User:Bill McIndoe

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SHORT DESCRIPTION OF MY SAILING LIFE I am a retired Naval Officer, Royal New Zealand Navy (Navigator, Korean War etc) and retired Master Printer and Publisher. At 84 years I am still cruising for 3 months each year logging 1500nm. Started sailing when I was 12 years old. At 16 years old I built a 6ft Tauranga "P"class sailing dinghy. Later owned an Idealalong, Flying Fifteen, Westerly25, Cavalier32, and finally our Cavalier39 yacht "Avanti" which we have owned for 30 years. Margaret and I have logged 60,000nm together. When under Naval training with the RN in UK I raced and cruised on the English and French coasts when on leave over a period of four years. In New Zealand waters I have sailed from Dunedin 5 times to Stewart Island, twice to Southern Sounds (Fiordland), 25 times to Marlborough Sounds and circumnavigated the South Island (2 months) and the North Island (3 months). I have been sailing keelers on the testing New Zealand coast for 45 years. Other return voyages with my wife include from Dunedin, NZ to Fiji, New Caledonia and Australia (2 years), and NZ to Tonga and Fiji (9 months). In particular I am familiar with the South Island coast and may be of some help to cruising yachtsmen and yachtswomen visiting our splendid islands. We maintain Avanti at our own boat shed, wharf, mooring and haul-out rails 160 meters from home. My mooring at Careys Bay in the Otago Harbour is well sheltered and maintained with a depth of three meters at LW. As my guest I often make it available to visiting yachts with a displacement of up to 15 tons. My interests are cruising, maintaining Avanti and writing. Qualifications: Retired Regular Commissioned Officer (Lieutenant) in the Royal New Zealand Navy. Last appointment Navigating Officer HMNZS Kaniere during Korean War. Journeyman Printer. Master Printer. Best regards, Bill McIndoe

Yacht Avanti, at Careys Bay, Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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