Cruise News September 2022

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In this issue

September 2022

From the Helm

The latest update from Viki.

Pacific Rally 2022

Update on our adventures in Fiji

South Island Rally Launch Registrations are rolling in!

SailGP Lyttelton

Tickets on sale 4 October!

Pacific Rally 2023

Update on the plans so far

Upcoming Events

Check out what is coming up for cruisers around the country.

Tips for Sailing South to New Zealand

Citizen Science Projects for Cruisers

Around Island Race
issue 16
Renaming Your Boat Tonga Reopens
Fiji Regatta week

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From the helm

I am just back from Regatta week in Fiji where I had a fantastic time catching up with all the Pacific Rally participants, spending some time with our fabulous sponsors, and meeting lots of international cruisers who are keen to sail south to NZ.

I flew up to Fiji with a group of Island Cruising members and friends and then met up with about 20 of the boats on the Pacific rally who were anchored in the bay among another 100 or so other boats.

The bar was packed every night and accompanied by a fantastic band and great drinks, we partied the night away every night!

The hobie cat match racing was hotly contested and congratulations to Team Ākonga who took out the final!

A large group of us walked over to the windward side of the Island and participated in a beach clean up. It was very sad to see the quantity of plastic pollution that had washed ashore The other sad thing is that Fiji doesn't have great recycling facilities. The resort does their bit to separate stuff and recycle where they can, but other Islands burn all their rubbish which of course is not that great for the environment

The next day we had a fabulous race under motor out to Beachcomber Island on board the wonderful Champagne where we were promptly arrested on arrival at the beach, forced to walk over red hot coals (very cleverly done) and thrown in to jail

We were finally released by taking our Fiji rum vaccination shot where we were then allowed to join in the limbo dancing, watch some fabulous performers, dancing to a great DJ and a fabulous lunch accompanied by swims from the golden sandy beach

The following day was the hotly contested Round Malolo Classic. Thankfully there was a brilliant breeze for a yacht race, and we enjoyed some wonderful racing, neck in neck with some other Island Cruising vessels, squeezing between the reefs and tacking around Islands. It was awesome.

The grand finale was a fantastic dinner on the beach, some awesome prizes from the very generous sponsors, more music, dancing and even fireworks!

I then flew back to NZ and was back in time to help put the final touches on the SailGP ticket pre sale. Over half the tickets have already sold for this event, so if you don't have your tickets yet, and you don't have the special pre sale code (it was in this week's members newsletter if you haven't seen it) then make sure you get in quick on Tuesday 4 October as we are expecting it will sell out!

We've also got a great group of boats sailing down for the event too as part of the South Island Rally.

Our plans for the Pacific next year are well underway and we now have 22 boats registered including seven families with children, and one power launch. If you ' re planning on heading to the Pacific next year, check out the rally inclusions, support, assistance with getting prepared, awesome discounts from our sponsors and the social connection with others heading your way and access to exclusive rally group check ins. It is really a great way to get up to the Islands, and our specific rally training is just getting underway now. So to get the most value out of the rally inclusions I recommend signing up early.

Our rally to Japan is nearly fully subscribed, and with Japan's borders now reopening, we are full steam ahead with getting all the final preparations underway for the departure next year

The boats up in the Pacific are also now undergoing their final checks to ensure they're all ship shape for the passage home again. We've got a professional meteorologist keeping an eye out for a nice weather window.

Now that daylight savings is here I hope you are able to spend some more quality time out on the water Bring on summer!

Happy sailing & special thanks to the Champagne crew for having us on board in Fiji

Cheers Viki

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Tonga Reopens to Cruisers!

After two years and six months, Tonga has lifted most of its COVID 19 health restrictions, including that for international travel and the national curfew, effective from 27 September.

The border has now fully re opened, with a requirement for foreign adults to provide proof of vaccination before arrival.

The Acting Prime Minister Hon Samiu Vaipulu, with the CEO of Health, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola and MEIDECC CEO, Paula Ma'u, declared Tonga at a “green light level’ and the national night-time curfew lifted.

“Operations of all airlines and sea entry via cruise ships or yachts, have returned to normal procedures and will resume on their own, without any health orders applied,” said Dr. ‘Akau’ola.

