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  • Windarra

    • 13m Bruce Roberts 44
    • New Zealand
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Sailing New Zealand

I'm looking for crew to sail New Zealand. It looks like I will be here until March 21 so now plan to explore the east coast down to Marlborough Sound and possibly down to Milford Sound in the new year. New Zealand's borders are still closed with the ongoing Covid situation so you will already need to be here.

I'm a water baby (divemaster and ex marine biologist) so there are a number of toys on board including paddle board and a dive compressor with tanks. I expect to do a fair amount of diving so would be good if you are a diver as well.

Im looking for people who want an adventure and are happy being at anchor away from towns (thats not to say we won't return to civilisation for food, fuel and a couple of beers though .) If you have an insturment (within reason) bring it along, or if you are arty or make videos then all good.

Sailing experience is not important but you need to have a willingness to learn and desire to get stuck in. All crew will get involved in cooking, cleaning and maintenance equally (its not all a sunbaked palm fringed beach holiday)

Basic food, marina fees (we will rarely be in a marina) and all fuel costs are shared equally. You are responsible for all costs for travel to and from the boat, immigration fees, marine park fees etc.

If you want to see what I've been up to in 2019 check out wanderingwindarra on insta facebook/you tube

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Position

  • Crew positionCompetent Crew

  • Availability 1 Oct 2020 until 1 Mar 2021

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardContribution on a shared basis

  • Team / SoloNot important

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Vessel

  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • ClassificationYawl

  • Make/modelBruce Roberts 44

  • Length13 metres

  • Berth4

  • Sailing from New Zealand , Whangerai/Opua

  • Sailing to Fiji , Suva

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionWindarra was built in 1979 when they used fibreglass properly, as such she is a little weighty at 32000 lbs, but has an inch thick hull, is very stable and has a surprising turn of speed. Top side she is ketch rigged with a self tacking staysail on a hoyt boom. She has undergone an extensive refit since I bought her, including new engine, modernised the electrics, water maker, solar panels and other mod cons. She has a windvane installed, along with new liferaft, new EPIRB and Sat Phone. Below decks there are four berths with good bedding, two heads including a half bath, good sized saloon and galley with microwave and breadmaker. There is a TV and music system along with an extensive movie library and board games. She has a paddle board, new dinghy and is properly set up for diving with a compressor aboard.

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Skipper

  • NationalityUnited Kingdom

  • Age45

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English
    French

  • Basic knowledge of Spanish

  • Qualifications RYA Day Skipper Practical
    Dive Master

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

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Amazing boat and skipper

5

I sailed with Windarra from French polynesia to New Zealand for 5 months. The skipper is really competive and have a lot of patience. I would recommend to join Windarra and as a bonus the skipper makes killer meals :)

31st Jan 2020

Great boat and skipper

5

"Windy!" - I joined Windarra and Olly for 7 weeks from Tonga, through the Tongatapu group, Ha'apai group and Vava'u group, and then on the passage to New Zealand. Olly was very patient and explained all the workings of the boat, and answered my many questions. Any complex manoeuvre was always talked through with the crew first, and then executed with a minimum of fuss. There was no yelling :) Olly has a great English sense of humour, but one thing he takes very seriously is looking after the safety of his crew, and then boat, and as crew, I felt very safe on board. The boat is older but heavy and well maintained, and I enjoyed not hearing the slap of thin fibreglass when it was rough (I'm usually on race boats). I learnt a lot from Windy and Olly and the other crew regards to passage making, and was such a bonus to have a dive compressor/tank/BCD to use while onboard - I had a lot of fun and it was a great adventure. Thank you Olly - look forward to sailing with you again one day.

28th Nov 2019

Couldnt wish for a better skipper and ship

5

Olly is an honest man and is truely looking after his boat and crew. When searching for a crew position I could not have imagined to get such an amazing crewing position as I have at the Windarra. The ship is a beauty on itself. It is spacious and comfortable, all amenities you need are, its a sheer luxury to stay on this ketch. Best of all is Olly himself, he knows what he is doing and he is patient to explain everything up and around the boat. Dont mess with his bacon or tea though. Oh yeah and diving! There are on board dive tanks!! Thanks Olly for granting me this amazing time!

29th Nov 2018

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