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Best of the Week

7 September 2014

It’s been a fantastic week to be out and about on the water, hasn’t it? The skies have been clear and the waters calm. It’s made for excellent snorkelling with great visibility, and our visits to the beach on Langford Island have been particularly enjoyable.

This week we were graced with some exceptional wildlife encounters. There have been turtles galore, and on Monday we had both pilot whales and humpback whales swimming alongside the boat.

You can see footage of these remarkable creatures in our Captain’s Choice Highlights Video below!

The Captain’s Choice Highlights Video

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TIP: Look out for the pod of pilot whales, they look a bit like dolphins, and the mother and calf humpback whales swimming just off the bow!

Passenger log and special events

On Sunday, Cathy, the owner of Airlie Apartments was on board to celebrate her birthday (she didn’t tell us which birthday!)


On Wednesday we had a pair of honeymooners, Mr & Mrs Jensen, after eloping in the Whitsundays on Monday.

Three generations

Three generations of one family, The McCanns, enjoyed a family get together on Thursday with the youngest aged just 7 months! The crew loved baby cuddles.

Crew Profile
Jo Ladd – Owner

Jo-Ladd-selfie-225x300Jo is part of the husband and wife team who own Derwent Hunter. Jo is the cheerful voice on the end of the phone and the smiley welcoming face at the marina.

After graduating uni in the UK and travelling the world, Jo fell in love with Airlie Beach and a salty sea dog named Warren Ladd. She married him on board the Derwent Hunter in 2003. Although a qualified legal practitioner, she prefers the feel-good tourism industry and loves sharing her passion for sailing and the outdoors.

The ship has been in the Ladd family for almost 25 years.

“The ship has a soul, it’s like a living thing, and very much part of the family.”


Photos of the Week

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