These approved conventions will allow all Tongans, foreigners and transit passengers travelling to Tonga to enter the country, without the mandatory COVID pre departure testing. The mandatory testing to be carried out within three to five-days, upon arrival is also lifted

“The only significant requirement that remains is that foreigners (12-years and over) are still required to show their vaccination card at check in before boarding, same with cruise ships, etc.

"Wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing, etc. are encouraged but not mandatory."

At the same time, foreigners who are medically permitted not to get vaccinated, but wish to enter the country, will need to provide medical documents to the Ministry of Health in order to be permitted to travel

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Double the fleet, double the challenge, double the fun

The world’s most southerly superyacht regatta has thrown down the challenge to multihulls, opening up the racing to multihulls 18 metres and over.

The New Zealand Millennium Cup is challenging multihulls to a race. With a reputation for fun, competitive racing, organisers have opened up the playing field to multihulls 18 metres and over, allowing them to join this bucket list race that takes place in New Zealand’s subtropical Bay of Islands.

“With courses that make the most of the 144 islets of the Bay, spread over this wide ranging aquatic playground, we can’t wait to see more multihulls out there making it their own,” says organiser Stacey Cook

The NZ Millennium Cup is formed of three classes; the NZ Millennium Cup Class, Corinthian Class and Multihull Class

“We are excited to accept multihulls 18 metres and above to the multihull class; bring on the racing!”

The 260 km² of the Bay of Islands provides the perfect platform for multihulls to show their speed, with race officials designing multihull courses within the exciting conditions the race has become known for. The NZ Millennium Cup is renowned for its fun, competitive racing within the startlingly beautiful scenery and wildlife of Northland.

Racing takes place from 13th to 16th February 2023, and the 18 to 23.9 metre multihull division will be awarded its own prizes during evening events at race headquarters, the Duke of Marlborough.

One multihull division winner will be going home with the title of inaugural multihull champion of the New Zealand Millennium Cup when the final prize giving wraps up on 16th February

More info can be found on the website here

Breaking callsign news!

Did you know that having a callsign is now a legal requirement when using a VHF radio in non-urgent situations?

Think of your VHF Callsign as the number plate for your boat, it tells us who you are, what your boat looks like and has your emergency contact details attached to it. It’s the only thing that uniquely identifies you, as we hate to break it to you, but there’s more than one "Seas the Day" out there!

Logging your trip with Coastguard Radio is a no brainer, then you know we’ve got your back in the situation where we need to come looking for you. Do it online here.

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The South Island Rally has launched and we've had 16 registrations so far! Join the fun! Click here for all the details

If you

re sailing down to Lyttelton for SailGP you can also join us on the South Island Rally

it costs just $190 (plus membership of Island Cruising NZ - $95) to join in the fun.

here are some more details of the plans so far:

Early March - sail South and meet us in Akaroa

* We'll help you find a mooring or give you some tips on the best place to anchor

* Join in the Akaroa Yacht Club Sunday racing, or come up to the club for drinks and a BBQ afterwards

* Visit the historic Akaroa Lighthouse

* Walk to see the wild animals in Children's Bay

* Visit the stunning Giant's House

* Visit the shops and restaurants on the Akaroa Waterfront

* Bring your costume - as we've got a Pirate Party planned!

We will then sail around the Peninsula and visit:

* the Penguin Colony, take a tour of the farm or a sea kayaking safari in the marine reserve

* Anchor in a remote bay, and take your dinghy upstream to a quirky museum

* Explore some of the stunning bays and inlets of Banks Peninsula

* Join the local yachties at the finish line of their annual peninsula race for a big party

* Enjoy a sumptuous High tea on the waterfront with spectacular views - $30 per person

* Join a foraging tour and learn which wild plants and seaweeds are edible followed by lunch $125 per person.

From there we will head to Lyttelton

* We'll give you the heads up on the best anchorages depending on the weather.

* SailGP behind the scenes Tech Site tour - cost TBA

* Pre-sale access to the Premium flags - get the best anchorage on the racecourse - cost TBA

* pre-sale access to the shoreside fan village tickets if you wish to watch on shore.

* assistance with getting fuel via mini-tanker in Lyttelton if the rally group needs it.

