South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Silkwood School

VOYAGE NUMBER: 20170430

FROM: Manly TO: Manly

DATE: 4 May 2017

POSITION: Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Is

Report by: White Watch

A ship is safe in a harbour but that is not what it is for. Today we sailed around Moreton Island we had to tack about 8 to 10 times and felt the wrath of the waves and felt the pain of sailing but it was one of the best experiences of my life. The wind was blowing about 25 knots and was sending spray up from the bow of the ship showering those before it. Those not being drenched in the salty ocean water were releasing backstays and pulling the sheets to perform a tack.

The skipper was a relentless leader and made us tack many times before we reached the wrecks of Tangalooma carefully manoeuvring around them to avoid becoming part of them.

The sky welcomed us to the bay with heavy rains and high winds. Perfect beach conditions. At this point the Watch Leader went to bed to nurse his sore ribs sustained yesterday while double reefing the mainsail (the things I do for this ship…)

The wrath of playing Uno in the high seas cards flying minds boggling about how to say it and the rules.

After all that, we got just to have a walk at the beach and chill out after our big day. Advice for red and blue watch: if you don’t know knots tie lots.

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