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  1. 4 points
    Rangi1

    Cruising is on the way out

    I had watched a few of their episodes on YouTube and am pretty happy they've decided to leave the country. They had no respect for lock-down rules or the social distancing measures taken under level 3 and were constantly whining about everything here unless they were getting a freebie in return for promoting it. Redneck, self entitled narcissists...
  2. 3 points
    Cameron

    Elliphunk sunk

    An interesting detail that certainly contributed to likelihood of a collision occurring on the startline such as the one that sunk Elliphunk is major line bias. I realise that rum races are meant to be fun and not taken as seriously and that using permanent marks and start tower dramatically reduces the resource required by a club to run a race. It is also "part of the challenge" but it undoubtedly also increases the risk. Why? Because rather than the fleet spreading right along the startline, they will all congregate at one end. For this particular start, on starboard close hauled a yacht would only be doing a little better than sailing along the line... as such many started on port with some possibly not even thinking that a few boats would still consider starting on starboard with such a heading. Late dips, congestion, and a risk of another boat being forced to tack (by other starboard tackers) cutting off your escape route are likely. I suspect with rum racing the "fixed" startline won't change and you just need to think more about the possibilities... However the following day for the RNZYS winter series the startline was between Te Kouma and a laid mark yet they pretty much replicated the rum race start of the day before in regards to angle and bias. To me this is absolutely crazy! If your going to bother to actually set a line at least try and make it a fair one. The tendency is to set the line square to the course... pretty much straight across the harbour. This inevitably creates a favoured end. Instead the race committee should angle the line to balance this with the objective being that there are valid reasons to start at any position along the line and potentially win the start. This will spread the fleet along the line and also result in more boats being "in the hunt" right of the start. It also reduces the chances of OCS, and recalls. It's by no means just the RNZYS that is guilty of biased starts, virtually every club does it. This video below is a classic. Everybody wanted the windward end for a reaching start and it was carnage! SSANZ was lucky that there were no serious collisions. Some blame the sailors, and there is undoubtably some dumb stuff going on... but would this situation have happened if there was 20 deg more bias put into the other end of the line? I doubt it... well at least would be massively reduced. Same argument applies with class racing... if you get numerous general recalls generally the fleet is blamed for misbehaving. However I would put money on it that a large percentage of the time it's caused by a startline with too much bias. The other option is the line is fair but the course significantly favours one side, hence all the boats want to start at one end. The race committees challenge then is to put in enough deliberate bias to the line to tempt the fleet to spread right along the line. So what's my point... Essentially Race Management can have a massive impact on risks of collision at the start. If they are going to "set" a startline as opposed to using permeant marks etc then they should at least try to make the start a fair one. Just setting a line and thinking it's up to the sailors to sort it out I believe is a little irresponsible. The more serious the event and the greater the number of competitors the more important this becomes.
  3. 2 points
    Deep Purple

    YNZ Thread removal

    The post was about collecting and reporting personal data. If you want to start a thread about benefits or otherwise of associating with YNZ go for it, put your name to it. There was no discussion relative to the thread after the first day but a hijacking for other purposes most of which I strongly disagreed with and didn’t want that under my thread.
  4. 2 points
    Sabre

    Tauranga Shipping Channel Screw-Up

    Personally I would like to see it towed out of the environment...
  5. 2 points
    Deep Purple

    Cruising is on the way out

    Yep, I've been looking forward to the "Influencers" getting held up for what they are, freeloaders. It's trending https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/122013694/influencers-are-struggling-in-a-world-of-brutal-reality
  6. 2 points
    Back to the future then😃
  7. 2 points
    DrWatson

    Elliphunk sunk

    these landed on my phone over night.
  8. 1 point
    Island Time

    YNZ Thread removal

    It has been bought to my attention that some of you think I have deleted the YNZ thread. Although I did threaten to lock it due to the aggressive nature of some of the posts in this controversial thread, I did not delete it. It was removed by the original thread poster, which is the right of any thread starter on this site. This site is a discussion forum. I realize that sometimes, some topics get people worked up. Please, be polite, respectful, and keep withing the site rules. Then we can have discussions that may actually do some good!
  9. 1 point
    BOIGuy

    YNZ Thread removal

    But no one was posting in the sailing threads. Little bit about SSANZ and some obnoxious yank. The comments in your thread were very relevant to discussions with YNZ going on right now. I had referred a number of our club officers to it as a source of information to assist them while talking to YNZ. Deleting your post is not helping deal with the topic you started with, little bit of noise in the discussion but throwing the baby out with the bathwater isn't helping either.
  10. 1 point
    mattm

    YNZ Thread removal

    About the same as a club member who does not race - be they yacht or launch owners.
  11. 1 point
    Deep Purple

