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Old 22-03-2007, 21:37   #1
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NZ to Aussie!

Hey everyone! My thirst for adventure has led me to this site and all of you. I'm dreaming of a voyage from New Zealand to Australia sometime in the latter part of May. I'm not too particular about specific starting points or destinations - I'm entirely flexible.

The sailing experience that I have had is so mininmal its really not worth mentioning, but I work hard, good-humored and have a desire to learn. I am also in good physical shape, a certified Wilderness First Responded (WFR) and a lifeguard. The WFR certification is the result of a comprehensive backcountry first aid training program designed for remote travel - whether that be mountain tops or the high seas!

I hope all of that is enough to interest more than a few of you who are reading this! If you have room on your boat and are willing to take me on, please write as soon as you can! If you know someone who might like to have me along, please don't hesitate to put us in touch! Any help you could offer me would be very much appreciated!

I look forward to hearing back!

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Old 22-03-2007, 22:08   #2
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Hi Eric. Good luck, I hope you get a ride and have a great time.
You may want to make a second post in the Crewing section down toward the bottom of the forum headings. More chance of it being seen in the appropriate section
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Old 23-03-2007, 03:31   #3
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Drop a note onto Crew.org.nz - the online home of New Zealand sailing as well.
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Old 23-03-2007, 03:32   #4
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Whot the!!!!!!!

I didn't post that like that. The buggers adding words. Don't know if that's a 'cool' or a 'spooky'
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Old 23-03-2007, 16:18   #5
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You'll find more boats heading north that time of year, why Fiji or Vanuatu?
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Old 23-03-2007, 16:59   #6
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at least your heading in the right direction, just by making the trip youll increase your iq by 10
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Old 25-03-2007, 21:44   #7
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Thanks for the warm welcome and the advice! I've registered with crew.org.nz and hope something may come of that. Do you all have any more advice for me? What's this about the season and going north? I still want to go to Aussie - what else can I try? There's so much that I have to learn!
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Old 25-03-2007, 23:34   #8
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at least your heading in the right direction, just by making the trip youll increase your iq by 10
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Ha Ha gotcha. Try "At least YOU'RE heading in the right direction, just by making the trip YOU'LL increase your IQ by 10."
Sorry Northerncat, couldn't resist a dig at at West Islander.
We had a Prime Minister in the late 70s and early 80s who described the migration from NZ to Oz as having the benefit of raising the collective IQ of both countries.
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Old 26-03-2007, 00:19   #9
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out of curiousity what is the time it takes to sail from one island to the other, i may consider sailing my boat back home when its finished for a bit of cruising
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Old 26-03-2007, 02:53   #10
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Auckland to Sydney this late in the year is asking for a tough trip ( and it has been a bad summer) Many more boats leave NZ around April/May June heading due north for the islands, eventually making it to Aus but much further north
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Old 26-03-2007, 06:04   #11
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how long does it take though ?
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Old 26-03-2007, 14:23   #12
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About 1500 miles Sy -AK, how fast can you sail?
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Old 26-03-2007, 20:06   #13
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We did Mooloolaba QLD to Opua NZ in November 05, took us 8 days. 3 days becalmed (motoring at 6 knots) 3 days with wind over 40knts and two days of nice sailing.
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