South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: ISPA Japan Voyage

VOYAGE NUMBER: 20170808

FROM: Townsville TO: Mackay

DATE: 11 August 2017

POSITION: Nara Inlet, Whitsundays

Report by: White Watch

As the sun rose on the horizon, the crew feasted upon their first breakfast of cereals and fresh fruit. Everyone by now was over the seasickness, although many were still weary.

The sails were hoisted, and a course was set for Whitehaven. With an evenish number of people who had and had not been to Whitehaven, we were all looking forward to the shore excursion. Ferrying everyone from the ship to the beach where we would walk to Whitehaven beach took sometime but when we all got to the beach we all set off up the track to the beach. We took a couple of group photos which provided heaps of laughs later on before making our way to the beach itself.

The sand on the beach was a pure white, which we all enjoyed immensely. We all dumped our stuff around a stick before heading into the water. As most of the girls had washed their hair last night, we were not particularly keen to get our hair wet, however the decision was taken out of our hands when the boys started dunking us. After everyone was sufficiently wet, we decided to have a few shoulder wars, with people falling off left right and centre. After splashing around for what seemed like only 15 minutes, we were told we had to go back for lunch and more sailing.

Arriving back on ship, we were greeted with Hughie’s (bless his soul) delicious vegetarian pasta and parmesan bread before setting off and sailing towards a great snorkelling spot. On the way, the Australian crew members bonded with their Japanese partners over songs such as ‘Give me a home amongst the gumtrees’ and ‘Waltzing Matilda’. It seemed like hours they sung for, with action added to aid the Japanese crew. (David who was trying to sleep downstairs) Kyou ha Australian ni uta wo osietemoratta kyori ga tikaduitamitaide uresikatta, Natsuko

Once we had arrived at the snorkelling spot, half of us decided to go snorkelling while the other half swam off the boat. Nearly all the girls decided to stay with the boat which led to all of us giving Serena (the mermaid) a kiss before everyone came back. There was also platter of lamingtons Hughie put out which was devoured by everyone.

We finally set off towards our night anchor spot with the sun getting lower in the sky and the wind to our backs. Our sails were put up but then brought back down to go through the passage between the two largest Whitsunday Islands. With the sails down, we had a knot tying competition for the bowline knot, which Red watch won well and truly.

We ended the night with more of Hughie’s cooking, stargazing and a game of ‘never have I ever’ before heading off to bed to get some sleep (hopefully). Belle H

A PS from BWL

I think Macca (from Australia all over, Sunday morning ABC) would have had a tear in his eye this afternoon. Listening to the crew sing ‘Give me a home among the gum trees’ after first having coaxed the rather shy Japanese crew to learn the words, would have softened even the hardiest of souls. In just a few days, the barrier of communication has basically disintegrated and there are lots of happy smiley faces about.

Most of SP crew members are well acquainted with ‘two six heave’ when raising the sails, but how about ‘ni roku hige’? Crews muster off using Japanese numbers! An expanding vocabulary of Japanese words and expressions are being developed by a good number of the Australia crew as well, courtesy of Shige in Blue watch and Kei in Red watch who ably act as translators when needed. White watch have developed their own rallying call, I am not sure what they are saying, but it seems to work OK, you will have to ask Tracey for the translation.

The crew from the ‘shadow boat’ could not fail to be impressed with the level of camaraderie that exists after just a few short days, in some exceedingly difficult conditions over the course of day 2 and 3.

The shadow boat had reached Mocona Inlet yesterday and 4 of the crew joined SP for today’s sailing before departing for their return trip at approx. 1500 hrs to Nara Inlet (our present location). Many interviews were conducted with SP crew and of course the usual arsenal of photographs were taken. They will again be transferring to SP tomorrow (I believe it will be Saturday, it feels like we have crossed the International Date line after our nearly 2 days non-stop sail from Magnetic Island) for our trip into Airlie Beach to water up and take on some additional supplies.

The organising of this trip by ISPA and SP has taken some considerable effort by Bob Sendoe and the management team of SP, but the result will no doubt be well worth the effort.

So for now it is simply o ya sumi (good night) and see what tomorrow brings.

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