We woke up in the beautiful Paradise Bay for our morning swim. The sky was overcast, a promise of the rain to come later in the day. After breakfast the boys were happy to get chores done and packed before a great sail to Rawhiti. We landed in the dingy and had a great hakiri at the marae, what a fantastic variety of kai. We were lucky enough to have a performance of a haka that was really powerful and strong.

We set off in a rain squall back to the boat after saying our goodbyes with our new trainees, this time mixed boys and girls. Back on board we got to know our new friends and had a milo to warm up. We slung anchor and put up some sail, our more experienced trainees helping the new ones literally learn the ropes.

We arrived at Indigo Bay in light rain but this didn’t deter our number one diver, Caleb, from another kina mission. Maude, Sofia and Lenecia were the keenest of the girls and suited up for their first dive after a bomb off the boat to test the waters. Tim took us out in the inflatable to the kina spot whilst Captain Steve went cray hunting. The crays were elusive the only big one having a soft shell.

The girls were in the water for ages and got kinas for the boat. Tinopai girls! Back on the boat we had hot showers to warm up then the first lesson in seamanship for the newbies. Steve and Tim taught us to tie knots then we had another awesome dinner, thank you Janna, of corned silverside, potatoes veges and cheese sauce with bread and butter pudding for dessert. Yum. Very impressed with the girls and their keenness to help with the chores. Great to see them settle in so well and get on so well with their family.

Sailing Tucker