Whale Bay provided a safe anchorage from the strong winds out in the more exposed areas. After some reluctance the trainees all braved the water for their morning swim, most realising it wasn’t as unpleasant as they had expected. After breakfast they all went for a climb with Jacob, Teri-Faye, Nathan, Alana, Zayea, Quinn, Paihere, Raven and Phillip achieving their yard bracelets whilst Steve went for another dive and brought us back another two crayfish.
Teams Port and Starboard competed in a relay race to all make fast a line and coil down with Port coming home just ahead of Starboard. All crew are impressed with how well everyone is getting on and working together as a team.
We headed off after lunch toward Oke Bay, our anchorage for tonight, with our amazing trainees putting their new skills to use hoisting sails and plotting our course. As I write Nathan is on the helm in exciting sailing conditions of 20 knots gusting 40, all are pleased to be on the safe ship R. Tucker Thompson as she makes light of the wind and wave chop.