Making a Yacht Safety Diagram

Here in New Zealand, there are strict rules on the safety equipment that boats need to carry on board if they are competing in any yacht races, and also if they are intending on sailing offshore (both racing and cruising). Internationally registered vessels are exempt from these requirements, however I would imagine any prudent seafarer…

Man Overboard!

We were sailing along a few years ago, racing in one of the winter series yacht races at Naval Point. We must have been doing ok on this particular day as we weren’t too far behind Legacy II one of the faster yachts. They had rounded the mark in front of us and had hoisted…

Yacht Registration

I was born in the UK and now live in New Zealand and I also have New Zealand citizenship and am planning on buying a boat in Europe to sail back to New Zealand. Different nationalities have got options on which country you can register the boat in. Like all things there are benefits and…

Yachting NZ Cat 1

If you own a New Zealand registered yacht and are planning on sailing it offshore, you need to comply with the Yachting NZ Category 1 safety regulations. As NZ is many hundreds of miles from any other countries, these safety regulations mean that boats are seaworthy and equipped with all the gear needed to make an…