CLIENT: St Philips Christian College
VOYAGE NUMBER: 20161109
FROM: Sydney TO: Port Stephens
DATE: Day 1, 9 November 2016
POSITION: Refuge Bay, Broken Bay
Report by: Blue Watch
Waking up at 4:45 was bright and early, rushing around finishing off packing. Everyone was on time at the train station, obviously keen to start the day. When we had finished hiking from the Sydney train station through to the dock to board the ship we were already exhausted, clueless of what was in store for us yet thrilled to get started. When the Watch Leaders had finished introducing the main idea of the ship we helped hoist the sails, I would recommend gloves… Then we started our first watches which were more difficult than expected. It was hard learning the new and different ways to help around the boat however as the day moved on we all began to grow confident with our own jobs.
Since the waves were starting to get larger as the day moved on a few students began to feel unwell but still completed their duties that needed to be done. As the day moved on and the seas became smoother and calmer everyone felt much better. We learned some new knots and had opportunities throughout the day to practise. All of a sudden we had arrived at our first stop and all had a well deserved swim in the water. Then our sailing master took us to a small island with some sand and a waterfall to enjoy, taking us in small groups across.
Just before dinner we had our knot tying competition, sadly we didn’t win. Then the day finished and we had a delicious dinner and desert made by the chef. Overall for every student it was a very busy day to start but everyone got outside of their comfort zone, had a go and had an enjoyable experience for others and themselves and are all looking forward to another day of sailing. In a blink it was already time for night watch. Tonight’s 9 pm – 10 pm nights watch included, looking out for the bearings, checking the anchor light and filling in log books while everyone else is asleep. This new experience was terrifying and fascinating at the same time because most of us had never been on a boat at night before.