Yachties attracted to Niue

Niue’s Yacht Club has been named the 2011 Cruising Station of the Year by the Seven Seas Cruising Association.

The Association, which has over 100 member stations with more than 10,000 members worldwide, deemed Niue a safe and enjoyable stop for cruises. While anchored at Alofi port, most yachties catch up on their email by logging into the Internet Niue WiFi network.

In a Radio New Zealand International report, Niue commodore Keith Vial said it really comes down to the club providing the onshore facilities and looking after the crews while they’re on the island.

“We have got quite a sophisticated website and one of the big plusses is that any incoming crews and captains can email ahead, to find out, using our single side band radio, to find out some of the information they need to know. Waypoints and GPS locations, all those things. Which is almost a world first apparently.”

Keith Vial says last year around 240 yachts with more than 600 crew visited Niue.

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