A friend and I went out in July. We were concerned that the high winds would cancel this trip out on the tall mast Derwent Hunter. Nope. This ship excels in the wind. We had a blast carving through big rollers out to a protected secluded beach/reef area. We snorkeled for quite a while and what I saw out there was comparable to what I saw two days earlier, but 50 km further out, on the great barrier reef! Beautiful! The crew of 3 really took care of us, were very professional and clearly were masters of the boat. It was also clear that they love to sail that boat. We passengers got to pull up sails and adjust the peak and all kinds of sailor stuff. The food was cold buffet, and plenty of it. Both of us are vegetarian, and there was plenty of variety for us. The served coffee and tea even when we were rolling through the waves. They provided yellow slickers for the inevitable spray, but expect to get a little wet if the seas are high.
I really didn't know what to expect on this trip, but what expectations I did have were certainly exceeded.
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