South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Ormiston College


FROM: Manly TO: Manly

DATE: 17 September 2016  TIME: 2030 hrs

POSITION: Big Sandhills, Moreton Island

Report by: White Watch

The crew awoke early at 6am, to a delightfully chilly breeze, and the delightful noise of a rather talented bugle player. Cold breakfast of cereal was served to us, before we all went upstairs to the deck to raise the sails (The mainsail,foresail, the jib and the staysail). We then departed Peel Island and began the voyage to Moreton Island.

At 8 o’clock, while under sail, hot breakfast was served. It consisted of scrambled eggs, toast and baked beans. We continued our journey onwards, practicing our knots along the way. We saw a pod of dolphins, which put a smile on many a face. Whilst on our journey, we were greeted by a nice surprise. We spotted some whales! Upon the sighting of the mother and her two calves, the crew flocked to the deck and admired the staggering beauty of nature.

Before lunch, we had a knot tying competition. The relay-style race consisted of tying a reef knot on the railing before sitting down to let the next person begin. Blue watch won the competition, followed by White watch, and then Red watch. Lunch was then served, still whilst under sail, consisting of special hamburgers.

Soon enough we arrived at Moreton Island and took the rubber dinghy to the sand dunes, where many had fun running and sliding down them. After we moved on to a regular beach area for sunbathing and swimming, while some took the opportunity to snorkel around the breathtaking Tangalooma wrecks, where a turtle was spotted. Many fish decided that the students looked tasty and fed on their fingers, much to the dislike of the students.

After raising our sails once again, we sailed around Moreton Island into the night. Dinner was served, consisting of banger’s and mash, before we anchored down near the large sand dunes. After anchoring, another whale was spotted from the ship at 8:45pm. It was a first for the crew, as it was the first ever whale spotted at night.

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