CLIENT: Gold Youth Voyage
VOYAGE NUMBER: 20211211
FROM: Manly to Manly via Bundaberg
DATE: 15 December 2021
POSITION: Inskip Point
REPORT BY: White Watch
Today we began the transition from our Practise Journey to the Qualifying Journey for those taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program. This meant having a lot more independence and starting to have students take the initiative in organisation instead of the watch leaders. The day began with a swim, some cricket and red rover on Fraser Island with a picturesque view of our boat against the clear waters. These games allowed everyone to play together and is really what strengthened the bonds between students, bonds which have grown stronger over the first half of our voyage. These bonds are also what keep people together as fatigue and homesickness start to set in, long and late watches are endured and the physical strain on each member of the watches is felt.
After the swim today we set sail through the Shallows, requiring closer watch of markers and knowledge of what they mean – as well as completing 13 “bloody impressive” tacks by White Watch alone (as judged by our watch leader Dave). Despite this physical challenge, Louise’s meals always brighten our days and bring the whole group together as we tuck in to a plate of Mac’n’Cheese and a dessert of cheesecake and peaches. An addition to this meal was added for White Watch member Courtney’s birthday, for whom Louise prepared a plate of cake and lamingtons. By tonight we can already see the growth in each of us, the friendships developed and the many lessons learnt, something which we look forward to seeing continue over the rest of our voyage.