Ahoy from the R. Tucker!
A very chilly start this morning, but that didn’t stop the trainees from jumping in the water for their first morning swim, motivated by the deliciously hot shower on deck.
Then trainees were introduced to their morning chores, all completed before breakfast.
After breakfast and dishes, trainees were split into groups and taken through their duties for the morning- navigation and weather, anchor duties and engine checks.
Then it was time to haul anchor and head off towards our island destination. On the way we did a korero on emergency procedures and safety at sea, so when we dropped the anchor at Army Bay everyone completed a successful abandon ship procedure.
Then we all went ashore for a big walk around Moturua Island. Everyone did really well, making it around the island in good time, spotting lots of Tui and Saddlebacks on the way and checking out the traps set by DOC for Project Island Song.
Back on the ship in time for a delicious lunch of soup and the famous Tucker scones.
Then trainees went through a line handling lesson, before hauling anchor and raising the sails. The trainees worked very well together with lots of positive encouragement, and soon we were sailing along beautifully.
After a big sun shower with lots of rainbows, we dropped the anchor in Deep Water Cove, our anchorage for tonight.
Now trainees are filling in their daily logs and doing the 30 minutes of silence, a challenge for some.
Looking forward to our kai tonight after a big day of activities and fun.