Had perfect sailing conditions yesterday afternoon with 20kts of south-westerly breeze on a beautiful sunny day. Early in the afternoon both Spirit of NZ and Young Endeavour hove to and then transferred youth crew between ships. Both ships then sailed together with combined Aussie and Kiwi crews. Everybody thoroughly enjoyedthemselves. After three hours of excellent sailing, crews were exchanged back and the ships parted ways. Spirit finishes her voyage on Wednesday and needed to position herself closer to Auckland. It has been absolutely tremendous to sail with our Kiwi friends. It has been professionally enhancing as well as an opportunity to make some great friends and have a lot of fun sailing together.Young Endeavour sailed across to Great Barrier Island and eventually came to anchor in Port Fitzroy, another superb anchorage, at 2030. In theevening a very enthusiastic Command Day election was held in the cafe.This morning we woke to gale force SW winds which is sure to make Command Day somewhat challenging. Anchor was weighed at 0830 and the ship motored through Man’o’war passage, a very narrow piece of water only 100m wide. Once clear, a handover to Youth Crew 03/00 was conducted.After a quick brief by the elected youth crew captain, sails were set and the ship commenced sailing along the planned route. So far so good. Command Day will continue overnight and finish tomorrow morning at 0900.
Wind 220/30kts, Temp 22, clear - lots of wind