Auckland welcomes the Tall Ships fleet this weekend

24 October 2013

Auckland welcomes the Tall Ships fleet this weekend
Auckland’s welcomes the arrival of the fleet from the Sydney Auckland Regatta, organised by Sail Training International, this weekend. 

Seven ships and hundreds of sailors are now on their way having participated in Tall Ships Festivals in Sydney and Melbourne, and raced in the inaugural trans Tasman Tall Ships race (from Sydney to Opua). The race fleet experienced all types of weather conditions, from flat calms to winds of 45 knots (severe gale force) with gusts of over 60 knots (Hurricane force) reported by the most southerly vessel Young Endeavour.

They will sail up the Waitemata, arriving in Auckland at approximately 1500 (local time) Friday 25 October. They will be joined by four other New Zealand Tall Ships, the HMNZS Wellington from the Royal New Zealand Navy and two sailing waka.  

This will be a magnificent spectacle as these extraordinary vessels - led by Spirit of New Zealand - are guided by Maori Waka from North Head to their berths at Queens, Hobson and Princes wharves.

The Tall Ships fleet will enter the harbour in the following sequence:

Haunui - waka
Aotaroa One - waka
HMNZS Wellington
Spirit of New Zealand
Young Endeavour (Australia)
Oosterschelde (Netherlands)
Breeze (Voyager NZ Maritime Museum)
Jane Gifford (Warkworth)
Ted Ashby (Voyager NZ Maritime Museum)
R. Tucker Thompson (Whangarei)
Lord Nelson (UK)
Picton Castle (Canada)
Tecla (Netherlands)
Europa (Netherlands) 

The ships will be open to the public on both Saturday and Sunday.   At 1000, Saturday 26 October, crews will march along the waterfront from Voyager NZ Maritime Museum to The Cloud led by the Royal New Zealand Navy Band.  An official welcome and Powhiri will be held at The Cloud.  The Cloud will then become the centre of  fun filled family activities for both Saturday and Sunday.  

Alastair Aitken, Chairman Voyager NZ Maritime Museum Trust Board said, “We are delighted to be involved in coordinating a visit from these magnificent Tall Ships.  We must not forget the historical significance of Tall Ships in the European settlement of New Zealand.  So many European families took that long arduous journey from the United Kingdom to our shores in Tall Ships.”

The Tall Ships Festival Director and former Spirit of Adventure CEO, John Lister said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for Aucklanders to witness the spectacle of a Tall Ships fleet.  It’s rare for such a group of ships to be in our part of the world and it's too good an opportunity to let slip by.”
The Tall Ships depart from Orakei Wharf at 1300, Monday 28 October.

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About the vessels
The ships represent a great diversity of design and contrasting appearance.   

The largest Tall Ship is the venerable 102 year old three masted bark Europa, originally built in Germany now belonging to Holland.  Europa is complimented by the schooner Oosterschelde – acknowledged as a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail.  She too seven days, four hourrs 45 mins and 13 seconds to win the 1,131 nautical mile race course, at an average speed of 6.56 knots. At times she was averaging over 10 knots and probably hitting peak speeds in excess of 14 knots at times.
The youngest in the fleet is Young Endeavour given to Australia by the United Kingdom as a bicentennial gift in 1988.  

The Spirit of New Zealand is believed to be the world’s busiest youth training ship.  She undertakes an annual programme of 340 days at sea.  

Unique to this fleet is the United Kingdom’s Lord Nelson, the first ship in the world to be designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. 

Crew log from Young Endeavour (Australia)

After a quiet night at anchor in a corner of the inner harbour at Great Barrier Island, it was up early for the chefs to bake bread and savouries for the crew's lunch, which was to be eaten at the top of Mount Hobson. A six hour 2000ft climb and descent. Quite a challenge, but all returned safely with a few reporting sore feet and legs. 

Then it was ashore to a most pleasant beach at Smokehouse bay, for a BBQ with Spirit of New Zealand crew. There was a big open fire and plenty of table space for the food. There were also five swings slung from the trees for some of the fun and games. The whole area was set out as a stopover for yachtsman with a bath and shower with running hotwater, heated from a small wood fired pot boiler. The plentiful running water supply was fed from a tank further up the hill, which took its supply from a stream cascading down from the spring further up. There was even taps on the shore for yachtsman to replenish their tanks. The laundry facilities could grace any utility room with large butler sinks, each with a mangle and rotary driers on the breezy point. 

The name of the bay, Smokehouse, is taken from the three smokehouses set up on the beach, which the local fishermen use to smoke the freshly cooked red snappers which were hanging in the sheds.
It was a weary but happy crew that returned to the ship at 2200 to get a well deserved hot drink and nights sleep. It's now the intention to stay here an extra day, to clean ship and have a sailing regatta with Spirit of New Zealand and possibly Europa, which turned up this morning. 

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For more information contact Sally Titmus, Communications and Marketing Manager, Sail Training International, Charles House, Gosport Marina, Mumby Road, Gosport, Hampshire, UK  PO12 1AH  

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9258 6367   Email:

Editor’s notes:

What is sail training?
Sail Training is an adventure activity, which includes far more than sailing instruction. Participants are required to confront demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others, whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. Those who undertake Sail Training on Tall Ships generally find it a positive life-changing experience.

About Sail Training International (STI)
STI is the international voice of Sail Training, a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation), which has worldwide membership and activities. Its purpose is the development and education of young people through the Sail Training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. It organises the annual Tall Ship Races and other international Tall Ship sailing events. STI members are 29 national Sail Training organisations around the world and STI’s head office is in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.

The organisation was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 for its work in promoting international understanding and friendship.

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