A group of 10 students from Tauhara College were part of a 5 day spirit trophy voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand from 7th-12th June. The group of five female and five male Year 10 students joined three other secondary schools in a 5 day challenge. The other schools involved were Mercury Bay Area School, Westlake Girls and Marlborough Boys. The challenges included quizzes, setting sails, knot tying, paddling inflatable rafts, chants and many games that challenged everyone’s teamwork.
Everyone morning began at 6:45am with a morning swim, despite some varied weather conditions. The initial sail up to Kawau Island was in good weather but on the way back students were harnessed onto the boat as they experienced 50 knot winds and a 2.5-3.5m swell. Needless to say, there were a lot of people who were sea sick! That night Auckland was hammered with wind gusts up to 130km/h. It was a sleepless night as the crew moved anchor several times between 2:30-4:30am to get into a more sheltered area. The next day? Beautiful sunny skies that made for perfect swimming conditions.
The trophy was eventually won by Westlake Girls but the experience that the Tauhara team gained was enormous. If you ever get the opportunity to go on a trip – do not hesitate!
Participants = Jessaca Sargison, Crystal Ross-Waitai, Grace Hind, Brodie Brown, Jody Clements, Matt Watson, Kurtis Roach, Jacob Klein, Blake Cowan, Sam Morton, Roxane Harvey (teacher)