South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: General Public Voyage

VOYAGE NUMBER: 20170417

FROM: Gladstone TO: Manly

DATE: 22 April 2017

POSITION: Tangalooma

Report by: Red Watch

We were woken at 03:40 for our stint on the morning watch. We mustered on and relieved a very bedraggled blue watch as the weather had deteriorated overnight and they had endured the brunt of it.

Approaching Moreton Island we sought signs of the entrance into North-West channel.

The strong winds and darkness tested the mettle of the helmsmen and the diligence of the lookouts was tested by the stormy seas and driving rain.

Prior to passing Comboyuro point we were sighted by an RAN patrol vessel before arriving and anchoring off Tangalooma at 09:00.

The crew took advantage of the respite by taking showers and drying their sodden clothing prior to a restorative lunch.

Lunch was provided by the volunteers who rallied around Hugh who was, hopefully only temporarily injured in an injudicious break-dancing incident. J

After lunch, the tender was lowered for those keen to explore the delights of Tangalooma.

Back on board we had another round of the knot-tying competition, featuring the elegant and effective single sheet-bend. We did pretty well as a team but just pipped at the post and took second place.

Following that, we had an election for our Command Day officers. Captain, Sailing Master and Navigator. Brian of Red Watch has the responsibility of being Skipper for our return to William Gunn Jetty – we’re with you Brian. Now winding down in preparation for a very welcome supper and a very deserved rest in preparation for our final day.

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