Originally Posted by Greentravelgirl
I will be starting in the North Island but trying to figure out where I should go for the best sailing opportunities for the summer season. Good to know that you were picked up at a yacht club. I plan on visiting those and just wandering around marinas
to see if anybody needs help!
Ballast is always needed on any racing
boat. New Zealanders are such a down to earth welcoming lot and so very skilled on the water
. Just look and learn! And they have no hangups about females sailing (even nowadays I am reading some really odd posts here about the need for hair curlers for females on board boats from people posting
from the US LOL). The boat I crewed on in NZ had a wisp of a female teenager as mainsheet operator (she was fresh off dinghy racing
and knew how to tweek things oh so well). The skipper
was in his 60's and had no issues about handing over control of the main to her. I gained a lot of my experience racing in Australia
in my 20's. Even a few decades ago females were generally really welcomed on board as potential foredeckhands (generally being by far the lightest on board, which is a huge advantage). It is also an advantage having a good head
for heights, I was always the one sent up the mast
if problems were encountered
in the north island has the nickname of "CIty of sSils". Opportunities there are limitless!