My name is Viki. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand and I have been sailing since I was eight years old when my Mum & Dad bought me a little pink Optimist.
I bought my yacht Wildwood – a Young 88 keelboat about 18 years ago, and I have had lots of great adventures on her, racing and cruising around Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula and the Marlborough Sounds.
Ever since I can remember, I have dreamed about travelling and sailing around the world. In the mean time I’ve been having lots of local sailing adventures locally and internationally and helping to grow the sport and recreation of sailing in Canterbury and New Zealand.
As well as my on water adventures I am proud to be the President of the Little Ship Club of Canterbury, I formed the group Women Who Sail New Zealand, and I am also a Director of Yachting New Zealand.
- RYA Offshore Yachtmaster – 2021
- MSROC Maritime Short Range Operators Certificate (VHF, SSB, DSC)
- Coastal Skipper
- Advanced Sea Survival
- Passage Planning – SisterShip Training
- Meteorology – SisterShip Training
- Coastal Navigation – SisterShip Training
- Collision Regulations – SisterShip Training
- Marine Medic – Offshore STCW
- GPS Operator Certificate
- Diesel Engine Maintenance Certificate
- Yachting New Zealand Race Officials introductory training
- SSI Open Water Diver
- Celestial Navigation certificate
- Vanderbilt University – Astronavigation
- MetEd – Principles of Celestial Navigation
- RYA International Certificate of Competency
- RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities Course
- CEVNI certificate – Inland waterways of Europe
- Yachting NZ Level 3 Yacht Seamanship Instructor
- Fire Response training
- Canterbury Aero Club, Private Pilots License Meteorology paper
- Meteorology course, Futurelearn MOOC – Reading University
- MarineSafe Vessel Induction
- MarineSafe Risk Management
- MarineSafe Lifesaving Appliances & PPE
Other Sailing Experience:
- Owner of Island Cruising NZ Rally 2021 – present day
- Director of Yachting New Zealand 2017 – present day
- President of the Little Ship Club of Canterbury 2014 – present day
- Managing Director of The Marine Voice Public Relations and Marine Consultancy
- Ocean Cruising Club Port Officer
- Ocean Cruising Club Award 2021 for for extraordinary service to the cruising community at large.
- SailGP Marcomms Leverage & Legacy Group Member – 2021-2022
- Yachting NZ Cruising, Inshore and Offshore Racing Committee Member
- Advocate for international sailors in New Zealand having COVID related visa issues
- VM2 Sailing – Director of Racing & Shore Crew Manager for RNI2020 Campaign
- Shore Crew for Pixie Sails – Five Capes Solo Circumnavigation
- Winner 2016 Yachting New Zealand Excellence Award
- Manager of Naval Point Club Lyttelton 2015
- Member of Naval Point Club Lyttelton 2000 – present day
- Member of SSANZ – Shorthanded Sailing Association of New Zealand
- Administration and Marketing Coordinator for the Canterbury Yachting Association
- Founder of Women Who Sail New Zealand Facebook group
- Programme Coordinator Canterbury Sailing Academy 2005
- Writer for Boating New Zealand Magazine
- Writer for Sistership Magazine
- Writer for Noonsite website for cruisers
- Rear Commodore Keelboats Naval Point Club Lyttelton 2003 – 2005
- Key Note Speaker – Women Who Sail Australia Gathering on the Bay 2018
- Crew member Tuia 250 Commemoration on board Fa’afaite
- Featured on the Propspeed website
- Bid Manager for Ian Franklin Boat Builders
- Island Cruising NZ Cruise News Magazine Editor
- Passage Planning – Boating NZ August 2015
- French Connection – Boating NZ November 2015
- Budget your Boating – Boating NZ November 2015
- The Chatham Islands – Boating NZ January 2016
- The Fish Bin System – Cruising Helmsman Australia February 2016
- Whanganui River Journey – Boating NZ April 2016
- Sailing around Banks Peninsula – Boating NZ September 2017
- INSV Tarini – A Circumnavigation – Sistership Magazine April 2018
- Rescue in the Tasman – Sistership Magazine June 2018
- Helping your family help you – Sistership Magazine October 2018
- Guests on Board – Cruising Helmsman Magazine February 2019
- Making a Boat Safety Diagram – Noonsite March 2021
- Helping your family help you – Noonsite
- Choosing Crew – Noonsite
- Interviewed on Cast off with Confidence podcast
You can read more about my work and business interests on my LinkedIn Profile.
