Spirited Adventurer - Kaya Edginton

Kaya EdgintonI had never sailed a ship before, I had never even seen a ship like the Spirit of New Zealand, and in all honesty the thought of being stuck on a ship with 40 complete strangers terrified me; but there is not one thing I regret about going on the Spirit of Adventure, because it was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced.

On the 24th of June I travelled to Auckland to begin the ten day voyage called the Spirit of Adventure. When I first reached Auckland Harbour I felt confident and ready for the trip, but when I saw the silhouette of the ship in the harbour, and the groups of other teenagers already aboard I came to the realisation that I was extremely alone, and I was terrified!

There were 40 teenagers who came as complete strangers, and over the journey became a family. With no technology and no communication to home, we all left Auckland with only each other and the sea.

We sailed through the Hauraki Gulf to see and explore amazing places such as Kawau Island, Little Barrier Island, Great Barrier Island, Port Fitzroy, Smokehouse Bay and Waiheke Island. We were able to see some of the most beautiful and pristine places in New Zealand, and I was able to appreciate the beautiful country we live in. Between each destination we learnt how to work and lead each section of the ship and ensure there was smooth sailing. Other responsibilities included cooking, cleaning and completing night watch shifts.

My favourite memory is of the row back to the ship from Smokehouse Bay, it was a pristine and clear night and all stars were visible. When paddling back to the ship, with every paddle stroke the sea would light up from all of the marine phosphorescence on the surface, and it was stunning. It was like rowing through a sea of stars.

This trip really opened my eyes to the opportunities that are available to us if we look. It also opened my eyes to the amounts of extraordinary people that are out in the world. I was able to spend ten days on a ship full of strangers and every single one of them were amazing people. The trip was beneficial to my leadership skills, my confidence and it also helped me to be more willing to take new risks and opportunities in the future.  I learnt that it is easier and far more fun to go out into new opportunities with no walls, an open mind and to completely be myself.  The Spirit of Adventure is a trip I would recommend, and one that I want everyone to experience!

Check out the website for more information www.spiritofadventure.org.nz.

March 2017

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