In addition to all that, you'll get:

* A detailed rally guide book

* A printed Yacht Manual to help you get ready for the voyage

* A chart of the South Island

* Heaps of great discounts from our generous sponsors

* Assistance with finding crew

* Join our rally WhatsApp chat to keep in touch with your fellow rally participants

* Back up & support or answering any questions you may have.

Keen to join us? Register online here

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is an even cleverer Smart Battery Shunt

Victron’s new SmartShunt IP65 is a new, improved, all in one battery monitor that is completely waterproof and dust proof and comes complete with integral resin bonded cables moulded into the unit.

Like its predecessor, the IP21, the new SmartShunt IP65 saves on unnecessary wiring and reduces clutter by connecting wirelessly to a phone or tablet without the need for a bulky display panel. Instead, owners and skippers use their phones and tablets to connect to the SmartShunt through the handy VictronConnect app, giving them instant access to all their all monitored battery parameters (such as state of charge, time to go, historical information and much more) wherever they are.

Completely protected from water from any direction, the new SmartShunt IP65 can be used in engine rooms, or even outdoors, without the need for further waterproofing.

The IP65 integral cables include 1m long resin bonded connection cables, an auxiliary cable for monitoring a second battery and a VE Cable (for connection to a GX device for midpoint monitoring, to monitor a second battery or to connect a temperature sensor) The new model also features brighter LED monitoring lights and, like the IP21, is available in 500A, 1000A and 2000A models.

A good alternative for a BMV battery monitor, especially for systems where battery monitoring is needed but less wiring and clutter is wanted, the new SmartShunt IP65 is available now through Lusty and Blundell’s Albany, Whangarei and Tauranga showrooms and from their nationwide network of leading marine dealers.

SailGP Tickets on Pre-Sale!

Island Cruising members got a special opportunity to join the SailGP ticket pre sale this week. If you're a member, check for the code in this weeks member's newsletter.

Tickets for the general public go on sale on the 4th October. GET IN QUICK!

Or sail down and join us on the South Island Rally!

18-19 March 2023 Lyttelton

Wednesday 21 September 2022

Kia ora,

We wanted to let you know that from tomorrow morning, critical nautical information currently accessed via the main Toitū Te Whenua LINZ website will be housed on

The change means that information currently found on the Notice to Mariners and NZ Chart Catalogue pages of the main LINZ site will shift to The presentation will be slightly different, however everything else will remain the same. Redirects will be in place to help ensure the transition is as seamless as possible.

It’s part of a wider upgrade to the Toitū Te Whenua website which you can read about here. If you or your customers have any queries about, please email

Ngā mihi, Toitū Te Whenua Communications Team Phone +64 27 566 5251

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How to get to Fiji from Australia?

A quick look at Jimmy Cornells Ocean Atlas (pilot charts) and his World Cruising Routes will tell you that a better option is to first sail from Australia to New Zealand and then onto Fiji from New Zealand.

The Route from Australia to New Zealand

The consensus is that departing from the Gold Coast, Queensland, Coffs Harbour or even Sydney when a suitable weather window becomes available at some time from late January through February with Opua New Zealand being your arrival port will usually provide an opportunity to make the voyage in favourable wind and settled conditions.

If sailing the rhumbline this voyage is approx 1200 nm or 8 10 days in the average cruising yacht

You will arrive in New Zealand at the very well organised, convenient and cruiser friendly Bay Of Islands Marina in Opua After a few days to recover from the passage and re provsion you will have the magnificent cruising grounds of the Northland and Auckland regions to explore and enjoy before departing on the next leg of the voyage to Fiji

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Changing Your Boat Name

I had an interesting question from a member this week as to what the correct protocol was for renaming a boat! Not really knowing the answer, I've done a bit of research in to the process and superstition surrounded with naming or renaming boats. Let me know if you've done this or a similar ceremony. I'd love to hear about it!

There is a lot of superstition in sailing, and renaming a boat is something that is known to bring bad luck, but sometimes you buy a boat and they just have a really stupid name that you can't live with, and so then it is time to do something about it.

The Legend

Each and every vessel is recorded by name in the Ledger of the Deep and is known personally to Poseidon or Neptune (or Tangaroa perhaps?) the God of the sea. The unluckiest boats are all of those who have defied the gods and changed their names.

