CLIENT: Gold Youth Fraser Island Voyage
VOYAGE NUMBER: 20230114
FROM: Manly to Manly
DATE: 14 January 2023
POSITION: Bulwer, Moreton Is
REPORT BY: White Watch
Today we embarked on our fantastical first day of our eight day journey. We began the morning with a 6 am wake up, as opposed to a 6:30 wake up thanks to Lucy’s alarm going off a little early. At 6:30 we were serenaded by Xavier’s amazing bugle playing skills. After some cereal we had our first introductions to the workings of the ship. We left the marina at just after 9, where we had our first experience with raising the sails. Then we were on our way!
Red watch covered the first watch learning and practicing how to tack the sails. White watch was next to follow in their footsteps, followed by Blue watch. Each watch involves multiple individual roles such as lookouts, deck check, and helm. These positions are rotated every five minutes to ensure each member well experiences each position.
Once we dropped anchor in Bulwer (northern end of Morton Island), we were given the run down on how we were to swim safely, then the green light was given and we were in the water. People were jumping on and off of the ship, and almost everyone had a shot at kissing the Figure Head (Mermaid). As the wind was blowing when we got back on deck, we needed to get dry quickly so we didn’t freeze. By the time we warmed up again, we got straight into a knot tying competition, which Blue watch managed to win, with some strong opponents in the White watch crew.
After the knot competition we were blessed with an incredibly enjoyable dinner from our very own master chef, Cath. As dessert is almost ready, that draws this fantastical first day to close just in time for an early night in preparation for our early start tomorrow.