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Meet Ninja Helmling


1st Mate.

Job description: 

Running around making sure every body else is running around; bad cop; occasionally playing with sails.

Work background: 

Sailing to the corners of the world. 

Favourite part of job: 

Menus and seeing the trainees grow beyond themselves in just ten days.

Least favourite part of job: 

Putting "the kids" to bed.

What I am working on now: 

Filling in this form during my leave.

A quick story about a job well done: 

For the tall ships race last year we managed to set all the sails in 7 minutes! That was fun.


Chief Mate/ Master Sailing Ships up to 3000t, sailing area unlimited;  and Journalist (specializing in economics).

Interests outside work: 

Surfing, sailing, going places, weaving, exploring stuff, creating stuff, fixing my van, playing music, reading; sitting on my veranda looking at the ocean, making coffees.

Ninja is the First Mate on the Spirit of New Zealand. Image: Spirit of Adventure Trust.