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Sailing with Jennifer Hawkins


Fraser the Sales Rep for Quicksilver (who reckons he is practically the Mayor of Port Douglas) came to see me while I was working on the boat Monday morning asking if I had any plans for my day off on Wednesday. Of course I didn’t… its Port Douglas. What else is there to do except go to the beach, shop or try and get 3 people on a windsurfer board in a swimming pool?

Anyway, what Fraser was getting at was that Doug one of the Yacht owners in Port Douglas (who every Wednesday afternoon takes a handful of guests out sailing around Port), had somehow got The Great Outdoors to come up and do a story on his Wednesday arvo sailing trips. Fraser being mates with Doug was asked to come aboard and find some people to join him on the boat while the production filmed Jennifer Hawkins doing her story. Our main job was to look like guests on board laughing, drinking and having fun.

When Jen and the camera crew turned up we were briefed on what was going to happen and away we went. They filmed us walking down the jetty at the marina and getting on the yacht. I sat next to Jen on the way out of the marina while another boat with the camera crew circled around filming us. She was really nice and seemed happy to talk to everyone and was asking me what I do for a job in Port Douglas, how long I’ve been here for etc. We then headed back into the Marina and the camera crew jumped on board the yacht to film her interviewing Doug. Us guests weren’t needed in any of these shots so we all sat at the back with our drinks and used this opportunity to take some photos.

After that little segment they filmed us all chatting to each other at the yacht club and that was pretty much a wrap. I think the whole thing took about 2 and a half hours but Jen and the crew stayed for awhile after and had a few drinks with us. She was really friendly, down to earth and seemed quite happy to sit with us and just chill out. Fraser and I got our photos taken with her and then off they went.


After the crew left we all jumped back on Doug’s yacht and sailed out towards Low Isles to see the sun set. He let us all take turns steering the boat and gave us all free drinks and cranked up the music. We got back in to the marina around 7pm and after that I headed to Four Mile Beach for a beach party between the Quickie crew celebrating Dave’s birthday and Toni’s hens night.

This Tuesday is my last day at work and then I’ll have a few days in Port to see some sights, do some packing and figure stuff out for when we arrive in Melbourne. I found out it is actually cheaper for me to fly from Cairns to Brisbane, then Brisbane to Melbourne so I will leave Cairns on the 30th, go back home for the night to change some clothes and stuff over and then reach Melbourne on the 31st. The Pacific crew have their own flights booked so Brian will be heading straight from Cairns to Melbourne on the 31st and we will meet up that night. The boys have a week in Melbourne to get everything sorted before filming starts up again so Brian and I have booked a hotel for that week and will go out during the day looking at places to rent up until June. There seems to be a few furnished apartments close to the studio in Docklands so fingers crossed they’ll all be available when we get there. I’m sure we’ll be right! :)

  • More photos of Jennifer Hawkins and Snorkeling at Agincourt Reef will be gradually added. There was a way to upload the photos in bulk but now it has to be done individually so it might take awhile. Sorry!

Posted by Jess_F 02:48 Archived in Australia

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