CLIENT: Gold Youth Voyage
VOYAGE NUMBER: 20240103
FROM: Sydney To: Brisbane
DATE: 4 January 2024
POSITION: Refuge Bay
REPORT: White Watch
Today was our first full day on South Passage. Ecstatic for the day ahead we jump out of bed when we heard the bugle blown. We started off with a hardy breakfast of cereal and/or porridge and moved on to the knots competition. We came second in this competition, competing to see who can tie a round turn and 2 ½ hitches the fastest.
Next, we had a hot breakfast of eggs and beans on toast before moving on to cleaning and galley duties: washing out one of the bathrooms. We then moved on to rope handling training. Learning how to belay properly, use the backstays and tie off the ropes properly to keep everyone safe.
Finally, we moved on into the sea. It seems that everyone became drowsy after taking their seasickness tablets because if they weren’t on watch or having lunch, everyone was asleep on deck. During our watch, our team performed the difficult sailing movement of the gybe As an introduction to our new skillset. We executed the gybe extremely well, gaining confidence as a team.
We dropped anchor here in Broken Bay. We planned to go ashore before dinner, but sadly the weather had other plans. The crew came below deck to play card games such as ‘Uno’, ‘Tongues’, and cheat. Slowly getting more and more bored, we began making rules to ‘Tongues’, saying that whoever lost first would have to go and ask the skipper when we could go ashore. After a couple failed rounds, we decided we would all march up there together. Unfortunately, we didn’t get too far as we found out that the skipper was asleep.
We were soon informed that we would have dinner and then go ashore. During dinner conversations we found that one of our team members is never full, and wouldn’t stop talking about how he wanted more spaghetti. The conversation soon moved on when the conversation moved back to going ashore. And everyone excitedly hurried to finish their food.
We went ashore with Bill’s dinghy, going six people at a time. But finally everyone made it and we moved on to a hike up a hill… that soon became a hike back down after deciding it was too steep and slippery. It’s now time to wind down, shower and soon, to go to sleep. We would say today was a very successful first day.