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Sailing North through the Barrier Reef

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Woke this morning to a clear sky overhead but with significant storm clouds on the horizon. At least it wasn't raining. Walked the track on Deck 10 for just under an hour before joining Jenny for breakfast after which we found somewhere to read our Kindles.

About 09:00 I went out on the Port Deck expecting to have the sun behind me. Imagine my surprise to find the sun shining in from the stern quarter. At that time of the day the sun should be in the North East. As we were heading North the sun should be on the Starboard bow. It looked as if we were heading South !! Very perplexing.

I attended the Port Lecture for Darwin and afterwards a 'Technology Workshop' where the IT Manager attempted to explain the different features of the Android and Apple based phones and tablets. His strong accent didn't help his presentation and it was so basic even Jenny felt it was a bit demeaning.

Off to lunch where I was lucky enough to find the Captain. I aired my frustration in trying to explain my observations on deck at 09:00. Simple explanation - we had sailed outside the Reef overnight and early morning and I happened to be looking out while she was re-entering the reef and briefly sailed South. He was amused by my dilemma.

Lunch featured Japanese Sushi and I enjoyed the tuna and salmon. After lunch we attended the lecture in the Cabaret Lounge where Peter Headley presented a history and evidence of Portuguese visits to Australia around 1520 more than 200 years before Cook. Following his talk we stayed for the Academy Awarded movie "Dallas Buyers Club". Quite a story and a compelling performance by the lead actor. Certainly filled in the afternoon.

We'd spent almost the whole afternoon in the Lounge and totally forgot that there was another lecture. Titled "Life of a Barrier Reef Pilot" by the on-board pilot Warwick Conlin. We're sorry we missed it but that's how it goes. Off to dinner and most enjoyable it was too. Then tonight's show with Danny McMaster. He'd impressed us so much a few days ago but tonight's offering lacked some of the original sparkle. Hard to do two 'different' shows just a day or so apart.

It was well past our 'go to bed' time when we joined about 50 others for for a Stargazing session on Deck 11 with Lesa Moore. At 22:00 the light on the forward part of the ship were turned off so that we were able to clearly see the stars. Very well presented with great participation from the crew.

Too late to upload this tonight will do it after breakfast.

This link should take you to today's image on my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-03-22
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 14:58 Archived in Australia

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