South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: St Philips Christian College


FROM: Port Stephens TO: Sydney

DATE: Day 1, 22 November 2016

POSITION: Hunter River, Newcastle

Report by: Blue Watch

Twenty students from SPCC Newcastle arrived early for their first day on the South Passage. Departing from Port Stephens around 10:30am, we sailed out the heads after a bit of practice working as a team just outside the marina and sailed a broad reach in the strong 25knot nor’easter sea breeze heading for Newcastle Harbour as our overnight accommodation.

On the 7 hour journey we experienced big choppy seas which sprayed right over the boat, drenching everyone on deck. Also, we had a few queasy ones as we started sailing in the bigger waves, but none ended up with there head over the deck. Just as we were approaching Newcastle, we were surprised to see an amazing display of dolphins with at least twenty riding in our bow wake and some jumping out of the water creating a show. When we anchored inside the harbour, we enjoyed an amazing dinner cooked by our chef Hugh and shared some of our stories from the day. Overall a well spent day and a great experience for all of us.

Tomorrow we plan to sail to Refuge Bay just inside Cowan Creek and expect the same conditions from today but a possible Southerly change in the late afternoon. Blue Watch are currently on Anchor Watch which has started at 2000 hours and finishes at 2400 hours. We have an easier day tomorrow but an early start.



  1. Angela Leyden on November 23, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Wishing you calmer waters for today. Enjoy!!

  2. John and Paula Manning on November 23, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    After reading the ship’s log at about 8am we headed over to Merewether Beach to see if we could see the ship – knowing that it had probably headed out a lot earlier. We thought we had completely missed it but then spotted a distant white dot on the horizon. Wow, a long, long way out! Good luck with the weather and happy sailing.

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