Spirit of New Zealand sails back to Lyttelton after three years
24 February 2016
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.