Kia Ora from the Good Ship now back in the Bay after a belting sail up the coast. Although the wind whistled through the rigging last night we were spared brunt of the storm and everyone got a good sleep. The morning swim and chores were quickly dispatched and after a hearty breakfast of fried fish the trainees readied the ship for sailing. The anchor team worked as a well oiled machine to haul in the 50 metres of chain that had been deployed to keep us safely stuck in the mud. With Tashana at the helm we headed out of the Whangaruru Harbour and into the Pacific Ocean with a building swell. Alex climbed the rigging and with Wayne’s guidance overcame her fears to touch the end of the swaying yards and earn her bracelet.

Not long after we left the safety of the harbour, disaster struck and all hands were called on deck with the shout of “Man Over-Board”! The crew responded with lightning speed but sadly the Tea Towel sank before we could retrieve it, Tangaroa had spoken. Captain Steve uttered a few words and a minute’s silence was observed by the whole crew. Passing Bland Bay the wind picked up and the Good Ship heeled over for some exciting sailing; the trainees took turns to ride on the Bow Sprit and revelled in the rock and roll motion. Artistic activities filled the rest of the day: Halo taught the others how to make bracelets and with the ukulele project complete, songs were composed and sung. With a crystal clear sky, all of the stars were out and some of the crew opted to sleep out on deck – we’ll see if they last the whole night!