Kia ora From the R Tucker Thompson.
Today was a special day aboard the R.Tucker Thompson, the trainees were fully in charge of the ship. Last night the trainees nominated Kiara as their captain and Kayd as the first mate. After a serious meeting everyone was assigned with a position. Jayden and Dre in charge of recording the weather and checking in with Russell radio, Tamati and Te Rangimarie responsible of the engine check, on the anchor we had Mahuta, Te Taonga, and Noah , Grace and Frano on the helm. Captain Kiara assigned Port watch to the main sail and starboard watch to the Fore sail and the heads sails. All well organized, the trainees woke up this morning happy and excited to go out sailing. After our ritual morning swim, cleaning duties and breakfast, we set sail.
Wind coming from the East and finally light enough to set both the Top sails. We tacked and jibed our way to the west side of the Bay of Island and dropped anchor in Rangihoua Bay. What a special day for us. Seeing the trainees fully in charge of the ship, being confident with the sails and line handling, helping each other and working as a team to make it happen was quite a moving moment for the crew. We stepped back and enjoyed the show.
On arrival in the bay we then went ashore for the historic walk from Marsden cross.
Now everyone is enjoying our last evening together. Lots of laugher can be heard, while Ethan is cooking a roast dinner and baking a special dessert.