Currently located 30nm to the NW of Hook Island and experiencing moderate SE winds with a 1m following sea.
Welcome to day 5 of our voyage. This morning was warm and clear and a pleasant change from previous days. Following the normal routine of morning brief and cleaning stations the Youth Crew were ferried ashore to Maureen’s Cove so that they could enjoy three hours on ‘terra firma’ and away from the continual movement of the ship.
Maureen’s Cove is located within the Hook Island Marine Park and provides some of the best snorkelling in the Whitsunday’s. All of the Youth Crew took full advantage of the perfect conditions and spent most of their time ashore in the water snorkelling with a vast array of marine life and spectacular coral formations.
By 1200 everyone was back onboard and following a short brief on how to sail from anchor we put this theory into practise and completed a well executed departure from Maureen’s Cove utilising only sail and teamwork. Once in open water the ship was brought under a full press of sail and a new course shaped for Upstart Bay.
During the afternoon I completed my presentation on sail theory and had planned to follow this activity with a set of demonstrational tacks. Unfortunately this activity had to be postponed until tomorrow due to passing rain squalls and strong winds.
The time is now 2000 and the squalls have now passed. We are presently located 30nm to the north west of Hook Island sailing along nicely under a moderate south easterly breeze. Overnight the Youth Crew will complete the BEAREX (teambuilding, communication and initiative exercise) whilst we continue to make good speed to the north.
Until tomorrow, take care.