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Outward bound for Sea!

7 April 2009

Outward bound for Sea!

Spaces are starting to fill up on Northland’s own tall ship for the May and June Sail Training voyages. The Trust is aiming to finalise berth allocation for the trips shortly after Easter and is keen for people to get their applications in as soon as possible.

“The whole idea is to find a mix of young people from all around Northland so they can meet new people, learn new skills and encounter new experiences” explained Sales & Operations Manager, Rachel Kennedy. “We want as large a pool of young people as possible to apply. The ship not only provides adventure but also, because everyone has to work together to sail the ship, trainees learn all about teamwork and respect for each other, and respect for the sea.”

Sail training voyages are seven days in length, departing from Opua. Depending on weather conditions, the ship will visit Whangaroa, Whangamumu, Whangarei or even Great Barrier. The programme covers a wide range of activities that include not just sailing and seamanship skills but also cooking and nutrition, a greater awareness of our marine environment as well as shore-based activities and, of course, having fun. Anyone between the age of 13 and 18 is welcome to apply.

The trips are heavily subsidised at $750 for the seven day trip and the ship also has a small amount of funding that can be allocated for grants if families can’t afford the full fare.

Full information including trip dates and application forms are available from or call 0800 TUCKER.


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