Pelican is surveyed to take 33 passengers on board when working within 30 NM of the coast or a safe haven. The acronym in the title stands for Persons on Board. Every time we have passengers on board there is, of course, a head count. A crew member then writes the numbers on our board in the main cabin. We can only take 27 passengers as we have 6 crew, which includes my daughter Aurora.
YuuruSo today, the Pelican made three sea journeys, with the intention of getting as many of the kids who are now camped on Connie's Beach a sail. So, not counting crew, we managed to take the maximum of 81 passengers. This did not cover everyone but it was a good start! Here are a few pictures from the day. Tomorrow will be a memorial service for Peter Malcolm, one of the core Pelican crew, who died last year. Peter had forged a very special relationship with Hope Vale and particularly with Des and Estelle Bowen. Some of his ashes are here and we will scatter them from the boat after a ceremony with the Hope Vale pastor on the beach.
Garry giving the first of his three safety talks for the day.
Jazzmin Bowin raising the flag.
Timmy McGreen and his grandsons in the wheelhouse.
Sisters steering Pelican.
Getting photos of the day.
Hazel Bowen and Aurora telling me about a bird they had just seen.
Rochan and Austin
Elaine McGreen and Iri, our youngest passenger.
Heading back to the camp.