South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Townsville Grammar School

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20190731

FROM: Townsville To: Townsville

DATE: 2 August 2019

POSITION:  Haycock Is

REPORT BY: Red Watch

It was an early start for red watch, waking up at 4 am ready to polish up the brass, fill in our adventure booklets and wake up Cath (the biggest MVP of them all) to feed the crew for another action-packed day. We started with cold breakfast as usual which quickly commenced into the most anticipated component of the day: the rope tying competition. Luckily the red watch earned their first win (spoiler we got ripped off in the next one). Once our two breakfasts were over we all pitched in to haul the sails and set off for Hinchinbrook.

As we neared the Lucinda jetty we all witnessed the beautiful sight of two whales breeching in the distance. Our smooth journey was shortly interrupted when we hit the open seas and the winds picked up significantly. For some of us, it was great fun up the front bouncing up and down in the net of the bowsprit. For others, the ride was a bit less of an adrenaline rush and more of an uneasy sail. Our stomachs soon settled as we passed the back of Hinchinbrook and headed into Garden Island. Due to murky croc-infested waters, swimming wasn’t exactly an option but that didn’t stop us from exploring the island, cracking open some fresh coconuts and attempting to fish.

Before long it was time to head back onto the boat and get ready to set off for the night and tuck into some yummy dinner (and dessert). For red watch the night didn’t end there, as we took up our spots on night duty. It was freezing cold but luckily the sky was full of twinkling and shooting stars. After a long day and some warming hot cocoa it was time for us to lie down for some long-awaited sleep. Can’t wait for another big day of sailing tomorrow!

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