From the helm
Just as the final Pacific Rally boats arrive home, the South Island Rally group begins! We've got 30 boats cruising around our spectacular coastline this summer and finishing up in Lyttelton in March for the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix!
They'll be heading to Abel Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, Fiordland, Stewart Island and finally Banks Peninsula.
I posted off all the rally packs today all sorts of fun things in there including a rally guide, information from Maritime NZ, a magazine from Boating NZ, fishing tackle from Hunting & Fishing, an awesome flag from Bato Flags, food from Radix Nutrition, drinks from Pure, and lots of other great information they'll need for the voyage
I am also doing some work for the SailGP covering off the On Water Operations Role. It is fascinating how much work goes on behind the scenes to organise a big event like this. I'm working with an amazing team and learning lots
If you are planning on sailing down to Lyttelton, the on water tickets go on sale on Friday morning. Let me know if you'd like some more details
The Pacific Rally for 2023 has attracted lots of attention, and we ' ve got a great group of yachts and power boats joining us for some offshore adventures. We are working on some special inclusions such as a special group deal for offshore insurance with our friends from PIC and exclusive check ins at places such as the Lau Group in Fiji, Aneityum in Vanuatu and the Lau Group in New Caledonia. Get in touch if you are interested in joining in.
If you are planning on joining the rally, I recommend you join early to get the most benefit out of all the preparation workshops we ' ve got going. We have already made a start on some of the content and having some social events to connect the rally participants with others heading in their direction
We've also got about six boats so far who are keen to head to French Polynesia so we will put together something for them as well.
This is an exciting destination and there are some awesome sailing events like the Tahiti Pearl Regatta and the Tahiti Moorea Sailing Rendezvous. We've got a webinar planned for early in the New Year for those keen to head in this direction. Everyone else will be bound for Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and even on to Australia and beyond. You are free to choose! We've got heaps more content around that coming soon too.
For those interested in getting a Hydrovane, I hope you can join us for a webinar tomorrow (Thursday) lunchtime with Sarah & Will from Hydrovane. This is an awesome mechanical wind vane steering system and emergency rudder (A great Christmas Present for the boat!) More details later in our newsletter.
Further on in the newsletter you'll find some tips on what to buy the sailor in your life for Christmas if you ' re a member of Island Cruising make sure you support our fabulous sponsors and get your discount!
If you ' re not a member why not join us! For just $95 a year, you'll get access to some awesome weekly content to help you prepare for some offshore adventures, great discounts from our sponsors invitations to exclusive events
Finally, thanks to everyone who came along last week to Devonport Yacht Club to hear about the Pacific Rally 2023, and thanks to Geoff and the team for hosting me and the big crowd! It was a great night.
There will be one more newsletter before Christmas, so until then happy sailing and thanks heaps for your support!
South Island Rally
South Island Rally
Our members are made up of all kinds of amazing people planning incredible adventures!
Meet Lucy and learn about her Solo Trans Tasman campaign
I have an endless list of items to get me started and keep me safe for this adventure. The costs are outstanding!
If anyone happens to have anything that they would not mind lending for a few months, I would be extremely grateful. Some of the items I am on the hunt for include:
100m of 10mm line (nylon) or approx. A working barometer. Either a sea anchor or drogue - suitable for 32ft - I would like to test both tactics.
Spare/small whisker pole (mine was stolen).
Please let Viki know if you can help and she'll connect you with Lucy - email@example.com
You can follow the Solo Trans-Tasman on their Facebook page here. You can follow Lucy's Instagram page here
Why we created SailTies, the Strava for Sailing
Three years ago, Tom and I met working on a recipe sharing platform in Bristol, UK We quickly discovered a shared passion for the ocean, in particular sailing, so we booked an RYA Day Skipper course together Fast forward to a typical March day on The Solent ( ) and we were in our element, but it didn't take long to discover that two important things were missing: 1 2.
