Day 2

Log: 11 JANUARY

Kia ora whānau me hoa mā. It's the end of day 2 and the team are throwing themselves into shipboard life. We've had great first sail and they're now enjoying the cool waters of Coromandel harbour.

Day 5

Log: 21 JANUARY

Tēnā koutou katoa. After a couple of nights around the Coromandel peninsula exploring the beaches and islands, we set sail north.  Our trainees wanted a longer sail, so we sailed 37 nautical miles from Motu Waimate to Te Hawere-a-Maki/Goat island and enjoyed seeing some amazing marine life en route. Mā te wā.

Day 6

Log: 21 JANUARY

Kia ora koutou katoa. The team had an amazing day yesterday. We started the day with our regular morning swim, but this time amongst the snapper of goat island marine reserve. After breakfast and clean up we set sail under a cloud of canvas, destination Motu Aotea/Great Barrier island. While setting sail we spotted a couple of tohorā. As we passed north of Motu Hauturu/Little Barrier island the wind died to nothing and the troops jumped in for a mid ocean swim. Then as we carried on to Aotea we were graced with a visit from a manta ray. And to top it all off we were visited by a sizeable shark. There was a lot of chatter about him during the morning swim this morning. Any way the variety of marine life so far has been amazing. We are looking forward to seeing what tomorrow brings. Kā ki te ano.