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YNZ Briefings

Jan 07 2015 01:26 PM | Island Time in Articles

Latest Yachting NZ Briefings newsletter
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Garmin infringes Navico copyright

Sep 12 2017 09:07 AM | Island Time in Articles

Navico announced today that a Texas federal jury has found that Garmin willfully infringed two of Navico’s DownScan Imaging™ sonar patents resulting in $38,755,000 in damages to be paid by Garmin

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Marsden Cove Marina Route 66

Feb 09 2017 02:37 PM | Island Time in Articles

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The Marsden Cove Marina Route 66 is Richmond Yacht Club’s ‘short’ coastal race – 66nm from Auckland to Marsden Cove, Whangarei. Organised in association with Onerahi YC, the race includes open keeler, multihull and the ‘Route 1′ singlehanded divisions. With a 9AM start you’ll finish Friday evening with time to join in the party at Marsden Cove Marina. It is a great introduction to coastal racing for new boats as the safety requirements are Cat 4+ and the fleet stays within the barrier islands. Berthage is provided at Marsden Cove. The marina can accommodate multihulls with ease!
Party, Breakfast, and Prizegiving?
The dock party after the race is always memorable, be sure to come up to join in the fun. Boats are encouraged to have a great time on arrival at Marsden Cove. OYC cooks up a fantastic breakfast starting at 7AM and the prizegiving follows soon after and all should be done by 9:30AM.

Party at Kawau Saturday Night?
After the success of the 2016 event, we are again planning a party for returning boats at Kawau Boating Club for Saturday night. Plan to sail to Bon Accord Harbour Saturday after the race and come up to the KBC for a good time that evening. Food, prizes, and a special menu for hungry sailors.

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Womens Sailing - Equality

Oct 14 2016 09:31 AM | Island Time in Articles

It's time we updated those responsible for our fantastic sport.
This report below is a travesty in this day and age, and is also likely illegal! ISAF, get with the century!

The Coady family were members of Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) in Melbourne, Australia. Atanosios Papantonio was the Boating Manager of SYC. He had previously made comments that Stephanie Coady should not be sailing a 49er. One week prior to the Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2014, he verbally abused Stephanie's father Paul Coady, while preparing Stephanie's boat and ordered her boat removed from SYC permanently. Atanosios was also the Professional Race Officer (PRO) for SWC Sail Melbourne 2014. Stephanie had previously completed an SYC form for boat storage and had been notified of approval for storage that year. She was training along with other Sail Melbourne competitors and, no other competitor was told to remove their boat.

Stephanie entered the SWC Sail Melbourne 2014 in the Olympic Class 49er. She completed all required paperwork and presented at registration and measuring as helm of the boat. Stephanie was known well by the PRO, the 49er IRO and 49er race officials. It was known that Stephanie had been training in the 49er for the SWC 2014. World Sailing also published on their website, sailing.org, an article on the event highlighting Stephanie competing against the men as an example of the diversity of the competitors.

Stephanie sailed the first day of racing and retired early due to a damaged spinnaker pole. Before the second day racing she and Paul were approached by the PRO (Atanosios) and told they were in violation of the gender rules in the Notice of Race (NOR). Paul explained that this was in violation of discrimination law. The PRO subsequently verbally abused Paul and Stephanie. The PRO was later joined by a member of the International Jury (IJ). Paul requested that a protest be lodged in accordance with the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) before any action was taken. This was agreed by the PRO. Paul also explained they would not sail if a protest was lodged. An email was immediately sent to the event organisers asserting Stephanie's rights under discrimination law.

After waiting for 2 hours, no protest was lodged, so Stephanie sailed to the race area. She was followed by members of the IJ in a boat. Stephanie was verbally abused by other competitors with foul language and yelled at to get of the course. The IJ were laughing at the abuse directed at Stephanie. Stephanie was 16 years old at the time. Upon returning from the days racing Paul was informed by race officials that Stephanie had been disqualified from the regatta.

Paul met with the Director of Sail Melbourne, Mark Turnbull, who suggested Stephanie continue to sail but without earning ISAF/World Sailing points. Paul agreed on the condition that results be recorded to ensure points could be earned in the event the decision to disqualify was unlawful. Mark agreed and stated he would just need to get approval from the IJ and Yachting Victoria.

The PRO and IJ organised a meeting that night with representatives from Yachting Victoria and Sandringham Yacht Club and race officials. Stephanie and Paul were not invited. Mark Turnbull was also not invited.

Paul was contacted that night and told that a meeting had been convened with the PRO, IJ, YV and SYC and, that all parties were in agreement and confident the matter would be resolved. Paul was also informed that a protest had been lodged as he had requested and that he was required to attend a meeting that night. Paul was subsequently ambushed, on his own, in a blatant kangaroo court. The IJ decided that by competing in a men's event with a female helm, he committed gross misconduct and brought the sport into disrepute. They also decided that the assertion of legal rights was a violation of rule 3 ("not to resort to any court of law or tribunal") of the RRS. Stephanie's boat was disqualified from the entire event.

Paul requested of SYC that Stephanie be allowed to sail her 49er free of discrimination in club sailing and be allowed to keep her boat at the club, as agreed. At the time approximately 100 boats were kept at the yard. All requests were denied and the Coady family were forced to cancel their membership.

