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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Voyage of Friends


FROM: Cairns TO: Townsville

DATE: 28 June 2017

POSITION: Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Is

Report by: Red Watch

The day started efficiently at 9.00AM with the handover to Captain Stan, Sail Master Helen and Navigator Anne. All teams worked to order with each tack smoother than the last. The winds were a little against us, such that we sadly arrived at Horseshoe Bay 10 minutes past beer o’clock. Nevertheless a great days sailing was had by all. An enormous compliment was given to all the crew by Skipper Chris saying that he felt that this was possibly the least stressful command day of sailing he had had with the crew in control from many hundreds of voyages. Well done crew. Our stand in cooks, Sue and Annette, did Cath proud with their expertise in the galley.

The red team continued great form in the knot tying competition, with a comprehensive overall win. Ably coached by Team leader Roger who is a little more competitive than initially thought. Fair to say that Steve (red 6) lost the plot a little trying to tie a reef knot whilst out on the bowsprit to secure the jib.

The quiz and talent quest were a highlight with various talents displayed including Ken’s quintessential Aussie bush jokes, Phill’s harmonica rendition of Van Morrison’s Moondance, a Gilligan’s Island take-off of South Passage by white team. The “cranial nerves” song by Red Watch was a crowd highlight but for some bizarre reason scored poorly by the judges.

Day captain Stan spoke about “The Normandy” a French liner in the 1940s that met a sad end in New York harbour to a fire and the calamities of the New York fire crews trying to put it out.

The weather was fair, the sailing was strong with great company as we all get to know each other better with each day. This being our penultimate day, we have all learnt an enormous amount about sailing a ship like the South Passage. A journey and an adventure that will be long remembered.

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