Kia ora from the Good Ship R. Tucker Thompson, where we are keeping busy between showers. The morning swim started our day in calm conditions and duties were out of the way as breakfast was ready, perfect. Then all hands on deck as we went through the hoisting of sails and left our overnight anchorage. Our anticipated journey was shortened as the first of the forecast showers appeared, soon to become rain, dropping sails and the anchor in Cable Bay on the south eastern corner of Urupukapuka Island.We hunkered down in the classroom and discussed more about the ship as the trainees warmed to each other, and the aroma of soup and cheese scones filled the ship.
After lunch and dishes the trainees eyed the foreshore and were keen for a quick kina dive. Tiaho, Cody, Latham and Darryl appeared the most prolific gatherers with good support from Terry, Kassidy, Teqwin, Levi, Athol with Natasha filming the adventure. The bucket of kina soon reduced in size. A cup of hot chocolate washed it all down as the skies gave hope of a quick shore visit to run off some energy, a hill to climb, touch rugby, a beach to clean then back aboard to tidy the ship before the next rain band arrived. Aron, Tiaho and Teqwin stowed the headsails.
With dinner underway everyone has some free time to chat, sing, play cards and catch up with some reading. All hoping for clear skies in the morning.
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