Stephanie and Paul started federal legal action early 2014. World Sailing threatened that if Stephanie's case were to proceed they would cease Olympic class sailing in Australia. The Coadys stated their intention, if the threat was executed, to pursue World Sailing for the exclusion of women from the 49er class at SWC Sail Weymouth and Portland UK under similar provisions in UK legislation for discrimination in the supply of services. World Sailing stated by email that Stephanie was excluded from the 49er class at SWC Weymouth and Portland 2015 on the basis of her gender.

The case of discrimination is currently with the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

World Sailing recently announced SWC events will no longer be held in Australia. Sail Melbourne has conducted Olympic class sailing under the Olympic sailing format for over a decade. World Sailing also announced a similar decision for Sail Weymouth and Portland UK. Australia is the #1 ranked country in the SWC for 2015/16 with 28 medals and Great Britain is the #2 ranked country with 22 medals.

At all times the Coady family have ensured that the best of legal advice and representation has been sought. Very thorough legal analysis has been undertaken before any claims have been made. The Coady family have been advised and represented by specialist discrimination lawyers including Peter Hull, James McDougall and Chris Ronalds. Paul Coady also holds a master's degree in commercial law.

Yachting Victoria sought no legal advice before disqualifying Stephanie in response to the formal complaint of discrimination.

The 49er Skiff

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The 49er skiff is a high performance two-handed (two person) sailing boat designed for crews weighing around 150 kgs. The 49er was selected as the men’s high performance two-handed boat for the 2000 Olympics. As a result of Olympic selection, the 49er also became a World Sailing (formerly International Sailing Federation) class with a World Championship regatta held every year. A series of Sailing World Cup regattas are also held in a number of Countries. The Sail Melbourne regatta is one of the Sailing World Cup regattas.
The two roles of the competitors on the boat are called the helm (skipper) and the crew. The crew is responsible for hoisting and lowering the spinnaker, controlling the spinnaker sheets (ropes), and balancing the boat. Due to the large sail area and spinnaker size, strength and stamina of the crew is important. The helm is responsible for steering of the boat. Strength and stamina of the helm is not a particular advantage. This has been established in other sports that involve steering for example harness racing, horse racing, monster truck racing, rally car driving etc where women compete with the men.
Stephanie Coady is the helm of a 49er. She sails with male crew due to no female crews being available. They entered into the Sail Melbourne regatta in December 2014 and were disqualified after the second day of sailing due to breach of the Olympic gender requirements for the men’s 49er class.
Mixed (male and female) crews have in the past competed in the Sailing World Cup regattas and the World Championship. One mixed crew was ranked 19 on the World rankings. Mixed crews have always been female helm and male crew.
The FX is a variation of the 49er designed for female crews around 120kgs. It is the same boat with a shorter mast and smaller sail area.

In 2012 a replacement was sought for the Olympic Women's Elliott 6m Match Racing class. The FX was selected as the women’s two-handed skiff for the 2016 Olympic Games replacing women’s match racing (http://www.sailing.o...lider_footer_01). The FX World Sailing class was included in the World Championships and the Sailing World Cup regattas.
No formal announcement or press release has ever been made by World Sailing detailing the exclusion of mixed crews from competing in the men’s 49er class. The World Sailing 49er class rules (http://www.sailing.o...pment/20102.php) do not exclude mixed crews: “The crew shall consist of two persons.”


The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 gives effect to Australia's obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (UNCEDAW) and certain aspects of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 156.

This case although made under provisions in the same legislation, has two separate components: a civil complaint of sex discrimination and, a criminal complaint of victimisation after the assertion of human rights.

Section 22(1) of the SDA provides:

  • (1) It is unlawful for a person who, whether for payment or not, provides goods or services, or makes facilities available, to discriminate against another person on the ground of the other person's sex, …:
  • (a) by refusing to provide the other person with those goods or services or to make those facilities available to the other person;
  • ( B) in the terms or conditions on which the first-mentioned person provides the other person with those goods or services or makes those facilities available to the other person; or
  • © in the manner in which the first-mentioned person provides the other person with those goods or services or makes those facilities available to the other person.

Yachting Victoria (YV) was the organising authority for SWC Sail Melbourne and responsible for the race officers and the International Jury. YV entered into contract with Stephanie to provide services for her to participate in the Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne in the 49er Men’s class. YV subsequently on the advice of the International Jury repudiated the contract without grounds, based on her gender.

Section 5(2) of the SDA details indirect discrimination where:

the discriminator imposes, or proposes to impose, a condition, requirement or practice that has, or is likely to have, the effect of disadvantaging persons of the same sex as the aggrieved person.

The gender based condition for eligibility to compete in the 49er class was impossible for Stephanie to comply with and, served no reasonable purpose for ensuring competition or served any other reasonable purpose. Stephanie had sought assistance from YV and the International 49er Association and was still unable to find a female crew. In contrast male crews are in abundance.


It is a strategy for discriminators to indirectly attack the victim by targeting others with a relationship with the victim. By doing this the discriminator is able to inflict damage on the victim while at the same time deny discriminating against the victim. Both the SDA and the UNCEDAW have provisions, for both the aggrieved person and third parties, for victimisation after asserting human rights.

Section 94(2) of the SDA sets out the criminal victimisation provisions which include if the Respondent/s subjects or threatens to subject another person to any detriment on the ground that the other person:

has reasonably asserted, or proposes to assert, any rights of the person or the rights of any other person under this Act or the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.”

