In this issue
From the Helm
The latest update from Viki.
South Island Rally Adventures are under way!
Pacific Rally 2023
Update on the plans so far
Rally To Japan
The official send off from Christchurch
Check out what is coming up for cruisers around the country
Census for Liveaboards
7 March - all you need to know
Cruising the Maldives
Great Discounts from Our SponsorsThe Lau Group - Fiji
From the helm
It is all go here in Christchurch as we ramp up for the SailGP. It has been a huge learning experience for me being part of a team organising such a large scale event, and everyone here in the South Island is super excited to be seeing the F50's racing on Lyttelton Harbour! Something we have never experienced before. When the SailGP is all over, I am looking forward to heading up to Whangarei to wave off the Rally to Japan fleet, and it is also now only two months to go until the Pacific Rally departs as well!
My role as On Water Operations Manager for the event has been interesting and challenging. I am looking after all the volunteers on the water, training the course marshals, working with the on water police, & harbourmaster, sourcing boats for various roles, helping coorindate the Inspire youth coaching program, working out where people can and can't anchor to avoid snagging any of the underwater infrastructure, working out which VHF channels we can use, working out a plan for berthing all the boats, selling the on water flags, dealing with super yachts & charter boats and everything else in between
We've had amazing support from Christchurch NZ and the Christchurch City Council who have done an incredible job with preparing the site and helping with all the logistics and permits required
The SailGP ship arrived last week and the site build of grandstands, marquees, team bases etc is well underway.
Many of the South Island Rally boats are heading down to watch the racing and we ' ve got a party planned on the Peninsula this upcoming weekend prior to the event. They've also been invited to some events to get along to meet the teams as well. It will be heaps of fun.
If you missed out on tickets, the racing will also be broadcast live on Sky as well as Channel Three and on YouTube free to air.
We've got a few different groups on the Pacific Rally this time Some heading to French Polynesia, some to Tonga and some to Fiji. Some are joining later, and others are meeting us up there.
We've got an exclusive Lau Group entry planned for early July, and another one at Mystery Island for those wanting to spend some time exploring Vanuatu.
We are working with Down Under Rally on a Loyalty Island Rally as well in New Caledonia at the end of August
You are welcome to join us for the whole rally or just pick and choose from the various exclusive entries if you wish. It makes it heaps easier to explore some of these amazing destinations, without having to sail past to check in to the country first
Please get in touch ASAP if you'd like to join us as we are just in the process of finalising numbers and details - particularly for the Lau entry.
I've also been closely following the progress of the SSANZ Round North Island Race This tough two-handed marathon has just arrived in Waikawa overnight, and we ' ve got a number of Island Cruising Members participating. I wish them and all the other competitors all the very best for the third and final leg back to Auckland which is about to start in the next couple of days.
Anyway I hope you enjoy the newsletter this month. Thanks to all our awesome sponsors who have got some great deals this month too!
Devonport Sea Talks
We had a huge turnout to the Devonport Sea Talks in February to hear from Blue Oceans and Bella Vita who participated in the Pacific Rally last year. Thanks Geoff & the Devonport team for hosting and to Richard, Libby, Mia and Simon for presenting!
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We are excited to announce that the Pacific Rally has been granted permission to run the Lau Group entry this season.
Early July, we will fly the Fijian officials out to Lau where they'll meet boats who will sail across from Tonga to Lau. The benefit of entering at Lau makes the ocean passage much quicker, and more convenient for people wanting to enjoy this special part of Fiji.
Limited spaces available, so please contact email@example.com for all the details.
Information for Liveaboard Sailors about Census Day
Tuesday 7 March 2023
The New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings is happening on Census Day, Tuesday 7 March 2023.
The census is the official count of people in Aotearoa New Zealand and the places where they live or are staying. Everyone who is staying overnight in Aotearoa New Zealand on 7 March 2023, including overseas visitors, must fill in a census form.
We need your support to help us count everyone on census night Each person staying on board a yacht is required under the Data and Statistics Act 2022 to complete a census form on the night of Tuesday, 7 March 2023.
