On Saturday 13th March, Whitianga and the team from the Whitianga Mercury Bay Boating Club provided a great day out on the water for rangatahi, with great weather and a cloudless sky setting a scene of beauty.
We had three rangatahi come and join in on the sailing lesson with Jono and his team. We prepared the boats and our own gear, then went over some safety features and the rules. Once that was all done we were ready to head out onto the water.
Rangatahi and staff both had an incredible time, with the wind and water blowing in our faces as we sang our favourite songs from Moana. It was a great experience to learn how to sail with the rangatahi while also keeping everyone entertained with high spirits. We learned some of the history of the area, which was interesting to hear about. After everyone dragged their boats ashore we finished the day off with a well deserved feast of fish and chips, a kiwi classic.
A big thank you to the rangatahi that attended this exclusive event and the staff at the Mercury Bay Boating Club for the amazing experience and their great hospitality. It was really awesome to see some of our community getting to experience a sport that is otherwise quite inaccessible.
This experience will definitely be on the cards for future events so keep an eye out.