Bureaucracy of Departures

Draft for review and comment by John Milligan I have been doing a bit of work on ‘clearance out’ processes – in particular the requirements that stem from s21 of the Maritime Transport Act.  In the course of this I have spoken to several of those who have gone through (or intend to go through)…

Presidents Report 2017

It has been another fantastic year for the Little Ship Club. Firstly thanks to all our amazing guest speakers who put so much time in to their presentations. In the last 12 months we have heard from: Sara Hunter-Weston – Lost at sea in Africa Shane – NZ Navy sailing programme Chris Harris – Sailing…

Minutes of 2016 AGM

The 55th Annual General Meeting of the Little Ship Club of Canterbury held at 6.45pm on the 20th October 2016 at Naval Point Club Lyttelton Present: Viki Moore (Chair), Sue Stubenvoll, Janice Bathurst, Chris Bathurst, Garrick Johnson, Philip Nussbaumer, Geoffrey Mentink, Matt Arthur, Mike Rossouw, Philippa Ashbey, John Ashbey, Richard Jones, Jane Jones, Tracey Haimes,…

Tips for getting the best from your VHF radio

By Peter Marshall Does your VHF radio have a little red spring-loaded flap on the front with “DISTRESS” in white letters?  Then it’s DSC equipped and would be the most powerful safety tool on board your boat – if you knew how to use it. Digital selective calling (DSC) has been built in to nearly…

Boaty Bob

By Geoff Wright I hadn’t see Bob for ages, “Boaty Bob” as he’s known by the locals. So, while I was down his way I thought I might pop in and see how progress was. I couldn’t ring him, he has no phone. But I’d been told he was still there at the end of the creek a mile…

Crew Wanted/Available Tips

The Little Ship Club is often asked to advertise crew wanted and crew available posts on our Facebook page and in the newsletter. We have no problems in doing this. It is a great way to match up keen crew members with skippers looking for some extra hands on a passage. However unfortunately things don’t…

Swing Mooring Changes

Swing Mooring Bylaw Questions. I have heard there a changes to the Navigation Safety Bylaw (the Bylaw)?   Yes the Bylaw has been reviewed. A bylaw is required to be reviewed 5 years after it was first put in place. The 2010 bylaw was therefore reviewed in 2015 and entered into force in 2016.  …