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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Combined School Voyage

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20201125

FROM: Manly to Manly

DATE: 26 November 2020

POSITION:  Tangalooma, Moreton Is

REPORT BY: White Watch

To begin the day of sailing for the Anglican Church Grammar School, we started with a basic debrief of daily activities between the three different groups and general safety instructions around the ship. The first task for us was to open up the jib and staysail. This proved to be a challenging task even with the help from the knowledgeable instructors. Next, we moved to the stern, which was the area where the mainsail was raised. It turned out to be more complicated in comparison to our previous experience where only one person was required to raise the mainsail of the small boats (we sailed in smaller boats in the prior two days of the trip). The accomplishment of setting up the sails demonstrated an improvement of our general skills on a boat.

As South Passage sailed away from Minjerriba Island several tacks and gybes took place along our route to reach our destination at Tangalooma on Moreton Island. After a day of sailing on the open waters, our group took the first anchor watch for the night. This was a new challenge in itself as all boys were tired, no light was present, and tides not being in our favour. Yet, we persevered with determination and got it done as soon as we could.

However, while the new experience of being on the South Passage may have excited most, and many new skills being picked up, the values were the most important. These included respect, opportunities and participation, which crew on the South Passage really pushed for amongst the boys. These values can be carried anywhere in life, not just on a boat and this is what makes the South Passage really special.

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