UPDATE - March 7, 2018
Cruisers - Here are a few last minute reminders regarding the Cruise:
1. Remember to take your passports;
2. Register at RNZYS if you'd like to have dinner after the 16 March opening Reception;
3. Google the Glennfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island if you would like to visit. This was largely funded by the family of Chris Bouzaid, one of the Kiwis who will be on the Cruise;
4. There is still time (barely) for last minute orders from Team One Newport and the Sail Bag Lady.
5. CCA webmaster Michael Moradzadeh has set up an electronic photo archiving program enabling us to electronically share and memorialize photographs of the Cruise. Details to follow, presumably at registration;
6. It might be worthwhile to review prior Cruise Updates for applicable details.
7. Regarding cell phone service: if not satisfied with what your home provider offers in NZ, the consensus seems to be purchasing a Vodafone SIM card for your UNLOCKED cell phone at the airport upon arrival in Auckland. Costs are $29 to $50 for phone/data or data only. Vodafone shop is right opposite the arrival hall.
We'll see you in New Zealand. Travel safe!
Pete Pallette, Cruise Chairman
UPDATE February 13, 2018
1. If you need a berth in Auckland prior to the Cruise, be certain to contact Joanna Logan (now) at firstname.lastname@example.org;
2. A reminder - For those wishing to stay for dinner at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron after our Opening Reception, be sure to make a reservation prior to March 9th. "The Squadron" has agreed to hold open their dining room if sufficient reservations are received by that date. Note that you are with CCA. Contact Catriona Stanton at email@example.com;
3 Contrary to the Cruise Book notes, most drinks during the Cruise will be "hosted," and drink tickets will be provided; also the Gulf Harbour Yacht Club will not be available to us, though visitor berthing may be available in Gulf Harbour Marina - Contact Berth Co-ordinator, Michele Brown, days in advance of arrival at firstname.lastname@example.org;
4. In the left sidebar is a link to a "medical missive" from Walter Smith, our Fleet Surgeon. Please read it prior to your departure for New Zealand;
5. Good News - Because arrival and departure at Man O' War Vineyards for our Closing Ceremony may be impacted by tidal events, we believe sailing attire is favored over more formal togs. So leave the blazers and ties in the hanging locker;
6. For you remote control model aficionados, bone-up - There will be a regatta at Man O' War;
7. Name Tags - These will be in lanyards, and will be in your registration packets. Admittance to the five shore events requires these to be visible. Please wear them, especially if you wish to receive your allotted rations of food and grog;
8. For the South Island group, be sure to secure your travel documents from Jane Turner at Active Downunder well prior to departure for New Zealand. Her email is email@example.com. Also, remember to bring along some warmer clothes - the S.I. is cooler than the N.I. Lin Pardey reports that foulies make sense - Stewart Island is rainy, and the rest of S.I. can be like Maine in September. Shirt sleeves by day, layers at night.
NEW ZEALAND CRUISERS UPDATE