South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: General Public Voyage

VOYAGE NUMBER: 20170417

FROM: Gladstone TO: Manly

DATE: 17 April 2017

POSITION: Great Sandy Straits

Report by: White Watch

Woke up North of Garry’s Anchorage to our 04:00 – 08:00 watch for brass cleaning. Not an easy job and took all of White Watch’s ‘expertise’ to get the brilliant shine on the brass especially due to completing approximately 30 hours of continuous wet and wild sailing. We motored to Tin Can Bay where our attempt for a brief stop for a ‘coffee break’ and stretch of the legs was thwarted by no room available for South Passage to tie up. Back to Pelican Bay for a couple of hours while we waited for the ideal time to cross the Wide Bay Bar. We passed the time with another two of our knot tying competitions – Bowline and Clove Hitch – which we held indoors across the Saloon dining table as it was bucketing down outside. White Watch was victorious once again and we were soon getting ready for our next adventure.

After lunch we set off for the crossing of the infamous Wide Bay Bar, An exciting time with big seas and very large waves breaking over South Passage. A few forward beds suffered a dousing as two closed hatches weren’t exactly locked securely – a lesson for next time.

The weather wasn’t good with big seas and strong winds but we pushed forward for an overnight sail where we constantly battled squall after squall. We had the 20:00 to 24:00 watch and our watch performed like a well oiled machine if a wet one! We personally manned South Passage from South of Double Island Point, past Noosa Heads and nearly through to Coolum Beach. A job well done by all.

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