You can contact me by using the form below.
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Thanks for liking my recent post on The Covey Letter. Looks like you’re going sailing!! Hang in there, you cannot plan too much, but I believe you can wait and wait and wait if too cautious.
A voyage should never be begun when your bank account is topped off and life is in perfect order. Better that your life ashore and afloat be marginally miserable and you not know for certain where the next deposit is coming from. Makes the journey so much more interesting if you ask me.
Do you have “World Sailing Routes” by Jimmy Cornell? Recomended reading.
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Great advice! I have just finished reading World Cruising Planner by Jimmy Cornell. Wonderful resource. Will definitely buy his other books.
Thanks for visiting my site 🙂
Hi Vicki, nice to meet you. Wow! What a fabulous dream you have. And the courage to go for what you want. I’ll be checking our your blog – we’ll be in NZ in January, my second visit, Don’s first.
Thank you for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer. And do please feel free to join the conversation.
Cheers, and happy sailing
Thanks Alison! I too look forward to following your adventures! Keep in touch and we might catch up if you are coming to Christchurch!
What a wonderful dream you have. If I wasn’t sea-sick I would probably have the same dream but for now I am more around-the-world-trip-on-foot kind of dreamer 🙂
I just saw that you started following my blog. Thank you. It really makes me happy 🙂
As promised (and if you are interested), you can receive a postcard from me. Just click on the button on my home page (so I know where to send it :)) http://offtowanderland.com/
Cheers from Sweden ❤ Myriam
Thanks Myriam! We would love a post card too. 🙂
Your post went live on Turquoise Compass today! 🙂
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Wonderful! Thanks so much! 🙂
Really love your blog ❤
I am thinking of moving from wordpress.com to a self-hosted wordpress but sadly I will lose the WordPress Reader and my followers
So if you still like my stories ( I hope you do :)), could you please sign-up via mail?
My new sign-up link : http://eepurl.com/WPz5H
Thank you so very much and I hope to hear from you soon
Done! Thanks Myriam 🙂
I it so wonderful to have a dream and to be able to follow that dream wherever it may take you. What freedom! 🙂
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To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm
foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are doomed to a routine
traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at
sea, “cruising” it is called. voyaging belongs to the wanderers of the
world, those who cannot, or will not, fit in.
If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the
venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the
sea is all about.
“I’ve always wanted to sail the south seas, but I can’t afford it.”
What these men can’t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the
cancerous discipline of security, and in the worship of security we
fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine. But we are brainwashed
by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of
time payments: mortgages, prosperity, gadgets, playthings that divert
our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder
by,. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie cracked in the dust
on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.
Where then lies the answer? In choice! Which shall it be, bankruptcy
of purse, or bankruptcy of life.?
Thanks for “liking” my blog Viki, I have enjoyed reading yours too! I hope to sail to New Zealand someday!
Great! Let us know when you come! It would be fun to catch up!
Thank you for deciding to follow our blog, Bimini Dream.
I’ve gone very quickly through your website here, and I see you are working on plans to sail around the world. We, meanwhile, are working on plans to sail out of North America’s Chesapeake Bay.
Yours is the more ambitious set of plans, I think, and it makes me all the more grateful that someone with your experience would be interested in a couple of middle-aged beginners like us. 🙂
It might be years before my wife and I work up to leaving our own east coast behind us. But I expect that what you’ve put into Astrolabe Sailing will be very helpful to us in the future, wherever our abilities take us.
Thanks Mike! All the best with your plans and adventures too. I love following sailing blogs and am motivated by how many people are on the same path as us! The Chesapeake sounds like an amazing place and we would love to visit there one day. Will keep in touch!
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Hi hopped onto your blog after Writing 201… I hope that your dreams come true!
🙂 thanks so much!
I am pleased to meet you. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
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Very excited to meet you (online) Viki and to follow your adventures! Thanks for the Resume info 😉 Fair winds, Penny
Thanks Penny! Your blog looks great too. We hope to sail to your part of the world one day. There is also a town called Nelson here in New Zealand!
As one of the ‘stranded sailors’ I am most appreciative of your efforts on our behalf.
PS… From Vancouver, Canafa
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