CLIENT: Townsville Grammar School
VOYAGE NUMBER: 20220720
FROM: Townsville to Townsville
DATE: 21 July 2022
POSITION: Hinchinbrook Is
REPORT BY: Red Watch
Red Watch was on from 0001 – 0400 this morning … not sure how much sleep we all got!
We all woke up at 0630 and quickly had a cold breakfast of cereals and then set off. Before our hot breakfast around 0800, Red Watch was required to hoist the foresail, which was our first go with the sails. The halyards were really hard work and required 4 of us towards the end!
Red Watch then had our hot breakfasts before the knot-tying competition! Unfortunately, we came second by only 6 seconds, losing to White Watch. We had our next watch at 1000-1200. We thrived under the excellent tutelage of the Lady of the Lake, Elenore! She delegated roles for all of us and we took turns in steering, being on lookout from port and starboard, deck check and learning navigation.
Soon after our shift ended, we came into sight of Orpheus Island where an hour of swimming, snorkelling and sandcastles awaited us (Christian turning into a mermaid was a highlight). While some of us forgot our snorkelling gear, those who brought it were stoked with the beautiful underwater scenery!
We left Orpheus Island slightly before 1500 and started to take our turns at showering. We took part in another knot-tying competition (this time for reef knots) at 1700 in which we came last. We quickly ate dinner before our watch which began at 1800. The sunset was absolutely stunning! We are currently anchored at Reis Point on Hinchinbrook Island and are eager for a better night of sleep as we have our next watch from 0400-0800.