Passage planning Lyttelton to Marlborough Sounds
Prior preparation prevents poor performance... Viki Moore pays special attention to passage planning before her annual coastal voyage.
For the last couple of years my partner Andrew Herriott and I have sailed Wildwood, my Young 88, from Lyttelton to the Marlborough Sounds for the summer holidays. An essential part of our coastal voyage preparation involves completing a thorough passage plan for the journey, from our home berth, right through until we are safely tied up at the destination. Lyttelton to Waikawa Marina is approximately 182 nautical miles up the east coast of the South Island and it has taken us from 29 to 36 hours. There are few places to stop along the way if anything goes wrong, so here are all the considerations we make as part of our passage plan.
PREPARING THE BOAT
A month or two before departure, we check that the boat will be ready for the voyage, including the rig, VHF radio and bilge pumps. We service the