Hi everyone, I am Jo Mayes, and this is my second term as Club Manager.  I am feeling comfortable with the position twelve months on and look forward to handling the administration work for the Club over the next year. 

A bit of history .........David and I began our boating in Papua New Guinea in 1970 when we went to live there newly married, David having taken up a position with Steamships Trading Company.  This was before Papua New Guinea gained Independence, and it was a wonderful time to be there.  Being based in Port Moresby with a reef a few kilometres away, we soon realized we had to be out on the water and brought a small run-about boat and joined the very active Game Fishing Club associated with the Port Moresby Yacht Club.  What a great time that was, fishing every weekend, hours spent rigging fish ready for the outriggers, plenty of sailfish, yellow fin tuna, dolphin fish, (mahi mahi) wahoo, mackerel and black marlin.  

We soon changed the run-about and moved up to bigger boats, eventually getting to a really comfortable launch so we could sleep over and enjoy the tropical climate and beautiful blue clear water, and so many fish around the reef, and of course a lot of sharks too.

After we returned to NZ to live at Prebbleton, it wasn’t long before we wanted to be boating again and we began to build a bach at Little Akaloa, an Eastern Bay on Banks Peninsula. We spent many hours in boats and fishing over the next 20 years.  We moved to Australia’s Gold Coast to live and work, and again we were boating.  But this was not the sort of boating we were used to, far too many boats, no quiet little coves and bays, and certainly we didn’t get any fish!   We eventually returned to NZ, this time to live at Havelock.

We now enjoy being out and about in our small but comfortable older style Bayliner, and spent many weekends last summer trying out various moorings in the Outer Sounds.  It is really nice meeting members in raft ups, all of our experiences have been fun, usually involving a “happy hour” in the evenings, sometimes leading to shared meals, and always leading to lots of laughs and some tall stories!  Fishing and boating tales never fail to produce a few of those.

I hope you will also enjoy the wonderful safe moorings Pelorus Boating Club has accumulated out there in the fantastic boating paradise of The Marlborough Sounds.
 I really look forward to catching up with you.