CLIENT: General Public Voyage
VOYAGE NUMBER: 20170925
FROM: Hervey Bay TO: Manly
DATE: 28 Sept 2017
POSITION: Horseshoe Bay, Peel Is
Report by: Blue Watch
We had to cross the shallow area of the Great Sandy Straights at high tide so at 2130 hours on 26th September we left Kingfisher Bay behind and continued our journey south. This shallow area was negotiated without incident and the following day we had to wait until high tide at midday to cross the notorious Wide Bay Bar. This was successfully managed by our competent Skipper then we turned south to sail for a continuous stretch through the night to Tangalooma. It was valuable to experience nocturnal sailing for our last leg of the journey showing us the hardships of night-time gybing. The constant rocking of the ship unfortunately kept many of the crew awake resulting in weary faces in the morning. Nevertheless, it was an invaluable and enjoyable practise and a whale was even spotted less than five meters off the Starboard side. Glowing phosphorus also made for a breathtaking sight for the midnight crew. At 0230 hours, our hard work paid off and we arrived safely at Tangalooma.
After breakfast, we motored quickly to the shipwreck to begin snorkelling and exploring the island. Snorkelers were lucky enough to spot colourful and diverse marine life and delve into the ship wreck (and procure a healthy fear of sinking!). Those who stayed on land explored the sand dunes, worked on their tans and went for walks around the beaches and the beautiful scenery. Many returned covered sand from falling down sand dunes and regretted not snorkelling. Despite this, a fun time was had by all on Tangalooma!
After a delicious burrito lunch, we once again raised the sails and moved down to Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island. We shared a wonderful anchorage with twenty five other boats.
Our last night on board the South Passage was highlighted by a Talent Show on-board organised by students. We enjoyed an entertaining evening with many hidden talents being exposed and laughs all around!
We also elected the command crew. Tomorrow, the ship will be controlled completely by the students. We will aim to use the skills we have learnt over the week to safely arrived and moor in Manly Harbour. There, we will disembark at 1430 from South Passage and more importantly, the journey of a lifetime.