The story of our first off-shore passage. The preparation, the experience and the lessons. First published in Boating New Zealand 2007, included for our sailors dreaming of casting-off for a tropical paradise.
Great Escape sailors are required to file a trip report with Russell Radio (VHF Channel 63) when they depart and close off their trip report at the end of the day when they are safely anchored or have returned to the Great Escape Base.
You don’t need fancy gear to go sailing. Comfortable clothes you can move in and layers to cater for changing conditions work best. A good jacket and waterproof trousers are also useful to protect from wind and rain.