Day three greated us with calm seas and sunshine, the morning swim was a treat, and everyone is up early trying to get the penunt slab for first in the water…

After chores and breaky we had a few lessons, then weighed our anchor and made way to the spot x in hope of finding some scallops. The dive was clear and shallow, but the only kaimoama we found was some huge clams!!! Mathew S’ goal for the trip was to harvest a scallop, but he conceded to diving for clams instead. A great effort to get down to the bottom, with so may wet suits on!!

Lil Tuk, our rowing dingy went into the water as well, and Connacht and Dakota went off,Β  both assurring us they could row. We soon found out that they couldn’t and they went with the wind towards Matauri Bay. Steve went in the dingy and towed them back to the Tucker, they tried to get things together with the oars, but soon were swept away again, instigating a second tow…

After a awesome seafood lunch of crayfish mornay and fish, yum, we upped our anchor and moved over to Matauri Bay. All the trainees piled into the dingy and we went ashore for a walk up to the Rainbow warrior monument.

After our return to the ship, we pulled anchor again and set sail to Whangaroa Harbour. With a steady breeze from the north, we were able to set the full rig, making a grand entrance into the harbour on sunset. Gus, Mathew S and Carl, the 3 lads from Boys High in Whanagrei made a awesome effort to climb aloft to both set and furl the topsail, after yesterdays attempt in the calm of the anchorage, today they went up when we were underway, with a bit of sea state to make it more exciting.. Well done lads….!!!

So we have found a sheltered anchorage in Whanagroa harbour, and the wind has got up to a gusty35knots. The cliffs and bush are magestic, and there is talk of a walk over to Totara north sometime during our stay here……