Yesterday afternoon we had the ship under absolutely full sail. The whomper, fore staysail, three square sails, main staysail, fisherman staysail, main and main gaff topsail.
The deck Olympics yesterday afternoon were fun and we had a special visitor, Brother Nutzee, to help us pray for wind.
Winds remained light yesterday afternoon but we still managed to do some tacking drills which went well.
Despite light winds yesterday afternoon, we had some great sailing.
By mid afternoon yesterday the wind failed us and the ship motor sailed the last 15 nautical miles to the anchorage in Whangaroa Harbour.
Yesterday was a full on day with a lot being accomplished. Once clear of Auckland Harbour, line safety was taught and then each watch conducted setting and furling drills.
Youth crew V04/00 joined the ship yesterday evening and after dinner we commenced the training program. This crew are a 50/50 mix of returnees and new youth crew.
Yesterday afternoon all crew proceeded ashore for a zany sports afternoon. This was followed by the Command Day debrief that was very thought provoking. Both good and bad points were
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.