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Spirit of Adventure

posted 27 Aug 2019, 19:36 by OC Web   [ updated 27 Aug 2019, 19:52 ]
Earlier in the year Kyla Tawhara-Royal and Jesse Green had the adventure of a lifetime. They were both awarded scholarships to participate in a ten day voyage on the Spirit of Adventure.

After flying to Auckland on 15 May they joined around 30 other young people on board – family for the next ten days - and sailed out of Auckland harbour. The voyage took them around the bays and islands of the Coromandel, Auckland and Great Barrier Island. There were many opportunities to explore the islands on foot when the Spirit of Adventure anchored offshore and the students paddled across to the islands. Jesse said that a six hour tramp around Great Barrier Island was a huge highlight.

Sailing and navigation lessons were only a small part of what was on offer during their time on board. Both students felt that their biggest challenge was overcoming a fear of heights – necessary in order to scale the, scarily high, mast of the ship. They also felt that learning to sail on their own in small boats was a very cool experience.

Kyla and Jesse both spoke of the enduring friendships they had made whilst on board. They felt that their communication skills had improved immensely, and their ability to get on with other people and turn strangers into friends was something that they would take with them into life after kura. Kyla commented that it was great to be able to share the voyage with other Māori students – getting a sense of each others’ iwi and how that enriched their time on board.

They both enjoyed the routine of life on the ship – getting up early to go swimming and then carrying out their duties on board, learning new things and getting to know new people - it was all part of a truly memorable experience. Jesse thanked the Spirit of Adventure Trust Scholarship for making the trip possible. Kyla wished to thank Stuart and Mary Pritchard for providing their Spirit of Adventure Sailing/Leadership Scholarship which allowed her to take part in the voyage and she strongly encouraged other students to apply for this scholarship in coming years, saying she felt the benefits were really worthwhile.