Kia ora, once again from the R. Tucker Thompson trainees and crew!
The weather has turned unpleasant but we have had a great day outside today. We are now snuggled up safe and dry, anchored in Orokawa Bay for the night.
It was actually, beautiful and sunny at dawn for our swim. After the morning routine, everyone got ready to go ashore on Roberton Island. While most got a ride in the tender, Chance and Taotahi, rowed little tuc to the beach. Ross, Alyssa and Sarah jumped into the lagoon with snorkel gear. Everyone else explored the lagoon’s rocky shoreline and played guitar & ukelele music.
Upon returning to the ship, it was time to set sail. Port watch was on engine checks, radio call, helming & mainsail. Starboard on anchor crew, fore sail and head sails. Wayne took the helm first as sails were raised by all hands. Sailing out into the strengthening wind. Everyone learned to tack the ship in their new positions – last day of training for tomorrow when the trainees take over.
Lunch was had underway before stowing sails and lowering anchor just in time before the rain began to fall and the wind picked up.
We will stay here for the night and the trainees will plan their day tomorrow. They have to assign their own captain and watches. Also, they’ll need to listen to the forecast and plan appropriate activities. Tonee and Leilani are baking a secret birthday cake for Ethan and dinner is in the oven already. Teina Li is getting his Tucker challenge anklet while others wait patiently for theirs. Lily, Hane and Maddison have already got theirs.
Until tomorrow’s update. This is Tucker out.