Outward's cutters bound for glory
Outward Bound's new cutter was christened with a splash of Marlborough pinot gris at the official naming ceremony at the Anakiwa wharf, in Queen Charlotte Sound, on Saturday.
About 50 sponsors, Outward Bound instructors and their families attended the event, which included a blessing from Te Atiawa kaumatua Graham Grennell.
The Sir Woolf is the second of three new fibreglass cutters which are replacing the old fleet of wooden boats. The boat is named after Sir Woolf Fisher, one of the men who started Fisher and Paykel and a long time supporter of Outward Bound.
School director Rob MacLean said boat designer Tim Barnett had taken the original 1936 design and rebuilt it in modern materials with better safety features.
"It's a fusion of the old design with new material and techniques, which is a bit of an Outward Bound analogy," he said.
"The new boats are faster, more stable with better storage, and less maintenance costs - they will probably save us $4000 to $5000 a year."
The 10-metre boats carry 14 students and up to three staff.
"The beauty of the boat is that no one person can sail it, it takes a team of people working together to get anywhere," he said.
The boats were built by Dickson Marine, in Nelson, and are worth $180,000 each, he said.
The Sir Woolf Fisher Trust funded the boat's construction.
Nephew of the late Sir Woolf, Graeme Collinson, and his wife, Maria, represented the trust; Mrs Collinson christening the boat.
Fundraising for the third cutter is under way, and they hope to have it on the water by 2015.
Two old cutters will be sold and one will remain at the school.
Mr Maclean estimated the cutters have been sailed by more than 50,000 course participants since Outward Bound started in 1962.
OUTWARD BOUND COURSE OBJECTIVES
Develop your self-awareness, confidence and motivation.
Recognise your potential.
Understand and assume personal responsibility.
Increase your social awareness and communication skills.
Understand how to create effective relationships and experience success as a member of a team.
Consideration of your own, others and Outward Bound's values, which are compassion, greatness, responsibility and integrity.
Develop skills to resolve conflicts of values.
Environment Experience education in, about and for the environment.
Become a guardian of the environment.
Service Experience and understand what it means to be of service.
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