Originally Posted by Compass790
Welcome to the forum Alistair,
Its a great plan IMO. To me sailing/cruising adventures are right up there in the best life experiences. BUT that depends on your experience. For some people seasickness rules it out totally. Others + 60 knts makes the EPIRB
their best friend.
No detail about yr experience. If you are complete newbies I'd recommend crewing
on some boats first.
There are people happy to help you here but give us some more details to narrow down advice.
NZ coast will school
you up good, especially around Cook Straight.
I say again cruising is really good if you are suited to it but we need to know what you are like.
Thank you for your welcome message. I’ve updated my profile with a short biography.
It’s been a while since I last sailed, but before moving to New Zealand I spent many weekends crewing aboard the J130 Ragtime for the Division One races at RQYS in Brisbane
, and more than a few Wednesday afternoons for social races.
In terms of training
, I’ve completed a range of courses in Australia
including the Safety
and Sea Survival Course (SSSC), the Marine Radio
Operators course, and the RYA Diesel Engine
and Essential Navigation
and Seamanship courses.
My wife and I also both held Recreational Marine
Driver Licences (RMDL) with Personal Watercraft (PWC) endorsements. We’re planning to refresh our knowledge with Coastguard New Zealand courses.