South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Saint Stephens College

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20190408

FROM: Manly To: Manly

DATE: 11 April 2019

POSITION: Big Sandhills, Moreton Is

REPORT BY: Blue Watch

Blue watch was rising and shining literally on day 4. Our day started off with a 4am to 8am morning anchor watch where we were shining the brass and dancing in the rain. The sun was shining through the clouds off the beach of Tangalooma and all of the crew were keen to get in the water.

The day started off with a knot tying competition where we had to tie clove hitch and finally the white watch were not the only people that had a chance to win. The competition ended in white and blue watches tying for first place and finally the white watch were no longer the dominating team. We all had a delicious bacon and egg breakfast and fought over the two heads so we could get on the beach.

As always it was a rush to the dingy to get to shore. The crew got to experience the snorkelling in the beautiful coral reefs within the shipwrecks. As there were many people wanting to snorkel we took turns in going out in the water. The people that stayed on shore were crazy enough to take a hike up a steep sand hill. We all sat up the top and looked down on the beautiful turquoise coloured water. All of a sudden we started to charge down the hill, most were aiming to stay on their feet but others (Jack) planned to take out everyone in his path. We then got to snorkel around the shipwreck that was a highlight for most but traumatising for others or maybe just other. Some had the struggle of bread being thrown in their direction creating large swarms of fish.

By this time the games of piggy in the middle ended and the rain started to come in. We all headed back to the ship and raised the sails. We then took off on a journey across the ocean to a calm spot where we anchored. We saw dolphins, manta ray and mackerel swimming alongside the ship throughout the day. Before dinner we had another knot tying competition where we were to tie a sheet bend knot in a large line, and white watch were defeated by blue watch.

We were then excused for dinner (the steak was a hit). This was followed by a show starring the crew featuring singing, magic, music and DANCING. It is needless to say that it was a night we won’t forget. At the end of the day everyone was settling down and getting ready for tomorrow, preparing for the student crew to take over. We took a vote on who we wanted to be skipper, sail master, navigator and the watch leaders. Ethan was voted skipper. Mya was voted sail master. Ella and Gareth were voted navigators and Jessica, Kosta and Jorja were voted watch leaders.

We all are apparently ready to take the seas on our own. We all believe Ethan is a trusty skipper and are all ready for him to take over. South Passage has been an amazing experience for all of us students and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get close to their peers, get out of their comfort zone and learn how to sail.

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