Originally Posted by SailorBOI
Hi Steve, I'm originally from Russell but I live in Auckland
now.... much to my dismay.
Were it not for employment
, I'd be living in the Bay or onboard. My father Graham Clifford was a skipper
on the Cream trip Fullers cruise
around the BOI for 42 years.
Never sailed the Kaipara before so I should think that would be a coastal port of call for me to build experience before I crew overseas again since it has been 10 years for me.
Cheers and thanks for the welcome.
Carl is a bit too modest. He crewed for me in '95 on a passage
from Auckland to Brisbane
on my Passport 45. His brother crewed for me in '85 on my Columbia
36, in NZ.
We found out about a cyclone that was North of us and could possibly make it's way farther south. We made an unexpected stop at Lord Howe Island and sat out some pretty strong winds for a few days. The Island manager insisted that we take a mooring
that was rather close to some rocks and we dragged that mooring
about 30' ft (if I remember correctly), putting us precariously close to the rocks.
Carl helped in navigating into the Island's reef with no chart. He developed a pretty good eye for coral-heads, early on. I also remember him being quite helpful when we left. We had to exit a channel with big breaking seas because the wind
came around and we were now on the windward side of the island. If we timed that one wrong, the trip would have ended there.
He also spent a week with us at Middleton Reef. That was another case of being able to negotiate coral-heads by eye. That is where he found out that sharks aren't nearly as scary as they appear
. Carl's experience may have been fairly brief but he's seen a lot.
He learned all about spinnaker
sailing on our cruising yacht too. We had a great passage
together. I'm sending him a DVD
of the whole thing.