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.
We spent the morning sailing across to Black Rocks, with all the sails set. Ebony, Breanna and Paige having fun on the bowsprit, singing songs at the top of their lungs, Tim and Chance showing off their monkey skills, unfurling the topsails aloft.
There was a keen group of snorkellers once we got to Black Rocks, as the sun was shining, and the water, so inviting. The wetsuits were donned, and in they went, coming back with some kina and some mussels.
We spent the afternoon trying to catch some fish at the renouned area of Capstan Rock, just off long beach. With not much luck on that front, the sun showed its evening colors, and we packed up ship and moved to Paroa Bay, to set our anchor for the night.
We have picked up a new trainee today. Welcome William, from Paihia, who joined us this afternoon by dingy.
We have heard everything today from the theme song of the Titanic, to Old Macdonald had a farm. Everyone has had a good day, enjoying the weather and getting stuck in with the sailing, learning lots, and making new friends.