Day 3 came in fresh with a little bit of sunshine to warm the toes after the traditional morning swim.
With morning chores and breakfast out of the way, we heaved up the anchor and set sail around the Islands. Port and Starboard watches are getting really good at setting the sails and helping each other to coil down and figure out what each line does.
Shortly after we had ‘Skipper Iona’ on helm, shouting commands to her fellow shipmates as we tacked the ship in a series of manoeuvres. With the wild weather the tourist boats were limited to an outer bay cruise and visited us for photos and an impromptu haka led by Hine.
After lunch we were ashore on Urupukapuka for a island walk to experience the blustery conditions from the high coastal cliffs, some low limb tree climbing, beach combing and the opportunity of a land based toilet stop!
Back on board a hot chocolate was enjoyed before a quick run for shelter to our overnight anchorage at Te Hue, well windy, but out of the building swell. Trainees have now settled into the routine of the R Tucker Thompson, adjusted to their temporary beds, new friends and adventures.With the weather tomorrow more leather than lace, a good day to catch up on the class work and try out some baking in the galley.
Ma te wa