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Day Five, and we are back in the bay and currently heading for Oke Bay – will try and get some photos up tomorrow, as reception out here is still a bit higgelty piggelty to find…

Anyhow, all is well on board our Good Ship, as we awoke a bit later than the usual 0700 morning swim at around 0730 – a well needed half hour sleep in for everyone I think. After the swim, which was rather warm this a.m. We set about doing our morning chores, and eating breakky.

Later on this morning, we set off towards shore, a huge relief for a lot of the trainees, and we set off in the tender, for the Whangamumu Whaling Station, and the waterfall!! – It was a good walk this morning, and everyone enjoyed being back on land even for the short time that it was. Back on the ship, we did a bit of bookwork and decided what we wanted to do for the rest of today, and that was to head back to the bay and to land – the plan was to head to Urupukapuka for a stretch of the legs, but seeing as it is now 4.45 pm it was decided we head to Oke Bay to spend our second to last night onbaord. So we set to work on deck, lashing Little Tuc down and removing clothing off our lines. We also had a visitor, the yacht that was anchored in Whangamumu the previous night was still there, and headed over to visit us all aboard. I think the trainees were excited about seeing some new faces – rather than just the ones we’ve all seen for this whole week.,..

As I write this, the sun is shining, everyone is happy, but very tired, and hanging out in the saloon playing Last Card and chatting. We are heading towards Oke Bay, and posibly even head to the beach once we get there – but who really knows what we may get up too tonight…

Everyone is commenting about how fast this week has gone, and some are even saying how they cannot wait to get home and have a decent shower, but other than that and the odd comment about Facebook or Cell Phones, there really isn’t any complaining. We’ve all been getting to know each other a lot over these past few days, and we really are one tight knit bunch of trainees and crew!!

I will try and get some photos up with tomorrows blog, as it’s a bit difficult to add photos, with reception cutting in and out these past few days – so sorry about having no photos to accompany the blogs…