Position 25 29 S 153 34 E
Or should I say we have had the worlds largest sand island abeam for the day. The wind has been very light and variable this past 24 hours, though we are still making a northerly course even if it is slow. Last night we did have some excitement at the end of my watch, which I must say was very pleasant, a very dark cloud approached. Lots of rain with a good gust proceeding it and in 15 minutes we had doubled our distance made good for the watch. As the rain poured down I was glad for the fact that I was going off. Though not so good for the watch sleeping below as the decks seams opened up and the rain poured in. By morning we had continued to progress to the north, the rain had stopped and due to the easy motion of the vessel most people had had a good nights sleep. The decision was made to water the decks at the end of each watch so as to help the decks expand and hopefully seal the leaks. Maintenance continues and Greg has drawn a to-do list, which as with all lists, grows faster than can be completed. I have not had the opportunity to help in the maintenance, which is a shame since I am one of the more experienced, but I have my own work list. Today that was reconciling accounts from Sydney, organising the charts so that we can order more for the next leg etc. One very essential piece of work was performed by Michael, our ships carpenter, today. He spent his time fitting a new toilet to the forward head. With 16 people aboard and our diet, it is essential for there to be two working toilets. All are happy aboard and that to me is very important, we can overcome all obstacles if we are in a positive frame of mind. A good breeze from the south would be nice.
Glenn R. Williams