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On arriving aboard you will be shown your berths, introduced to the crew, and signed on Ship's Articles as Voyage Crew members. Much of the first day will be spent introducing you to the ship and explaining the various routines, safety procedures and equipment and how the watch system works. For thnose who wish we try to give you a chance to be shown aloft in the rigging before we get underway.
East and north of Auckland lies the Hauraki Gulf, one of the finest sailing grounds in the world. The many islands and channels cover nearly 2000 square miles and are bordered to the east by the Coromandel Peninsula and Great Barrier Island. Winds are usually reliable and the many options available in a voyage plan mean safe and exciting square rig sailing is assured. The exact passage plan will be decided by the Master depending on wind directions.
During the voyage we could anchor overnight at such places as Kawau Island where a walk across the island is well worth it. From the old Copper Mine to the colonial residence at Mansion House Bay built by Governor Grey in the 1850’s takes about 45 minutes, and the trail leads through grove of mature Redwood trees and other imported exotic species with a rich undergrowth of native ponga (tree ferns). At Mansion House Bay wallabies and peacocks roam the lawns and at dusk the native ‘waka’ a flightless swamp hen may be seen. At night the calls of the small Blue Penguins are heard and during the day they may be seen out fishing.
Tiri Tiri Matangi Island
Tiri is a designated Depart. of Conservation reserve where a pioneering revegetation programme has created a successful bird sactuary for rare and endangered species.
Great Barrier Island
If we call at Great Barrier Island we shall anchor near Port Fitzroy and spend a day there. The strenuous but rewarding hike to the top of Mt. Hobson takes 5-6 hours but the views are fabulous and the trail leads past the famous Kauri Damns and through native forests with many regenerated Kauri trees. There is an alternative walk from Forestry Bay to the pools at The Waterfall again leading through native forest. For bird watchers Banded Rails and the endangered Brown Teals are likely to be seen on ‘the Barrier’.
At Waiheke Island we find a secluded anchorage on the north east side at Hook’s Bay where the beach is normally deserted and the walk over the hill leads to the W.W.II gun emplacements. Native coastal forest surrounds this area of the island to Opopa Bay. Native pohutakawa trees line the deserted shore and an evening spent anchored under the southern stars makes one feel 1000 miles from urban civilisation, rather than just 30-40 miles from Auckland.
Throughout the voyage we will see an abundance of sea bird life; Petrels, Gannets, Spotted and White Shags, Caspian Terns are common, and ashore on certain forest trails Fantails are seen and the Grey Warbler heard. The lookout’s perch at the bowsprit is a front row seat if we’re lucky to see the displays of Common and Bottlenose Dolphins who delight in dancing in our bow wave. This is a unique way of experiencing the Hauraki Gulf’s wonders that conventional tourism has missed.
Anchoring and Underway
On this cruise most nights will be spent at anchor as distances between the destinations are small, perhaps only 15-20 miles. We will usually weigh anchor early each morning and aim to arrive at our anchorage by early afternoon. We then use Søren's 17 ft inflatable for runs to the beach to explore ashore. The ship has sufficient sets of masks, fins and snorkels to allow everyone to swim from the ship in the warm waters around these islands.
Our sailing passage between anchorages may involve some motoring but also some quite intense sail handling. However sailing by day and stopping most nights allows those who would rather relish the amazing scenery to stand back and let the keener sailors get involved in handling the ship under sail. Everyone is involved in the duty watch system which will operate while we are under way and once we drop anchor the deck watch is undertaken by the permanent crew and you the Voyage Crew are free to explore ashore.
For those interested in the voyages of Captain Cook this voyage by traditional square rigger does offer a unique insight and historical perspective on that amazing period of discovery.
Voyages are planned to allow us some flexibility on route as to where we stop and anchor, how long we stay at each place and where we choose to go. We feel this is the key to the sailing authenticity and the genuine adventure of the ship's voyaging. Itineraries may change due to weather conditions, readiness of the vessel or any other reason and so are without guarantee. If winds are unfavourable we may make use the ship's engine to maintain the schedule. All decisions regarding our route and itinerary will be that of the ship's Master.
January and February is the best of the NZ summer and the weather is usually warm, with light cotton shirts / shorts are sufficient during the day and a sweatshirt with jeans for evenings. Most go barefoot on deck and swimming gear gets worn most days. A hat, sun block and sunglasses are essential protection from sun over water.
Your Role on board
A Søren Larsen voyage is a holiday adventure where your enjoyment is of paramount importance. Participation in the ship and the voyage is central to the experience and you will be signed on ship as Voyage Crew as part of the ship's crew for your trip. However the level of involvement is up to you and no previous experience is necessary. The ship requires authentic seamanship to sail her but participating Voyage Crew are treated in a friendly and informal way and Søren Larsen's level of comfort and facilities reflect this.
On arriving onboard you will be shown your berths, introduced to the crew, and signed on Ship's Articles as Voyage Crew members. Much of the first morning will be spent introducing you to the ship and explaining the various routines, safety procedures and equipment and how the watch system works.
Our sailing between anchorages at our island destinations may involve some motoring but also some quite intense sail handling. This allows everyone to get involved, although those who would rather relish the amazing scenery to stand back and let the keener sailors get on with handling the ship under sail can do so. Everyone is involved in the duty watch system as Voyage Crew which will operate while we are under way and you may have your turn at the helm, on bow lookout or helping trim sail or help tack ship. Going aloft is a unique experience but is not compulsory and everyone can decide when or if they’d like to. People of all ages join us and many have never sailed before - previous experience is certainly not necessary.
There are 13 permanent crew who maintain and sail the ship who are there to assist and help you enjoy your time aboard. Once we drop anchor the deck watch is undertaken by the permanent crew and you the Voyage Crew are free to explore ashore.