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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: General Public Voyage

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20230515

FROM: Hervey Bay to Gladstone

DATE: 16 May 2023

POSITION: Lady Musgrave Is

REPORT: Red Watch

The day started nice and early with a departure from Rooney Point at 6am towards Lady Musgrave Island, this was a huge sail day, and the wind forecast was that the weather was not going to be in our favour so there was a Plan B and a Plan C for the day.  However, the winds remained South West, a total of 70 miles was sailed for the day, dropping anchor at Lady Musgrave at 3.40pm – a great effort by all.

Some of the crew found the seas a little challenging this morning as the ship was up and down head on into each wave moving along at some points 9 to 10 knots. Cook Louise cooked up a storm for the day with a couple of crew members skipping lunch instead for some fresh air on the deck.

As we sailed toward Lady Musgrave Island into the lagoon was just magical with the wave’s breaking on the edge of the reef/ lagoon. It really did look like an inland island in the middle of the ocean with a massive wave break going around the island.

Skipper John took 5 crew members ashore to do some exploring of Lady Musgrave Island. This is an interesting island with a lot of wildlife. As we arrived on the tender you could see how clear the water was with some local turtles coming up to take a quick look at us all. The island does have a huge bird population with some of the local feathered friends not worried about humans at all. The island has a massive amount of coral and shells on the beaches and throughout the island. A quick dash back to the South Passage to see the stunning sunset as we arrived back on board of yellows and oranges in the night sky. 

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