The Reality

The other "Gods" ie the government, also has rules and regulations regarding changing names. and there can be a mountain of paperwork. You'll need to update the name on your AIS/MMSI number, your callsign - you can do this with Coastguard, on your EPIRB, with Yachting NZ if you have it registered locally with them, with Maritime NZ if it is a registered vessel (required for going offshore) - it is also worth checking their register to see if your new name is available, and if your boat has been imported to NZ, make sure to keep a record of the original documents and any duty paid as Customs might not recognise it as being tax paid, when you decide you want to go offshore.

Consideration should also be taken for how the name of the boat is going to sound over the VHF Radio. A boat called No Problem for example might have issues when making a MAY DAY call perhaps?

The Process

If you wish to rename your boat (apart from the mountains of paperwork above) the Legend says you need to purge the old boat name from the Ledger of the Deep and from Poseidon's memory. This means you've got to remove every trace of the boat's old name and identity from the boat. This is essential and must be done thoroughly! This means using white-out on every name on any books, log books, maintenance records, life rings and especially the name on the hull. Do not under any circumstances bring anything bearing the new name of the boat on board until the purging and renaming ceremonies have been completed.

The Purging Ceremony

Once you are certain every reference to her original name has been removed, you need to prepare a metal tag with the old name written on it in water-soluable ink, also prepare a bottle of reasonably expensive Champagne (plain old sparkling wine won't work) plus it is a great excuse for a party - invite some friends round to be part of it.

Begin your ceremony with the following words:

"Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all ships and we who venture upon your vast domain are required to pay homage, implore you in your graciousness to expunge for all time from your records and recollection the name (insert your boat name here) which has ceased to be an entity in your kingdom. As proof thereof, we submit this ingot bearing her name to be corrupted through your powers and forever be purged from the sea."

At this point - drop the metal tag from the bow of the boat in to the sea. Hopefully it is biodegradable! - maybe do it on a bit of wood or something more environmentally friendly...

"In grateful acknowledgment of your munificence and dispensation, we offer these libations to your majesty and your court"

At this point - pour at least half of the bottle of Champagne in to the sea from East to West and pass the rest among your guests.

The Renaming Ceremony

It is usual for the renaming ceremony to be conducted straight after the purging ceremony however it can be done at any time. You are going to need another bottle of Champagne - much more...

"Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all ships and we who venture upon your vast domain are required to pay homage, implore you in your graciousness to take unto your records and recollection this worthy vessel hereafter and for all time be known as (Insert the new name of the boat here), guarding her with your mighty arm and trident and ensuring her of safe and rapid passage throughout her journeys within your realm."

"In appreciation of your munificence, dispensation and in honour of your greatness, we offer these libations to your majesty and your court."

At this point, one bottle of Champagne, less one glass for the master and one glass for the mate are poured in to the sea from West to East

Appeasing the Gods of the Winds

This part in the ceremony will assure you of fair winds and smooth seas. Because all the four winds are brothers you can invoke them all at the same time, however you must address each by name:

"Oh mighty rulers of the winds, through whose power our frail vessels traverse the wild and faceless deep, we implore you to grant this worthy vessel (insert new boat name here) the benefits and pleasures of your bounty, ensuring us of your gentle ministration according to our needs."

Facing north, pour a generous libation of Champagne in to a Champagne flute and fling it to the North as you say:

"Great Boreas, exalted ruler of the North Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your scalding breath"

Facing west, pour another glass of Champgane and fling to the West as you say:

"Great Zephyrus, exalted ruler of the West Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your wild breath."

Facing east, pour another glass of Champagne and fling to the east as you say:

"Great Eurus, exalted ruler of the East Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your mighty breath."

Facing south, pour another glass of Champagne and fling to the south as you say:

"Great Notus, exalted ruler of the South Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your frigid breath."

Any remaining Champagne can now be used for a suitable celebration in honour of the occasion. Once the ceremony has been completed you can bring aboard any items bearing the new name of the vessel. If you're having the sure it is covered up until this point.

Paper Charts on the Way Out?

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced its intention to develop options for the withdrawal from global paper chart production by late 2026 to increase focus on its digital navigation products and services.

