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Best of the Week
30 September 2014
This week was all about the kids, with school holidays in full force in the Whitsundays. Children of all ages got to snorkel with turtles, help raise the sails and dress up as pirates and take over the ship. As well as being a lot of fun, we received some beautiful comments in the Ships’ Log like this one:
“Enjoyed the day. The staff were all fantastic, helpful and informative about boat, area, fish & turtles. The day has been enjoyable and our boys have enjoyed their experience of the Whitsundays and have had a better education by actually taking part, other than watching a dvd or googling on the internet. Keep up the great work.”
– Brad & Heidi Eggleton
The Captain’s Choice Highlights Video
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TIP: Get a good look at Langford Island sand cay at 1.13, a HEAP of turtles and good coral footage from 1.27, and at 2.55 you’ll see a full view of the magnificent Derwent Hunter.
Passenger log and special events
Repeat travellers keep coming back
Plenty of repeat travellers this week, Lynne & Stewart Sykes broke the record marking this as their third visit on board. They once again left their mark on board the Ship’s Log:
“Sailing again on the Derwent Hunter. Sparkling sea, spectacular scenery. Fun & laughter to enjoy. Bali Hai beach – a little gem. Friendly & informative staff. Well worth repeating AGAIN!”
– Lynne & Stewart Sykes, Victoria
Local boy Zane spent a week doing work experience on the Derwent Hunter and even managed to produce some excellent turtle gopro footage to the envy of his friends. Zane was an asset to the team and will hopefully come back and sail with us again in the future.
Favourite extract from the Ship’s Log
“A fantastic trip that truly encapsulates the character and appeal of the Whitsundays. Efficient and friendly crew, plus tucker aplenty, this tour should be on everyone’s ‘Whitsundays bucket list’. ”
– From one Happy Brisbanite
School’s out for summer
30 international students had fun in the sun on a private charter on Derwent Hunter as part of their East Coast spring break escape. They had one day to experience the Whitsundays and what a day it was. Cool tunes, turtles, chilling out under sail with a few beers and a glass of wine. They are all warmed up for their next stop at Mission Beach.
Josh Lloyd-Parker – Captain
Josh is a real old salt from a seafaring family and has spent most of his life on boats. He bought his first boat when he was 18 aptly named “First Love”, but promptly changed its name to something a little less romantic.
When not at work, Josh likes to “get away from buildings” this usually involves jumping on his own boat and heading away from civilisation for a while.
Josh’s knowledge of marine life is so extensive, we think he must have been a fish in an earlier life.
The best thing about sailing in the Whitsundays on the Derwent Hunter?
“Being under sail with 21 knots of breeze, introducing people to the whole new world out there”