May 11th 2016
Commodore Keith Vial reports:
“At the moment we are down to 17 moorings, but still haven’t dived on some. The Yacht Club has never reserved moorings in the past, and it is with extreme reluctance that we are going to have to restrict the available moorings to the WARC fleet for a week.''
“We will need to clear the field of any yachts in the Bay by Wednesday 26th May for a period of one week. An added complication is the potential arrival of the monthly freighter on 30th May that will restrict available moorings even further."
“From the 1st of June, the second part of the WARC fleet will be starting to leave, and so moorings will then be available for the remainder of the cruising season.”
“My sincere apologies to all of our cruising friends and ask for your delay over that short period. We hope that this won’t deter you from visiting us in the future."
Note, there is only the one mooring field in Alofi and anchoring here is discouraged. Seabed topography in close to shore results in stuck anchors. The sea bed drops away rapidly from the shore and drifting from moorings while at anchor is a high probability. This is why maintaining a mooring field on Niue is a challenging task for the Yacht Club.