We awoke to the sound of the engine starting. All the trainees shot out of bed to find that it was 6:30am. There was no time for a morning swim as the crew hoisted the anchor.
On deck the trainees enjoyed hot chocolates while gathering clothes to stay warm (Although the air wasn’t as cold as we were expecting). We set a course for the hole in the rock.
Along the way,  trainees had gathered down stairs for breakfast.
On arrival, Zeran, Julina, Pinder, Chasity, Tui, Paora, were first on the dingy exploring the hole in the rock and the cave it offers… we even visited the friendly seals on the rock next door.
Covenant, Jedidiah, Cole, Emily, Adina and Lexus gathered on the second load and had the same experience.
Back on the ship, we set a new course for Waewaetorea.
Basically today is all about the trainees having a day for themselves as a reward for all their hard work over the following week and yesterday’s day sail with the Special Olympics.
They had decided they wanted a day of swimming in beautiful water and fun time on the beach.
Once we arrived to Waewaetorea the trainees jumped on the tender and went over to the rocks for a dive of kinas while the rest of the trainees sat back and enjoyed the beautiful waters the bay had to offer. Some of the trainees even decided to have a row on Little Tuck.
Then we had some time for a pizza lunch before everyone decided they wanted to go for a swim… accidental or not!
We were craving more sunshine and space so we decided to take the trainees to shore where they explored, played games, made jewellery or just sun bathed.
Back on the ship there was more time for another quick dip before hoisting anchor once again and heading to our night anchorage at Roberton Island.
Along the way the trainees were enjoying their last night on the Tucker.
We are now down stairs. The trainees are enjoying a game of mafia while the beautiful scent of dinner flows through the ship.
Tonights dinner is a pork roast meal made by ethan with a beautiful apple crumble for desert made by Captain Tim.
Don’t forget to pick the trainees up at 1pm tomorrow on the Opua wharf.
We look forward to seeing you then.