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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: School Holiday Youth Voyage

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20210705

FROM: Townsville to Townsville

DATE: 6 July 2021

POSITION:  Rattlesnake Is

REPORT BY: Blue Watch

The exciting moment had finally arrived, the 18 lucky kids finally boarded the boat, the 100 foot gaff-rigged schooner known as the SOUTH PASSAGE. First we were dismissed from the ship to go and get our stuff/sleeping equipment, clothes, etc. Then we walked to some of the eateries in the town for the first night, we then boarded the South Passage and got to know the amazing crew that we would spend the following few days working alongside. Then we all hit the hay for an early awakening.

At 6am/06:00 we were met with a delicious breakfast cooked by the on board Chef Louise. After everyone had their food and everyone was on board, we set sail for Rattlesnake Island. On our way to the island we had a safety brief and spoke a little bit about ourselves. During our sail to the island we had to help our watch teams (Coordinated by our own colour blue, red or white) around the ship, hauling and easing the ropes/lines and sails while then easing them again, then  we had arrived at Rattlesnake Island by about 3:15pm/15:15.

We then prepared the ship for anchoring and then we got to explore the island and go for a swim. We had finished our swim by 5pm/17:00. Once we had left the island we departed in the South Passage’ dingy we then packed it up and tied it to the stern of the ship. At around 5:30pm/17:30 we had a knot tying contest, red team won with an astonishing win with all of their team finished in 1min & 18 sec. This was while doing the simple, but mildly annoying ‘round turn and 2 half hitches, unfortunately, but everyone had fun after as well.

Louise prepared a magical dinner for us. It consisted of some very delicious chicken, rice and veggies, it was so good. We had time to go on top of the deck and chat with mates while Louise was making dessert, which was apple pie and custard. It started raining but with her magical dishes it wasn’t enough to make us upset. At 9:30pm/21:30 it was officially lights out for the crew and all.

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