South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Ormiston College


FROM: Manly TO: Manly

DATE: 16 September 2016  TIME: 2030 hrs

POSITION: Peel Island, Moreton Bay

Report by: Blue Watch

The boat departed from William Gunn Jetty at approximately 1000 hours, heading towards predominantly calm waters and a beautiful day. Each student was organised into a watch group, and was shown a bunk. The wind picked up. We began to hoist the sails, and began to be more comfortable with the ship and its features. It was difficult for some at first, as most had little knowledge of the general procedures, but each gained confidence as time went on. Unfortunately, one of the teachers had to be transported back to Manly after only 2-3 hours due to illness. This was a set back, but also allowed each student to gain extra practice of controlling the sails, even in strong winds.

By then, each watch had the opportunity to work as a team (alternating between roles), and eventually the ship anchored at Peel Island. Here the students were given a chance to swim, although most chose not to as a result of the chilly weather. Some students jumped at the opportunity. Following this, a rope-tying competition was held, and students unleashed their competitive side, demonstrating their skills with a ‘round turn and two half hitch knot.’ The Blue watch emerged victorious, beating the Red team by just one second. After a delicious dinner and dessert, students settled down to bed with lights out at 9:30, with the exception of the Blue watch, who were on duty from 2000-2400 hours. All in all, the day was an exciting learning experience and students are looking forward to the rest of the trip.

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