Kia ora and welcome to the tales from the second day of the Taitokerau Challenge aboard the R. Tucker Thompson. It started with an early morning challenge, the trainees swam around the ship as the sun rose on a cold wintery sea. With this task completed the ships chores were next, our new shipmates scrubbed, mopped, swept and polished until the ship was spotless, all keen to earn more points for their hard work. Breakfast was then demolished, latitudes and longitudes were learnt as well as route planning, recycling and weather. With our trainees brains overflowing with nautical knowledge they were engaged in the second challenge of the day, a blindfolded obstacle course, from the helm of the ship out to the bowsprit and back. One team seems to be leading in these challenges, who ??

Before we raised anchor the trainees devoured a tasty offering of macaroni cheese, and then we raised the sails and set off for nice afternoon sail.  It wasn’t long before we were joined by a playful pod of Bottlenose dolphins which made our day. As we made our way seaward the winds eased and we slowed to a gentle cruise. A decision was made to strike the sails and return to Cape Home to try our luck at fishing and see what we could find beneath the waters. A few fish were caught with only one of a legal size. Our divers fared better with two nice crayfish and a catch bag of kina coming aboard.

Our evening meal is now finished and the navigation towards the Poor Knight Islands is being discussed. An early start of 0400 is our wake up time, the weather forecast is good, it should be an awesome day!!!