The Cruisers’ Group has four main purposes:

  • The development of programmes and activities for those whose interests in boating either do not include or are not confined to keelboat racing
  • To provide a link between the Akaroa Yacht Club and the French Farm Aquatic Club
  • The encouragement of coastal and blue water cruising
  • The welcoming of and assistance to vessels transiting the Coast.
The Group is both ‘free floating’ and informal, consisting of those who have expressed an interest in its aims and activities. Its principal means of communication is by email – to be included in (or taken off) the Group’s mailing list please advise John Milligan (email address below) Activities are coordinated by some of the more active in the Group who are prepared to be involved in that way. This is a somewhat fluid body, and anyone who wants to contribute is welcome to be part. Again, the principal means of communication amongst this team will be by email.

The Group has no formal link with either the Akaroa Yacht Club or the French Farm Aquatic Club, although most of us are members of one or the other, and many of both. It welcomes all who are interested in its aims and who wish to come to its events. There is no subscription. The Group hopes to function in an interactive manner, so that the nature of Group events reflects what it is that those who are part of it want.

At present the Group aims to organise monthly events; on-water in the sailing season and informative (and social) ‘Saturday Scuttlebutt’ evenings in the winter. The winter sessions will usually be at the FFAC clubhouse. Ideas for these are welcome; the organisers need to know what Group members want and appreciate all the assistance they can get. Two ‘general’ meetings of group members are held each year – April and September.

Notice of Group activities will be posted in the two clubhouses and sent by email to members of the Group as part of a monthly newsletter. Amongst other things, that newsletter contains information about the activities of the Little Ship Club, Lyttelton

For further information please contact Bob Jones at Bob Jones – or John Milligan at