For Auckland boaties heading to Northland, the Coromandel or the Bay of Plenty this summer, there are regional council rules in place to prevent the spread of marine pests, and separate requirements on the part of marinas. In light of this an information evening will be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on November 7 for all club members and harbour uses.
Five marinas were certified under the Clean Marina program at the New Zealand Marina Operators Association in Wellington this month, reflecting a sea-change in the way the industry approaches environmental care.
Far North marinas in Whangaroa, Kerikeri & Opua are joining the Northland-wide fight against Mediterranean fanworm & it may affect the ability of touring holiday boaties to find marina accommodation for their boats this summer.
This time of year the cruisers of Naval Point Club Lyttelton are heading for the South Pacific.
Members on the move include:
Sue Stubenvoll on "Haku II" – Vanuatu
Warren Matthews on “Natural high” - Thailand
The Bayley Faimly on "Kaitorete" – Pacific Islands
Phil Auger & Astrid Kirketerp on "Sophia".
Cruising is a very popular activity within the NZ Sailing Community. New Zealand is privelaged to have amongst the best cruising grounds in the world, ranging from the Milford sounds to the Bay of Islands and everywhere in between.
Yachting New Zealand does a substancial amount of work to advocate for the interests of the cruising population, ensuring that government legislations provide for the preservation of these coastal waterways.