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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Townsville Grammar School

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20180725

FROM: Townsville TO: Townsville

DATE: 27 July 2018


REPORT BY: Red Watch

We woke up at 6:30, bright and early, to rain dripping into the sleeping quarters. We all got ready and had cold breakfast and watched the sun rise over Orpheus Island. Then we had a reef knot competition which Blue Watch won and had a hot breakfast of hash browns, spaghetti and toast.  Afterwards, we prepared the sails for the day – Red Watch on the Mainsail, White Watch on the Jib and Staysail and Blue Watch on the Foresail. We soon set sail on a course set for Hinchinbrook Island.

Once we were sailing (there was no wind so we had to use the engine as well) we all soon got into the rhythm of life on a boat. One group was always on watch whilst the rest of us watched the scenery and talked.  We did see a couple of whales – on the distant horizon – and a few dolphins along the way.  Red Watch did a navigation lesson in the sleeping quarters and learnt about the parts of the ship and variation.  For lunch we had burgers – they were really good! (Thanks Cath!) – and sailed to Cape Richards, where we arrived at 3:30.  We put down the sails and anchored off the shore.  Everyone was ferried across to the beach and we went rock climbing, swimming, and played soccer and Frisbee.  After a couple of hours we boarded the boat again, put the sails up and headed towards Cardwell, where we had bangers and mash for dinner and strawberry cheesecake for dessert – It was exquisitely fine dining (Thanks again Cath!).

After dinner it was time for some night sailing.  We took turns steering the ship and doing lookout through the Hinchinbrook Channel, using the lights along the way to guide us.  The water was glassy and the moon was full so we had enough light to see by. Craig thought he saw crocodiles swimming next to the boat but we were not convinced. Blue and White watch knocked off at 9:30, and Red Watch manned the ship into Lucinda Channel where we anchored just offshore. Then, Chelsea and Sophie stayed up till 11 to write this for you. HAPPY SAILORS!

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