36° 15' South
174° 56'
Wind 220/15kts, Temp 24
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. The whole afternoon and evening was well organised and not only was it a great spectacle it was also educational and has given us a greater understanding and appreciation of the Maori people. The evening concluded with some excellent fireworks which prompted the inevitable 'ooh ahh' reaction. Once all youth crew returned onboard, both Spirit of NZ and Young Endeavour weighed anchor and motored south towards the Hauraki Gulf.

Having had a windless night, the forecast wind came in by mid morning which was timely as we in Young Endeavour still had some sail handling drills to get out of the way prior to tomorrow's Command Day. The drills went well and I expect the Command Day will go well.

This afternoon Spirit and Young Endeavour will swap over some youth crew to give each other a chance to sail each others ship. Tonight we expect to anchor at Great Barrier Island and the youth crew will hold their command day elections.