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Spirit of New Zealand sails back to Lyttelton after three years

A group of Canterbury students will be joining the world's busiest youth ship when it returns to Lyttelton for the first time in three years.

The Spirit of New Zealand, a three-masted barquentine, spends about 340 days a year at sea as schools of young people take part in its development programme.

Participants started their day with a dip in the ocean – regardless of the time of year – before learning how to navigate and sail a ship in open waters and develop life-long transferable skills.

Rangiora High School student Thomas Warming-Smith, 17, climbed the mast of the Spirit of New Zealand to overcome a fear of heights.

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