Cruise News

Cruise News - October 2021

Cruise News - October 2021

Check out the latest news in sailing and cruising in New Zealand and the Pacific.
I didn’t mean to buy a boat…

I didn’t mean to buy a boat…

By the time I was in my mid-20s, I had done a bit of sailing on keelers. My boyfriend owned a 27ft Cibert design called Mrs Oates and we often went away cruising for the weekend. I was happier motoring than sailing because I didn’t understand the sailing side. I didn’t even know the difference between a tack and gybe and was often nervous in conditions that, when I look back now, were nothing to worry about.
Go For It!

Go For It!

When I first stepped on a yacht at the age of 13, I was not impressed. Dad had bought a 32ft yacht. It was a yawl, which meant it had two masts, apparently. He took myself and a friend out on a hot, calm day in Nelson. I’d grown up on fishing boats and expected more of the same, but on the yacht everything was complicated. I stubbed my toes on deck fittings, bumped my head on booms and when the yacht heeled to the breeze, I thought, as do most novices, that we were tipping over.