Latitude: 
36° 24' South
Longitude: 
174° 56'
Conditions: 
Course 090, speed 7 kts,wind 220/15 kts, temp 19, partly cloudy
Youth crew joined ship berthed in Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Whilst alongside commenced training program and managed to get everybody aloft that evening. Next morning we sailed at 0930 and motored out of Auckland Harbour in strong westerly winds.

It was Auckland Day and we were to be part of a tall ships division of the Auckland Regatta. Conducted sail training in the morning and then returned into the harbour after lunch. Our rivals, Spirit of New Zealand and S�ren Larsen were there and, prior to the parade start, a one sided water balloon fight was held with S�ren at close quarters. Very one-sided as Young Endeavour still had not rigged their slingshot! Our day will come. The three tall ships paraded down the harbour under square sails and made a magnificent sight on the ���City of Sails' harbour. S�ren Larsen eventually turned back into harbour while Spirit and Young Endeavour continued out of the harbour and into the Hauraki Gulf.

Young Endeavour and Spirit will see a lot of each other over the next voyage as we undertake a voyage in company cruising up to the Bay of Islands and back to Auckland. As both ships conduct similar programs, the opportunity to sail together was a primary factor in coming across the Tasman to New Zealand. A number of crew have swapped between the ships and it will be a tremendous opportunity to learn from each other and have a lot of fun.

Once both ships entered the Hauraki Gulf, maximum sail possible was hoisted in the 25-30 westerly wind and broad reached north to the overnight anchorage. Both ships averaged over 9 kts for 3 hours prior to coming to anchor together in the absolutely stunning Kawau Bay early in the evening. These Kiwis are spoilt with their fabulous cruising grounds.

This morning after some early morning PT, games and a swim, the crew experienced ���happy hour' for the first time and learnt that a clean ship is a happy ship. At 1030 anchor was weighed and the ship sailed from the anchorage and proceeded out of the bay under all square sails into the gulf. This afternoon we will conduct some tacking drills and then a navigation lecture as we cruise up the NZ coast towards the Bay of Islands.