17° 55' South
146° 8' East

2300 at anchor - weather scattered cloud, wind SW 8 knots, swell nil, temperature 21 degrees, barometer 1020 hpa

Ahoy there everyone,

Welcome to day six, overnight the ship sailed north through the Inner Great Barrier Reef as each of the Youth Crew watches successfully completed a challenging teamwork activity.

Red Watch awoke all hands with a unique wakey wakey song at 0700. During the forenoon the ship was called to taking stations in order to conduct ‘demonstrational tacks’, this activity enabled the Youth Crew to rotate through the bridge in order to observe the command and control aspects of manoeuvring the ship under sail. Just prior to midday a man overboard exercise was conducted successfully recovering the life ring in minimum time. With all sail handed in the ship proceeded to anchor in Brammo Bay on the northern tip of Dunk Island.

After lunch the Crew proceeded ashore to conduct mid voyage talks evaluating the experience, then reset goals and priorities for the remainder of the voyage. On completion the opportunity to take a snorkel on secluded Muggy Muggy Beach or trek the six kilometres to the summit of Mount Kootaloo (271m) for a spectacular view of the surrounding Great Barrier Reef.

Once back onboard the majority of the watches proceeded aloft on the both masts for their final climbing aloft competence assessment. On completion it was time for dinner with Chef Squiz creating a sumptuous Italian theme.

With satisfied appetites, a special movie was screened on the upper deck, depicting a young man who sailed around Cape Horn in 1929 on one of the last tall ship cargo vessels. Many similarities and comparisons could be drawn 81 years later with our own band of young adventurers.

The Youth Crew have now settled into anchor watches overnight, with the intention to weigh anchor tomorrow morning and continue sailing north on the adventure that is Young Endeavour.

Until tomorrow evening, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien