Off the Beaten Path
Viki Moore has been sailing since she was 8 years old, and soon hopes to achieve her dream of sailing around the world. Learn more about Viki's story, her circumnavigation plans, and why she will be using Propspeed every step of the way.
Viki Moore has been sailing since she was 8 years old, and soon hopes to achieve her dream of sailing around the world. Viki is on the board of Yachting New Zealand and is also a founder of Women Who Sail New Zealand, a Facebook group with well over 1000 members, and is a place for local New Zealanders to celebrate and encourage women in the sailing world, of which women are still a minority. Read our interview with Viki to learn more about her story, her circumnavigation plans, and why she will be using Propspeed every step of the way.
You’ve been sailing since you were 8. What drew you to the sport initially?
I was living in Governors Bay, a small village in Lyttelton Harbour. Our school had a week of sailing in the curriculum and I loved it. Our teacher was a wonderful man named Malcolm Pearson who was so patient and calm. My family weren’t sailors, but my parents bought me a little wooden pink optimist for my birthday, which I christened “Dire Straits,” my favourite band at the time! I then participated in club sailing out of Charteris Bay Yacht Club.
You have a dream to sail around the world. Was there anything that initiated or heightened this dream?
Once I got into sailing, I started reading lots of books, such as South Sea Vagabonds and Sailing Alone Around the World and started following the Americas Cup and Whitbread Round the World Race. I’ve also always had a passion for travel and adventure, and the dream of sailing around the world slowly evolved from there. More recently, I’ve been following other adventures via blogs and have met lots of other cruisers who also all inspire my dream.
Photo: Astrolabe Sailing
What is one of your fondest sailing experiences?
It’s so hard to narrow this one down as so many of my fondest experiences come from sailing! Firstly, it’s all the amazing people that you meet and the shared experiences you have. My closest friends are all yachties and we all share the same passion for life and adventure. When you meet other yachties it’s so easy to strike up a conversation over your common bond of the sea. We’ve all had scary times too which means we all like to look out for one another, and the scary times also become some of the most fondly remembered times too.
Other fond times come from sailing two-handed down the coast at night. Your other crew member is down below asleep, and you get to experience sailing the boat alone, the power of the wind in your sails, the moon rising, the sound and smell of dolphins swimming alongside, the stars, navigating, phosphorescence in your wake. It can feel quite surreal at times.
I love being on the board of Yachting New Zealand and helping the great team there with the governance and promotion of our sport, and I have also really enjoyed founding Women Who Sail New Zealand – a Facebook group which has now grown to well over 1000 members. It is a place where local New Zealanders and visiting sailors can ask questions, share knowledge and support, and celebrate and encourage other women in our sport. Sadly, women are still a minority in the sailing world, and we hope that by making little steps we can make some big changes over time.
What are your plans for sailing around the world in the future?
I plan to buy a boat in the Mediterranean, probably something around 38-40 feet. Something that can be easily managed short-handed, but with space for friends and family to come along and join in as well. I’d love to spend some time exploring the Med, possibly even head up to the UK and the Baltic, before crossing the Atlantic and maybe even heading through the locks and in to the Great Lakes in the USA if time permits, then down to the Caribbean, through the Panama, across the Pacific – exploring along the way, before coming back to New Zealand. Then it might be time to restock the cruising kitty before heading off again, perhaps a few seasons in the Pacific and I’d loved to do Australia, Asia, Japan, then across to Alaska and back down the West Coast of the USA, maybe even Galapagos? I’ve got a world map by my desk and I sit there plotting potential courses! I love to get off the beaten track, meet the locals and go places that other “tourists” can’t easily get to. It will be a long, slow voyage and I’m not entirely sure if I’ll technically make it all the way “around” the world. We’ll have to see how it goes!
You use Propspeed on your current yacht, Wildwood. What kind of problems were you having before using Propspeed, and how did you first come to use Propspeed?
I’ve owned Wildwood, my Young 88 for 16 years now and have done most of the maintenance on her myself and have certainly learned a LOT about that along the way. I tried various techniques on antifouling my propeller, with sometimes disastrous results. Someone recommended I use Lanolin one year which seemed to work okay for a couple of months, but when I hauled Wildwood out again a year later, the propeller was a mass of sea anemones and mussels! Never again! Luckily my friend Craig was parked next door to me in the haul out that year. He was putting Propspeed on his propeller and had mixed up too much so painted his leftovers on my propeller. It worked amazingly well; I think I got two years out of that first job. I’ve never looked back since.
Photo: Astrolabe Sailing
Would you recommend Propspeed? What do you think about the product?
I would definitely recommend Propspeed. I usually get at least two years out of each coating. I now get one of the professional applicators to come along and put it on which gives me peace of mind that it’s all been done correctly. A lot of my sailing is done around Lyttelton Harbour, Banks Peninsula and the Marlborough Sounds. The water is cold and not particularly clear, so diving under the hull to check your propeller isn’t something we choose to do on a regular basis. Now I don’t even feel the need to check the prop when I know that Propspeed is down there doing its thing!
Photo: Astrolabe Sailing
I’m really looking forward to the Round North Island race in 2020. My friends Victoria Murdoch and Emma Riley are the most southern entry and only all-female crew in the race. I’ll be their shore crew chasing them around the North Island. Victoria has spent the last 12 months preparing the boat for the race, and she has also had Propspeed applied to her boat High Voltage, an Elliot 1050. They’ll be trying to squeeze every knot of speed out of the boat, and they won’t need to be worrying about a fouled propeller slowing them down! I’ll be blogging and posting on our Astrolabe Sailing Facebook page if anyone would like to follow our progress in the race and adventures beyond that.
Keep up with Viki and her adventures:
Instagram - @astrolabesailing
Facebook - Astrolabe Sailing & VM2 Racing
Women Who Sail New Zealand - https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhosailnewzealand/
Website - https://astrolabesailing.com/