Sailing the Banks

I am very proud to have had another article published in the September 2017 Boating New Zealand magazine. This time I wrote about beautiful Banks Peninsula – our home sailing grounds, and some of the fabulous places that we have in our backyard to explore. You can read the article on the Boating NZ website…

Vendee Globe visits Lyttelton

I was over on Wildwood the other day, just checking up on her after our trip to Japan, and when I was driving home I spotted a huge bright green hull with a very short mast sitting over the other side of the harbour. Being the eagle eyed, sticky beak that I am, I simply…

10 Tips for Getting in to Sailing

Being a small island nation, New Zealanders have a natural affinity with the water. Here in Canterbury we are particularly lucky to have a variety of different sailing locations to suit everyone’s tastes. If you are a fan of the water, and are wanting to make new friends, challenge yourself and try something new, then sailing…

Naval Point Club Lyttelton

The Windless Winter

Summer in Christchurch is windy. Winter isn’t. In Summer, you get nice calm mornings, but as soon as the sun starts to warm up the land, the hot air rises and in comes the Easterly sea breeze. It usually switches on about 1pm, just in time for the yacht racing start. In winter that doesn’t…

When do you call off the race?

It was a stunning still winter’s morning. Once the frost melted, the day warmed up nicely. Not a breath of wind, and clear bright blue skies for as far as the eye could see. We are mid way through the winter series, which for the last three Sunday’s has involved floating around the harbour at…

Wonderful day for a waka

As many of my regular readers know, I have been working at the yacht club for the last few months, getting things in the office all ship shape to hand over to a new club manager. Every day I sit at the desk, gazing jealously at the people heading down the boat ramp, while I…

Our delivery voyage – Lyttelton to Waikawa

This time last week we were somewhere off the Kaikoura Peninsula sailing from Lyttelton to Waikawa. I wrote about our Passage Plan last week. The weather was good, so us and some other boats – Natural Magic, Flying Machine and Jive Talkin were ready for our 180 nautical mile voyage north for the holidays. The…