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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Saint Stephens College

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20190408

FROM: Manly To: Manly

DATE: 10 April 2019

POSITION: Tangalooma, Moreton Is

REPORT BY: Red Watch

The day started off with a rather unpleasant attempt blowing the bugle by one of our peers. After downing breakfast and having the rope knotting competition, the crew headed on deck to prepare the sails. The weather was rather nippy as the ship began to bob up and down. The crew stated to wrestle with the sails as the wind increased 27 knots from the south, causing for the ship to slightly tilt to the starboard side.

From then on, the excitement began when the ship was steered out through seaway, allowing the ocean wind to pick up on the sails. It then caused the ship to heel to port at the beginning, with water splashing through the scuppers and the crew’s adrenaline really started pumping. Many of us got drenched at one point today.

As we sailed across the ocean beside South and North Stradbroke and Moreton Islands, we were lucky enough to be able to catch some dolphins swimming alongside the ship and see some Mutton birds flying in the distance. Then the waves started to pick up and made the ship roll, causing lots of people to get seasick and throw up on the leeward side of the ship. It didn’t help going down in to the cabin, for the discomfort from down there was way much worse than on deck. Some people had a little difficulty in moving about the ship with all of the sudden rocking.

Finally, after sailing for a continuous 6 hours, we reached Cape Moreton. We then changed our course to the Northwest to enter the Eastern Channel, and was changed again so that we were heading to Tangalooma. Although the temperature became much cooler, many of us stayed on deck instead as it was still more comfortable than being in the cabin. We then arrived at Tangalooma at 2000 hours, ahead of schedule, allowing us to finally get our well-deserved rest after a long and tiring day at sea.


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