Ahoy landlubbers,

The morning started as always with a quick mineral spa and daily chores although we had a bit of an audience on this occasion. Today was another big sail and the weather was kind to us once again. We set off form Kawau and headed into the North Channel with Levon keen to sit on the bow sprit as we bounced through the waves. He may have regretted his decision when he got soaked to the waist but he came back smiling! As we came out of the channel we set all the sails and tacked our way up the coast past Omaha, Mangawhai Heads and Waipu Cove. Finally the wind dropped about 10 miles from Marsden Point and we had to rely on the Iron Topsail but having sailed over 150 miles throughout the week we couldn’t really complain.

Once anchored in Urquharts Bay we decamped to the shore for an evening walk up to the gun emplacements on home point. We were treated to a beautiful sunset before returning to the ship for a mean feed of roast pork and all the trimmings; but not before Manaia and Piki found time for one final swing and dip from the yard. Another busy day and a fitting end to our journey.