Looking at the calender yesterday I got a bit of a shock to realise that my 16 th birthday is only just a week away on the 18th May, Wow time has been passing fast!
As well as being the big sweet 16, it will also be an important date as I'll be getting my boat licence, what a novelty it will be, to legally skipper boats.
Yesterday started before sunrise with a trip down to the beach to take sextant bearings off Venus, followed by a series of sun sights.
It was really satisfying to plot our position on the chart within 4 nm using only the sun, planets, sextant, almanac...oh and a lot of help from our instructor John who has been amazingly patient with my ability to mix up figures and my inability to add and subtract!
While I was plotting away in the classroom converting bearings to position lines in the chart there was plenty of action on the water.
Yesterday afternoon, Bruce and Suzanne arrived back in Mooloolaba after a season cruising and racing in the Hydro Tasmania Three Peaks Race.
Also, Australia said farewell to Mike Perham (17 year old English sailor halfway around the world on his own circumnavigation) who sailed out of Hobart yesterday.
I'm so glad I had the chance to meet Mike while he was in this part of the world.
Thanks again for all the confidence you gave me Mike!!
Time for me to head off to school but stay tuned for all the latest exciting news, only 5 days till the big launch.
Wednesday 13 May, 10.30am at Rivergate Marina, Brisbane.
See you there