On March 13, 2011, we lost our dearest, sweetest Cindy. Many of you may not know that she was suffering from a very deep depression; most severe since this past November. Despite all help, she decided in her pain she could no longer endure and chose to take her life. Cindy fought as hard as she could but in the end her demons were just too strong. No amount of understanding, rationalizing, or explaining the incomprehensible can begin to fill the void she has left in all our hearts, especially mine.

It was Cindy’s strongest wish to give the gift of life as she was a registered organ donor and hopefully others will live due to her generosity.

Please join us for a celebration of Cindy’s life.

Sunday, March 27th at 12 PM
California Yacht Club
4469 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Stolnitz,

what a suprise you made for us. I really would have loved being with you
when going down to the wreck of the legendary Seeadler. Perhaps I will have
the chance one time.

Thank you very much for sending us this information and the link to the
wonderful pictures.

Indeed one of our members long time ago also went down and even had the
chance to take two pieces of the wreck with him. Did you have the chance

Did you also see the island itself? Is there still anything to be seen
remembering the Count’s “visit” in 1917?

In our society we are most interested in such information and pictures you
have taken. I think in one of our next newsletters I will tell about the
story and will provide the link to your website to our members.

Hope to hear from you again!

Thanks once more and best regards
Matthias J. Maurer
Felix Count von Luckner Society
Bernburger Str.7
D-06108 Halle a.d. Saale
Tel.: +49 (345) 2926722
Fax: +49 (345) 2926723

Dear F&F,
29 July 2010

The island of Niue is in free association with New Zealand, one of the many islands of the South Pacific that without outside aid would economically collapse. Most native Niueans have emigrated to New Zealand in search of higher paying better jobs. More Niueans live in New Zealand than Niue by about 5 to 1.

Niue is a lovely high island and has virtually no outlying barrier reef. The exact opposite of Beveridge Reef. The sail began slowly, but during the night, the wind picked up in the 20+ knot range and we were making excellent time. We slowed down as to arrive around first light and once behind the islands leeward side we were treated to calm seas and high island views. We were really looking forward to the diving here and the most unusual way we “boaties” had to get ashore.

We pulled into Alofi Bay to discover “the crowd” had beat us in. Not only were there the seven boats we’d been with at Berveridge Reef, but an additional 10 other boats. The anchorage area in Niue is quite deep, so the Niue Yacht Club offers moorings for visiting yachts at a very reasonable fee. We went ashore to do our check in and some brief exploring including “almost real” markets. Commodore Keith and his wife Sue administrate the Niue Yacht Club which is hosted by Mamata (pronounced “mama-ta”) at her ice cream parlor and eatery. We soon were able to get on the internet, shop, buy a few nice bottles of Kiwi wine and arrange to go diving.

First I should mention that as Niue is a young island and has no outlying reef, it also has no sand beaches and no harbors. This makes getting ashore an interesting proposition. You take your dinghy up to a large crane hoist at the wharf. Passengers disembark, you hook up a bridle to the crane and step out of the dinghy. Sometimes a bit of “wave timing” becomes important lest you go for a swim. Then with an electric winch, your dinghy is lifted up to the height of the dock and swung over the concrete wharf where you can wheel it away or put in on a dolly (provided) and move it out of the way. It was pretty weird looking at up to 15 dinghies all lined up on the wharf as if in a parking lot. See 08 – 2010 Niue TOPSIDE Photo Gallery (which will be posted this week – January 2011).

Along with the diving, Niue is well noted for it’s hikes along the rugged coast into huge stone caverns and tidal pools.

We arranged for our first days dive at “Snake Gully” and wait till you see these pictures of CINDY HANDLING SEA SNAKES….. SEE: 07-08 – 2010 Niue UNDERWATER Photo Gallery…..posting this week, January 2011….

Go to the contact form at the homepage or drop us an email on this exciting event. We’d get to hear lots of humpback whales and swim with dolphins too. Hopefully some video of the dolphins and sea snakes will make it on the site soon…..
KIT (keep in touch),
Scott and Cindy