Kia ora koutou. Was a welcome surprise this morning to see the rain had cleared and the wind fully dropped, the wild weather from last night past through at about 10.30pm and the stars came out. It was ‘up and at em’ for a swim at 7.30am.  Lots of yelping and bombing, the best Tucker wake up call ever. Chores were done without fuss, and a hearty breakfast prepared by Chris devoured in no time.

After a quick look at the weather forecast, and the chart, we weighed anchor and made way to Motuarohia for a slippery walk up the hill to the lookout. There was a fair swell pushing through from the north, but in the shelter of the islands was flat calm and even a little bit sunny. There was a Tug o War challenge back on the beach, with the starboard watch team proving their strength.

Upon returning to the ship, everyone was quite sandy and sweaty, so another swim and a rope swing was in order. It was here that the sun really did come out and we had a glorious moment of warmth.

It was also here that we had a not so glorious moment, where our good mate Mayson took a slip and dislocated his shoulder! So up the anchor came, and quick smart we made way to Waitangi to meet a friendly paramedic Mark G (thanks heaps!) from St John to re-set Mayson’s shoulder. It was a quick success and Mayson was allowed to stay on board, everyone is so pleased for him.

With things all in order, we set some sails and Chris took the helm and we head out to Moturua. We spent the rest of the afternoon trying to catch a fish. Unlucky are we, and have settled for a warming curry and coconut rice. Chris and Mayson are making a dessert of apple crumble for us, aren’t we lucky….

Good night whanau!