CLIENT: Aldridge SHS
VOYAGE NUMBER: 20230821
FROM: Hervey Bay to Hervey Bay
DATE: 22 August 2023
POSITION: Platypus Bay, Fraser Is
REPORT: Red Watch
The day started off with getting woken up by a Bugle. We had a cold breakfast that included either cereal or porridge. Right after we were sent straight into preparation by our Watch Leader for the morning’s Knot Competition. (Reef Knot). Right after the competition we enjoyed a hot breakfast that included toast, baked beans, scrambled eggs with a fancy parsley garnish made by ‘Hungry Hugh.’
After breakfast we were sent to shore on Fraser Island, specifically, Mackenzie’s Jetty. We hiked to the Z-Force memorial where we learnt more about how the SAS was formed and how a group of soldiers were sent into Singapore Harbour and successfully blew up numerous Japanese ships.
After the Hike we returned to the ship and hoisted the sails specifically Red Watch raised the Main Sail throughout tough conditions e.g., Rain and light winds. While sailing throughout the strait we waved to numerous different people in boats and saw whales and dolphins while carrying out our roles and responsibilities in our watch. While off duty, South Passage navigated between an island and a sand bar, throughout the channel. Then we pulled down the sails in luckily, much nicer conditions.
Later, we arrived at a relatively quiet beach at Fraser Island and went to shore to have a swim and play around. A reasonable sum of watch members chose to jump off the front of the South Passage. After showers and cleaning up another knot competition occurred including the Bowline and the Figure-Eight Knot. Immediately after we had a wonderful dinner and dessert once again supplied by the one and only ‘Hungry Hugh’. Finally, each Watch slept or prepared for their duty later in the night.