Log: 26 JANUARY
Kia Ora everyone, well we're off to a very soggy start to the voyage but all happy and in good spirits. We are still alongside here in Prince's wharf, and will depart tomorrow morning for our adventure.
Log: 27 JANUARY
What a night. Lots of rain and wind. We made the call to stay alongside at Princess Wharf last night. The Trainees are in great spirits, dry, being fed well and getting to know each other.Today the weather is better with the wind dropping. Still wet but that is sailing!
We are going to hide off the back of Waiheke tonight. The state of Emergency is for land and flooding that happened last night. We have spoken to Coastguard leadership they had a very quiet night and they are happy for us to continue as usual. Trainees are excited to start their adventure.
Log: 27 JANUARY
What a difference 24 hours can make. After a very very wet joining yesterday we are now enjoying some blue sky and sunshine. We have been learning all the routines of ship life. Climbing the rig, how to speak sailor, as well as some sailing this afternoon. Troops all in great spirits.
Log: 29 JANUARY
Turns out sea is a good place to be in the rain as we are already floating. We anchored off Waiheke Island for our first night, shooting just round the corner to Rotoroa Island the next morning to go ashore for a run around, have an explore of the bird life and learn about the motu's interesting history. We then made the most of the wind and shot over to Coromandel Peninsula, anchoring off Te Kouma head for the evening. All of this is being punctuated by yummy food and lots of laughs as we get to know our new friends. Today we learnt about some chartwork and are now prepping and setting sails to make our way over to Barrier while the weather is still on our side. All is well, happy and safe onboard, just a little soggy!
Log: 30 JANUARY
Kia ora e hoa mā. Made it safe and sound to Great Barrier Island yesterday evening and have tucked ourselves into the very sheltered Port Fitzroy where we will be staying for the day to hide from the weather. That doesn't mean the fun stops though! Lots of learning today about things like leadership and values as well as some silliness with some games and even a swim seeming as we're already wet. We've got ourselves in a pretty epic place to ride out a storm, really sheltered and calm with some beautiful scenery. All is safe and happy on board.
Log: 31 JANUARY
Have woken this morning after a gusty night in the same cosy spot we went to bed in. A refreshing morning swim to start the day before we tackle the mast climb! Feeling very well fed too. Happy humans on board!
Log: 02 FEBRUARY
It's just another cloudy day out here, a bit of rain but nothing to stop everyone getting ashore for a nice stretch of the legs to enjoy Aotea's beauty. Troops were all looking forward to a good walk this morning, sure they will sleep well tonight.