Greetings from the good ship.

The moon was shining bright for us on Wednesday morning at 4am as our trainees awoke from their slumber. After our hot choccy we upped anchor and raised the mainsail and foresail to make our way towards the Poor Knights Islands. Along the way we completed our chores and demolished a hearty breakfast as we watched the sun rise above the horizon. After a 4 hour journey we arrived at our destination with our first mission being to explore Rikoriko Cave. With everyone in the dinghy we explored the wonders of the cave while Uncle Rodney told us of its history.

After our cave adventure, it was time for a dive. We motored around to the sunny Eastern side of the Islands where we found a nice rocky cove to investigate. Plenty of fish were seen during the dive with some large snapper that swam along with us. As we rounded a rocky point we spotted a few fur seals basking in the sun enjoying the warmth of the day. We returned to the ship and warmed ourselves up with some hot soup and freshly baked bread for lunch.

After lunch we hoisted our sails and set off on our mission to Great Barrier Island, 54 miles to the South East. Using the wind to guide us down the coast we made great time and arrived just after sunset to Nagle Cove where we spent the night.