Apologies for the late blog, we were anchored in a “no reception zone!” This is a blog written up last night:

We had our morning swim in Whangaruru Harbour after a much calmer night than forecast. The sunrise was brilliant though the clouds promised some rain. After a huge breakfast of boil up, cereal, toast, beans,scrambled eggs and crayfish we headed North towards Bay of Islands. On the way we were very lucky to encounter a pod of common dolphins that gave us an acrobatic display as they played in our bow wake. Papillon took many photos of the very excited trainees who were stoked to see them especially after seeing the bottlenose ones yesterday.

The skipper and crew were disappointed we didn’t get the promised wind that would of given us a good sail North but the trainees were happy to motor, most riding on the bowsprit or in the net and enjoying the rise and fall of the swell. Next we stopped at Motu Kōkako, the Hole in the Rock and everyone piled into the inflatable for an exciting trip through.

Our journey continued to Paradise Bay where we anchored and after burgers for lunch went ashore for a walk to the Pa site. Our keen swimmers Jackson, Joseph and Cole swam back to the boat while Kelly, Jesse, Daffyd, Simeon and Mat took turns to paddle the inflatable back to the mothership. It’s great to see everyone getting on so well and working as a team. Back on the boat it started to rain but bombs and the rope swing were put to good use for some wet weather fun. Mussels and oysters were collected for our seafood chowder.

We had a planned rendezvous with the Fullers boat who were kindly dropping us some supplies off, bacon for the last feast and a bonus box of Rocky road ice creams from Russell booking and Information, thanks Colette, the trainees did an awesome haka, Kelly as kaea was tumeke.

As the rain set in and Pania prepared dinner we had lessons. That done all trainees were keen to try their hand at fishing. They persevered in the rain but weren’t lucky though a huge feast for dinner more than made up for it. IMG_0955