Kia Ora from the R. Tucker Thompson
Our morning started off with another morning swim followed by morning duties and Ethan’s amazing breakfast.
While we were getting ready to get underway, we had a visit from the local customs officers. They came on board and gave us an insight of what they do which was very cool.
After that we barked up the John Deere (engine) and motored to Paradise Bay on Urupukapuka island. We arrived and headed ashore for a big walk around the island. Along the way we did some conservation lessons and did some weeding around the area. We then carried on up to the hilltop views while some of us boosted down the hills before making our way back to the ship.
We made it to Urupukapuka Bay where we played a few beach games and had lunch on the beach.
We then walked over the hill to Otehei Bay to visit the Project Island Song DOC hutt to learn more about the conservation on the island and we were even lucky enough to have some ice-cream! With the sun out we then went for a little swim/snorkel around the bay before heading back to the ship.
Back onboard we enjoyed some brownies and hot drinks before doing some lessons covering buoys and beacons, Rules of the road, Bio-security, and finances.
Some of us had a quick evening swim while watching the sun go down and we are now tucked around the saloon table waiting for dinner.
We are very lucky with today’s beautiful weather and are looking forward to taking command and running the ship tomorrow.
Ma Te Wa from the Tucker Trainees