05.01.2013 - 05.01.2013 21 °C
Yesterday we spent the day on the Tall Ship - the R. Tucker Thompson. We picked a good day to do a tour, because it was the Russell Tall Ship race day, so there were lots of other ships in the harbour.
The captain put on a good act as the pirate captain - he was just missing the eye patch and parrot, but he and the crew were really friendly and made the whole day very enjoyable.
The R. Tucker Thompson is run as a trust, and provides sailing experience for children and school groups, so it was worth taking that tour, rather than a commercial one.
The tour starts with the ships leaving the jetty and heading to the start line. Part of the fun is the water bombing which goes between the various ships. There are even catapults to help hit ships further away.
After we'd been out for about 30 minutes, we were served with lovely scones, with real cream and jam.
The boat then hauled sail and had a shot at the race for the next hour or so, then headed into a bay for lunch.
While we were anchored there people were using a rope swing to go swimming and enjoy the brisk waters.
After lunch we headed back to the main port. Before and after lunch we had the opportunity to climb the rigging (in a safety harness). I thought it was quite exhilarating climbing the rigging.
After the cruise we stayed on in Russell, and went tot he Russell Boat Club Hangi (for $15), which is an annual event after the tall ship race where they give out the awards fr the day. The Boat club certainly knows how to put on a good Hangi, with bands. It's all a very family oriented event (until about 1.00 am I believe).
We left around 8.30, to catch the 9.00 pm ferry back, and were treated to a lovely sunset across the bay.