A modern way to capture our experience
Why is a modern way needed?
Like most sailors, we want to capture our time on the water for 3 main reasons: 1. 2. 3.
Reliving our adventures when we're back on land Sharing voyages with family and friends Recording our overall sailing experience
To our surprise, there was no modern way to do this. Sailors try to keep a paper logbook up to date, however those only provide very limited information about a trip, they are boring to share and longwinded to summarise (especially if you have more than one)
Testing the existing options
After completing our course, we crewed for other sailors to build our miles We tried to record our voyages on GPS devices (marine, cycling and smart watches) and exercise tracking apps (including Strava), however nothing was suited to recording long passages or the collaborative nature of sailing. It was also very difficult to share data from the hardware. The last straw came in Greece, our first charter holiday sailing around the Ionian Islands. All we had to show for it was an uninspiring entry in our log books ��: We decided to fix these problems ourselves and started working on SailTies as soon as we arrived home in Bristol!
SailTies product anchors ⚓
Our overall goal is to create a product that solves real problems for fellow sailors, that they love to use and will therefore share with sailing friends At the start of our journey we agreed on four aspects of the product we wouldn't compromise on We call them our '4 anchors' (Disclaimer: This isn't named after how we moor up at sea)
1. Easy to capture everything in one place
SailTies makes it easy to capture all of the important elements of your sailing experience together GPS track, stats, crew list, log commentary, photos it's all on the voyage record with a beautiful map.
More often than not, you will be sailing with crew. With SailTies only one person needs to record the voyage and they can tag the other crew to let them contribute photos and notes. Collaboration is not only more fun, but makes it much easier to capture a rich memory of the voyage.
3. Fun to share your experience
All sailing is an adventure and those miles are something to be proud of. On SailTies, your profile is automatically updated with key stats such as total miles logged and time at sea. There is image sharing to social media, a feed in the app and public links that can be sent to users without the app, to easily share your profile or a specific voyage
4. No distractions from sailing
We want sailors to get value from SailTies when they are off the water Sailing for us is a time to connect with nature, develop a stronger respect for our oceans and have meaningful experiences with other people.
So we have made it as simple as possible to capture on SailTies one tap to start recording and then you can put it back in your pocket or even down below in a dry bag. To leave the smallest possible footprint on your voyage, SailTies works offline (and offshore), uses accessible design practises, has low battery usage and is regularly tested at sea by real sailors
Essentially SailTies is built to be sea worthy
Try SailTies for free!
Ready to capture your next voyage, or want to explore the trips already recorded on SailTies? SailTies is completely free and available to download from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. What's next for SailTies?
We are laser focussed on creating the best possible way for sailors to capture their experience. Our immediate plans are:
Introduce sailing groups and clubs to SailTies, so their members can share their sailing with each other. Join the Island Cruising SailTies Group here!
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A strong, safe and truly beautiful boat, Mama Cocha is ready to take you near or far! She is fully equipped for offshore sailing, having gained Cat 1 in June 2022 and sailed to Fiji for the season (she will be returning to NZ in early November). Check her out on Trademe
Always Wear Your Kill Cord in the Dinghy!
Very telling safety story from the Boston Station of the CCA:
This is a true story relayed to me by a friend in Pulpit Harbor, ME. The author is an experienced sailor and mountaineer and had just returned from a successful trip to the summit of Mt. Everest.
“ I hopped into our motor dinghy and headed out to the boat to do some routine chores. Once completed, I got back in the dinghy and headed back to the dock.
It was low tide I needed to navigate shallow water to get to my usual tie up spot I did what I frequently do in this situation, turning around to lift the idling motor into the shallow water setting. The new motor we bought this year doesn’t raise and lower quite as easily as our old one did, so I had to jiggle the motor to get it to lock into position. As I did this, the motor tiller brushed the side of the dinghy and jerked into full throttle. The dinghy surged forward, then swerved violently to starboard. I was thrown from the dinghy into the shallow water.
