Day 5 Townsville – Cairns

Leaving Zoe Bay

Latitude; 17°49.6’S

Longitude; 146°09.6’E

Distance run in the last 20 hrs; 51.5NM

Average speed; 2.5KN

Just as we arrive back at the beach from the waterfall and pool, the lunch arrives in the rescue boat. The beach is quite long with acreek at the Southern end and is lined with trees at the top, which appear to have taken quite some damage when cyclone Yasi, hit in February. As we sit and eat our sandwiches everyone takes in the view.

At 1600 everyone is back onboard the wind has died down to virtually nothing, so we have the engine on just incase we are unable to sail of the anchorage and need it to get us out of the Bay. Once clear of the bay by sailing off, we have the Fore Topmast Staysail, Fore Course, Fore Topsail, Main Course, Main Topsail and Mizzen course we turn the engine off and make way very slowly. Later the little wind we have drops off and we are becalmed again, so we drift until the wind increases. By morning we haven’t made great progress, in fact we are just North of Hinchinbrook Island. We can see Goold Island and Cape Sandwich astern of us.

Nick singing his rendition of "I've got a lovely pair of Coconuts"

By midmorning the wind has increased slightly and so the plan is to set as much sail as possible today. During the professional crew meeting this morning, it was learnt that our 3rd Mate Nick had committed a terrible crime, a crime in which deserves public humiliation. After Ross gives the voyage crew the morning briefing, it is Nick’s turn to take centre stage and give his rendition of, “I’ve got a lovely pair of coconuts.” The humiliation tactic was in the hope that he will remember not to leave his harness lying around in the future.

Currently we are very closely following Cooks route and in some parts sailing his exact route. Many of the place names are named after Cook such as, Point Hillock on Hinchinbrook Island and Sandwich Point named after the earl of Sandwich who was the First Lord Admiralty 1763. The Family Islands were named when they sailed passed they saw large families of
Aboriginals living here.

All’s Well.