An early start for our sail trainees who were awakened at 0400 hours! All on deck to weigh anchor and head out on this glorious mild autumn day. Two hours in, and Penelope and Kieren are at the helm with Steve – the rest have returned to their bunks for another sleep!
There are big swells but winds are steady at around 12 knots. Lines are out the back trawling for bait and all is well on board.Read More
This morning started with a beautiful morning swim and the sail trainees walked from their anchorage from on one side of Moturua to Army Bay on the other side. Kylie and Steve stayed on board getting organised and on their return they picked up the anchor with a quick lunch of fresh buns and mussels (yummy) while they headed out to set up hapuka line.
This afternoon’s sail was in 1.5m swell, so there there was a chance for bow riding on the bowsprit – always fun!. A little bit of seasickness and sadly no hapuka caught this afternoon.
After all the excitment, the Tucker went full steam to Deep Water cove for the overnight stay. It’s a beautiful spot and perfect as an anchorage. Kylie and the trainees are busy making guava and apple pie but have complained of no cream being on board! Ooops, thought there was some long life, so custard will have to surfice tonight.
Tomorrow, weather permitting they hope to have an early start at 0400 to set off to the Cavalli Islands. Watch this space!Read More
The ship departed Paroa Bay this morning and sailed over to the stunning Black Rocks for some fishing. They got plenty of mussels and fish and youngsters were all involved in collecting kai moana for a feed, a great treat and a bonus of being out on the water. Captain ‘uncle’ Steve caught the biggest snapper, but Kieran caught a big john dory for the table. Yum!
Another sail for the afternoon and then an overnight anchorage will be at Palm Beach at Moturua, where they are anchored up now. It’s calm, sunny and a lovely spot and everyone is having a great time – not even a grumble with the morning swim.
Day 1 of the first Youth Voyage of 2012 ! and our trainees are settling in well, as are the crew! Already Penelope (trainee) has overcome her fear of heights ! Today was spent getting to know our Home and Family for the week, Kylie making sure everyone is well fed !! While good ol Captin Steve roars orders!! Tonight we are anchored in Paroa Bay and looking forward to sitting around the Tucker table for the evening meal and chats.Tune in tomorrow for photos and adventures to be had!Read More
And they are off! A total of 11 youngsters started to assemble at Opua wharf this morning. No doubt some were a bit confused as to which tall ship they were booked to sail on as we had both the Soren Larsen and the R.Tucker Thompson loading up provisions.
From afar afield as Christchurch, and as close as Kawakawa, from Kaitaia and Whangarei…. they were all invited on board to stow their belongings prior to a quick mihi and welcome. It was great to be able to tell the ship’s history of sailing around the world and point to the Soren Larsen anchored closeby and advise them we sailed together on that momentous journey. Hopefully it brought it home to our new sail trainees that these are serious vessels capable of great things.
Crew for the voyage are Steve, Rob, Kylie and Marsha and no doubt they will have a wonderful time with fair weather predicted for the next week.Read More