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Meet Gerard Prendeville


Master of the Spirit of New Zealand.

Job description: 

Ship’s Captain.

Work background: 

I started at sea as a 17 year old in the Navy. I have been a diver and fishman. I have also worked on super yachts and Merchant ships.

Favourite part of job: 

Interaction with the Trainees.

Least favourite part of job: 

Paper work.

What I am working on now: 

Getting the crew and ship ready for the summer.

A quick story about a job well done: 

Planning and running the training weekends we have every year.

A (humorous) story about a job that went badly and what you learned: 

Trying to sail from East Cape to Great Mercury Islands. It took 2 days and we had to motor sail the last 40nm (it's only a 120nm and we should do about a 150nm a day). Sometimes the wind is just not right.


Master 500gt

Interests outside work: 

Diving, mountain biking, skiing, and being at home with my wife.

Gerard is the Master of the Spirit of New Zealand. Image: Spirit of Adventure Trust.