Waiheke Marketplace : June 6th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 6 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JUNE 6, 2012 NEWS COMMERCIAL / RETAIL TO LEASE PRIME POSITION - CENTRAL ONEROA • North facing commercial premises currently occupied by Bayleys in Oceanview Road, Oneroa • 220m2 approx - flexible floor plan which can be divided • Commercial / retail zoning • Great exposure • 4 convenient carparks • AVAILABLE 1ST AUGUST 2012 Phone owner on (09) 372 9010 or 021 372 403 4552353AA Matt gets the spirit to sail high seas By GILL ALCOCK YOUNG VOYAGERS The Spirit of Adventure Trust runs the 10-day youth development voyages on the Spirit of New Zealand. Each year between 1000 and 1200 young people aged 15 to 18 from a wide range of ethnic and social backgrounds, take part. They learn teamwork, resilience, co-operation, communication, confidence, tolerance, and leadership. Activities vary according to location, the group mix and the weather. Trainees are split into four watches of 10 for the duration of the voyage. All trainees have the challenge of being leader of their watch for the day. Trainee mariner: Waiheke High School student Matt Wilson was part of voyage 621 thanks to Waiheke Rotary sponsorship. Great view: Matt Wilson up the mast of the sailing ship Spirit of New Zealand. A Waiheke High School student with a spirit of adventure enjoyed a trip of a lifetime on the high seas. Year 13 student and school prefect Matt Wilson says he was proud to be selected for the voyage on the iconic tall ship Spirit of New Zealand. His trip was sponsored by Waiheke Rotary. Matt is part of the Sea- Sports academy and was its top student last year. It was SeaSports teacher and deputy principal Tony Sears who picked him for the 10- day experience. The trip took place last month in perfect weather conditions'', Matt says. The first few days were a bit rough but blew us up the coast to the Bay of Islands and the whaling station at Whangamumu Harbour.'' All the trainees had the opportunity to climb the mast. Despite some being nervous at the prospect, Matt says he loved it. I don't have a problem with heights and the view was amazing.'' Next, a change in wind direction took the three- masted barquentine across the Hauraki Gulf to Great Barrier Island. On the way the ship stopped at the Poor Knights and Mokohinau islands for exploratory trips on small dinghies. We saw the big cave at Poor Knights that is believed to be the biggest in the world.'' The trip across to Great Barrier was not without a few cases of seasickness, Matt admits. Once they arrived, the trainees spent three days hanging around Port Fitzroy waiting for the wind to change. Next it was off to Kawau Bay and two nights moored off Snells Beach. The last day was trainee day where we all vote who is going to be the captain, navi- gator and watch leaders. I was in charge of the main sail for the last sail.'' Matt says the 40 trainees sleep in sleeping bags in three tiered hammocks/bunks that are folded away during the day. Every day starts at 6am with a run around the boat and a refreshing jump in the sea followed by a quick cold shower to rinse off the salt. After breakfast the trainees muster for the for- mal part of the day when the colours'' are raised. They sound the bell and raise the flags and then everyone gets their jobs for the day.'' Matt says being in such close quarters with the trainees and 13 crew meant some really close friends were made and he was quite sad to leave. He is incredibly positive about the experience. It was fantastic. I'd heard a lot about it. My brother had done it, so I was really excited to go.'' Having had a taste of life at sea, he says he would defi- nitely like to do something around the sea. It's taught me how to sail large boats and little dinghies. It was a really good oppor- tunity and I would like to say a really big thanks to Wai- heke Rotary for the chance to go,'' Matt says. If anybody gets the opportunity, even if they're not that into the sea itself, they should go as it's a really good experience.''
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