There is one clear challenge of this exciting 5 Day voyage – win the coveted Spirit trophy!
Schools from around the country send teams of Year 10 students (10 from each school plus a teacher) to compete against three other schools for the bragging rights of winning the Spirit trophy. As team participants, students will enjoy a learning experience like no other that guarantees challenge, adventure, creativity and reward.
Activities in the programme include ship-handling, teamwork, problem-solving, debating, and water sports (in and on the water). Teams also go ashore and complete tasks against each other and enjoy competitive games that involve ingenuity, leadership and fun. There are typically between five and nine Spirit Trophy Voyages per year (dependent on the sailing schedule).
A team consists of ten students ($850pp) and one teacher.
A $500 deposit will be required once we confirm your voyage with the remainder due three months before your voyage departure date (we will invoice your school directly).
Please note that travel to and from the ship is not included in the voyage fee and must be arranged by the school. Arrival/departure times and dates will be given to you once your school has been confirmed on a voyage.
Due to the structure of the voyage, teams of ten (excluding the teacher) must be made up of either all male, all female, or a 50/50 mix of both. At this stage you do not need to select your team until you know if your school has been successful. This avoids unnecessarily disappointing students.
We strongly suggest that if bringing a camera on board, you equip yourself with a dry bag for the safe keeping of your camera – please remember you are within a wet environment. Please bring your camera charger with batteries.
Please don't bring it with you. We have an ample supply of various sea sickness medication in the unlikely event that you need it. For safety reasons, we record and administer it, so we know who has taken it and can monitor you.
Fishing gear and dive equipment is not permitted on board.
If you attend secondary school we need confirmation from either the Spirit Coordinator or your year Dean that they are aware you will be out of school during that time. More info ->
Every voyage is different and it will often depend on weather. We have a live ship tracker on the home page of our website, so make sure you tell your friends and family to keep an eye on where you are!
Most of our voyages are unisex. All activities are done as a team, but we do have separate living areas and bathrooms for male and female paticipants (20 on each side of the ship). More info ->
The ship operates around the New Zealand coast throughout the year and may sometimes be away from immediate medical support (the ship's crew are fully trained in marine first aid). The voyages can at times be mentally and physically demanding with acitivities including sailing, swimming and hiking. We have specific 'Medically Fit' criteria for each voyage type which you will find when you start your booking. If you have any concerns or questions, please get in touch with us to discuss.
For each voyage type, there are some medical and general criteria that you will need to meet. These vary depending on the voyage type that you will find on the specific voyage page on our website. If you have any queries around this, we encourage you to give us a call to discuss. Visit one of our voyages to find out more ->
We have certain medical criteria that you will need to meet if you would like to take part in a voyage. Check out the medical criteria in the type of voyage you'd like to participate in, and if you have any more questions, please give us a call in the office. More info ->
Yes you can! As long as you meet the criteria, you can take part in a 10 Day voyage.
You heard right :-) We do take all mobile and electronic devices off participants on our 10 Day and 5 Day voyages. This is so you can fully engage in the programme, plus you will be way too busy anyway (switch off - to switch on!).The ship is in daily contact with the Spirit office, so if an urgent message needs to be sent through, we can easily make that happen. And your friends and family can follow the ship here, so they know where you are!
We typically sail during the day and anchor up later in the afternoon. Although on some voyages that are going from one port to another, there may be the odd night sail.