Command Day went very well yesterday as the youth crew initially battled very strong gale force winds. During the afternoon winds eased somewhat (20kts) making life a bit more pleasant.
Had perfect sailing conditions yesterday afternoon with 20kts of south-westerly breeze on a beautiful sunny day.
Waitangi Day celebrations were absolutely awesome. The sight of over 100 Maori conducting a haka at very close quarters is something I will never forget.
Shortly after lunch yesterday afternoon, both Spirit of NZ and Young Endeavour anchored off Urupukapuka Is, one of the many beautiful islands in the Bay of Islands.
The engineer's sling shot for water balloons was given an operational evaluation shortly after lunch as we closed our friends Spirit of New
After lunch yesterday afternoon both Spirit of NZ and Young Endeavour weighed anchor and departed the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour.
Yesterday afternoon both Spirit of NZ and Young Endeavour motor sailed in light conditions to our anchorage at Whangaroa Harbour.
Yesterday afternoon continued on a thrilling sail north in fresh SW winds. Conducted tacking drills and a navigation lecture later in the afternoon.
Youth crew joined ship berthed in Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Whilst alongside commenced training program and managed to get everybody aloft that evening.
Had a great Australia Day yesterday. BBQ and sports day were a lot of fun and youth crew also managed to get to the local shops.