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South Passage Daily Report

CLIENT: General Public Voyage


FROM: Sydney TO: Brisbane

DATE: Day 6, 13 January 2017

POSITION: Jacobs Well

Report by: Sailing Master

Current position is S 27D43.999’ E153D 21.538’

Daylight saw SP still running in a one line direction with Byron Bay well behind us. The sea was glassy smooth, with barely any swell, no wind to speak of all of which made for very easy cruising, but not good for sailing. Reminds me of the saying that; “ships look good in harbour, but that’s not what ships are designed for”, similarly SP is a sailing ship, cruising is not what it was designed for. At least the sea sickness was a distant memory.

11:00hrs saw us enter the Gold Coast Seaway, where we dropped the sails, before motoring up to Currigee Beach. Here one of our crew, Isobel disembarked, while the rest of the crew went ashore for some off boat time. Later in the afternoon we motored up the channel to Tiplers Landing for some shore time for all the crew.

In preparation for a reasonably quick trip across to Tangalooma tomorrow (and hopefully some sailing on the way) SP carefully navigated her way further up the channel in the dark, with the crew keeping careful watch for navigation beacons. It is hard to believe that after such a slow trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour, SP is now almost within sight of her home port of Manly.

Report by RED Watch:

The legendary red watch crew was up at 0400 for our first shift for the morning. Had a great hot breaky cooked by the famous ship chef Hugh. At around lunch time we entered the Gold Coast Seaway, where boat traffic increased enormously and senses were on high alert. Stopped at the southern end of South Stradbroke Island, where we burnt layers of skin off our feet running across the scorching sand for 500 meters to get to the relief of the cooling ocean. After we had our swim we got back on the boat and motored down to Tipplers Resort where we had a snack and cold drink and a game of pool. Once we headed back on the boat we had dinner; chicken drumsticks and rice/stir-fry veges cooked by our majestic chef. We then zigzagged down the seaway to Jacobs Well where we are anchored for the night, Catcha’s all tomorrow!

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