Kia ora Tucker whanau
We woke up this morning to the pitter patter of trainee feet on the deck, still learning how best to be quiet in the mornings. First in the water was the ship mermaid, Denise. Everyone got in the water for a wash and then the ships chores were completed.
After brekky, we got into groups and trainees learnt about line handling and sails. Then it was time to put the new knowledge to the test! Engine checks done by the Port group, Starboard were in charge of pulling up the anchor. Everything went smoothly and we went on our way, out of Orokawa and off towards Motukokako.
All trainees successfully pulled the sails up and had a go at climbing up the rigging as we were in the protection of the Bay. As we left the Bay, the swell started to pick up and most trainees were up on the bowspirit enjoying the rock and roll, some even getting a bit wet as the waves splashed up the bow.
Once past Motukokako, the swell became a lot more manageable and we had a yummy lunch of Falafel and coleslaw. With the plan of going for a snorkel, we changed course and went to Outu Bay and almost bumped into a whale!! It only hung around for a short time though but everyone got to see the majestic beast.
Anchor down in Outu Bay and Renata, Merrec, Michelle and Ariana went for a snorkel while everyone else did bombs and manus off the ship, hoping for a crayfish. Unfortunately the crays were in short supply so we had to make do with the plentiful kina.
Now we are off to our night anchorage at Whangamumu with a big pot of something nice smelling on the stove.