South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Silver Youth Voyage

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20190930

FROM: Hervey Bay To: Manly

DATE: 2 October 2019

POSITION:  Tangalooma, Moreton Is

REPORT BY: Blue Watch

Before even any of us had woken up, the anchor was raised and the ship was well on its way to it new destination. I think we can all agree this was one of the most memorable mornings of the trip- crossing the Wide Bay bar. Not only were we soaked by the end but some of us had a few bruises from when we were tossed about. The waves were unlike anything we had experienced but for the most of us we absolutely loved every moment. From the waves spraying off the side of the ship and drenching those sitting at the nose to the sudden drops of our stomachs, it was very much like being on a roller coaster. We seemed to be the only ones brave enough that day for we saw only two other boats and judging from how they were being thrown about, I was glad to be on board our ship.

After we got through the bar we hoisted the sails and set course for Tangalooma. The ship became more stable but the size of the waves did not- they remained something like 5m. Majority of the crew survived however there were a few unfortunate souls who were unable to move from the leeward side of the boat, constantly threatened with another hurl over the side. By the end of the day however, we all had our fair share of sea sickness, some throwing up their (what was once delicious) lunch, everyone was in high spirits with another singalong session accompanied by the ukulele.

Through the day and into the night we sailed, passing the much loved Sunshine Coast holiday destination (and those not feeling their best wished they were there). Dinner was a more successful meal for the most of us. After we continue our sail for approx. five hours, with each watch taking their turn to look out for the occasional fishing boat and cargo ship.

Finally, at 2am, we arrived at our destination, Tangalooma on Moreton Island, after the significant challenge of lowering the sails and finally headed off to bed dreaming of the luxury the people in the resort only a few hundred metres away must be enjoying, but proud that we had accomplished something many of us initially thought was insane.

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