36° 12' South
175° 20' East

In Fitzroy Harbour - Wind: 310 / 5 kts, Weather: overcast with the occasional shower, Swell: nil, Temperature: 16 deg. C

Ahoy there shipmates,

Sail Master Matt woke the crew at 0745, allowing everyone a sleep-in after a long and physical day yesterday.

Morning brief was held at 0900, then Happy Hour. It was decided to give the crew some free time so the rest of the morning was devoted to organising a ‘Thank you’ photo for the Ship from the Youth Crew after which people had time to relax, do some washing etc.

After a late lunch Spirit of NZ brought their lugger sailing boats over to enable us to get some practice before the regatta planned for the afternoon. At 1400 most of the crew were ferried to Spirit by boat and the sailing competition began. I like to think the results, Australia 1 to NZ 3, was a reflection of the Kiwis’ knowledge of sailing the luggers rather than the raw sailing ability. As much fun was had by everyone throwing and dodging water balloons as was had in the races.

The Kiwis invited us to join them in a swim and rope swing before we returned onboard.

We had a later than normal dinner at 1830 after which we screened ‘Top Gun’ for those who didn’t feel they needed an early night.

It is intended to remain at anchor here again overnight and sail in the morning in company with Spirit, Europa, Picton Castle and Oosterschelde in preparation for entering Auckland Harbour on Friday.

Yours Aye

Captain Mike