Kiaora Tucker family.
We had an action packed day today! Waking up at 6:30am, we began our sail out to the Poor Knight Islands with the sun rising over a cloudy horizon. Perfect sailing conditions had us reaching along at an easy seven knots. The wind increased as we approached our land full and this made for an exciting sail! Everyone enjoyed the great conditions, Kyle was on the Helm whilst Piet and Adrian rode the bowsprit almost the whole way there.
We tucked in under the shelter of Aorangi Island and lowered the sails, the water is too deep to anchor so Sariana planned to keep the ship hove to close by while we all went snorkelling and exploring in the dinghy. Ruahine, Katrina, Adrain and Nikki put wetsuits on and jumped in to snorkel through Rikoriko cave and then out along the coast. The water was crystal clear and we found crayfish, lots of Maomao, Snapper and stripped wrass that were all very friendly.
Everyone enjoyed hot soup when we got back to the boat and we set our course for Tutukaka, This was a pretty stiff sail as we had to make 14 miles dead up wind into a gusty 25knots. It took a few hours and was pretty uncomfortable, despite this it seems everyone has their sea-legs and no-one complained of being sick this time.
After dropping anchor everyone went ashore to enjoy a walk out to Tutukaka Lighthouse. This turned into rather a mud-bath and we were all pretty grubby by the time we got back to the beach, Paige and Katrina both took big slides and were particularly covered in mud!
A squall came through when we in the dinghy on our way back to the boat and the heavy rain helped to start rinsing us off. Wayne had hot chocolate ready for all the moment we got back and we were all soon dry and warm.
A quick class on sea safety before supper of corned beef and veggie mash. Everyone will sleep well tonight! Photo credit today goes to Adrain.