Trainee crew work...

11 July 2017
... on Spirit of New Zealand.

Second voyage as volunteer Watch Assistant, 1 - 11 July 2017.

Spirit of New Zealand...

11 July 2017
...anchored at Great Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland.

Americas cup

26 June 2017
Well done lads

Volunteer on 'Spirit of New Zealand'

06 June 2017
First time as volunteer 'watch assistant' for the Spirit of Adventure Trust tall ship Spirit of New Zealand on a five day journey, 1 - 6 June 2017, in the Hauraki Gulf from Princes Wharf, Auckland.
We tried to get down the coast to Tauranga for a special event supporting the Trust, but had to turn back after two days of bad weather.
But lots of fun doing exercises in the Hauraki Gulf, with forty Y10 students from 4 schools involved.
Crew very welcoming and keen to get me trained up. Lot to learn though! All kinds of new sails to come to grips with, such as the Royal, the Gallant, the Topsail and the Course, and dozens of new lines to hoist them and 'strike' them!
It's very high once you're up that foremast and along the yards. But the event I was most nervous about was the dawn swim! Well, not so bad as it turned out. Warmer than the South Island.

No time to dawdle ..

28 May 2017
discretion is the better part of valour!

A hasty departure from the Chathams. Our trip home took almost the same time as our trip there - 3 and 3/4 days - and we arrived home in good spirits after some good sailing and a bit of motoring on Thursday 18 May, 2017.

The lads at Tremayne's house, Port Hutt, on ...

28 May 2017
a Sunday morning.

Tremayne to the right, seated, with Aiden Tuanui, cousin of Riki Tuanui who was in my form class at Hillmorton High School many years ago.

(Riki is a very successful fisherman now, and spoken well of by all the locals).

The two chaps at the back are brothers, and from the attractive looking Flower Pot Lodge (on Flower Pot Glory Road!) Pitt Island.

We had been very keen to visit Pitt Island, which is more spectacular and scenic than Chatham Island, but when we looked at Tremayne's computer, the forecast showed such an ominous system heading towards New Zealand that we decided there and then to pack up and skedaddle.

So we didn't see all the things we had hoped to. Oh well ... another trip! Maybe an annual one, like my old Philippines ones?
Vessel Name: Brigadoon
Vessel Make/Model: Van der Stadt
Hailing Port: Lyttelton, New Zealand
Crew: Dave and Jackie Peers
About: 2nd Mate Fergus McCormick
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