Kia Ora all,


The trainees were eagerly waiting on deck at 0700 hours this morning for their refreshing dip. After chores were completed and a hot breakfast was devoured we went straight into some lessons. We split the trainees into 2 groups where we filled their brains with knowledge of navigation. With their new found knowledge they plotted a course to Paradise Bay where the South Easterly winds would make for a great sail along the way. Upon arrival, we dropped anchor and enjoyed a delicious lunch of rice risotto, chicken and yesterday’s catch of fish and crayfish, yummy!!

To make the most of Paradise Bay we decided to explore a little bit of Urupukapuka Island where we made our way up to Whangapau Pa for a brief history lesson. While we were up there we had a challenge; the trainee who could gather the most wattle (an invasive weed of the acacia family) would get a chocolate fish. With all the trainees getting their hands dirty pulling weeds, it was hard to decide on a clear winner so we all got a share of the chocolate fish!

Back on the beach of Paradise Bay we took advantage of the soft sand to play some games. With everyone involved, the trainees split into 2 teams where we played variations of games like stuck in the mud, jail and freeze. We also had time for a quick beach clean before we made our way back to the ship to take shelter from the upcoming rain.

We are currently gathered in the saloon learning about fishing regulations and the phonetic alphabet before we move the ship to our anchorage for the night at Parekura Bay.

A great day had by all.