Ahoy from the good ship the R Tucker Thompson

Our day started with a refreshing morning swim at 0700hrs with Rian and Logan the first trainees in the water. We then got into our morning routine which consisted of sweeping and moping the sole, polishing the brass and scrubbing the decks.

Eggs, beans and oats was made for breakfast and devoured by everyone. We then decided to stay at our anchorage for the day due to the gale warnings and heavy seas forecasted. We decided to do some lessons and learn about navigation in our port and starboard groups, we covered plotting courses, measuring distances and learning about the symbols and markers on the chart. Mary, Dawid and Branden were especially good at it and did really take on what was taught.

The trainees then went for a buzz around in the tucker tender and had lessons on how to operate it and learn a bit about safety in small crafts. afterwards Ella, Cody and Renata then took the opportunity to complete the tucker challenge before heading to shore to go for an explore and play some games on the beach.

On shore we all enjoyed a silent walk up and down the beach and even did a beach clean to make our beaches look as beautiful as they always do. We then all participated in some more competitive team building games which everyone thoroughly enjoyed and Aria made sure we were all laughing

After some laughter and fun, we then made our way back to the ship to avoid the showers passing through. Some of the trainees ended up going for a swim and got to use the rope swing (Henare, Tama and Denis really enjoyed swinging and doing bombs off the ship) and some others went down below to warm up.

Once everyone was back down below, we did some class work covering safety at sea, learning about abandon ship drills, man overboard drills and hypothermia.

We have just enjoyed a delicious chicken dinner and are now finishing up the dishes. Nothing much planned for the rest of the night but plenty to do tomorrow.

Po Marie