Voyage name: 
V12/17 Mackay to Brisbane
16 Sep - 26 Sep 2017

Ahoy there Shipmates,


Overnight the ship remained at anchor off Lady Musgrave Island lagoon. Bagers’ Wakey Wakey was at 0700 with the promise of an early morning swim and rope swing before breakfast. After a good night’s sleep with the Ship’s gentle rolling motion rocking everyone to sleep, the crew came up on deck with a spring in their step, eager for their first go on the rope swing.


At 0800 we had the usual morning brief and heard from Adam the Navigator, Salty the Sea Dog and Nana. The Youth Crew then launched into Happy Hour while the Staffies made preparations to weigh anchor. Once we were underway and Happy Hour was complete Staffy Jo gave the Youthies a Meteorological and Oceanographic brief.


After lunch we held the next edition of ‘Ropies’, which was followed by Demonstrational Tacks, during which two members of each watch came to the bridge at a time to witness what happens there when the Ship does a tack or a wear. We had completed that by 1530 and the Youthies then had a little down-time before closing up for night watches. By this time we were just rounding Breaksea Spit on the northern end of Fraser Island and started to pick up the effects of the East Australia Current (EAC). This added 3 knots to our Speed over the Ground which increased it by 25%.


The intentions are to remain at sea overnight continuing our passage to Noosa, where we will check out the feasibility of anchoring there and remaining there overnight tomorrow night. In the morning the engineer Alan and I will conduct the Captain’s Setting and Furling assessment of the competence of the Youth Crew to work the sails with a reduced level of supervision, followed by my Captain’s Challenge, which I will keep as a surprise for the YC.


Until tomorrow, take care.


Yours Aye


Captain Mike