Wha ra

Kia ora tatou I tenei po, te kaipuke R.Tucker Thompson ahau. Tino pai I tenei ra.  Darset for te reo. We had our best morning wake up, swim, duties and breakfast all done by eight thirty ready to go. Some unfinished business with the foremast saw the last three Tucker Challenges set climbing. Jack was up before Ethan (One of our crew), waiting patiently for his venture out on the yard arm over the deck then over the moana and returning safely to deck. Matthew went out and wondered what all the fuss was about. Then Layla, who needed a little more self- encouragement before she left the deck to complete the voyage, 12 from 12. With no wind and still none forecast we were up anchor and gone just after nine, destination Paradise on Urupukapuka Island, soon ashore and walking the hills and beaches while having a delicious picnic lunch at the top of the hill.

Back aboard for a little recovery and plan for afternoon, with breeze now bouncing us about it was hoist sail and head away. Needing to go, where the wind was coming from it was “ready about, helms a lee, heads aback, pass the heads” dialogue from helm to foredeck and return. Tall Ship tennis.  Altering trainees about saw all hauling and easing for a 30 minute burst before setting a course for the far side of the Bay. Jack had the morning motor, now Kokopeta took a turn, staunch with the rolling deck. Liam was there for some relief as we came into sheltered waters of Moturoa, nestled amongst the volcanic Black Rocks, dropping anchor after a brilliant sail with a clean bottom and well-trimmed new sails, looking sharp sailing fast.

A call for hot chocolates had the trainees mustering down stairs which was a great time to complete a Bio security class, Finance class, Careers class and recycling class.
Then there was some spear time to play around and show everyone our best magic tricks and then korero koa, awaiting another ka pai kai of delicious silverside.