Plans to withdraw the UKHO’s portfolio of ADMIRALTY Standard Nautical Charts (SNCs) and Thematic Charts are in response to more marine, naval and leisure users primarily using digital products and services for navigation. The ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions digital navigation portfolio can be updated in near real time, greatly enhancing safety of life at sea (SOLAS).

The phased withdrawal of paper charts from production will take place over a number of years and is anticipated to conclude in late 2026. In parallel, we will develop viable, official digital alternatives for sectors still using paper chart products This will be a carefully managed process, conducted in close liaison with all customers and stakeholders, including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as well as other regulatory bodies, hydrographic offices, industry partners and distributors.

Peter Sparkes, Chief Executive of the UKHO, said:

“The decision to commence the process of withdrawing from paper chart production will allow us to increase our focus on advanced digital services that meet the needs of today’s seafarers. As we look to the future, our core purpose remains the safety of shipping operations and delivering the best possible navigation solutions to achieve that Whether for the Royal Navy, commercial vessels or other ocean users, our focus is on developing and delivering ADMIRALTY digital services that promote safe, secure and thriving oceans

“We understand the significance of this announcement, given the distinguished history of the UKHO’s paper chart production and the trust that mariners have placed in ADMIRALTY charts over the generations. We will support users of SNCs during the withdrawal of our paper chart portfolio and work with our distributors to help users switch to digital alternatives between now and our planned date of 2026.”

The move to digital navigation solutions has been accompanied by a rapid decline in demand for paper charts, driven by the SOLAS mandated transition to ECDIS and the wider benefits of digital solutions, including the next generation of navigation services, Peter Sparkes explained

“Shipping is moving quickly towards a future underpinned by digital innovations, enhanced satellite connectivity at sea and optimised data solutions, supporting the next generation of navigation. The UKHO aims to be at the vanguard of this digital transition, continuing to provide the assured and globally trusted ADMIRALTY navigation services that seafarers the world over depend on.”

Baroness Goldie, Minister of State at the UK government’s Ministry of Defence, said: “The world has changed unrecognisably in recent years, driven by digitalisation and rapid technological advancement. When it comes to maritime, one of our priorities at the Ministry of Defence is to make shipping as safe as possible; to achieve this, the industry must continue transitioning to digital tools and technology that share data almost instantly from ship to ship or ship to shore

“As one of the world’s leading authorities on navigational charts, the UKHO is well positioned to recognise the need to deliver a range of digital solutions that enhance safety and data accuracy. The decision to focus on digital products and services makes strategic and commercial sense, helping usher in a new era of maritime navigation, which will be powered by digital innovations ”

Richard Bell, Assistant Director for UK Technical Services Navigation at the MCA, said: “The MCA recognises the benefits of official digital navigation products for safe navigation, at a time when paper products make up a minority of navigation products being used at sea This announcement by UKHO represents a clear vision for the future of navigation, which will need to be supported by official equipment and data suited to the needs of the different maritime end users.

“We are committed to working closely with the UKHO, stakeholders and industry to make this vision a reality Close liaison will be essential, to ensure that the technical and legislative barriers to the proposed change are overcome in advance of the UKHO’s 2026 timeline.”

More information on UKHO’s carefully managed approach for the phased withdrawal of paper chart production can be found on the ADMIRALTY website.

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Tips for Sailing to New Zealand

One of the hardest things and time consuming things about sailing to international destinations is navigating the multitude of formalities and mountains of paperwork required. COVID has made this process even more complicated and cumbersome, and sailing to New Zealand is no exception.

But never fear! Island Cruising is here to help and if you are having issues navigating the various websites to find all the information, please get in touch.

Here are some key tips to make the process easier for both returning NZ and International visiting vessels:

If you aren't a NZ or Australian passport holder you'll need to get a visa. You'll need to apply for a NZeTA before you arrive which will give you a three month entry and then you'll probably want to extend your visa. If you've got questions about this process we highly recommend Flair Migration.

New Zealand has very strict biosecurity requirements. Declare all your fresh food, fruit, honey, eggs meat etc - or better yet - eat it all before you get here as it will be taken off you. There are harsh penalties for not declaring the items on the biosecurity forms. Your yacht will probably be searched by a dog so don't try to conceal anything - they'll find it!

