This was followed by a rather turbulent three-hour voyage to the Britomart Reef which involved careful manoeuvring to dodge countless bombies. Well done skipper!
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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Gold Youth Voyage

VOYAGE NUMBER:  20240629

FROM: Cairns To: Townsville

DATE: 3 July 2024

POSITION: Cape Richards

REPORT: Red Watch

On today’s daily voyage report, we started the morning venturing the channel of Hinchinbrook and admired the spectacular 5.7km Lucinda Jetty; the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Richard, a fellow Red Team member, spotted a pod of whales soon after passing the jetty. After close verification, it turned out to be Free Willy and his brother Moby Dick. We had a whale of a time. Tristin also identified a pod of dolphins and the crew attempted to capture the moment on their cameras.

This was followed by a rather turbulent three-hour voyage to the Britomart Reef which involved careful manoeuvring to dodge countless bombies. Well done skipper! Matilda, accompanied by a few other members, decided that today they would not consume their seasick tablets. The rest was history. Upon the arrival of the reef, and greeted by an almighty gust, the crew prepped themselves to snorkel. The water was initially quite cold however, it was getting out of the water that really froze off our tootsies. Britomart Reef upheld the expected Great Barrier Reef reputation, full of life and a phenomenal array of colours. From juvenile black tip reef sharks, giant clams, stingrays, sea snakes, and of course the extravagant show performed by the fish, the crew truly were entertained and mesmerised. It was most definitely worth the cold plumet.

Once dried, South Passage set sail towards our final destination of the day, Cape Richards. Cape Richards was formerly the home of a popular resort enjoyed by both locals and tourists. Surviving Cyclone Yasi but unfortunately falling victim to arsonists, the resort is no more. Nevertheless, the surrounds and the lighting of the sunset that succumbed the region made a terrific afternoon.

Day 5 also presented us with the Knot Tying Challenge; today’s knot was the sheet bend. Blue Team claimed 1st on the podium completing the challenge in 45secs, Red Team in 47 secs, and White Team close behind completing the challenge in 2mins 54secs. A for effort White team. Chef Hugh’s delighted us with a delicious dinner: braised steak, roasted potatoes, pumpkin and beans. This was complimented by strawberry cheesecake. Yum!

Toot aloo for now, Love from Tristin, Matilda, Wazza and Elise

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