After a beautiful night being lulled to sleep by gentle rolling in Mahinepua Bay it was a leisurely start this morning. Well almost ! The 7 am swim was a shock to some but not as bad as being woken by the bell rung by Bligh, who has claimed this job as his own. Codi and Willow led the charge into the tide. It’s still uncertain whether this keenness was due to the chocolate at stake or the desire to beat the queue for the hot shower on deck.Read More
Greeting’s Landlubbers! Our lovely skipper let us sleep in until 04:30 this morning. After raising some sails and a hot chocolate we set off to the Cavalli Islands. After watching a magnificent sunrise, we dropped the anchor, completed our chores and had a nice breakfast. Our trainees then went snorkeling and came back with a nice sized Crayfish!Read More
It was a beautiful sunny morning, with a gentle breeze that greeted our sail trainees joining us for this voyage. They hailed from all points across Tai Tokerau – from Kaitaia in the real far North, Hokianga in the West, Kaikohe in the mid North, Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, further south from Whangarei and south east from Ruakaka. All were welcomed on board and off they set, looking nervously back at their whanau, friends and siblings waving back to them from the shore. Off for 7-days of adventure at sea.Read More
Greetings from the good ship to thy land lubbers …… This morning we were greeted by liquid sunshine as we went for our morning mineral spa to wash thy sleepy eyes then it was straight into chores and breakfast our usual morning routine.
Then we got ‘Little Tuc’, our rowboat, into the water and raced around the mother ship in teams of two. The trainees battled each other for the fastest time Breanna and Clayton claiming victory with a time of 01:17
Kiaora everyone!!! We have had another great day today onboard the good ship. Cramming in as much as possible while the weather is good, everyone is getting right amongst it!
We have travelled far and wide around the bay today, out to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ for a bit of a ride through in the dingy, the swell giving an exhilarating ride through and stirring up the sea enough to see schools of trevally and kingfish feeding, a fantastic sight.Read More
Kia ora te Whanau , the fourth day of our voyage and our trainees have become acclimatized to the morning swim, they awoke sometime before 0600 and were champing at the bit to get in the water. It is amazing what the reward of a chocolate slab can do.!! William was the first in the water so he won the prize.Read More
Kiaora koutou. It was a still night in Paroa Bay last night. We all got up early this morning to see the dolphins swimming around the ship. By the time the sun had risen enough for our morning swim, they had gone, but there was no hesitation to get in the water, despite the chill. Everyone has learned to get straight in, and not linger in the cold morning air, then the hot shower is your reward. This morning it was Kylie and Cassy first in.Read More
Its been a stunning day in the Bay today. The trainees had their first taste of the morning swim, with Te Haerenga Mai (Wowo) making the first splash. The hot shower on deck was well received after the swim, as it was quite nippy with the slight southeasterly.Read More