Life on the ocean blue

Last weekend we took our sailing dingy to Charteris Bay and launched her off the boat ramp. She’s a modest wee boat; 13 ft long, tomato red with a tri-colour sail. I would never say this to my significant other, but she’s cute.

There wasn’t much wind initially but once we got past the headland the easterly whipped in and sent us rocketing along. It’s a great way to spend the day. No carbon emissions, no engine noise, just the wind and a sail and the cry of the gulls.

There are plenty of places in Christchurch to set sail, sailing clubs and background reading available if you need to brush up on your skills.

One thing you can rely on about Christchurch weather is its unreliability so before we set sail, we always check the forecast!  And never forget lifejackets, sunblock and something light to read in case we’re becalmed.