Longitude; 154°07.3 E
Distance travelled in the last 24 hours; 72.9 NM
Average speed; 3.03
At 1340 Captain Ross and I climbed to the top of the Foremast T’Gallant to see if we can see what Cook saw, according to his diary extract on Wednesday 16th May 1770. ‘Winds Southerly, a fresh gale, with which we steer’d North along shore until sunset, at which time we discover’d breakers ahead, and on our Larboard bow, being at this time in 20 fathoms, and about 5 miles from the land. Haul’d off East until 8, at which time we had run 8 Miles, and had increased our depth of water to 44 fathoms. We then brought too with her head to Eastward, and lay on this tack until 10 o’Clock, when, having increased our soundings to 78 fathoms, we wore and lay with her head in shore until 5 o’clock a.m., when we made sail. At daylight we were surprized by finding ourselves farther to the Southward than we were in the evening and yet it had blown strong all night Southerly.’ Captain Ross and I tried to spot the breakers in the same spot that Cook did in May 1770, but unfortunately the seas were not big enough for us to be able to identify the reef. I think that from Cook’s description most would agree that Fingal Point and Danger Point have been named incorrect.
At 1435 the announcement comes that we had now left NSW and entered Queensland which is aptly followed by some Cuban music? The view of the Gold Coast Skyscrapers cloud the horizon which is interesting to see, but we soon tire of it at the realisation that many on board are trying to escape city life. We then decide to wear ship and head further out to sea.
Easter Sunday arrives with a fantastic fry up for breakfast and an Easter egg, what more would you want for breakfast? It is also the big morning for the Egg drop competition. The egg drop competition is where each watch is given two eggs; with these eggs the watch must devise a capsule to drop the egg in from the course yard. The aim is not too smash your eggs, but there are also strict rules that apply.
1) No draining or boiling your egg
2) No string allowed to assist in easing your egg to deck
3) The capsule must be made from biodegradable material, in the event it goes overboard.
4) Half of the surface area of your egg must be visible
So the hour arrives for the egg drops and the target (a frying pan) is put in place. We have our scoring system in place, points for presentation, survival & target. I have to admit the standard and presentation is a lot higher than I eggspected. The scores on the board are as follows;
Mizzen mast; Presentation 10/10 (a Eggdeavor replica), 4/10 survival, 10/10 target (landed in the pan but then bounced out)
Total: 24 out of 30
Main mast; Presentation 9/10 (please refer to photo), 4/10 survival (some would call it a cheat with the egg semi-boiled!), target 2/10 (landed on the rescue boat)
Total: 15 out of 30
Foremast; Survival 10/10 (Neil Eggstrom actually survived with no damage), 5/10 presentation (an Endeavour space shuttle replica), 8/10 target
Well done Mizzen Mast on your win