South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Trinity College Goulburn

VOYAGE NUMBER: 20171103

FROM: Sydney TO: Sydney

DATE: 4 Nov 2017

POSITION: Refuge Bay, Broken Bay

Report by: White Watch

We woke up at 4:00am in the morning, the temperature was high but not as high as our aspirations for the weekend. The beautiful Harbour Bridge and the opera house greeting us as we took triangulations. Little did we know that this calm, quiet morning would become an exciting, treacherous journey as we learnt to tie knots and raise the sails.

We headed off into a sky full of grey, everyone waiting anxiously to get a taste of what the South Passage would present to us. In our separate groups, red, white and blue, we were able to work together as a real crew and experience what was yet to come. We tacked and gybed roughly about 8 times before we made it out to open water.

We were fed with scrumptious meals prepared by Dennis including fresh burgers for lunch and soon after, we were called on deck to do our watch positions. AND HEAVE! we headed straight out into open water. The weather made it quite a challenge to do our duties and stay upright.  Soon a light patter of rain began to fall and waves were beginning to grow. Helming was everyone’s favourite job!

Having the trust from the crew and the Skipper while directing to your destination, is such memorable moment. Having control of the South Passage in the palm of your hands makes you realise how much responsibility is needed in this journey. Be warned, as the Passage is for rough, tough and adventurous sailors. But also, for laughers, learners and lovers of the sea. PS We had a birthday member with us, but really it felt like it was everyone’s birthday!

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