Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 27-01-2008, 14:34   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 2
Cool Newbie Here - Tonga Sailing Opportunities

Hi, This is Jared out of Las Vegas. Since my career is tied to land development and the real estate market is in the toilet, it is time for me to take a break and travel... to Tonga. I will be spending a month, from mid Feb to mid Mar, on the island of Vava'u. From what I have read, the island is suppose to be a great place for sailing, but it is the rainy season, so I'm not sure if any boats will even be on the waters.

I am fairly new to sailing and I would like to turn this into an opportunity to learn more and get my feet wet. I am looking for advise how I may hook up with someone with a sail boat to mentor me while I am there. Am I naive to think I can go down to the harbor, get to know a few people, and expect them to take me sailing? My budget doesn't include expensive training courses so I'm looking for some alternative methods. I'd appreciate some tips and I look forward to hearing from everyone.


Redrock514 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-01-2008, 02:06   #2
Registered User
swagman's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Winter land based UK New Forest. Summer months away. Making the transition from sail to power this year - scary stuff.
Boat: Super Van Craft 1320 Power Yacht
Posts: 2,175
Images: 10
Send a message via Skype™ to swagman
Hi Jared,
Sorry I've no practical experience of Tongan sailing scene so can't advise on what might specifically work there - but most sailing venues will somewhere have a sailing club so you might be lucky.
If they do have one there and the race on weekends - then I'm pretty sure someone with a boat will always welcome a keen newbie on as crew. It is not as easy as some skippers think to draw and build a good race crew - and the no 1 attribute anyone can bring is a comittment to be there week in and week out. Learning to sail is easy - its not really brain surgery - and IMHO the very best way to learn from the ground up is to join a race boat and get out there handling whatever the elements throw at you.
Good luck - let us all know what you find when you get there.

Don't take life too seriously. No ones going to make it out alive......Go see our blog at
swagman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-01-2008, 02:54   #3
Boracay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Pelican Bay, Great Sandy National Park
Boat: Steel Roberts Offshore 44
Posts: 5,175
Images: 18
Tropical sailing...

Welcome to the Cruisers Forum.

Not having any real knowledge of Tonga I consulted my trusty copy of "South pacific and Micronesia" (Lonely Planet).

They suggest :-
Moorings Tonga
S/V Impetuous
Sailing Safaris
Hakalu Lodge
and Aquarium Adventures run out of the Coconut Cafe.

As supplies may be limited I would suggest bringing some waterproof sunblock, a bottle of your favourite rum, snorkel, mask and fins, several guidebooks and half a dozen of the very latest in trashy paperbacks.
Rust never sleeps
Boracay Blog.
Boracay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-01-2008, 21:25   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 2
Thanks guys, I appreciate your response!
Redrock514 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-01-2008, 19:46   #5
Senior Cruiser
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,169
Aloha Jared,
Welcome aboard!! In my neck of the woods, Hawaii, rainy season doesn't slow sailing down even a little bit. Hope you can find what you want.
Kind Regards,
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tonga Sailing - Circumnavigation on a Cat Wellington Multihull Sailboats 1 02-01-2008 04:44
Crewing Opportunities Biscay and Atlantic leaving UK September 2007 Octopus Crew Archives 3 03-11-2007 01:24
Newbie in Sailing Boat kkboy General Sailing Forum 2 11-10-2007 01:51
Newbie Takes Up Sailing/Boating psellars Meets & Greets 2 03-09-2007 07:58
Beluga Diving problems Tonga Brent Swain Pacific & South China Sea 2 28-01-2007 00:39

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:57.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.