Kia Ora Whanau,

The sky was a blanket of clouds as we endured our 7am swim in Smokehouse Bay this morning. After chores and breakfast we gathered around the saloon table to learn about tides and weather. Feeling the urge to explore some more of the island, we weighed anchor and made our way to Moanauriuri Bay where we were very privileged to be given a tour of the new Kawa Marae.

Unfortunately, despite our morning lessons we managed to get the dinghy stranded high and dry by the receding spring tide. Luckily with our 11TP (Trainee Power) propulsion we managed to re-float and head back to the Tucker for well earned Bacon and Egg pie.

After lunch it was time to set sail for the mainland and the trainees hoisted all the sails like a well oiled machine to get us on our way. We motor sailed as far asHauturu Island (Little Barrier) where we were treated to some stories of days passed. No sooner had we turned off the motor than the promised SE winds developed to give us an exciting sail across the gulf. With a top speed of 9.3 knots we covered the remaining distance in record time and are now anchored in Shark Bay on Kawau Island. Having just demolished a great roast chicken dinner, we are now all ready for bed.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA