South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Lorien Novalis Steiner School

VOYAGE NUMBER: 20161024

FROM: Port Stephens  TO: Sydney

DATE: Day 2, 25 October 2016

POSITION: Broughton Island

Report by: White Watch

Morning for us started at the ungodly hour of 4am. Yay. We got cookies, though, so I suppose that makes up for it. We took the ship’s bearings and noted the direction of the wind, admired the stars for a short while before succumbing to the early morning cold and heading back inside and to bed. Our group was woken again at 6am to polish the brass’n’stuff, then was the cold breakfast followed by a knotting competition between the watches (you know, showing off our awesome skills….), then a hot breakfast.

It was time to leave the bay, and so all watches came together to hoist the sails. Before we did, though, we spotted a pod of dolphins nearby, which were coming closer and closer by the minute. Just as we made to leave the bay at least 8 dolphins began swimming alongside us, the boat nearly on top of them as they took advantage of our bow-wave. That was pretty incredible.

Once the sails were hoisted our team took the time from 8am to 12pm to catch up on lost sleep before our next watch. When we woke up again we were hurried to the deck and assigned to our different positions around the boat. By this time, we were already out in open water and the boat had begun to rock more violently, causing many of the crew who had previously not experienced seasickness to suddenly become afflicted. However not many in our watch who were seasick got time to rest as we had to tack again and again and again. By the time we had reached our destination many of the people in our group had given up and were stretched out on different parts of the deck, but even then we did not have the time to rest as the sails had to be brought down again so we could manoeuvre closer to the island and anchor.

By the time we had anchored, we only had 30 minutes left to our watch and many in our group were ready to drop down on the floor and sleep some more. However, upon anchoring we were given the opportunity to jump off the boat and go for a swim. Not many people actually did this, with only 2 people in our watch choosing to go in while the others fell asleep on the deck. I don’t know why they did this, it seemed like a bad idea to me, but it was quite funny to see them all splayed out everywhere. People were able to swim for an hour before the ladder that gave them access to the boat was pulled back up.

By this point, everyone was tired and as such, our watch went back to sleep once more, this time in our beds. We were woken once more for dinner and dessert before heading back to bed. Again. We were tired. Half of our group was woken up at 9pm to complete a 1 ½ hour shift, which is what I’m doing as I type this. One of my partners is currently seasick again. I hope she feels better.

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