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Kia ora Whanau. Our trip started with a fresh-faced new crew of unsuspecting trainees boarding the Good Ship R. Tucker Thompson at Marsden Cove marina. After all farewells were said we motored out towards the Whangarei heads and we started to get to know each other and learn about the ship. It didn’t take long before we had trainees scrambling up the rig and riding the bowsprit. We talked about life aboard the ship, recycling any waste we create, anchoring, line handling skills safety and practiced manoverboard drills.

After all this we were hungry and Kylie prepared a scrumptious soup and cheese scones for lunch. Our plan for the day was to sail up the coast to Whangaruru and sit out the strong winds that were predicted to arrive tomorrow but Captain Steve informed us the plan had changed. He had now decided it would be much safer to motor/sail up to the Bay of Islands and sit the bad weather out there. This meant a long trip sailing into the night, a new experience for our new crew, some who have never seen the sea at night and the luminescent glow of the sea creatures. We rounded Cape Brett about 9.30, and the ‘Hole in the Rock’ looked awesome in the moonlight. We are now tucked up in a very safe anchorage in Orokawa bay and will start our adventures tomorrow. Ma te wa Whanau