Vaka Motu 'Rangi': ANZAC day remembrance, April 25
Kia ora koutou katoa,
Today is a significant day for the many that are celebrating ANZAC day in remembrance of the soldiers both Australian, New Zealand and Turkish that gave their lives so gallantly for a cause they believed in at the time. Unfortunately ANZAC day for some is just another day off work however for the crew on Rangi the morning was recognized with an explanation to our Tahitian whanau about what ANZAC meant to New Zealanders, a short mihi and concluded with the “ode to the fallen” for all who have given their lives in the many wars, campaigns and peace time missions New Zealanders have been involved with. As per traditions on land many will be celebrating with a rum n coffee, wine or a few beers after their ANZAC ceremonies, we celebrated with bacon n eggs, fried fish, omelettes, potato chips and lemonade. What more do you need when you’re in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?
Vaka Motu ‘Rangi’ on shore, Picture copyright: Francisco Blaha
In the meantime the journey continues on our little waka. This morning we turned to a north east direction which will hopefully with Tawhirimatea in our favour see us in Papaeete Tahiti within the next 2 weeks. Morale on the waka is high with favourable winds, slight seas and temperatures getting warmer. For all the whanau and friends at home be rest assured all is well for the crew and our waka in the middle of Te Moana Nui a Kiwa.
Position: 36, 03.49 S 163,18.68W
Speed: 6.5 knots
Time: 1930 hrs
Wind: 15 knts
Swell: 2 metres SE
Cloud cover: 60%
Squalls have ended.
Blog date: April 25, 2014, written by the Rangi crew