Voyage Blogs

by | Apr 11, 2012

Wha ra , Maraetai

From the Good Ship R. Tucker Thompson on passage once more. So we managed to navigate our way from Man O War bay, rejoining the fleet in the channel off Maretai. Foresail hoisted for stability engine providing the power. The southwesterly right on the nose giving...

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Tuia 250- Leg 3, Toru ra.

Tuia 250- Leg 3, Toru ra.

Toru ra Tuia 250  Whitianga to Maraetai From the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, aue.  Apologies for lateness of this but we had a huge day yesterday coming up the coast. We were up and tackling duties having breakfast doing dishes preparing for a big day at sea. Then...

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Tuia 250 AKL-WHG Rua Ra

Rua Ra From the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson. At sea once more after loading trainees yesterday afternoon, a quiet night at the dock we woke to duties on board. Sweep and mop below decks and polish the brass of compass, skylight and hatch brass. A hearty breakfast was...

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Toru Ra Tuia 250 AKL-WHG

Toru Ra Tuia 250 AKL-WHG

Toru Ra  Auckland to Whangarei From the Good Ship R. Tucker Thompson, secure in Mansion House Bay, Kawau Island. From arriving after 2000 (8pm) last night we tidied ship and before settling down the Trainees had a game of hide and seek well into the early night. A...

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Tuia 250: Leg 2 – Tua ra-Toru ra

Tuia 250: Leg 2 – Tua ra-Toru ra

FIRST DAY With the ship all ready and spic and span, the Tuia 250 voyage crew arrived at 4:30pm. On arrival they settled into their bunks, unpacked their bags and got to meet their fellow voyage companions. We all introduced ourselves up on deck. Being already quite...

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Tuia 1- Toru ra

Tuia 1- Toru ra

Toru ra From the Good ship R. Tucker Thompson 37 degrees 41.500 minutes South   178 degrees 37.000 minutes East Whangaokeno Motu off the Starboard beam, clearing skies, slight seas, well fed and watered, fresh fruit on deck, recruits scattered about from stem to...

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Tuia 250- Leg 1- Tahi ra to Rua ra

Tuia 250- Leg 1- Tahi ra to Rua ra

Rua Ra - Voyage Tauranga to Gisborne Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, sailing along under the Tuia 250 banner.  From the Bay of Islands we hail, Tai Tokerau Kaipuke, voyaging in fresh waters on our way to Gisborne. Departing from the Port of Tauranga...

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Tuia 0 – Wha Ra

Tuia 0 – Wha Ra

Thursday morning, dead calm in Lonely Bay, Cooks Cove near Whitianga. Sunny. Yep, a different day to yesterday. Today we have dawdled our way over to Mayor Island, reaching across a light South Easterly breeze. Chynna made chocolate cake. We saw a minke whale, common...

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Tuia 0 – Toru Ra

Tuia 0 – Toru Ra

  Greta here, writing from the saloon of 'R.Tucker Thompson'. Yesterday we flew downwind from Whangarei Heads to Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island. It was the dream sail. We left Smuggler's Cove at dawn, and watched the sun rise over Taranga Island. We saw...

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Tuia 250 – Rua Ra

Tuia 250 – Rua Ra

Ahoy from the Good Ship! We've just gotten underway as I write this, ready for a boisterous sail today. We had a fantastic day yesterday and we'll tell you all about these two days this evening. For now, we'll leave you with this photo.

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Tuia 0: Tahi Ra

Tuia 0: Tahi Ra

Ahoy maties! This is Greta Simmonds, back aboard dear old Tucker for my first passage beyond the Bay of Islands in around 25 years. I was part of the partnership that built the ship back in the 1980's.  I have such a feeling of homecoming. It lifts my heart to stand...

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