Day 8 Gladstone – Townsville

 

The first group at the peak

 

Latitude; 20°15.37 S

Longitude; 148°56.2 E

Distance run in the last 4.5hrs; 21NM

Average speed; 4.6KN

As we come level with the Hamilton yacht club, down the very narrow Dent passage, we salute with a cannon fire. We are gracefully sailing down making it all look so easy. At 1400 we approach a Brigantine ship called ‘Solway Lass,’ which our very own Chief Engineer Mark works on. She wears ship to come on to our port bow, so we also give her a salute from the cannon fire.

Endeavour cannon, taken by Steve Gray

By 1630 we are anchoring in Cid bay, which has perfect 360° panoramic views. Shortly after we anchor Captain Ross gives the crew a talk and demonstration about the sextant and celestial navigation. As the sunsets, there are beautiful colours flying off the horizon and right on cue we can see dolphins off the port side. Ross then talks to us about twilight and explains
that within 20 minutes after sunset the first brightest stars will be visible such as, Beetlejuice.

After dinner there is a professional crew meeting called, to discuss the shore activities tomorrow morning, however instead of being held in the usual place of the officers mess we are told to make our way to the focsle. On Endeavour the Focsle is a very small, dark, dingy place that you would only go and visit on necessity. We all cram in like sardines expecting to hear or
maybe learn about something interesting in the focsle, but no apparently it is simply for a change of scenery.

In the morning we have one sitting of breakfast instead of the usual two and as an extra treat we are allowed to eat on deck.  After breakfast it is then time to start running people ashore. There are a couple of walk options, one is to the peak look out and the other is a 20 min walk along the coast. The majority of the crew opt for the peak walk. It starts off quite a steep walk but once we find our legs we set a good pace and adjust to the incline. It takes us approximately an hour and twenty to the top and it is worth every minute for the incredible views. We
can see Island all around us such as Hook Island, Cid Island and Henning Island. The walk is 2.5k and takes you to over 400m above sea level.

We start our descent back down and arrive at the beach just in time as our lunch arrives in the rescue boat.

All’s well.

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