We're off to a great start.

Log: APRIL 09

The weather is fine the wind is light and while the ship ghosted her way down the Tamaki straight the troops played names games and learned about the ship. Before striking sail we spent a bit of time planning the voyage. The trainees had some great ideas and it's looking like it will be a fun voyage.

Day 3

Log: APRIL 11

The team has settled in beautifully after a lovely sail across to Coromandel harbour yesterday. We're keeping a close eye on the weather and today we've decided to go shelter in the Tamaki straight for the night and tomorrow when the weather has died down we will keep chasing the good times.

Day 4

Log: APRIL 13

The storm has passed us and we fared quite well. The strongest winds we saw was 27 knots while out in the gulf it was blowing 50 knots. The team has spent the morning learning new navigation skills so this afternoon we'll head out for a sail to test those skills.

Day 6

Log: APRIL 14

We've made it to day 6 and the team are all doing an amazing job throwing themselves whole heartedly into everything the ship has to offer. Yesterday setting their sights on the top of the mast and today stretching their legs with a hikoi ashore. They will be tired tonight but have a lot to be proud of. In the words of Charlie Mackesy, "sometimes getting up and carrying on is brave and magnificent."

Day 7

Log: APRIL 16

The troops headed ashore to do a beach clean. It felt good to give a little back. After that we went sailing and set all 14 sails. It's a big job but all worth it when rewarded with an hour and half of quiet time. Today we headed out again in a fresh gale to practice tacking before having an election. The trainees have taken over and are now planning for tomorrow. They're all pretty excited for how the day will roll.