Ahoy from the good ship the R. Tucker Thompson
After a quiet first night aboard the ship, everyone woke up in a great headspace and ready to learn. By 0700hrs trainees and crew were swimming in the ocean this was followed by a warm shower, morning duties and a nice warm breakfast especially prepared by captain Terry. Everyone was in a great spirit and ready to start by 8:30.
After our busy morning, the trainees were split into two watches (teams), Starboard and Port watch. Port watch which included, Grace, Mahuta, Te Taonga, Kayd and Noah, learned steering, navigation, weather reporting, engine check and radio check., Starboard watch which included Tamati, Dre, Jayden, Kiara, Terangimarie and Frano learned sail handling and operating the anchor.
After that busy morning, we headed for the biggest Island of the Bay of Island, Urupukapuka. 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. After a nice picnic, we explored the Island and learned about biosecurity and Project Island Song. So much to see and learn. We are lucky enough to have our trainee Te Taonga who his very involved with Project island Song and happy to share is knowledge with the crew and trainees.
When we came back to the beach, after that big hike, the trainees had a lesson about safety in a small craft and how to operate the outboard, on the Tucker Tender. This activity was appreciated by every trainee and their big smiles were proof. (Grace who races powerboats and Frano who uses a chase boat to teach sailing were familiar with this lesson.).
Back on the R. Tucker Thompson, we headed towards our night anchorage, Paradise Bay. Now we are getting dinner ready with the precious help of some trainees while other are up the mast and learning to row little Tuck!
We are looking forward to what tomorrow will bring. Forecast is looking lively with some strong winds and exciting sailing.