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!!

We anchored in Urquharts bay for lunch, and after a hearty soup we ventured out again through rain squalls to ‘learn the ropes’ and sail around Whangarei Heads. With our new crew hauling and easing, sweating and tailing, making fast and coiling down, they soon had an understanding what it’s going to be like sailing in the week to come. We went back to Urquharts bay for our night anchorage and to make plans for tomorrow’s adventures.

Ma te wa Whanau