And we’re off! Our first youth voyage departed around midday today. There was excitement in the air as the crew busied themselves with the various jobs that need doing to get underway. Last minute supplies, fishing bait and hooks, a good smell wafting from the galley of soup for lunch…. and brilliant sunshine to see them on their way.

Thanks to the modern miracle of our AIS tracking system, newly installed thanks to a generous donation last year, we can now track the ship on her every movement!!!! There are no secrets any more. So we know that they have left the Bay of Islands, rounded Cape Brett and are safely anchored for the first night in the beautiful Whangamumu Harbour. There is usually no cellphone coverage out there so we won’t expect a blog update tonight.

Click here to check their location.