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.  …

Reading the Clouds – Bob Jones

Bob Jones put together a fantastic presentation on reading the clouds for the Little Ship Club in May. He has provided his notes for us to share on the website. Outline by Bob Jones, busterbobnrobin@yahoo.com, June 2014 (updated May 2017) based on: Mariner’s Weather Handbook, Steve & Linda Dashew, Beowilf, Inc, 1998 Mariner’s Weather, William…

Anchorages in Akaroa

Thanks to John Milligan and the Akaroa Cruisers Group for this great information. ANCHORAGES IN AKAROA HARBOUR Anti-clockwise from French Bay Red Point (E):                        43° 48.02S, 172° 57.1E NE, N, NW day anchoring and dinghy visiting; overnight anchoring and dinghy visiting in favourable conditions (i.e when strong southerly winds not expected) anchoring and dinghy…

Making a Yacht Safety Diagram

Originally posted on Astrolabe Sailing:
Here in New Zealand, there are strict rules on the safety equipment that boats need to carry on board if they are competing in any yacht races, and also if they are intending on sailing offshore (both racing and cruising). Internationally registered vessels are exempt from these requirements, however I…

Haku II – Crossing the Tasman

Trans Tasman and Home February 2013 Time flew by and my four trans-Tasman crew arrived at the end of the Wooden Boat Festival. I was a bit dubious of them at first, fearing that anyone who wanted to sail trans-Tasman was probably not someone who was good for the boat. But everything worked out very…

Haku Sails Tasmania

Following on from Haku’s cruise down the East Coast of Tasmania. Click here to read that post first. 11 Jan 2013 Update from Bass Strait A short respite from fierce Southerlies presented itself yesterday in the form of a day and a half of N’lies up to 30kt. The next potential window in a week…