Currently located 6nm to the west of Lizard Island sailing under a reduced sail plan and are experiencing moderate to strong 15-20kt SE winds with a 1m SSE swell. Our current speed is 7kts and the temperature is 20 degrees.
Welcome to Day 3 of our voyage. In favourable conditions we made good speed overnight passing Endeavour Reef and Cooktown during the early hours of this morning.
By morning brief we were located 14nm to the south west of Lizard Island sailing on a broad reach under a reduced sail plan. Despite the conditions not being to bad over 30% of the Youth crew had succumbed to seasickness overnight so it took a little bit of work by the Staff Crew to get some smiles back on their faces during an epic morning brief and a visit from the ships Nanna who always manages to make the Youthies feel a little better.
At 1215 this afternoon we handed in all sail then came safely to anchor at Lizard Islands Mrs Watson’s Bay. Once at anchor the Youth Crew were ferried ashore where the majority decided to tackle the 358m walk/climb to Cooks Lookout where they were given spectacular views of the Barrier Reef and surrounding Islands. A cairn at the peak of this lookout celebrates the fact that Captain Cook brought the pinnace over to Lizard Island from Endeavour after anchoring her off Lookout Point on the mainland. He climbed the hill eagerly seeking an escape route to the open sea, which he found in Cooks Passage which is located north east of Lizard Island.
On their return to the beach from the lookout they were given the opportunity to enjoy a well deserved swim in the crystal clear water of Mrs Watson’s Bay before being ferried safely back onboard for showers and a short break before enjoying another great dinner.
Early this evening all three watches proceeded aloft to cast loose gaskets on all squares in preparation for our departure. Once completed we weighed anchor, set sail and in moderate conditions continued our passage north.
Currently we are located 6nm to the west of Lizard Island enjoying some good sailing in near perfect conditions. Most of the Youth crew have now gotten over their seasickness and those that haven’t should improve overnight.
Our current intentions are to continue our passage through the Inner Great Barrier Reef with our next planned stop being Thursday Island which is still just over 300nm away.
Until tomorrow, take care