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Huge apologies to everyone trying to read the blog last few days, we have been out of reception, to much frustration. Everyone is doing mighty fine and we are having a great time now the weather has fined up.. here are our stories…..

Kia ora whanau…Day 4. …What a beautiful day we were graced with this morning our day started like all the rest, a quick swim, chore  and breakfast with all that out the way we boarded our long boat and went on a shore excursion armed with our bait net in an attempt to catch some Koheru but sadly we only got 3 Gar fish…. when we got back Kylie had a hot pumpkin soup ready for consumption…..

After lunch the wind had swung around to the southwest as anticipated so we picked up anchor and set course and sail for the Cavalli Islands…. As we veered off from Lion’s Rock we were greeted by a pack of common dolphins playing on our bow with Dharia, Riley Bianca and Courtney just out of arms reach of where the dolphins were playing whilst riding the bowspirit. Hamuera, Vahnce and Daria sat in the net to wet their feet and got wet up to their shoulders they had a blast!!! We are currently in Wainui bay for the night roast chicken for tea all is well on the goodship………

Day 5.. Was a misty morning at Wainui, and the water had a bit of a bite at 7am.. with favorable weather to visit the Cavali Islands, we headed straight there after breakfast.

We landed on the northern face of Motukawanui, and marched our way over the middle of the island, through mud slippery slide pathway, up hills, through the puriri forests, and down over the small damp creeks, all the way to Waiiti Bay, where our trusty ship was waiting. Everyone had worked up such a sweat on the walk, and the sun had managed to peak its way through, we donned our togs and had a huge rope swing swim, and yummy lunch prepared by Rob. Was a great feeling amoungst the group, for the stretching of the legs and the run/walk burn off some energy was much needed.

We made our way to a new spot, on a small outcrop of rocks off the southern end of the islands, and a few keen divers head off for an explore. Steve and Bianca went off in one direction, and Wayne, Vahnce , Hamuera went off in the other. Whist they were away, the rest of us baited hooks and burleid up, and within a very short time, it was Wham! Snapper!! Wham, Snapper!! Wham!! And so it went. Riley pulled up a beauty, huge grin across his face, Jahnica got a nice one too, and Dahria pulled in a couple of beautys, the biggest one cutting through the line just as it was getting pulled out of the water.,,And I have to say that was The Biggest Snapper the Tucker had seen all winter… close to a 10lber… but she got away…..doh…Kylie pulled in 3 more decent size fish and Matui pulled up a Porae. So the hoots and howls were to be heard near and far when the divers arrived back with 5 crayfish!!!! And some fresh kina!!! …. Oh, what a day…….
We parked up in the shelter of Matauri Bay for the night and everyone was so happy. Lots of singing and games going on late into the night…

Day 6… the excitement for making the most of our last day, and the buzz of yesterday, the sunshine, today has been another great day… All the trainees are like a family that has known each other for ever…even though the anticipation for home time tomorrow is in the front of everyones minds…
We woke at Matauri Bay, not a breath of wind. The sun was warm and the morning swim was actually enjoyable. Some stayed in a bit longer than usual, and breakfast was late, for the hanging out in the sun after swim, was the morning vibe.
After brekky, the deployed the dingy and all made way to the land for a bush bash up the hill to have a look at the Rainbow Warrior Monument. It had been planned last night for a Tug-of-war on the beach. Boys against girls, then winners compete against the crew….. Give you a guess who won….a couple of dolphins graced us with their prescence for over a hour, they circled the ship, once we had done on the shore.

Once returning to the ship, we had a huge effort in the Galley to get all the kaimoana ready for lunch. Courtney made a massive bowl of coleslaw, Riley, Jahnica and kylie made the crayfish and garlic butter, and Riley and Lukas made the crumbed snapper…. Lunch was huge and some tried things for the first time, it was all gone not long after it was put on the table, and the dishes pile was the size of a small mountain!!! Absolutely awesome… Bianca and Kaitlyn were quick into the galley and whipped up a banana loaf for afternoon tea.

So we have set our sails and turned our bow towards the Bay of Islands. With huge smiles and a following sea, we sailed like a rocket ship in the afternoon sun, at 8knots all the way back into Whale Bay, passing a pod of Orca on the way…
Everyone is looking forwards to tomorrow, but their minds and memories will still be with the ship for awhile yet, the buzz will take a bit to wane…see you all at Opua…