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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: General Public Voyage

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20210601

FROM: Airlie Beach to Townsville

DATE: 2 June 2021

POSITION:  Whitehaven – Tongue Bay

REPORT BY: White Watch

After a cloudy with light rain overnight, and a great nights’ sleep (mostly), today the South Passage crew and passengers awoke in a sharkless Cid Harbour (cue jaws music here…. ).  

The day kicked off with a stunning win in the morning’s knot-tying competition, with the White watch team easily trouncing the other shocked knot-tying teams.

After a short motor to Cid Harbour whilst breakfasting on fabulous baked beans and scrambled eggs, we arrived at Nara Inlet where crew and passengers enjoyed a thankfully short amble along the Ngaro Cultural Walk and caves.  Views were amazing and we were all able to create a connection with the Ngaro ancestors by touching the etched handprint.

We then sailed through the narrow pass between Hook Island and Whitsunday Island, passing Dumbell Island, tacking dozens and dozens and dozens of times, mooring in Tongue Inlet.  Here the shore party disembarked to Tongue Point for a walk over to the lookout and then onto a delightful swim at Hill Inlet.  Gazing longingly over toward Whitehaven Beach (where we should have been swimming!).

On return to the good ship South Passage, we were entertained by the soft dulcet tones of Niall’s flute from the foredeck and Skipper Phil’s ukulele playing Blue Bayou in the galley.

Surprisingly, the evening knot-tying competition was won by Red watch, despite some excellent sledging from a “bystander”.

And of course, yet again a delicious meal and dessert was provided by the every present and endlessly working Cath in the galley..  our galley-cat(h).

Later that evening, in the dining room we saw a fast game of Five Crowns and a very Qld focused Trivia quiz.  Everyone was a winner.  There was more to tell….. but Mal cut us short.

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