The assertion of rights under discrimination law was made both verbally and in writing before disqualification action was taken. So that the allegation could not be levelled against them in the future of discriminating against Stephanie directly, a meeting convened with the PRO, the IJ, SYC and YV, decided to target Paul Coady with a kangaroo court and disciplinary action based upon the gender of Stephanie. Subsequent victimisation consisted of a further 4 blatant kangaroo courts and a 12 month ban recently executed. The kangaroo courts were conducted without any remote consideration for natural justice and were based upon fabricated evidence, lies and exaggerations. More information is detailed in "the facts" section of this site.

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Pacific Search and rescue improvement

May 21 2017 10:24 AM | Island Time in Articles

Pacific leaders strengthen search and rescue

21 May 2017 (10:00 am)

Pacific search and rescue leaders are meeting in Auckland (May 22-26) to strengthen search and rescue (SAR) across the region and save lives.

Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch, who opens the conference on Monday, says it’s the first time New Zealand has hosted the Pacific SAR conference and he’s looking forward to meeting some of the 100 people from the 26 countries that are attending.

“We’re proud of the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ’s work throughout the Pacific helping to develop search and rescue capability and coordinating dozens of life-saving rescue missions with other agencies,” he said.

RCCNZ Manager Mike Hill said the Pacific region’s search and rescue agencies have to deal with the challenges of finding and rescuing people in what is the world’s biggest ocean.

“Management skills – like setting the search area, gathering information about the missing vessel and people and their last known movements – are key to life-saving rescues.”

“The focus of the conference is about improving regional and national collaboration and coordination with the ultimate goal to save lives in the Pacific,” says Thierry Nervale, the Deputy Director Transport of the Pacific Community – the organisation that supports development across the region.

Pacific SAR leaders and practitioners will build relationships, learn from each other, hear about new technology and share the best practice search and rescue techniques.

The conference is a cornerstone of a wider work programme led by the PACSAR Steering Committee – a collective of five nations (Australia, Fiji, France, New Zealand and the United States) to build capability and cooperation across the region.

Under PACSAR, RCCNZ has visited Pacific islands to help with planning and upskilling local search and rescue staff.

On Monday, each country will give an overview of SAR work in their area. On Tuesday, Pacific search and rescue capability strategy will be discussed. On Wednesday, from 2.30 pm there will be a dramatic “rescue” off Mechanics Bay simulating a sinking boat firing flares, a US Coastguard C-130 Hercules dropping a life raft, and an Auckland Rescue Helicopter winching a person from the water.

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KERIKERI to Vava’u Yacht Race 2017

Jan 26 2017 09:55 AM | Island Time in Articles

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Refrigeration - Engine Driven Systems - DIY

Dec 23 2014 01:24 PM | Island Time in Articles

How engine driven systems work, what the parts are, what they do, and how to service them yourself!
I hope this article might help some of you over summer, when fridge techs are hard to get!

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New Offshore Race Kerikeri to Vavau

Mar 23 2015 08:13 AM | Island Time in Articles

The Kerikeri Cruising Club is organising a race from Kerikeri to Vavau planned for 2016 to celebrate the 80th birthday of the club.
The proposed race will depart Kerikeri late in May and covers a distance of 1180 miles to a new off-shore race destination.
Assistance has been approved from the Tongan Government Tourism Authority and the Vavau Yacht Club as well as several local businesses in Vavau.
The Chairman of the Vavau Race Committee Mark Beauchamp has been working on the proposed race for 12 months and says that all that is required now is to go through the formalities with Yachting New Zealand. This will be the third time Kerikeri Cruising club has run an off-shore race to alternative destinations, the first two being to Port Vila. Beauchamp hopes that the new destination will help revitalise off-shore racing in New Zealand.

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Harken Young 88 Nationals

Feb 21 2017 03:45 PM | Island Time in Articles

Harken Young 88 National Champs move forward.
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The ever evergreen Young 88 National Championships will take place at the earlier date of 4th and 5th March 2017 with the continued support of Harken.
After several years of light conditions in April, the aim is to have a better chance of moderate sea breezes for this battle of New Zealand’s largest keelboat class.
Last year’s 1st and 2nd place boats changing hands during the year the National Championship trophy, and owner driver Tanaka Cup is wide open. Slipstream 3 has been in solid form and will be campaigned by Mark Bond fresh from the Stewart 34 class, and Flash Gordon by Roger Eaton and James Corbett is gathering speed quickly. On current form alone Zane Gifford with ‘Raging Hormones’ after missing driving the 2016 event will be favourites along with the current North Sails Sprints series leaders, Rick Hackett’s ‘Skitzo’ campaigned by David Hazard. Ed Masseys ‘Undercover has been very consistent so may threaten the podium and one of the Half Moon Bay crowd could be the surprise package. As late entries will be accepted up until 2nd March 2017 there could be further strong challenging teams yet to show their hands.
The 2017 regatta will once again be held in the unobstructed area of the old Americas Cup course of East Coast Bays and will utilize the internationally qualified race management team from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. On the water umpires will keep this very competitive fleet on the right side of the race rules with a maximum crew weight rule equalizing the 88’s righting moment.
Off the water the RNZYS will host the prize-giving in their Quarterdeck Restaurant and we will relive the action with visual prowess from our friends at Live Sail Die.
The Young 88, about 30 feet in length and with a fractional rig, is a popular multipurpose boat that offers speed and agility for racing, with space and comfort for cruising. The first mould was built by Roger Land in the 1980s, and since then 158 have been built. Of these, 77 are still in the Auckland area, 9 in Northland, 13 in the rest of the North Island, 19 in the South Island, and 38 have been exported. The National Champs are contested annually along with the Tanaka Cup for first owner-driver, an Owner’s Champs, Shorthanded, and Twilight series being just examples of this active class.
For all the event documents visit:
Find out more about the Young 88 Class:

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The Crew.org Rum Race is ON

Dec 18 2014 04:48 PM | Island Time in Articles

Click the link above for details. (End of year Rum Race on the menu above) Come and join the fun!! All welcome.

