The R. Tucker Thompson’s Jane Hindle was privileged to attend a ceremony to honour and tautoko Master Waka Builder Hec Busby, where he was presented with the Northland Regional Council’s award for Sailor of the Year.
Over his long career Mr Busby has built at least 30 waka, including several waka hourua (double-hulled sailing waka). He has sailed more than 30,000 nautical miles around the Pacific in his ocean-going waka hourua Te Aurere, using only traditional navigational techniques.
Apparently the collective noun for pirates is a band, although there are other suggestions on Allsorts such as a yarrrrd, a torrent, a treasure, plank which conjure up more romantic images…. nonetheless, it was a band of pirates that boarded the Tucker tonight to celebrate the marriage of our good Tucker friend Gerlinde and Gabi.
With their own purpose designed banner, pirate accessories for all the guests and our crew armed with cutlesses and sporting bandannas, to welcome them aboard it will be a lot of fun on board.
The tears of Ranginui fell on Papatuanuku as they set off, blessing the occasion… but the evening is clearing to ensure that they will enjoy some fun out in the Bay under the command of our oven Pirate Skipper Captain “Uncle” Steve.
Fair winds Gerlinde and Gabi and thanks for sharing your special occasion with us!
Spotted a pretty funky video that had been uploaded to YouTube recently!Read More
Protecting our environment
The R.Tucker Thompson has been awarded the Qualmark Enviro-Gold award. This means that the organisation has achieved a level of standard that has been assessed under Responsible Tourism Operations criteria as part of the overall on-site quality assessments.
This measures how well we are performing in reducing our envirornmental impact in a five key action areas:
- energy efficiency
- waste management,
- waterhalf conservation
- community activities
- conservation initiatives
The R.Tucker Thompson was also a member of the Northland Sustainable Tourism Charter, a regionally developed initiative that assisted tourism operators to identify and adopt appropriate sustainable business practises.
As a sailing vessel and an organisation that recycles everything, you can be sure that your carbon footprint is kept to a minimum when you come sailing with us.Read More