Youth Voyage 2 of 2012 departed Opua today with 11 timid trainees from all over the north. This trip will travel down the coast to Whanagrei, ending at Marsden Marina on Saturday next weekend. The weather looks like it will be favorable for a good sail down the coast, and there is excitement in the air for the possibility of heading to Great Barrier island, if we are lucky enough.
Today we have been orientating the trainees with the ship, and all are bonding well. With the likes of Marsha cooking and Captain Steve’s birthday, it’s gonna be a great week…Read More
A successful sail down the coast this morning with the trainees still at the helm. Arana was doing a sterling job at navigation and there was no seasickness on this leg. Indeed, Tiaki is finally enjoying the awesome experience of the wind in the sails and real tall ship sailing!
Our good ship successfully rounded Cape Wiwiki at the entrance to the Bay around 1.30 pm and headed into the Bay. Tonight they are anchored up at Orokawa Bay for the night and who should be there but our old friend Soren Larsen with Tod Thompson (Tucker’s son) at the helm. So a wonderful chance for a visit to the Soren and meet one of the builders of the ship they have just spent the last week on. And of course a chance to let off a few water bombs too!
Another boat has anchored nearby and they are trumpeting the Last Post in honour of ANZAC day. So Penelope pulled out her saxaphone, Kylie improvised with a maraccas of peppercorns in a jar and Rob is drumming on a bucket. A very cool music session indeed.
They have pipis and kahawai to go with the delicious roast pork for supper. So what a great evening for the last night of their adventure!
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Unlike most of us, the sail trainees had a lie in until 0800 this morning, again waking to the beautiful sunshine in Motukawanui in the Cavalli Islands.
They are putting together a plan for the day and the sail trainees will be in charge of bringing the ship down the coast home back to the Bay. The ever vigilant Penelope has been elected as Captain so we wish them fair winds.
A big celebratory roast pork is planned for dinner on their return into the Bay – yummy!Read More
Weather has been fair with a beautiful morning at Waiiti, so everyone enjoyed a 2 hour trampmaking the most of the lovely weather. On the way back they cam across a dead and decomposing 3m beaked whale which was a sad sight.
Back on board there was pizza for lunch and in the afternoon snorkelling and fishing – Atawhai and Penelope discovered they enjoyed fishing! Aaron and Kylie baked Easater and Anzac cookies and the ship anchored back at Waiiti Bay for the night again.
Apparently the korora (blue penguins) on the shore are very noisy!Read More
Phew, what a huge day for everyone on board the good ship! Once they were anchored up at the Cavalli Islands, everyone was keen to head ashore, but they tucked into pie and custartd first.
There were plenty of games and fun ashore, and Tiaki and Kieren swam back to the ship. Everyone had a late lunch and then a big tidy up to make sure everything was shipshape. Atawhai and Te Wana did an awesome job of furling the tops’ls under instruction of Rob. Zsar was on anchor duties.
The ship is now anchored up for the night on the west side of Motukawanui and all are settling in for the evening. There is silverside for tea and all are well on board.
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