Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, another summer day full of activities with a sprinkle of challenges. The usual duties were completed, as the sun dried the grass a visit to Rangihoua with the walk up through the interpretation panels to the view point, then returning to Marsden Cross Monument for a moment to pray, give thanks and to finish off we headed to the beach to play a cultural game of poi rakau.

Then lunch at Moturoa with a building breeze it was decided to make the most of it and experience some Tall Ship sailing with topsails set and all trainees exchanging roles as we wore our way out towards Tikitiki,  Ninepin. With the wind swinging south we chose to cross the bay to the shelter of our overnight anchorage on the outside of Orokawa, making the most of the sunset. Little Tuck was launched and soon races around the ship were applauded and supported. Gautier and Willie had the fastest time of 56 seconds followed closely by Julie and Johanna’s time of 1minute 10 seconds. However all the trainees gave it their best with smiles ear to ear. Some of the trainees decided to go for a quick swim before drying off and enjoying some free time.
Things are now quieting down as the ship heats up while a dinner of homemade cottage pie brews.