Tena koutou, tena tatou katoa! All our wahine toa are on board and we're getting into the swing of things. Our 1st night we headed out and anchored off Motu Ihe. The first morning swim, we had chilly air but the water is still warm. We spent the morning learning the safety routines and then went sailing in the afternoon ending up at Hooks Bay, Waiheke Island.
Mōrena e whānau. Our day yesterday was another day of learning about the ship and environment with a visit ashore to clean the beach before setting sail and heading north. On the way the wind died so we struck sail and had a mid ocean swim with the ship adrift before heading in to anchor near the mouth of the awa Puhoi.
Kia ora koutou,
We've had a lot of fun since my last post. After playing beach beach games at Puhoi we set sail in a fresh nor'wester and heavy rain. We had hoped to spend the night anchored at Hauturu/Little Barrier but with the confused sea state decided to carry on to Aotea/Great Barrier Island. On arrival the team were relieved to anchor in the calm water of Port Fitzroy. Yesterday we set out for a quick sail in a strong sou'wester to learn about what it takes to tack a tall ship. This time the sun was shining and it nobody seemed to care about the big waves.
Today was much more relaxed with the ship staying anchored all day with the troops testing their mettle climbing to the top of the mast and a gentle sail in the small boats.