South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: General Public Voyage

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20180110

FROM: Sydney TO: Brisbane

DATE: 16 January 2018

POSITION: Currigee, South Stradbroke Is

REPORT BY: Red Watch

Our day began at 4am as we relieved Blue Watch of their shift. Climbing up to the deck, bleary eyed and hair dishevelled, we were met with thankful faces ready to settle into bed after their long and eventful midnight to four watch. It would be a cold morning on shift, but this did nothing to dampen the light mood among us as we prepared to start the day.

Accompanying us in this hour was our fabulous cook Cath who, much to the amusement of other crew members, had risen early to check the garden on her Kingscliff home from the porthole in the galley.

The wind was still blowing strong from the day before and the swell reached 2-3 metres, much to the disappointment of some of our watch who enjoyed the adrenaline induced by the gale warning of the previous day. Although the much-awaited sunrise was shielded by cloud cover, we maintained a cheery outlook and enjoyed the steady speed of 8 knots.

The sunrise allowed for increased visibility as we witnessed significant landmarks including Mt Warning, Cook Island and Point Danger.

The favourable South-Westerly wind of 20-30 knots made for a pleasant watch, allowing us to enjoy the scenery around us and truly appreciate the beauty of Australia’s East coast.

As we continued sailing, we caught sight of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta which signalled our crossing into Queensland. This news led to much excitement as everyone anticipated our arrival at Currigee Beach, where we were given the opportunity to travel via tender and explore the South Stradbroke Island landscape. We spent the afternoon swimming and jumping off the jetty.

The afternoon saw the crew complete journals and work for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, as well as continue the healthy rivalry that has come to be associated with our knot-tying competitions. Lady luck was on White Watch’s side as they broke their losing streak, and Watch members were ecstatic to triumph over Blue Watch, who had until then held consistent first place in every round.

As the sun set, cheers could be heard escaping from the Saloon as the card game Mafia was played. Meanwhile, others chose to sit away from the excitement of the Saloon and watch the sky darken peacefully over Runaway Bay, the pastel colours of the sky contrasting against the mesmerising city scape as it came to life under the stars. Jo and Jacquelene.

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