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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Volunteer Training Voyage

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20210217

FROM: Manly to Manly

DATE: 17 February 2021

POSITION:  Big Sand Hills

REPORT BY: Blue Watch

The training voyage departed Manly in the rain. Travelling towards Moreton we faced windy conditions which provided the chance to test our skills, including dropping the mainsail on the go. Gusts of up to 40 knots had us heeling over, and racing to Moreton Island.

We approached the leads to Tangalooma but headed south, beating upwind beside the coast of Moreton Island. Frequent squalls were proceeded by gusts. Like the sailors we are, we laughed in the face of the rain and enjoyed the challenge of frequent tacks in heavy wind.  Many thanks to skipper Nicole for a wonderful day’s sailing.

Anchoring at the Big Sand Hills, no one dared a dip, given the rain.  We had an excellent sighting of a turtle. Blue Watch performed impressively at the knot competition, winning two out of three knots, despite the efforts of the trainee skipper who overestimated his ability to tie knots while standing on one leg with his eyes closed. Red Watch won the third knot of the evening.

Crew and trainees enjoyed a delicious chicken dinner (and a wonderful vego option) courtesy of cook Cath.

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