Kia ora friends and family of the R. Tucker,

First morning swim of the season done with Winni first in the water. All got in the water soon after without much fuss and then morning chores were completed.

After a big breakky, trainees had their first lesson of the day, line handling. Once trainees had learned how to make fast, coil down, locate the outer headsail and tell us the definition of a halyard, they had a go at climbing the rigging and going out on the bowsprit. Maxime, Malindi, Ethan and Gio were very content, climbing all the way up the rigging and staying until we raised anchor.

Then we hoisted anchor and wandered out into the bay to hoist our sails. Sails up and engine off, Flo broke out her beautiful little ukulele with her own artwork painted on. There were some jams with Chynna and Flo on the uke and Lily leading the singing.

Lunch was had while sailing in the calm waters between Urupukapuka Island and Waiwaitorea. Then we made our way over to Motuarohia to go ashore for an explore. Everyone made it up the stairs to the view at the top. Once back to the grass, a game of the infamous ‘kite’ was played.

Back to the ship and the anchor was up once again to blast over to Paraenui, our overnight anchorage. Once the anchor was down, Darius, Winni, Ethan, Maxime, Helmi, Rebecca, Flo and Lily jumped into the water, some backflipping off the swing and others doing swan dives from the rigging.

Now we are all warm with hot choccys in our bellys and dinner cooking on the stove.

Ready for another good day tomorrow!

Po marie