Pigeon Bay 2007

A wee trip down memory lane! An article I wrote for the Naval Point Club Lyttelton newsletter about the annual legendary Pigeon Bay Race way back in 2007… Ahhh what a lot of fun adventures we’ve had over the years.

Rule # 2 – Shit will happen

Rule #2 of sailing according to my friend Vaughan, is: “Shit will happen” Generally it happens when you are sailing along minding your own business, having a great time, thinking about how great things are and then whammo – all of a sudden someone nearly slices off their finger, the kite gets stuck at the…

Trophy Time!

You might have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front. I’ve started a new job back in politics, still finishing off the yacht club handover and as its now the middle of winter, we are in skiing mode. Time has been in short supply! And Im happy to report we did manage…

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…

A day in the life at Naval Point Club Lyttelton

I have been a member at Naval Point Club Lyttelton for about 15 years now. I spent a couple of years as the Rear Commodore for Keelboats and I have always helped out running the crew list, maintaining the club Facebook page and helping organise social events. This time last year, our long standing club…

Startbox Shenanigans!

As Wildy is currently up in the Sounds patiently waiting for us to head up for the Christmas holidays, our friend Willie asked if we would like to take his wife Vonda’s boat out for a sail in the Wednesday night twilight race. Andrew and I jumped at the chance to get out on the…

Naval Point Club Lyttelton Opening Day 2014

The forecast was for rain and Southerlies, but the day dawned bright and sunny and thankfully the weather forecasters had it wrong and it stayed lovely all day! The kids all unfortunately deserted us, and so after a mad dash around town delivering them to their various other activities, Andrew and I headed over to…