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Digby Taylor Memorial

May 17 2017 10:37 PM | Island Time in Articles

Memorial Celebration of the Life of Round the World Yachtsman, Digby Taylor

Ponsonby Cruising Club 18.00 Friday 26th May 2017
Official Introduction 18.30 – 19.00 and then the bar will be open

RSVP Please acknowledge your intention to attend on my Facebook page or by email

Mike Keeton
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Two Handed Three Legged Race

Feb 05 2015 08:46 AM | Island Time in Articles

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Entry form is here;

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Jim Kilroy passed away

Oct 01 2016 08:07 AM | Island Time in Articles

From Sailing Anarchy:
kilroy was there
screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-12-20-39-pmBest known for his straight talk and perhaps the most beautiful ocean racing boat in history, Jim Kilroy died last night in hospice care according to multiple sources. The Alaska-born Californian became one of California’s most successful real estate owner/developers, but his passion for the sea never dimmed.

Jim’s memoir is a lot like the man; brash and honest with a touch of vainglory; buy a copy and read one of the most interesting sailing/business stories around; Jim donated all proceeds of that book to youth causes, including sailing.

Here’s one tribute from Aussie SA’er ‘recidivist’: “In the bar of the CYCA after a Southern Cross Cup race back in the early 70′s (in which race Ted Turner cheekily put American Eagle inside Kialoa on a mark rounding – without rights), Ted entered the bar to be greeted by Jim Kilroy lifting him off the ground by his shirtfront and saying “You ever try that again and you’ll have 2 fucking six-metres”. Jim put him back down and walked out.”

Here’s another, from ‘Hitchhiker’: When asked if maxi racing isn’t a rich man’s sport, Jim said, “No. there’s one rich man aboard and 25 poor men, and they enjoy it more than the rich man does!”

Share your own Kilroy and/or Kialoa stories, pics, or what have you in what should be a legendary thread about a legendary man.

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Costal Skipper Course

Aug 10 2016 05:02 PM | Island Time in Articles

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Coastal Skipper
(55 hours)
Aim: To gain a thorough grounding in the principles and practices of coastal navigation and an understanding of the causes and effects of coastal weather. An advanced course for those wishing to undertake coastal voyages.

Prerequisites: 16 years of age, Boatmaster, Marine VHF Radio Operator Certificate, 200 hours proven sea time.

Qualification: NZ Coastal Skipper Certificate.

Course Content: Comprehensive navigation techniques, meteorology, passage planning, assessment - written and oral.

1. Coastal Navigation
The nautical chart
Courses & bearings
Magnetism & the Magnetic compass
Fixing position
Tides & tidal streams
Allowance for set & drift
Marine radar

2. Coastal Weather
Marine forecasts & weather maps
Air masses, fronts & pressure systems
Clouds & fog
Terrain effects on weather
Sea, waves, & Swell.
Passage of systems over New Zealand

3. Passage Planning Assignment and Oral Assessment
3.1 Undertaken as an individual assignment:
Passage Planning
3.2 Tested or discussed at an oral assessment:
Collision regulations
Equipment & instruments
Ship-handling & stability
Emergencies and distress signals
Master's responsibilities and obligations

Course Fee: $785.00 per person (including exam fees) - additional resources are required for this course.
Summer special* - Coastguard Northern Region Members can book on the Coastal Skipper course listed below for $670.00 pp! Please book by phone during office hours on 0508 737 283 or e-mail education@coastguard.org.nz
*Only applies to Northern Region Members"

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King of the Strait

Jul 14 2016 07:38 PM | Island Time in Articles

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Yearly Maintenance - Cleaning Heat Exchangers

Mar 08 2015 03:21 PM | Island Time in Articles

I've just done my heat exchanger servicing. This is a job that should be done every year or so. If you don't do it, your engine will eventually overheat, and if you have an engine driven fridge, it may not work properly either!

Heat exchangers 101 (skip this bit if you know about them already!)

So, basically a heat exchanger is a series of pipes inside a container. The pipes carry cool fluid (seawater here) through whatever needs to be cooled in the container (Water, Oil, Refrigerant etc). Heat is transferred from the container to the fluid running thru the tubes, exchanging the heat - hence the name of course!

There are a few issues with seawater as a coolant, which, as boaties, we need to be aware of. Firstly, it is corrosive, secondly it can cause electrolysis in dissimilar immersed metals, and third, it carries sea life and salt!

To combat these, your heat exchanger/s and or cooling system is made of durable materials that (hopefully) don't rust away too quickly! Not much you can do about the construction of the system unless you are replacing stuff, and that's beyond the scope of this article.

The second item, electrolysis. To combat this, your system will likely have an anode, especially if the heat exchanger has no electrical connection (other than sea water!) with the main engine. Make sure you check and replace the anode as required - not to do so will lead to premature failure of the heat exchanger. = $$$

The third issue is sea life and salt. Salt deposits and sea life (mostly small shellfish and barnacles) can block the small tubes in the heat exchangers, and slow or even stop the flow of cooling water. This can lead to catastrophic overheating. More $$$! So, yearly checking and cleaning is a good idea.

