Hunter was first in the water this morning for the refreshing dip in the cool waters of Peach Cove. Morning chores were hastily completed before we enjoyed a hot breakfast in the saloon. A lesson on line handling was done to prepare us for our sail towards Tutukaka. With the mainsail, foresail and headsails raised we made our way around Whangarei Heads and up the coast towards our destination. In the port and starboard teams our trainees took turns on watch and navigation with Spiritual being first behind the helm and Te Morehu entertaining us with his musical talents behind the guitar. A pod of dolphins and a giant flock of around 1000 birds (not exaggerating!) made for great viewing along the way.

Upon arrival into Tutukaka Harbour we set the anchor then lowered the tender to make our way towards shore to explore the lighthouse. Sebastian led the way on the rugged trail with everyone close behind, racing up and down the steep tracks to enjoy the view at the top of the hill. A competitive game of ‘helium’ was had on the beach before we made our way back to the ship to make the most of the remaining sunshine and enjoy a swim. Our water rats Spiritual, Kommrad and Sebastian showed off their many skills while Liam helped lower Lil Tuc into the water for Kommrad to practice his rowing.

With everyone warm and dry and the sun now set, the trainees are gathered in the saloon completing their daily logs while we await a scrumptious peanut satay dinner.