Kia ora from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, saving some of the best til last.
Swim, duties, short class then up anchor and around the corner to Otupoho where we were going ashore to assist Project Island Song volunteers plant some trees, after a brief introduction and directions from Theresa we assisted with planting (and naming) approximately 30 trees. With careful excavation, transferring from potting bag to hole and back filling with aroha and a few words, Billy the puriri was planted with a circle of akeake, pseudopanax, titoki and wharangi. The trainees enjoyed the experience of adding to the bio-diversity of the island.
Lunch back on the ship, then departed under sail in the hope of hunting down some wind. The trainees harnessed on the bowsprit took on the lazy swell before we turned for our last island visit on Waewaetorea. A beach clean produced half a shopping bag of odds bodkins and the traditional clothes peg, worthy of chocolate fish reward. The hill climb to views of the estate we had journeyed over. Not a lot of sailing but still a few miles clocked up.
A treat on our short voyage to our overnight anchor was a visitation from a pod of dolphin much to the delight of all on board, then around to Waiiti , where we spent our first night, a final swim and bomb session, then cards, songs and stories while we await Waynes last night pork roast, not far away now he assures us.
Another full day of activities, with a final swim and hopefully a sail home tomorrow, see you all on the wharf at two.
Ma te wa