Outboard motors are sold with “kill switches”. These are rubber lanyards intended to be worn around the operator’s wrist, with the other end connected to a switch on the motor. If the operator is inadvertently thrown into the water, the lanyard pulls the switch and immediately shuts off the motor
These kill switches are designed to avoid one of the most dangerous situations in motor boating. If an operator is thrown overboard with the motor running, the motor jerks immediately to one side and causes the boat to start spiraling in circles. It is almost impossible for a person in the water to get out of the path of an oncoming motor boat, and the rapidly rotating propeller can easily shred human bodies. This situation is widely known as “the circle of death”. However, few boat operators bother to actually use kill switch lanyards. The lanyards are mildly cumbersome and the risk of accident is low. Unfortunately, I was not wearing a lanyard.
I now faced the circle of death I stood up in waist deep water, turned, and saw the dinghy coming straight at me, full throttle. In the seconds available, I had two clear thoughts: “this may be it”, and “I must get as low as I can”. The water was shallow and the dinghy was almost on top of me. I submerged as much as possible, my back on the ocean floor. The dinghy passed over me, motor screaming, circling hard to the right as it did.
I resurfaced, trying to assess how badly I was hurt, and realized I had to get out of the way of the dinghy’s next pass I grabbed onto another boat tied to the dock and held it to me as a shield. Eventually the circling dinghy ran itself onto the rocky beach. My legs were bleeding profusely in multiple places.
It feels a miracle that I escaped serious injury or death. The propellor blades passed over my right thigh, making five parallel cuts. But the propellor was just high enough, and I was just deep enough, that the cuts are shallow. One blade cut more deeply on my left knee, but the cut was clean. As the doctor who stitched me up said, “you are incredibly lucky you aren’t in surgery right now, with us trying to save severed muscles or limbs, or worse”. If the dinghy hadn’t turned exactly when it did, the blades would have hit me in the face.
My cuts will heal in a couple of weeks. For now, the bigger problem is contusions in my legs, caused by the propellor shaft and metal boat bottom slamming into them.
Walking is a real challenge. This too should heal soon. I am beyond fortunate. This really spooked me. It was an incredibly close call. Nothing I have encountered in the mountains compares.
I pride myself in carefully managing risk, in the mountains and on the water. I have spent a lifetime doing so. But I lapsed, and almost paid a severe price. It is a fine line we all tread, often not realizing it.
Friends, wear those lanyards, or seatbelts, or whatever And let us be grateful for every moment we get to inhabit this good earth.”
Spinlock’s bright new colours perfect for summer boating
Spinlock’s popular internationally-renowned range of lifejackets and safety vests are now available in an even wider variety of bright new fashion colours, perfect for summer boating.
In the Alto range, Citrus Yellow and Mercury Red have now joined Black, Atoll Blue, Fluro Orange and Sun Yellow.
In the Lite range, Bleach White, Mercury Red and Seagrass Green have been added to Black, Flow Green, Pacific Blue and Tropic White; while Sun Yellow offers an alternative to Black in the Lite+ range.
In the 6D range, Citrus Yellow now complements Black, Pacific Blue and Tropic White.
Spinlock lifejackets, which fit comfortably around the shoulders (rather than the neck like other lifejackets), are lightweight and low profile. They include a single crotch strap with recessed clip (to reduce the risk of snagging), have 170N buoyancy and one size fits all.
Both recreational and non-Solas commercial models need only be serviced once every two years (instead of annually as is the case with most inflatable lifejackets) and they all come with a long 5-year warranty.
Spinlock’s bright new summer range of lifejackets and safety vests are now available through the company’s three showrooms in Auckland, Whangarei and Tauranga and through their nationwide network of leading marine dealers.
Product and dealer information is available from Lusty and Blundell on (09) 415-8303 or at www.lusty blundell.co.nz.
