Tuia 250 ki Te Whanganui a Tara: Bianca Cook and India Tabellini on crossing the Cook Strait
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Tuia 250 ki Te Whanganui a Tara: Bianca Cook and India Tabellini on crossing the Cook Strait


“I was expecting the Cook Strait to be a lot
rougher, but it was pretty smooth sailing. There wasn’t really that much swell until
we got close to Wellington. Good breeze. We were – I wouldn’t say ‘sending it’, but no,
it was good sailing across.” “And the Cook Strait has the reputation of
being always rough, so we were lucky. We just enjoyed it. It was a good night’s sail.”
“Yeah, so I’ve done a lot of ocean racing. So with us, every little tweak in the sails
or movement is very important, and you have to be always switched on. We run a pretty
tight shift – four hours on, four hours off. So it was quite nice being on the waka, and
really just trying to take it all in and hearing more about the stories and the voyaging. the
navigation is completely different. When we’re racing, we have GPS, weather routing coming
to us, we’ve got internet. But with the waka it’s all about the elements – the stars, the
moon, the sun, the wind, the current, the birds and learning more about that was very
interesting.” “The base is that we are 16 on board and we
run three watches, and we just get to the place where we have to go. In an open-ocean
crossing, especially in the navigator’s minds, it’s a different set up. That’s why they said
that Maui hooked the island and pulled it, ’cause the island came to him. It’s not you
going to the island. It’s a different vision of it.”
“I think on any waka, or canoe, or boat, yacht, ship, it’s always the same. Team work is the
most important thing on board a vessel, especially when you’re out at sea and you’re relying
on everybody else. And it’s obviously the same here on the waka. But on here, it’s more
about the family. You step on and you immediately feel like you’re a family, which I’m so grateful
for.”

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