Just wanted to say thanks for the cruising advice for our leg between Nelson and Lyttleton. French Pass was a blast although due to unforseen (by the NZ weather bureau) headwinds we missed the first window and stayed at Oyster Bay in Croisilles Harbour for a night before attempting it.
The skipper took one look at the gap between the lights at Cape Jackson and declared your advice to go between them unwise - actually I think his words were stronger than that - so we took a wide berth around Walkera Rock and were fortunate not to hit some submerged rocks out there, thanks to some frantic last minute jibes.
Most of the trip down was excellent t-shirts and shorts stuff, but we did get caught in some nasty weather on the last day.
All the best,
Crew on Chiara Stella
Newcastle to Lyttleton Xmas 2013
"The cure for anything is salt water... sweat, tears, or the sea" -- Isak Dinesen
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