Remember you may have more than one heat exchanger. I have three - Fridge, oil and engine. Blockage of one or more will reduce the flow of water from your exhaust. Your exhaust discharge should not be hot enough to steam - if it is, the flow may be partially restricted!!

So, here is the cleaning process. Firstly, the units must be identified and removed. Follow the path of the water from your engine through hull. Here is a pic of my engine, showing the raw water (seawater) pump, and the location of the heat exchangers. The Oil H/E is hidden from view, behind the engine H/E and the alternator.
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To help with access, I removed the alternator, here is a pic showing the small oil cooler (H/E) behind the engine H/E
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So, now you must remove the heat exchangers, and take them apart. CAUTION - the fridge one will contain pressurized refrigerant!! Make CERTAIN that you only remove the water connections!!!

1st Drain the engine coolant. Here is what my Heat exchangers (Volvo 2003T) look like removed;
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The top two pipes with the circular fittings are the oil inlet and outlet for the oil cooler. The water comes from the raw water pump, through the fridge heat exchanger, then the oil cooler, then the engine heat exchanger, finally out thru the exhaust.
So, now take the ends off, and you can remove the cores. In this case the fridge unit had a partially blocked outlet, restricting the water flow. Here is the engine H/E with the core removed;
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As you can see, the core is a bunch of small tubes. In this case, they are about the same dia as a .22 rifle bore, so I use a rifle cleaning brush to thoroughly clean them. They were not bad this time. However, the oil cooler has smaller tubes, and was pretty blocked – mostly with sea life, as you can see here;
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Now, some people use Acids to clean these, and it certainly works well. However, be warned – if there are any damaged joints, or thin piping, acids can ruin the core, and replacements are expensive. A radiator repair shop is your best bet for repairs, and can often supply replacement cores MUCH cheaper than a genuine part. Personally I use a calcium/lime/rust removal product, which is much gentler, but also slower. I left this to soak in CLR for a few hours, then rodded out the remainder with stiff wire.
Finally, reassemble everything, replace the engine coolant including a good corrosion inhibitor, replace the heat exchanger anode/s, check for leaks and you are good for another year or so!
As an aside, now you know your system is clean, change the raw water pump impeller, and then note how much water comes from your exhaust at idle - any reduction over time in this flow is an early indicator of a problem.
Oh, I last cleaned these units about 18 months ago, and the boat is used most weekends, year round. Seems the warmer the water the more of an issue it is! This boat is based at Gulf Harbour in Auckland. The growth here is faster than when we were at Mana in Wellington.
Happy Boating!!

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PIC Coastal Classic to be streamed live!

Aug 17 2015 02:31 PM | Island Time in Articles

Posted Image Watch the 2015 PIC Coastal Classic LIVE at www.coastalclassic.co.nz Posted ImageFor the first time in the history of New Zealand's most iconic yacht race, the 2015 PIC Coastal Classic will be streamed live online at www.coastalclassic.co.nz.

Thanks to the support of title sponsors PIC Insurance Brokers, race followers will be able to watch the action as it happens, on their computer, tablet or smartphone. Coverage will start around 30 minutes before the race, which starts at 0930hrs NZT on 23rd October 2015.

This innovative development means that for the first time ever, audiences throughout New Zealand and around the world will be able to watch the spectacular start of the PIC Coastal Classic live, and follow the fleet as they sail out of the Waitemata past Rangitoto Light.

As New Zealand's biggest yacht race, the PIC Coastal Classic typically draws crowds of thousands of spectators to watch the start from vantage points like North Head and Devonport in Auckland. Now coverage of the event will be accessible to a global audience online, spectator numbers and worldwide interest in the race are expected to grow significantly.

Coverage of the mass start off Devonport Wharf will be broadcast live from on the water and on the shore, allowing spectators to follow all the action as it unfolds, from a variety of angles.

Race Director Matthew Flynn said: "It's an incredibly exciting time for the PIC Coastal Classic. As far as I'm aware, this is a first for New Zealand yacht racing, and the NZMYC are proud to be at the forefront of this technology, enabling this great event to be viewed by a truly global audience."

Daniel Garner of PIC Insurance Brokers commented: "For PIC it is really exciting to be asked to be involved in something which hasn't been done before. We have loved being involved with the Coastal Classic and now our staff and the public can enjoy live coverage of the Coastal Classic."

Live coverage of the race start will be filmed and broadcast by sailing website Live Sail Die. Suellen Hurling, founder of Live Sail Die, said: "This is such an exciting chapter for New Zealand sailing and the Live Sail Die team is really excited to be a part of this milestone."

Live coverage of the start of the 34th PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic will be steaming at www.coastalclassic.co.nz from approximately 0900hrs on Friday 23rd October 2015.

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Boost your Charging Abilities with a NZ made Sm...

Feb 16 2015 04:05 PM | Island Time in Articles

Get the most from your alternator - A NZ designed, manufactured and supported Smart Regulator at a great price!
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NZ Chart update

Jul 12 2016 10:16 AM | Island Time in Articles

11 July 2016

Nautical Almanac and latest chart updates

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has published its latest Nautical Almanac, and released six updated charts.

Covering 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 the New Zealand Nautical Almanac is an authoritative source of information for safe navigation in New Zealand waters. It contains astronomical information, tide predictions for ports, and information about navigation lights, as well as LINZ’s Annual Notices to Mariners.

