CLIENT: Byron Bay HS
VOYAGE NUMBER: 20180312
FROM: Manly TO: Manly
DATE: 13 March 2018
REPORT BY: Blue Watch
We arrived on the ship on Monday evening and were shown the bedding and places in our watch. A quick dinner was eaten before we came back and slept on board the ship, alongside the wharf. We awoke this morning and had a nice breakfast consisting of baked beans, scrambled eggs, toast and a variety of cereals, juices and hot beverages. Shortly after, all the students and crew were called up on deck to start learning the basics of sailing a ship. The basics included hoisting the sails and learning the many different knots needed to work the boat.
We then set off, with Red Watch starting the rotation, followed by White and Blue. The weather remained fine and sunny for the majority of the day, until we came on at 2 pm in the afternoon. The crew and Watch then experienced high winds, heavy rain and great heelings of the ship on the port side. While on watch, our job was to keep a lookout, take turns at the helm and lower the main sail to account for the strong winds.
As we began approaching Tangalooma on Moreton Island, the rest of the sails had to be lowered in preparation to anchor. Once anchored, the Skipper took students across the shallower waters to the island in groups of five. Once across the body of water we had a swim and walked to a giant sand dunes with our boogie boards. We walked up the dune and slid down the dune on our boogie boards, there was some stacks and a few scratches but it was all fun and games we even built a ramp and became airborne.
Back at the boat, everybody dried off and got ready for dinner. Before dinner we did the first ropes competition. White won by 20 seconds and the red team was smashed. We came second by 20 seconds and were relatively pleased by that.
For dinner we had roast chicken, vegies and rice. The chicken was nice and tender and came with a delicious gravy. Dessert was apple pie and custard.
After dinner everyone played card games and then the blue watch were on duty, writing this report and making sure the anchor does not get magically sucked back into the ship! We are all hoping to get a good nights sleep.