31 March

Log: MARCH 30

Voyage 839 has begun, an adventure, new friendships , and challenges are before us in the next 10 days. Waitemata Harbour was calm and warm as we sailed gently to the East to anchor off Motukaraka Island in Tamaki strait.
We had a brilliant sunset and glorious sunrise with a morning swim to awake us, now the day and voyage unfolds before us(exciting times for all).

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2 April

Log: APRIL 01

Te Kouma Head lays to starboard at 400m of our anchorage, the laugher echoes off it as we swim in the calm sea. It's day 3 , and we await to do more sailing, learning the ropes and having fun. Leadership & history all is part of the day for us and as always some fun. The plan is to operate in this area (Firth of Thames ) for a few days, discover, explore and enjoy the company of fellow shipmates.

4 April

Log: APRIL 03

Tikapa Moana( Hauraki Gulf) passed beneath us as we steamed towards Te Hauturu-O-toi (Little Barrier Island) in sunshine, warm airs and a calm sea with a blue sea. A calm night laying at anchor off Hauturu and all that could be heard was the singing of the ships company and seen was the stars above us. This morning we awoke to the glorious bird song from a land we have heard and learnt the history of. Another day of exploring, another adventure unfolds before us.

6 April

Log: APRIL 06

It has been a great couple of days exploring Cape Rodney and Kawau Island area. Done a bit of swimming in New Zealand's oldest marine reserve (1975) and a bit of walking around Kawau Island and sailing the small boats. We are sailing with all square sails, down the coast to Ponui Island, we have a fresh breeze on our quarter making a good 8 knots, salt spray abound and smiles all round.