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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: Lorien Novalis Steiner School


FROM: Port Stephens  TO: Sydney

DATE: Day 3, 26 October 2016

POSITION: Refuge Bay, Broken Bay

Report by: Red Watch

An early awakening at approximately 3:30am from Bruce to start sailing. We began sailing this early because it was the best time in coordination with the weather. It was still dark outside, and the moon had only just began rising. Whilst preparing the ropes we noticed some bio-luminescent algae in the dark water, which was an advantage despite the other conditions we were in. We were on the water with a top of 8 knots by 4am, which was the start of our watch shift for the next 4 hours. We saw a beautiful sunrise, and some whales in the sea. By 8am we had finished our shift, and proceeded to nap for a further couple of hours. We awoke at lunch time, and prepared ourselves for another shift which was from 12pm until 3pm.

Whilst sailing on our lunch shift, another sail boat was attempting to race us but failed to come past us. This was because we were heading south at exactly 210 degrees which caught the wind most effectively. This shift went reasonably fast, and afterwards some of the team had a shower.

After our showers we had arrived at the Hawkesbury river system and it was time to take the sails down. The whole class got together and we worked as a team. The sails went down well and we were anchored steadily. By this time it was roughly 5pm which was time for the knotting competition. A figure eight knot and a bowline were the ones we were racing to tie the fastest today. Our team won both knots and are currently in the lead for the competition. Afterwards we had dinner and are now writing this daily report.

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