Peter Renshaw was born in the UK and moved to New Zealand aged 13. Since then he has been heavily involved in sailing and sail training, receiving his Boat master certificate at age 14. His association with the Spirit of Adventure Trust and its ship the Spirit of New Zealand began with a trainee voyage, followed by voyages as a volunteer crew member. At 17 he became a cadet for 15 months, which led to a permanent mate position. Over the next eight years he rose to First Mate, a position he has held for the past two years. Peter has a New Zealand Offshore Masters STCW 95 Unlimited and a British Square Rig Masters Endorsement, and has completed several ocean passages on yachts. Although an obvious tall ship enthusiast, his driving passion is youth development. In his spare time Peter enjoys rock climbing, scuba diving and sailing with friends.