You must have a clean hull - don't bring any nasties in on your hull. Give it a good scrub before you set sail. You'll go faster too!

International yachts are allowed to enter and stay for up to two years. Stay any longer than that and you'll be up for 15% GST and 5% duty.

Ports of first arrival for recreational vessels include: Opua, Whangarei, Auckland (Westhaven marina), Auckland Harbour Viaduct marina and Silo Park marina, Tauranga (Vessel works precinct), Picton, Lyttelton

If you're not a NZ citizen you need to have a COVID vaccination certificate.

Make sure you submit all the advance notification of arrival forms before you set off.

If you have any questions, need a hand with all the paperwork, or would like to join our rally departure heading home to NZ mid-October please get in touch -

Citizen Science - Projects for Cruisers

Oceans cover 71% of our planet and play a critical role in regulating the atmosphere, cycling nutrients through the food web and absorbing the massive release of CO2 since the industrial age. Taken in sum, the oceans serve as the backbone to sustaining habitable life on planet earth.

Yet our oceans are under unprecedented stress. Overfishing, ocean acidification, dumping, increased usage of oil pipelines and deep sea drilling all contribute the destabilization of this increasingly fragile ecosystem. As world population rises and our demands grow, the prognosis for the oceans is not good. While these effects can be readily seen and appreciated, the biggest threat is to the invisible majority: microbes

Data Collection Woes

The ocean is a dynamic system that requires millions of observation points to fully understand the very complex marine ecosystem To better evaluate the health of the world’s oceans, we need significantly more data than we are currently collecting

Traditional oceanography is restricted to large and expensive research ships where only a few samples may be taken at a time. A modern research vessel typically costs more than $30,000 per day to operate and research vessels only cover a fraction of the world’s oceans.

Scientific progress in microbial oceanography has long been hampered by both expense and geographical constraints, which limit the quantity of samples collected, particularly in the Indian Ocean. The missing data limits our ability to predict ocean weather, determine the stability of the food web and better understand the impacts of ocean acidification. Without more data points, much about the true state of the ocean will remain largely unknown.

With global cutbacks in government research funds, citizen science (research conducted by nonprofessional scientists) offers an elegant solution to solving the lack of global data collection

By putting data collection in the hands of world cruisers, we will dramatically reduce the cost per sample, which means more information can be gathered per research dollar spent

Symbiosis of Cruisers and Oceanographers

By joining cost effective cutting edge technology with existing world cruiser routes, we can monitor microbial communities in the world’s oceans year after year in the same locations. This is crucial to building a baseline of ocean health that can be closely monitored for changes. The data collected from citizen oceanographers will be used to raise public awareness and assist policy-makers as they make better scientifically based decisions that will lead to the protection of this very precious resource for generations to come.

Check out Sailors For the Sea to see how you can be involved!

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Engine Electrics (DC) 240/110AC & Electronics Boat Building Plumbing Upcoming Dates 14 - 18 November - SOLD OUT 20 - 24 March 2023 - Nelson 1 - 5 May 2023 - Nelson This is a week-long hands-on small group intensive course covering: Contact Ross Porter +64 27 220 1240 Pearls Of Boating Wisdom

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

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For Sale

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.


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Para anchor Tasman 15, suits 11m monohull or 12m multihull.

Para anchor in water kit 100m warp plus float line. Heavy strop from bow to cockpit. Carried up to the islands in waterproof cockpit locker but has never been in the water.


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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

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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.

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The Buoycatcher can be used on a wide range of moorings, including many cleats, mooring balls, hoops, rings, chains and straight bar dock cleats. With multiple positioning options then the head can be used to attach ropes to low down and above head locations, such as when you are mooring against a wall at low tide

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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:


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

Boat Registration

Reporting Incidents

Insuring your boat


Meteorology Forecasts

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Sails for offshore the Cruising Wardrobe

Fire Safety Anchoring

Your Maintenance Records


EPIRB's Your sailing resumé

Navigation COLREGS

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Diesel engine basics

Fuel systems

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Sailing at night




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Abandon Ship

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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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Impressive 18.5m (63ft) Cruising Ketch NZD$399,000 View online here

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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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