Census forms will be delivered to marinas around the country. If however you are in the situation where you do not meet a census collector (for example on the South Island Rally or sailing to Lyttelton for SailGP) and you have cellphone reception, you can call 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787) to request an internet access code be sent to your cellphone via SMS. You can then go online to fill in your forms.
Answering questions about ‘address’
Question 5 “Where do you usually live?”
• If you are visiting New Zealand and usually live overseas, provide the name of the country where you usually live.
• If you live in New Zealand, provide the full address where you usually live.
Question 7: “On the night of Tuesday 7 March 2023, which address are you at?”
• Provide the address, as fully as you can, of where the yacht is anchored/moored.
Thank you for doing your part Thank you for your time, effort, and cooperation to ensure the 2023 Census is a success.
Special thanks to the Supporters of the Rally!
The Sister City committees here in Christchurch and Kurashiki in Japan
Whangarei Town Basin Marina
Marianas Yacht Club Guam
And especially everyone who has given us the support and advice
Sea Spotter is a joint initiative between the Department of Conservation, WWF, Christchurch City Council, the Ministry of Primary Industries, MAUI63 and Microsoft.
Our goal is to create the most comprehensive marine mammal data set in New Zealand's history, to help protect endangered and at-risk marine wildlife.
With help from artificial intelligence, we can accurately identify your discoveries and log them in our public database for scientific research purposes.
Citizen Science is the practice of collaborative and inclusive scientific research by the community as a whole. You don't have to be a qualified scientist to helpanyone can do their part by collecting data to aid the rest of the scientific community.
As technology improves, our ability to crowd-source data has increased exponentially and science is no longer reserved simply for scientists and academics. Sea Spotter allows anyone in New Zealand to become a Citizen Scientist and help support local marine mammal research with their very own insights and discoveries.
Check out their website here
Cruising the Med
ICNZ members are invited to express their interest in cruising the Med this year for flexible periods during July, August and September of this year. The boat is a Beneteau Oceanis 46 in excellent condition with 3 double cabins and 2 heads with showers plus outdoor shower on the scoop. All bedding supplied as it's too hot for sleeping bags!
Easy sailing with day hops discovering little villages around the coast. Precise itinerary TBA but likely to be in Western Med, Spain, France, Italy. Time to be spent exploring interesting places, hanging out in cafes watching the world go by and dining out at local restaurants etc. Swimming off the boat at anchor.
Costs to you are a share of marina fees and food on board and of course your meals ashore but other costs rest with me.
(Just as background, we enjoyed 4 seasons, 2015/2018 on our NZ yacht, Shalimar, sailing around the Med and we became addicted. Hence why we're going back!)
To find out more, please contact Bill Mathews 021 459560 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Island Cruising NZ Members get a 10% discount on these amazing cruising resources
GULF HARBOUR RADIO
Ocean Cruising Club Award Winners
The OCC Award, which is open to all including nonmembers, recognises service to the ocean cruising community as a whole, is awarded to Patricia Dallas & David Sapiane of NZ.
Gulf Harbour Radio is a New Zealand licensed coast radio station run by Patricia Dallas and David Sapiane from Gulf Harbour near Auckland. Every season since 2012 they have supported international cruisers on their passages to and from NZ and the South Pacific with their daily SSB schedule.
They run their service voluntarily, provide local advice, weather analysis, and forecasting, and assist where people need support. They also live-stream their broadcast on YouTube so that friends and family can tune in to listen to the vessels checking in. They are wonderful people, incredibly generous, and very supportive of OCC members and other cruisers in the South Pacific. They are very worthy of being recognised for all their hard work.
This small but powerful GPS Tracker is custom designed from the ground up, with extra features to make your coastal and offshore tracking, data and communications easier than ever.
Learn more here
Preparations are underway to deploy the YWAM KOHA again to Fiji. Our theme for this year is to “Go Again Better.” As a medical ship, we are keenly aware that we are only just getting started. If you’ve followed us for a while, you know it was a challenge to go the first time. It is a new challenge to go again. We are up for this challenge and want to be more effective and even more efficient at delivering holistic health outcomes for the beautiful people of Fiji.