“This is critical information for safety at sea, and compulsory for certain vessels,” says LINZ National Hydrographer Adam Greenland. “But we’d encourage all mariners to consider carrying a copy.”

LINZ has also updated charts covering the lower South Island as well as Gisborne:

· NZ 6422 (Approaches to Timaru)
· NZ 6433 (Approaches to Oamaru)
· NZ 681 (Approaches to Bluff and Riverton/Aparima)
· NZ 5571 (Poverty Bay and Approaches to Gisborne)
· NZ 661 (Approaches to Otago Harbour)
· NZ 7654 (Chalky and Preservation Inlets)

“These updates use the latest information gathered by surveying the sea floor, so you should make sure you update your chart portfolio if you’re in these areas.”

Both the Almanac and the latest paper chart updates are available from chart retailers. They can also be downloaded in several electronic formats from the LINZ website.

Information in the Nautical Almanac is updated through LINZ’s fortnightly Notice to Mariners service.

www.linz.govt.nz www.facebook.com/landinformationnz

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Platino Abandoned

Jun 14 2016 03:38 PM | Island Time in Articles

Remaining crew rescued from stricken yacht
14 June 2016 - 3.10pm
Two men and a woman have been rescued from their battered yacht, Platino, around 550 kilometres north of New Zealand by the crew of the container ship Southern Lily.

A rescue line was used to help get the trio safely on board around 3pm.

Meanwhile, an RNZAF P3 Orion resumed searching today for a fellow crewman, aged 63, lost overboard after the yacht sustained damage to its rigging yesterday morning. The aircraft subsequently took position above the two vessels later this morning, to provide support and communications during the rescue of the three crew from the Platino.

The Orion returned to the search for the missing man around 3pm, once the trio were safely on-board the Southern Lily.

The body of another man who died in the incident remains on board the abandoned yacht, as it could not be safely transferred in the difficult conditions with three metre swells. An EPIRB beacon has been activated on the yacht to aid in tracking its location.

The yacht was abandoned after its condition deteriorated overnight as it lost steering and began taking on water.

The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is coordinating the rescue operation and search for the missing man.

RCCNZ search and rescue mission coordinator John Dickson praised the master and crew of the Southern Lily for what was a difficult operation.

“It was not easy to get the three crew members from the yacht to the much larger ship in those sea conditions – they’ve done a tremendous job.

“We are obviously disappointed that it was not safe to transfer the body of the deceased crew member, but safety must come first. We will keep track of the position of the yacht.

“The search for the missing person has now resumed and will continue until around nightfall when the aircraft must return to New Zealand.”

The Southern Lily is now resuming its voyage to Auckland - this will take about two days..

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MARWIN RACING TEAM - want to try a foiling cat?

Nov 16 2015 08:32 AM | Island Time in Articles

The MARWIN GC32 comes sailing down under
Keri Keri, New Zealand - November 13 2015 MARWIN RACING TEAM are bringing their GC32 foiling catamaran to sail in Bay of Islands and Auckland, New Zealand from December 2015 until March 2016. This new dynamic MARWIN RACING TEAM is an exciting collaboration between the four times Swiss Star Class Olympian and local New Zealand multiclass sailor and two time Olympian Sharon Ferris-Choat.

The GC32 ranks as the most exciting one design, America's Cup style, foiling catamaran on the market - attracting worldwide media attention. Shipped directly from the inaugural GC32 European Racing Tour, the boat is ready for an action packed summer in New Zealand with race training, youth crew development and regattas.

Co-helm and Team Manager Sharon Ferris-Choat announced that team and crew trials will start in January for crew positions in the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour, the MARWIN Youth America's Cup Academy and the Women’s Speed Challenge. “This is an amazing opportunity for local sailors to break into a European tour, on a world-class boat and as part of a professional team that successfully competed in the 2015 GC32 tour” said Sharon.
Racing in the GC32 tour round in Marseille, France, the boat reached a top speed of 37.1 knots (68 km/ph) and the team hope to bring this spectacle of speed to New Zealand waters racing in the Bay of Islands Race week and other regattas. The foiling catamaran is currently on a ship to New Zealand and is due by Christmas, giving the team time for selection trials, training and local racing through to March before the boat heads back to Europe.
Contact information: Sharon Ferris-Choat, MARWIN RACING TEAM, Team Manager.
Ph: +64 (0) 274 318 159 Email: sharon@marwin.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/GC32
Website: www.marwin.com
Photo supplied: SANDER VAN DER BORCH Marseille

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MARWIN RACING TEAM is looking for the best of the best. Situations vacant are a Business Manager, Marketing Manager, Boat Captains, GC32 sailors Youth, Women and Men’s.
Team and crew trials will start in January for crew positions in the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour, the MARWIN Youth America's Cup Academy and the Women’s Speed Challenge.
We are seeking sailors who are over 18. You must be extremely fit and have the desire and determination to win and be able to travel overseas in 2016.
Please contact Sharon with your sailing C.V. and a covering letter answering the following:
  • What does winning look like for you?
  • Rowing personal best time for 2000m
  • Your height and weight
  • Your strengths and weakness within a team
  • Your ultimate goal
  • Your availability and responsibilities in 2016+
Sharon Ferris-Choat
Team Manager


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Composting Toilets

Mar 18 2015 11:24 AM | Island Time in Articles

Composting Toilets are becoming more common on boats in NZ. I have just fitted one to Island Time. This is partially due to the increasing prevalence of no discharge zones, and because our old Lectrasan treatment system was starting to smell, and needed another electrode pack...

