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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Voyage of Friends

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20220610

FROM: Townsville to Cairns

DATE: 12 June 2022

POSITION: Banksia Bay, Hinchinbrook Is

REPORT BY: Blue Watch

After an uneventful night watch, a bugle call at 6.00 was a rude awakening for some.   As dawn broke, we raised sails to depart from Pioneer Bay on Orpheus Island.  PFD’s and strobe lights were donned by all for the first time.  Breakfast was worth the wait – including pancakes with honey, banana and maple syrup.

Our morning’s destination was Zoe Bay on Hinchinbrook Island.  What an amazing surprise – beaches, aqua water (apparently inhabited by crocodiles), surrounding mountains and blue sky.  After anchoring offshore we took the tender in small groups to land on the beach.  Then we walked to the base of a spectacular waterfall, where a number of us swam in the fresh-water (no croc’s!) pool.   Quite a few also walked higher up to the top of the waterfall, where a natural infinity-pool beckoned.

After re-assembling on board, a burrito lunch hit the spot.  We then motored the short stretch to Banksia Bay, also on Hinchinbrook Island.  Some of us went to the nearby beach, in the tender again, for a relaxing afternoon.

A knot competition in the late afternoon ended the relaxed mood.  In a close contest, Blue Team prevailed, winning both knots in the two-knot competition.  Team leader Kate was proud that her team’s hard work paid off – it was an emotional moment.  Another delicious dinner followed.

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