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Wellington Ocean Sports November Update

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Things are really ramping up at Wellington Ocean Sports as we edge closer to summer. Wellington had more sunshine hours than any other city in New Zealand last month and on the water was the place to be!!! Bookings are up across all the courses we offer and places are filling faster than ever due to fewer boats being available. This has meant some groups aren’t able to sail when they want to, but we are working hard at our scheduling to ensure as many people as possible are able to get out on the water and experience all the harbour has to offer.

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Casual Racing

This is the time of the year that racing really takes off. We now have Saturday afternoon, Wednesday and Friday night racing available. For all those of you that have completed our learn to sail course casual races are a great way to gain further experience. Both Muir’s are entered in the Christmas Series with the first race scheduled to proceed on Saturday 15 November. You can either enrol for the entire series of 4 races, or on a race by race basis. 

Wednesday and Friday night racing is also underway. The next Wednesday night Twilight Series race will proceed on Wednesday 12 November. The next Friday Rum Race is running tomorrow.

 VHF Radio Operator

Wellington Ocean Sports last VHF Radio Operator course for the year is running on Tuesday and Thursday evening next week from 5.30 to 8.30pm and there are still several places available for booking. This 6-hour, theory-only course including exam, provides the necessary knowledge required to obtain the "Marine VHF Operator Qualification”.

This is the minimum qualification required for anyone to legally operate a fixed or hand-held marine VHF Radio. We recommend adding on the MROC qualification, which is only an extra half hour, allowing you to operate HF SSB long range radio equipment

 Racing Crew

Our next Racing Crew course commences on Saturday 28 February. The course will compete in at least two races in the RPNYC At Home Series. I highly recommend Racing Crew to all those who have completed our Learn to Sail course regardless of whether you are into racing or not, as this course will improve your sailing skills more than any other course we run. 

Racing Crew is designed to take you to the level of “competent crew on a racing boat”. It is ideal preparation for those wishing to join the Club and crew regularly on member’s boats and is another step down the path of becoming a racing skipper. While completion of our Learn to Sail course isn’t a prerequisite for attending Racing Crew, participants must be at that level and have a handle on basic keelboat sailing concepts.

Cruising Crew

For those wanting to get involved in the wonderful world of cruising our next cruising crew course is commencing on Saturday 17 January. Cruising Crew follows on from the Learn to Sail Keelboats course and provides an opportunity to consolidate and build on your knowledge and skills.  It also allows you to develop seamanship skills and covers navigation, weather, rules of the road and includes a night sail. Cruising Crew leads on to the very popular Cruising Skipper course.

Corporate end of year functions

Wellington Ocean Sports is the perfect location for your corporate end of year function. Whether it is Americas Cup style racing around buoys off Oriental Bay, an adventure race around Somes Island or a kayaking or stand up paddleboard session we have it covered. We also have a number of catering options available. Bookings are coming in fast, but we still have several days available between now and Christmas. Get in quick.

Other Opportunities

Wellington Ocean Sports run adult Learn to Sail courses all year round. No experience is necessary and everything you need is provided. Our next course commences on Saturday 7 June.

Our School Holiday Programme continues to gain in popularity and during the last school holidays sold out. The next programme commences the week of 11 January. Book now to avoid disappointment!!

Harbour Sails are a great way to introduce friends and family to the sport of sailing. They are run weekly on Fridays and Saturdays at 2.00pm. At only $40 per person for an hour and half on the water Harbour Sails are also a fantastic corporate team building or family sail option.
Further information and booking are available for all the courses we offer on our website.

If you have any queries feel free to call me in the office on 939 6702 or via email at ocean@rpnyc.org.nz .

 

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