We awoke to an early start of 0615 embarking on a journey towards the sea where we waited to watch the sun rise.
At 0800 we enjoyed a warm toasted breakfast and by 0930 we reached Tapeka point and headed towards our destination at Waitangi where we awaited to welcome our friendly visitors, The Lions, the British and Irish rugby team to New Zealand. They were greeted at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Powhiri.
We set sail for Robertson’s Island (Motuarohia) where we took the Tucker Ferry to the shore. The trainees had thirty minute silence walking along the foreshore followed by a snorkel in the lagoon. Pippa saw a stingray and Tove collected some beautifully dried kina.
Everyone came back aboard and we motored to Pareanui Bay where we laid anchor for the night. Most of the trainees got some much needed rest whilst Emmanuel braved the Tucker Challenge. She had her many supporters to help her through the challenge. This is the first trip where every trainee on board has managed to complete the Tucker Challenge, the crew were very impressed! This had meant that our crew has had to complete many Turks head bracelets!
Challenges weren’t over for the day with the trainees competing in the foresail challenge. This involves the whole raising and lowering process from making fast to coiling down on all the ropes but only in pairs of two which is a challenge at the best of times! The fastest time was just over five minutes, just shy of the crew’s demonstration attempt.
There’s just time now for a final practice of the shanties that that trainees have been so busily preparing during the week, which will be performed after dinner. Svea and Jeanne have made the last entry for the baking contest – custard puffs and it tastes delicious! Skipper Tim is busily preparing the traditional Sunday roast.