The advantages of a composting head, when correctly installed and used, are;
  • No Through Hull
  • No pump or macerator
  • Virtually no smell
  • Very simple install, anywhere
  • No holding tank required
  • Zero discharge - use it anywhere!
I've written a bit about installing the unit I chose, the Airhead, (Click "Read Story" below)
If you'd like to order one, or get some more info, click HERE

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6 Medals for NZ!

Jun 15 2015 09:41 AM | Island Time in Articles

Yachting New Zealand Media Release
15 JUN 2015

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Six medals for the NZL Sailing Team at 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth
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In what has been one of the NZL Sailing Team most successful international regattas the team has won six medals at 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth including one gold, four silver and one bronze.
Gold and silver in the 49er for New Zealand with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke further extending their unbeaten run in the class and team-mates Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski sharing the podium for silver.
Both New Zealand’s womens’ double-handers crews have won silver medals, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie beaten on count-back only by long-time rivals Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills (GBR). Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech take silver in 49erFX also overthrown in the final race, by class favourites.
Featuring strongly all week in the Finn standings New Zealand has collected silver and bronze in the class, which will come to New Zealand in November this year to battle out their World Championship title.

49er and 49erFX
Despite a poor start at this regatta, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were back in front in the men’s 49er class and went into today’s medal race with an 18 point buffer over team-mates Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski.
All went according to plan for Burling and Tuke and after a 6th place on the water today they collected the gold, extending their amazing unbeaten run to 17 straight victories at the major events in the class.
“Our first win in Weymouth,” says a delighted Burling.
On their approach to today’s race Burling said, "We had a little bit to do, but we had a little bit of a points gap on second so the game plan was to try and stay close to them, and we managed to put together a relatively solid result."
Hansen and Porebski were 7th in today’s medal race and comfortably secure the silver medal making it 1-2 for New Zealand on the 49er podium. Encouragingly, this is their best result for 2015 to date.
Taking the lead into today’s medal race Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech were out performed today by reigning world champions in the women’s 49erFX class, Martine Soffiatti Grael and Kahena Kunze. The Brazilian’s struck out an early lead in today’s medal race and never relinquished it finishing well ahead of the pack.
Maloney and Meech crossed in 9th and have to settle for silver this time.
"We just didn't get the shift right today and we couldn't stay with our competitors which was a bit of a mistake and we just let the Brazilians get away from us,” said Maloney after racing.
"It was a pretty nice week sailing in Weymouth, we got some pretty good races in but we had a disappointing Medal Race and we can learn lot from it."
The 49er and 49erFX fleets will sail their 2015 European Championship next month in Portugal, building towards August’s Aquece Rio International Regatta (Olympic Test Event) and then the 2015 49er World Championship being staged in Buenos Aires, Argentina in November.

470 Women’s and Men’s
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have enjoyed being back in Weymouth where three years ago they won Olympic gold, and this time they came oh so close again finishing this regatta on equal points with victors Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR).
The kiwis were 5th in today’s medal race, while the Brits were 4th and drawing equal on points the gold goes to Mills and Clark because they placed higher in today’s race.
Aleh and Powrie congratulate them on a great final race; “It was an interesting day on the water, the British girls Hannah and Saskia pulled off a very well executed race and we didn't quite match them this time. So they won this round and we ended up 2nd overall,’ says Jo Aleh.
“It's been a good week of sailing, some great learnings as always. We’re ready to tidy up a few more areas of our racing ready for the next regatta which is European Champs in a few weeks.”
Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox sailed well across the first half of the series, but were knocked by some average results on day four and went into the Men’s 470 medal race lying 10th. Finishing 5th on the water today didn’t change their position and they end the regatta in 10th overall.

Josh Junior put up a good fight for gold in the Finn medal race, the young Wellingtonian giving it everything he could to take victory off the on-form Giles Scott from Great Britain.
Knowing that Junior was in with a reasonable chance needing only to finish two places ahead of him in today’s race Scott and Junior ended up towards the back of the fleet and while the kiwi crossed ahead in 9th Scott was right behind him 10th and secured the gold medal.
Junior recently won silver at the Finn European Championships in Split, Croatia and admits that both he and Murdoch have made gains in the class;
Junior says, "I think we are now getting the gear right and are starting to go really fast. Doc [Murdoch] has been a great sailor for many years and I've sailed pretty well and we are both starting to move towards the front, so hopefully that continues and we can do this more regularly."
Andrew Murdoch sailed home with a 6th in today’s medal race coming close to team-mate Junior on points, but not close enough to take silver from him. Murdoch, from Northland’s Kerikeri Cruising Club takes the bronze for his first Finn medal at an ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta.
This November the Finn class will sail the Finn World Cup (their 2015 World Championship) here in New Zealand with Takapuna Boating Club set to host the world’s best in the Olympic heavy-weight dinghy later this year. The kiwis will be hoping to put on a good show on home waters.

Laser and Radial
Two New Zealand sailors were in today’s Laser medal race; Andy Maloney ended the regatta well with a 2nd place today which sees him end the regatta in 7th place overall.
“After a week of ups and downs, I'm pretty happy to finish on a high with second place in the medal race. It was an extremely tight race which moved me up to finish 7th overall. Not the goal but some real positives to take from the week,” reports Maloney.
Meanwhile Sam Meech, who broke into the top ten with great results on day four, has concluded the regatta in 8th after placing 8th in the medal race.
Thomas Saunders ends the regatta in 12th with Michael Bullot close behing in 13th.
In the Laser Radial, Sara Winther ends the regatta in 17th place; Susannah Pyatt in 31st.

