Heading to a port near you...
20 November 2015
Written by Dean Lawrence, CEO
Spirit of New Zealand and her crew are departing Auckland on Sunday 22 November and starting the journey south for the summer. The ship is not due back to our home port of Princes Wharf in Auckland until 26 March 2016.
First stop is Napier on 1 December, where we will finish a 10-day youth voyage, have a sailing for our local Hyundai dealership, then depart for a 4-day adult coastal trip to Wellington. This public sailing is full, with many looking forward to the opportunity of sailing the infamous Wairarapa Coast.
Wellington will see another Hyundai dealership sailing and an evening function to thank our many local supporters. Following this will be two x 10-day youth development trips, where it is expected they will enjoy the many sights of the Marlborough Sounds finishing up in Nelson.
We do give the crew Christmas off, so Spirit of New Zealand will spend Christmas and Boxing days alongside the wharf in Nelson, where the “baby sitting services” will be by our local supporters lead by Chris and Shelia Budgen.
We spend some time in Nelson post-Christmas day running a number of programme sailings but also an afternoon sail on 6 January that public can sign up for.
Mid-January will see us head to Dunedin with another 40 young trainees on board, arriving on 26 January where we will have an open ship in the morning for the people of Dunedin and Otago.
Next stop is Bluff, where we will run three x 10-day sailings, which will no doubt take in the pleasures of Stewart Island. We also have both sponsor and public sailings while in Bluff. By this time we are late February and time to start heading north again. Stopping at Lyttleton to change crew and trainees, and then back on to Wellington and a chance to have a public morning sail around Wellington harbour.
From Wellington we head straight to Tauranga, which will be an interesting haul up the East Coast for the trainees. A change over and another 10-day trip, arriving back at Princes Wharf in Auckland on 26 March.
Nigel Wright, Marine Manager of the Trust says, “The crew, especially our newer members, will have a great time down south. Exploring Stewart Island really is adventure sailing. The untouched scenery and lack of other humans is a unique experience.”
If you would like to see the ship, or perhaps partake in one of our short public sailings, or get someone you know aged 16 to 18 years on board our 10-day youth programmes then check out the Spirit website or contact the office. These South Island voyages can be something quite different.