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Voyage of Discovery

With her traditional rigging and spacious decks, Steadfast is an excellent resource for engaging young people in a direct educational experience. Our Voyage of Discovery program is conducted in partnership with Richard de Hamel of New Zealand Marine Studies Centre. This program is being offered from either Nelson or Picton, or as part of a school camp experience at Mistletoe Bay Eco Village in Queen Charlotte Sound. Richard brings his considerable knowledge and experience in marine biology to great effect (as well as being a pirate!) with a program that involves up to 28 children rotating through 7 activity stations on board Steadfast at sea.


Activities include old-time navigation methods like heaving the lead line, trailing a ship’s log, steering and dead-reckoning navigation, as well as a bottom trawl (for finding out what’s down there) and a plankton net and microscope (for getting a close up view of the little critters). We have been running these popular trips since March 2011. Check out our Voyage of Discovery video on youtube and the great little video by Scott Hammond in this article from the Marlborough Express.

Bookings can be made either through Steadfast Traditional Sail or Richard at richard.dehamel@otago.ac.nz.

Please book early to ensure availability!

Steadfast Traditional Sail

Marlborough Sounds - New Zealand