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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: The Cathedral School


FROM: Townsville TO: Townsville

DATE: 31 July 2017

POSITION: Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island

Report by: Group C White Watch

The day began at 0630. The party on Palm Island, which we could hear from the boat, was still raging on. A loud, screeching sound rang from the bugle. By 06:40 we were all awake on the top deck of the ship waiting for breakfast. Once the cold breakfast was ready each group gathered in the galley for juice and cereal. The knot competition was next. Each group had to tie a reef knot and a round turn and two half hitches in the fastest time possible. The White Watch won the reef knot. Each group then prepared their designated sails for the day’s sail. Once everything was ready we departed from Palm Island at 08:30, heading for Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island.

When the sailing began more than half of the members started to become seasick. By midday lunch was served, we had delicious burgers, however not many people ate due to sickness. All three of the groups had to help out each other due to the high casualties of sea sickness in order to complete the regular task of tacking. The boat kept pushing towards Horseshoe Bay, slamming through the choppy waves. We finally arrived and began the job of taking down the sails, dropping the anchor at around 16:30.

After that, there was time for another knot competition where the three Watches would tie a figure of 8 and a bowline knot. The white team won the figure of 8 and now leads the competition on points. It was then time for dinner. We were served a beautiful plate of Chinese chicken with stir fried vegetables. It was an exciting, eventful, last day on the boat that was enjoyed greatly.

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