Focus on the Land
In the spirit of adventure
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Alice Te Puni
RAIMAREE Banks from Te Karaka was “bummed out” after she won the trip of a lifetime in a $5 raffle — a voyage on Spirit of Adventure.
There were gleeful air punches at first when told she was a winner . . . but it was back to earth with a bump when Raimaree realised the Spirit of Adventure was for youth aged 15 to 19-years-old. She is 13.
Raimaree had to nominate another person and she chose her big bro Jessie.
The siblings are the middle children in a family of eight. They both go to Te Karaka Area School.
Jessie, 16, is thrilled and nervous about the sea voyage but is looking forward to meeting new people.
The Spirit of Adventure 10-day sea voyage will set sail from Auckland at the end of September. It will travel around the Hauraki Gulf and return back to port.
Jessie’s prize is worth $1800 and includes return flights to Auckland and home.
It will be the first time he has been on a plane and a sea vessel bigger than a fishing boat.
“I don’t think I suffer from sea sickness but I guess I will find that out soon enough,” he said.
The youth development sea voyage encourages teamwork, leadership, independence, problem-solving, motivation, public-speaking, self-confidence, community spirit, self-esteem and overcoming challenges.
Activities will include early-morning swims around the boat, bush walks, an on-ship obstacle course, a large swing off the mast and pulling ropes.
The teenagers also get to sail the ship. They are split into four watches of 10 for the trip and take turns at being group leader for the day.
On day nine, they bring together all the skills they have learned, elect their own crew and sail the ship to its final anchorage within a given time frame.
Organisers say this is the highlight of the trip.
BIG BRO, LIL SIS: Jessie Banks from Te Karaka has a spot on the Spirit of Adventure thanks to little sister Raimaree. He sails at the end of September. Picture by Paul Rickard
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