The first of Gulf Harbour Yacht Club’s youth sailing programmes provided students with an opportunity to help sail Lion NZ in unexpectedly extreme weather conditions.
The club turns 30 this year, and to mark the occasion, it sponsored seven students from Whangaparaoa College to take part in its first Youth Sailing Programme.
The programme utilises the club’s relationship with the NZ Sailing Trust, which runs environmental and leadership courses for youth aboard the yachts Lion NZ and Steinlager 2.
The programme began with a day sail, on July 19, on board Lion NZ. Winds far stronger than forecast with continuous, and at times horizontal, rain showed the students, some of whom had never sailed before, how a boat of this calibre handles in challenging conditions.
The young crew thought it was great, and have signed-on for the next trip in the programme, which is a weekend trip.
The Youth Sailing Programme promotes sailing skills as well as life skills, leadership and caring for the marine environment.