Latitude: 
36° 12' South
Longitude: 
175° 20' East
Conditions: 

In Fitzroy Harbour - Wind: 285 / 10 kts, Weather: fine, Swell: nil, Temperature: 14 deg C

Ahoy there shipmates,

Sail Master Matt woke the crew at 0630 for a quick game to get bodies and minds active before breakfast. After Colours, morning brief and Happy Hour staffies put the seaboat in the water and Matt headed over to Lord Nelson, who had anchored near us during the brief, to invite them to participate in today’s hike up to Mount Hobson. Lord Nelson\\'s Captain accompanied Matt, and they headed over to Spirit of NZ to meet to coordinate the day’s plan.

On the return of the boat we commenced ferrying the crew ashore for the walk. It took an hour to get everyone to the start of the walk, which turned out to be a 5 hour round trip. The crew were well prepared with a packed lunch, water, hats, sunscreen and walking shoes. It was another good opportunity for the crew to spend some more time getting to know their Kiwi brothers and sisters from Spirit and some of the crew of Lord Nelson who joined them also.

Dinner was organised to be a BBQ ashore near our anchorage so when the crew returned from the walk there was time to get some warm clothes and then turn around and head back ashore again. Spirit organised a bonfire to provide some light and warmth at the site of the BBQ.

It is intended to remain at anchor here again overnight and tomorrow and undertake some more sporting activities with the Kiwis and the Brits. It is likely we will sail from here early am on Thursday, in preparation for entering Auckland Harbour on Friday.

Yours Aye

Captain Mike