Ahoy from the R Tucker Thompson

Our morning started at 0700 hrs with a  brisk swim in the ocean followed by a nice warm shower, morning duties and breakfast. After we split into teams and learned some line handling skills and how to handle the sails.

With brains full of new knowledge, the trainees then went on a hike ashore on Moturoa Island up to the World War II gun emplacements, (thanks to the landowners  kindly giving our trainees special permission to explore ashore).  Everyone enjoyed hearing stories about the Bay of Islands.

Back down on the beach, we decided to play some team building and self-teaching shore games which was enjoyed by everyone-  there was lots of laughter. Back on board the Tucker for some lunch – curry sausages some chose to go for a dive for some kina while the rest spent some free time on board the ship.

Anchor up, sails set we made our way across to the eastern side of the bay. While under sail most of the trainees were out on the bowsprit enjoying the scenery and each other’s company. As we came into our night anchorage at Paroa Bay we doused sails and anchored.

We then decided to do some more classes on anchoring, learning about the ship and weather. Now we have just enjoyed a scrumptious dinner of boil up and are looking forward to chocolate cake for dessert. We all look forward for what tomorrow brings.

Po Marie