Kahea is set up with everything required to enjoy all the comforts of home while cruising. The two-cabin layout comprises a large forward berth with ensuite plus a large berth aft adjacent to the day head.
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2013 Dufour 445
Soki has an abundance of outstanding features, one of the key ones being its build quality and structural integrity. Dufour Yachts has been fine tuning and advancing their production techniques since 1964, and the results are obvious when inspecting the Dufour 445.2005 Benetau Oceanis 473 | Kahea
I have been based in New Zealand for the past 5 years after cruising on and off for 8 years, having sailed the East Coast of Africa, the West and East Coasts of Australia as well as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. My wife and I live on our boat and are still fully involved in the cruising lifestyle. I am a Licensed Immigration Adviser for New Zealand and, as a yachtie, have a particular interest in helping yachties with their immigration issues. Island Cruising NZ Members get a 30% discount
Lagoon 52 ‘Site Office’ is for sale
Site Office is a 2016 Lagoon 52, sailed by her current owner from Europe over several years and now fully imported into New Zealand. She is currently in Vanuatu on the last stage of this season’s South Pacific rally. ,Consequently there is a unique opportunity.
Site Office, a 2016, Lagoon 52 is completely fitted out with everything you need or desire for luxurious, long term, self sustained cruising She arrived and was fully imported into New Zealand in 2021 after extensive cruising through the Mediterranean, Caribbean, French Polynesia to our beautiful South Pacific
With local borders opening ‘Sitey’ set off for another South Pacific tour joining the 2022 ICNZ Rally Site Office to Fiji and Vanuatu and is due to arrive home mid October
Herein lies the unique opportunity for the early bird to get the cat
Before her return to New Zealand seriously interested enquirers have the chance to experience, sail and sea trial Site Office in Port Villa, Vanuatu with the option to secure first option on her before competing her New Zealand Survey on her return. Serious buyer’s may even join the passage as a handover.
Nothing about this catamaran will disappoint. Her fit out and luxury is superb, offering sustainable global adventuring combined with stunning luxury and all amenities you would expect from a cruising catamaran of this stature.
Site office offers you next level cruising on which to build a life of wondrous adventures , humble experiences while enjoying long range self sustained cruising with safety and security
Price: $1 79M all New Zealand Import taxes paid and included
For more information or to arrange a special early bird viewing please contact the True North Marine broker, catamaran sailor and specialist: Stephen Prinselaar 021 447778 firstname.lastname@example.org www.truenorthmarine.co.nz
Radix Nutrition is a generous sponsor of the Pacific Rally and have provided a variety of meals and smoothies in the rally packs.
Radix makes delicious meals, ideal for when it's rough or when you need to refuel on the go. Quick, easy, nutritious, delicious. Radix meals will be provided in the Pacific Rally goody packs.
Discounts for Island Cruising members too.
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Sea Anchor Para 24 foot
Hatteras Model Complete System never used (thankfully!) so in excellent condition Suitable for vessels from 40 to 90ft Came off a 50ft 20 tonne cruising yacht. Comes with 150 metres of 16mm nylon braid complete with thimbles and primary float and retrieval line and float Adds considerable peace of mind to ocean passages.
SOUTH ISLAND Rally Sponsors
What do people say about theirs?By Sarah Curry of Hydrovane International Marine
Our mate Harry Hydrovane, steering us dead downwind in perfect balance with his favourite sail configuration wing on wing.
In light downwind trades this is our most effective sail and steering setup for distance, comfort and of course reducing power consumption On occasion we do use our onboard autopilot for certain wind angles but it’s consumption is between 4 6 amps continuous, so for us using the Hydrovane with absolutely no electronics is a much more effective choice for lengthy offshore passages Click the photo to watch Harry in action
Why Join a Rally?
