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.
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.