We plan to increase our deployment time from three months to four months. This will allow us to add three additional outreaches–enabling us to serve 50% more people than we did last year. Planning meetings are happening with our key partners in Fiji. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is excited for us to return and partner with them to deliver health outcomes in the maritime regions of their nation
Join Us in Empowering Health in the Pacific
If you are interested in serving with us in Fiji on one of the outreaches between June and October, please contact us here. We are especially looking for dentists and dental assistants, mariners (with the correct qualifications) and administrators to help run the clinics. When you register your interest, we will communicate more details with you as they become available.
Offshore Marine Medic
Two-dayOffshoreMedicalCoursecustomisedtoprovidestudentswiththebasicsrequiredfor OffshoreCruisingCoursealsocoversahandoveroftheOffshoreMedicalKit(CAT1)andhowto useit.
Sailing in the Maldives The Earliest Settlers
According tohistory andlegends,TheMaldiveshasbeeninhabitedformorethan 1500years,withtheearliestimmigrantsarriving from theIndiansubcontinentfrom aregionnamedKalibangan(Shihabuddinec.1588-1658).
Theseinitial settlerswouldhavearrivedby sea,establishing theMaldives'nautical culture,whichcontinuestothisday.They becameacquaintedwiththewhimsof the oceananditscurrents,aswell asthenorth-eastandsouth-westmonsoons,which hadasignificantimpactontravel,andthusontheirlife.
TheDhoni,orsea-going craft,wastheirmostimportantcreation,asthelivelihoodof theremoteislandcommunitieswasdependentonthesevessels.Dhonisarethe country’straditional locally builtwoodenboats.Theartof building dhonishasbeen passedonfrom generationtogenerationandthoughvessel-building hasbeen modernised,traditional boatbuilding still takesplace.Eachisland'spopulationused them forfishing,internal transit,leisureandcommunicationwithneighbouring islandsettlements.
Theinitial settlers,according tooral tradition,wereatribecalledDheyvisfrom KalibanganintheIndiansubcontinent.Thesepeopleworshippednature,andtheir rulerwastheleaderof thegroup whoreferredtohim asSawami.Following the Dheyvis,additional tribessuchastheRedis,Kunbis,and,subsequently,the Sarandivisarrived.According tolegend,AryasarrivedintheMaldivesaround500 B.C.
Sailing from one island to another has been a way of life for Maldivians for ages. Because there are few written documents from the early period, information about the early sailors is hazy and difficult to come by in the Maldives. However, several foreign notifications do exist, and these provide some insight on the Maldives' lengthy history of shipping and sailing.
Rafts were once the only way to travel between islands inside an atoll. However, larger distances were covered by boats with sails made of palm leaf Later, cloth sails were utilized instead.
The material that is currently available about the Maldives' pre-Portuguese era clearly demonstrates that the sea and seafaring were major aspects of the Maldivians' existence. This was expected given the nation's preponderance of water and scarcity of land. If the islanders were to coexist in harmony with their surroundings, they had to incorporate the ocean into their daily life. Since the early settlers came by water, it stands to reason that they must have had prior knowledge of and experience at sea as it was necessary to travel between the islands.
“Savaadheeththa Dhathuru” (aka The Great Journey) was created with the aim of preserving Maldivian culture and legacy for our country's future generations.
The Savaadheeththa Dhathuru – Maldives Yacht Rally offers the chance to discover the wonder and beauty that is the Maldives. If not by traveling the seas from island to island like our forefathers had done, what better way is there to explore the Maldives? So, join us on this rally and experience true Maldives.
For more information, visit the official website of the yacht rally: https://maldivesyachtrally.com/
2002 HALLBERG RASSY 46 | NOMAD
Commissioned in 2002 in Seattle, WA, Nomad is in superior condition for her age. Used only seasonally on the coast of New England by a previous owner then demasted and stored in a heated storage facility for winters, the yacht has provided outstanding cruising over her years. More details here.