Island Cruising have been running yacht rallies in the Pacific since the 1980's, and over that time we have helped hundreds of yachties achieve their sailing dreams Rallies are fun, you get to meet the people who are heading your way and make new friends with sailors who share your sense of adventure You can choose to cruise with others, or head off and do your own thing There is no pressure to stay together if you prefer to sail independently
Island Cruising helps you get prepared to go offshore Our online cruising preparation workshops give you tips & tasks each week to help you tick off the requirements for Cat 1, getting you, your boat and your crew ready for the voyage ahead We arrange Sea Survival and Marine Medic courses We also help with the ever changing rules and regulations of the places you are visiting and the paperwork involved. Our rally guides are packed with local knowledge and advice to help make your voyage a success.
We can help find crew if you need some extra pairs of hands, or if you need your boat delivered without you on board, we can help connect you with people who can make this happen.
Safety is important to us, we provide weather information, trackers, radio scheds, liaise with the Rescue Coordination Centre, and are there for support and back up if things don't go to plan
We know the locals so if you have any issues while you are away we can help you get the support you need We give you advice on the local customs and regulations so you can make meaningful connections with the people you meet
We've got amazing sponsors who include some incredible discounts on all the gear you need to go offshore, as well as providing special goodies and giveaways in your rally packs and social events along the way
In short, Island Cruising is here to help make your voyage safe, fun and enjoyable and we are here to assist you achieve your sailing goals and adventures, the way you want to do it.
Become a member of Island Cruising for just $95 a year. You can join on our website: www.islandcruising.nz
This Huntingford yacht is a fast and comfortable open ocean cruising ketch She has everything you need and easily handled It presents in great condition, thanks to her fastidious owner Relaunched July 1 after $7k service: antifouled, zincs, Propspeed, through hull servicing, now good for 2 years or more Custom designed and built in the US constructed in timber and GPR to a very high standard Superbly equipped and has completed many ocean passages with just two crew. The vessel has been imported into NZ; with duty and GST paid. All electrics meet both NZ and US standards. The boat is fitted out with all the safety, navigation, and domestic equipment you need. On deck, the hard dodger and full set of tropical awnings provide protection from sun, spray and wind. All controls from both masts leading to the cockpit. View online here
92ft Dubois Aluminium Ketch
ACOA is a beautiful ketch rigged Aluminium cruising yacht, designed by the renowned superyacht designer Ed Dubois. Built by Double & Jesse in Germany for long range passage or coastal voyages. She has been around the world and also explored the Antarctic. Continuous upgrades and professional maintenance including a refit in Orams Marine New Zealand. Most recently she received a new paint job (superstructure, hull, mast, boom), all electronic systems upgraded and domestic equipment changed. Built in safety features include 3 watertight bulkheads plus access via stern and side boarding platforms.
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DOCKLAND 5 Marine Ltd
The perfect place to carry out boat repairs & refresh before your next adventure with haul out & hardstand facilities on the beautiful Whangarei Harbour
John Peagram Manager
Mob: 0274 930 812 | Phone: 09438 8558 | Email: john@dockland5 co nz
Open Ocean Watermakers has been manufacturing watermakers in the beautiful Bay of Islands of New Zealand since 2001 Terry Forsbrey is the owner of Open Ocean. He and his wife Ariel lived aboard their yacht for 22 years and actively cruised offshore for 12 of those years. During their time on the water, Terry discovered that high tech components in a watermaker are not only unnecessary, they are usually the first thing to break down, and most often in remote locations When helping out other cruisers, he frequently found that by passing these components would get their watermakers working once again That's when he realized that a simple, reliable, and affordablewatermaker could be made
Terry developed the early version of an engine driven model and took it cruising He put it to the test for five years He then returned to New Zealand to design and build a reliable watermaker without any superfluous gadgets Thus was born a revolutionary new concept in watermakers One that works all the time, is easy to operate, and doesn’t break the bank
Island Cruising NZ members get a $300 discount on a new water maker from Open Ocean! Check out their website
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