CLIENT: Gold D of E GP Voyage
VOYAGE NUMBER: 20220418
FROM: Gladstone to Manly
DATE: 20 April 2022
POSITION: Urangan Hervey Bay
REPORT BY: Red Watch
We awoke early to the sun breaking over the gorgeous Lady Mulgrave Island, the bright sun rays promising a clear day. After our breakfast routine and knotting competition, we set off, gingerly wounding our way through the coral reefs, into the open waters and raising the sails. The early sun rays had lied – we were drenched in a sudden squall in minutes. Our spirits undampened (unlike our clothes), we smiled bravely at the horizon as the skies turned from grey, to blue, to grey again.
By afternoon, the rain had subsided and the turquoise waters were once again gleaming in the light. Pairs of dolphins took turns racing the ship and a couple happily stayed under the bow, ducking and weaving from side to side. Cameras were almost lost in the waves as we eagerly leant over for a closer look.
By nightfall we were still not at our destination, and the night crew kept watch by the light of the waning moon. Eventually coming into Urangan Harbour shortly before 11pm, the sails were lowered in the dark, before we were finally allowed our well-earned nightly rest.