Lina is a beautiful example of the current model Hanse 418 and now available for sale to the discerning buyer. The Hanse 418 has taken a big leap forward in design giving this new model great natural light and volume. The hull windows give fantastic views of the bay from both the saloon and the cabins. Click here for more details
2013 Dufour 405 GL | Just Kiddin
Set up for cruising, Just Kiddin was purchased with all the factory options, including plush washable leatherette cushions on the large U-shaped lounge and the settee/nav station opposite, upsized 55hp Volvo diesel with low hours, bow thruster and electric halyard winch.
More details here.
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
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.
Click here to order - discount code SAILNZ10
Ownership Consortium Opportunity
Accepting expressions of interest.
Listing price is for a 1/5 equity (ownership) share in the boat giving you 73 days per year exclusive usage (10 weeks). Buy multiple shares for more usage time.
NZ based in the summer. Fiji or as agreed during winter. Option to use your allotted time for private or commercial use and generate income from your investment. Email for full details.
Current owner spent the past three years perfecting this cat for round the world sailing. Owner has 40,000 offshore miles experience and has owned many high quality bluewater yachts, Q2 being the best. 7,000nm cruise last season - NZ - FijiVanuatu - New Cal - NZ.
AS NEW. Parachute sea anchor, SF4, made by Coppins.
Complete with factory packed deployment and trip-line retrieval system.
Diameter 5.5 metres. Suitable for vessels 14-18 metres or 15 to 25 tons displacement. The parachute has never been deployed or taken from the bag. It has always been kept very dry and there is no mildew or damp smell. It is immaculate.
The rode is braided nylon 18mm and about 140metres long as supplied by Coppins. During ocean voyages about 10 metres at the end was lead along the deck of the yacht from the cockpit to the forward bollard using the deployment system. This section was washed and dried after each voyage and the rode is as new, with no UV or chafe damage. Inspection is welcome in Auckland. Due to its mint condition I want about 60% of the new price.
New retail cost is about $3600. email@example.com
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.
What do people say about theirs?By Sarah Curry of Hydrovane International Marine
We were ecstatic with our choice of the Hydrovane as backup steering, it had proved itself as a wind pilot, as a spare steering autopilot system for when under the engine and even if under sail without using it as a wind pilot A truly remarkable piece of equipment and investment Read the whole story here.
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
ARE YOU OFFSHORE READY?
Island Cruising NZ members receive weekly emails with tips and suggestions on how to go about getting prepared for a long coastal or offshore voyage. There are webinars, videos, templates, downloads, and in person get togethers.
Suitable for boat owners or crew members, experienced sailors or beginners alike You can start any time, and work through the topics at your own pace. Join in any time. Just $95.00 per year and take advantage of our great sponsors deals too!
Workshop topics include:
Getting organised - a system for storing all the information for your Passage Plan, Safety Manual, Maintenance log, Important
Documents, Boating Qualifications and more Your vessel information - a template for collating all the specifications of your boat
The Cat 1 & 2 Regulations
Insuring your boat
VHF & MMSI
Meteorology - Forecasts
Communication options at Sea Rig - rules for Cat 1 & 2
Sails for offshore - the Cruising Wardrobe
Your Maintenance Records
Your sailing resumé
Diesel engine basics
Checking your rig
Sailing at night
Man Over Board
Preparing a Grab Bag
Sail trim & new sails
Taking on crew
Coping in emergencies
Search and Rescue
Heavy Weather Sailing
AND MUCH MORE!
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Whether you own a boat already, are planning on buying one soon, have dreams of sailing offshore someday, or are considering sailing to New Zealand, preparing for a voyage requires that you, your crew and your vessel are knowledgeable, equipped and fully self-sufficient. Island Cruising NZ can help you navigate through all the preparation, administration and coordination of a long coastal or offshore voyage and welcome you to the South West Pacific
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Impressive 18.5m (63ft) Cruising Ketch
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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The perfect place to carry out boat repairs & refresh before your next adventure with haul out & hardstand facilities on the beautiful Whangarei Harbour
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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!
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