran a type of mini Olympics with numerous games including the egg drop, deck volleyball and fender horse races which were all a lot of fun and to keep everyone cool we rigged fire hoses which worked a treat.
Early this evening we enjoyed a teak deck BBQ dinner then on completion conducted a well executed sail from anchor.
Once underway we set the squares for the first time for this voyage and as I write this log the watch on are currently setting more sail attempting to get a little more boat speed in these light to moderate wind conditions.
Overnight the watches will be kept busy setting what is hoped to be a full press of sail as we continue our passage west.
Until tomorrow, take care.
A problem is a chance for you to do your best. -Duke Ellington (Musician)