Distance run in the last 5 hrs; 41NM
Average speed; 7.4KN
While underway to Thursday Island we hit the fastest speed we have reached during the circumnavigation of 10.6KN, which is an incredible speed and achievement to finish the voyage. We arriving at our anchorage at 1700 and proceed to drop the anchor. There is time for one last climb to furl the sails.
As it has been a busy day trying to carefully navigate around into Thursday Island, we have been unable to host the usual Great Cabin afternoon tea, so alternatively we set the Great Cabin up to accommodate dinner for Captain Ross and the supernumeraries. After dinner, it is time for movies on deck which we missed from Sod’s night due to the array of talent. The movies
finish up and most people head for an early night.
During the night we have several visitors swim around the ship. Because we are anchored in port we have set the flood lights up on deck. With the flood lights it attracts the insects, which in turn attract the small fish which then attract the reef sharks. We have quite an aquarium around us keeping those on anchor watch entertained.
In the morning it is time for one last lecture from Captain Ross regarding the weather and then time comes for everyone to gather their personal belongings on deck. Usually we are alongside when disembarking the crew, but here we are anchored off and so we have arranged for a ferry run to collect the crew and run them ashore. The ferry arrives at 1130 and once the crew are away from the ship we fire the cannon to salute and say our final farewell.