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Kiaora friends and whanau of the good ship.

Another big day has been and gone. We woke up in the beautiful calm of Mahinepua Bay, where trainees had their usual morning swim- Daisy was the first in- followed by the daily chores.

After breakfast Jayden and Razarn hoisted the anchor, with Ellen doing an awesome job flaking the chain. Off we headed to the main Cavalli Island, Motukawanui, to go and see the mysterious ‘haunted’ old DOC hut, play some games in the sand and do our 30 minutes of silence walking through the bush.

Back on board we had a well-earned lunch of Mac’n’cheese and a lesson on the phonetic alphabet. Lunch dishes were done accompanied by the melodic sounds of Izaiha on the guitar. Then we hoisted anchor again and began our journey back into the Bay of Islands.

Trainees set the sails, with a girl team consisting of Symphony, Michelle, Ngahuia, Grace and Rosie setting the main by themselves. Girl power! Daisy bravely went up to unfurl the topsails with the hope of attracting the promising northerly wind to push us down the coast. Unfortunately the wind did not want to play the game today so Jayden went up later to furl the topsails away.

After sails were set, there was some free time and this involved bracelet making, guitar playing, hot chocolate making, card games, loud laughter and ship steering.

Now we are heading for our place of anchor for tonight- Orokawa bay. With the soup on the stove cooking away and smelling delicious, another good day is coming to an end.

Po marie