Ahoj from the R. Tucker Thompson.

After a rather wet and windy evening, we woke up to blue skies which made the morning swim a bit easier! After a quick scramble out of bed this morning, Kaitaia was first in the water closely followed by Whangarei Girls.

Then the daily chores were completed and breakfast was munched to fuel us for the busy day ahead. Engine checks were done by Alisha and Emily with the guidance of Wayne while Shanae and Alissa plotted our course and figured out the distance we were travelling. Then, with Hunter flaking the chain, Preya helped to pull up the anchor so we could begin our journey for the day.

Trainees then hoisted the sails and we took off towards the Black Rocks and Moturoa, our destination for the day.

Along the way, Cailee took over the helm and steered the ship through the 25knt gusting 35knt winds.

Once anchored at Bucket ‘o’ Kai bay, some trainees had a go at the Tucker challenge- to climb the rigging and touch the end of the lower topsail. Hunter, Cailee, Alissa, Kira, Kara, Alisha and Aura all successfully completed the challenge today, well done!

Then we had a lunch of pizza, Pompellier winning the pizza making competition. After that, trainees went ashore and went walk up to the WW2 lookouts. Then it was game on! Trainees competed in various challenges – ‘Tucker of war’, 3-legged race and sandcastle building competition to name a few.

Once everyone was back on the ship, we quickly pulled up the anchor and gapped it back to the other side of the bay for our overnight shelter at Paroa Bay, on the way sipping hot choccys and eating some garlic butter crayfish, what a treat!

Po Marie.