First heads to appear on the decks in the morning were Kowhai, Zara and Johnny. Kowhai tipped the others by inches into the water. After all the chores were done Rob filled our trainees’ heads with information that one day may save lives at sea!
The sky showed signs of hope for us all, after yesterday’s dismal display. The wind also came to the party and provided perfect conditions for Captain Steve to put the crew through their paces, tacking and gybing off Roberton Island.
Ahoy! This has been a great start to our adventure. Our trainees braved the wind and rain as we headed out towards Tapeka, unfortunately with the wind against us we made it one step forward but two steps back where we anchored up in Matauwhi Bay. Here we had a warming soup lunch followed by some lessons on anchoring and recycling. With the sun now shining we raised the anchor and made our way around the Bay. On the way Sandy, Zion, Paris, and Gabriel made it to the top of the rigging while Matiri was at the helm.Read More
Midnight at its finest! 0000 hours, trainees and crew hauling anchor and saying goodbye to Great Barrier Island, making way for Poor Knights Islands…we have a long way to go.. What a fine sail it was, with a moderate South Westerly breeze to carry us there, and a sky full of stars.
Once the sails were up, and we set the lot, hot chocolates for all to warm our cold hands.. The trainees were divided into two four hour watches, and half went off to sleep and the other half plotted our course and steered us past the Mokohinaus and onwards to the Poor Knights.Read More
Kia ora whanau, What an awesome day we had yesterday !! Some of the trainees were still talking about it this morning and how they could live on ‘The Barrier’. While we were completing our morning duties the Spirit of New Zealand crept into Smokehouse bay, Wow two tall ships in the one bay, but because we were there first we decided they deserved a hearty Ngapuhi haka !Read More
It was a treat to wake up and see where we were yesterday. After the voyage across to Great Barrier Island in the dark, and anchoring tentatively at Mohunga Bay, the wake up and swim yesterday was a treat. Uncle Steve has forgotten his watch, so we snuck a bit of a sleep in.Read More
Good day All!!!
Well, we have travelled miles and miles across the sea since leaving the safe port of Marsen Cove, 2 days ago. We were blessed with fine weather and slight seas, a fair breeze and safe passage all the way out to GREAT BARRIER ISLAND!!!!!!!
Brooke, Zey-yen, Maui and Daniel, Jonathen and Laura found their comfy spot on the bow sprit, while Ngapunawai, Rewaani and Alisha steered us out to the Hen and Chickens islands, in the morning. There was a wee swell on the nose, giving the bow riders a good dip every now and then, to much delight.
Kia ora Whanau. The ‘Good ship R. Tucker Thompson’ welcomed aboard another 11 keen trainees at Marsden Marina today and after our farewells we set off for another adventure at sea. The weather wasn’t too friendly today with overcast and rainy conditions. This didn’t dampen the spirits of our new crew as they were all keen to learn about the ship and life aboard her. After the routine safety drills they donned climbing harnesses and were scrambling up the rig and out on the bowsprit with some trainees challenging their fears already on the first day. Awesome stuff!!Read More
First time contestants Huanui College are this year’s winners, and a huge congratulations to Emma Wickham and Samantha McBeth for an excellent result.
The competition was fierce with four teams in close contention on the final evening but Huanui had featured strongly all week and when the points were tallied they were the clear leader. The second team was Bream Bay College with Cruz Flavell and Seyerus Miller putting on a good show.Read More