Nacra 17
Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson conclude their first ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in 26th place.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth (10-14 June 2015)
New Zealand’s Final Results

1st Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, 49er
2nd Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski, 49er
2nd Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, Women’s 470
2nd Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech, 49erFX
2nd Josh Junior, Finn
3rd Andrew Murdoch, Finn
7th Andy Maloney, Laser
8th Sam Meech, Laser
12th Thomas Saunders, Laser
13th Michael Bullot, Laser
10th Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox, Men’s 470
17th Sara Winther, Laser Radial
31st Susannah Pyatt, Laser Radial
26th Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson, Nacra 17

ISAF Sailing World Cup website http://www.sailing.o...rldcup/home.php
Yachting New Zealand Latest News http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/news
ISAF Sailing World Cup Facebook http://www.facebook....SailingWorldCup
NZL Sailing Team Facebook https://www.facebook.../NZLSailingTeam

More about the ISAF Sailing World Cup
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup will consist of five regattas for all ten Olympic events and where possible, Formula Kite Racing. Qualification places for the ISAF Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event and an Open Kiteboarding event where the World Cup Champions will be crowned

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Melbourne - 7-14 December 2014
Miami - 25-31 January 2015
Hyères - 20-26 April 2015
Weymouth and Portland - 8-14 June 2015
Qingdao - 14-20 September 2015
2015 Final Abu Dhabi - 27 October to 1 November 2015

For more information contact:
Jodie Bakewell-White
Email. jodie@yachtingnz.org.nz
Tel. 021 709 065

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Jul 16 2015 10:48 AM | Island Time in Articles

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Groupama 24 : a solid leader
Past the midway mark in the race, Groupama 24 is holding firmly onto its place as leader of the overall ranking in the 38th edition of the Tour de France à la Voile. Having left Dunkirk on 3 July, the four crew, who have been taking it in turns aboard the one-design trimaran Diam 24, are racking up a solid pace and a level of consistency that few competitors are managing to keep up with. As the fleet leave the Atlantic bound for the Mediterranean, Pierre Pennec and Franck Cammas give us the low-down.
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Helmsman on Groupama 24 in the absence of Franck Cammas, who was competing in the World Nacra 17 Championships in Denmark, Pierre Pennec very quickly found the keys to performance: "These results are down to the work carried out by the whole team since March. We've prepared the boat well, the organisation is honed and the crew is as applied as it is relaxed. The upshot of that is that we're not getting overly tired and we're not stupidly wasting energy".

Aside from a fifth place due to around fifty litres of unexpected water ingress in the trimaran's forward section in the first coastal course, Groupama 24 has never finished lower than third place: "We go fast in all the different wind conditions and in all the course types. As a result, we're not taking tactical risks," continues the sailor who represented France in the Olympic Games in Sydney in a Tornado.

Making his grand entrance during the second day of the Roscoff stopover, Franck Cammas replaced Pierre Pennec at the helm: "This change of position went perfectly smoothly, as much for Franck as it did for me when I was switched over to trimming the mainsail and calling tactics. Franck very quickly adapted and found his bearings from the start of the season, which enabled us to secure a win in the Grand Prix de l'Ecole Navale".

For the person who has skippered and helmed the Groupama boats for the past 18 years, the arrival on the Tour de France has been managed in the usual way, namely with precision: "We knew exactly what we had to do. From Denmark I was being kept informed about the crew's performance on a daily basis. They handled the situation superbly well and the presence of our coach, Maxime Paul, has been important. He has a very good technical eye with regards the trimming, both ours and those of our rivals".

As far as that competition is concerned, the presence of CombiWest and Spindrift on the podium comes as no surprise: "Of the five pre-season races, these are the two crews who performed the best along with ourselves. As such, it's fairly logical to see them here. We're more amazed by the fine performances posted by the youngsters on Vannes Agglo and Grandeur Nature Vérandas, who we didn't see at the start of the season".

With a 17-point lead over CombiWest and 28 over Spindrift, Groupama 24's position is certainly appealing, but it is in no way definitive: "We know the value of our rivals. They won't give an inch, added to which they are very strong in the close-contact racing. They just need to be aware that we're not going to drop our guard. We want this Tour," concludes Pierre Pennec, who was in great shape as he set a course for Roses in Spain.

Overall ranking after the first 9 days:
1/ Groupama 24 with 440 points
2/ CombiWest: - 17 points
3/ Spindrift: - 28 points
4/ Grandeur Nature Vérandas: - 34 points
5/ Vannes Agglo: - 52 points
28/ 30 Corsaires: - 215 points
About Groupama
Boosted by its various brands, Groupama, Gan and Amaguiz, the Groupama group, France's top mutual insurance company is expanding its insurance, banking and financial services in eleven countries. The group comprised 13 million clients and 34,000 representatives around the world, with a turnover totaling 13.6 billion euros.
For further information please visit: www.groupama.com

Press Contact
Vincent Borde : +33 (0)6 07 68 18 95

Groupama Contact
Groupama S.A.
Group communications department
Matthieu Agostini +33 (0)1 44 56 71 50
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Here's Des

Apr 24 2015 10:10 AM | Island Time in Articles

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