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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Voyage of Friends

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20220610

FROM: Townsville to Cairns

DATE: 15 June 2022

POSITION: Fitzroy Is

REPORT BY: Blue Watch

The evening saw the ship turned into a travelling sideshow of singers, dancers, poets and actors. We had no idea of the amount of thespian talent present on board. It was in fact a talent quest and proved to be highly entertaining for one and all. Tim stole the show with his amusing and improbable retelling of the history of Hinchinbrook Island. Runner up was Paul with his fantasy/horror piece with a big plot twist that had us in suspense till the last. Other highlights included Charles reliving his hippy past, a fun version of the Gilligan’s Island theme song with original lyrics and a stirring poetry reading from Pete. John offered an operatic element to the evening while Phil (Skipper) accompanied on ukulele.

The morning began early with a bleary-eyed session on practice tying of rolling hitch and the double sheet bend knots. Despite our sleepy and tentative start Blue team excelled in the knot tying comp adding yet another notch to our belt.

Our reward was a lovely cold breakfast where we hardly missed the banana with our {hot} porridge. Thank you Cath yet again for your hard work and your smiling face.

After breakfast we set sail for Fitzroy Island. On the way we had our first close encounter with a huge cargo ship crossing paths one nautical mile away. Thanks to the tactical intervention of our crew we gybed our way out of a potentially dangerous situation. The wind picked up and we increased speed to over 10 knots. We arrived at Fitzroy Island around 2.30pm and about 20 people disembarked to walk on the steep paths surrounding the island. Several reached the summit before we all met up again at Foxy’s bar where we enjoyed a social drink. Unfortunately the Turtle rescue centre was closed so we had a few disappointed turtle lovers.

After our refreshing stop at Foxy’s we reboarded South Passage for yet another fantastic dinner of roast vegetables, delicious steak curry, and felafel for the vegetarians.

After dinner we nominated Command Day crew for the final voyage tomorrow where the novices will be handed the reins and will run the day’s sailing.

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