    SSANZ 2020 Lewmar Triple Series

    Deep Purple’s Baltic 60 Deep Purple is a Shaw 750T trailer yacht built by Craig Partridge Yachts which sailed briefly in 2011/12 in Queenstown before being parked up. She arrived in Whitianga a few weeks ago and we have done 3 encouraging local races. One, we were joined by Rob Shaw, the designer who had never seen the boat finished and jumped at the chance to do the Triple Series on her. We towed up to Auckland on Thursday for a rig inspection and launched at Westhaven for Fridays Squadron Rum Race. Saturday morning brought no wind and the race committee set up for the short course which wasn’t looking like fun. Suddenly the ECMFW wind model North Westerly came in and after a bit of scrambling we were all go for the proper course. In a large fleet of bigger boats, we needed clean air off the start, and we found it mid-line, shortly hoisting the new fractional gennaker. We weren’t laying but it was quick and punted us out with the leaders. As expected, the wind lightened as we got toward Motuhie and we were able to come up to course nicely. We held our position to Rakino, then came on the wind into a sloppy 10 mile beat to Navy Buoy. The model recommended going right and we did until we were last man standing and tacked back. A lot of boats crossed us, but the northerly change didn’t come so we kept going. Then it did, bugger. For a while we were in trouble, but I expected the wind out of Shakespeare to veer left and it did, we got out of jail and rounded Navy Buoy in reasonable shape compared to others around us that tacked back towards Tiri early. The flat run to the Noises wasn’t fun initially, we struggled out wide so gybed across the fleet and found better breeze inshore, picking up places as we went. The reach across to Motuhie gave us more positions then a little tussle with Gale Force in the passage while we had to drop the gennaker. But soon we had it back up again for the reach to the finish. 6th across the line overall out of 70+ boats, 4th across the line in division, 7th on handicap and a great day. Packed up at Westhaven and boat and skipper home to Whitianga by midnight. A great day. Thanks to Rob Shaw for designing an awesome little boat and sailing with us. Radar for the skipper’s berth and Wayne Baston for the boat berth. And huge thanks to the SSANZ team.
  12. 1 point
    Wave

    WAVE - around the world or half way!

    into day 3 of Quarantine, in Grenada, with 2 very energetic kids onboard. 10 and 13 yr old boys. lots of swimming happening as well as school time. seems to be a very friendly atmosphere and helpful. looking forward to be out of quarantine and explore the many coves/bays and some walks in the forests, seeing the water falls etc. had a fast sail to Grenada, broad reach at an average of 9.1 top speed of 13.4 even with a reef in the main. Love this Grand Soleil, sails easily at good average speeds and this is fully loaded with 800ltr of water and 400ltr of diesel and 2 months of food. this is one fasst house.!
  13. 1 point
    harrytom

    Spying, People sacked....

    but he does Ak council Govt on his back.No more of our money till sorted.Good!
  14. 1 point
  15. 1 point
    harrytom

    Spying, People sacked....

    Just watched the AM show and interviews Tom??ex boss for Connor reckons Dalton is on very shaky ground for not seperating his hats cannot be team ceo as well as ceo for finance.tine will tell.
  16. 1 point
    eruptn

    Spying, People sacked....

    Did I hear correctly: ETNZ boss= Dalton AC event boss= Dalton
  17. 1 point
    Romany

    Elliphunk sunk

    Damn good work by crew to drop and lash main down in under a minute.
  18. 1 point
    Fish

    Dinghy spray jacket under $150

    If you are looking for those items and brands, I assume you have come across NZSailing? I recommend them. Based in Silverdale if you want to try stuff on, or web orders if you are somewhere else. https://www.nzsailing.com/gul-gamma-taped-spraytop-438851
  19. 1 point
    DaveNoy

    Dinghy spray jacket under $150

    I’d buy a Rooster semi dry again, mines still going after 10 years of semi regular club use in dinghies. Also prefer to wear it keel boat sailing, find it warmer and drier than my full (and much more expensive) jacket.
  20. 1 point
    As I said KM. Read the book. The UN appear to have killed as many as they saved in parts of the world. Don't know how else to descibe thier actions.
  21. 1 point
    darkside

    Overwintering in the Northland

    BP what's this "buying bait" of which you speak? Whangaroa is alive with bait fish and a packet of sabiki's will secure more bait than you know what to do with.
  22. 1 point
    I would not let the UN anywhere near aid distribution. The entire outfit is run by incompitent fools. Read Sir Ray Averies book for evidence.
  23. 1 point
    A militarized oil tanker is not ideal for delivering emergency relief. Some charities do invaluable work with very low overheads (when I was in the game Oxfam was good), others are very thinly disguised religious proselytisers with high overheads, advertising and high executive salaries (World Vision). A better UN system would be ideal; significant reforms have been stymied by major powers. Most aid is needed in war situations (though the unfolding climate crisis will pose huge challenges) so peace keeping operations are vital. Tight logistical operations can be delivered by any competent organisation, not necessarily military at all.
  24. 1 point
    As mean as it sounds but I do not support those charities.Ever since the late 90s when aid was sent to such countries as Ethiopia where upon it was discovered warehouse full of rice/grain etc were not being handed out to those in need.Instead weapons were brought.Sounds mean I know. but those countries are looking for aid.This is where I believe the UN needs to enter and distribute food etc. I would have no issue to be taxed an extra $5/10 pw as long as the money aid was being properly supervised and gets to where it is needed. Not having a bunch of collectors roaming the street and making a living and handing over what is left after expenses.
  25. 1 point
    Surely there's a difference between "aid" and "emergency relief". Sending a well fitted out ship with specialist equipment id designed not to "better" people's lives, but to "save" them. There is a place for the military. They bring a structured approach, with clear lies of command, in situations where that is required - as in delivering urgent relief if times of natural emergencies. And - I'm poor. Send $$$. It will help.
  26. 1 point
    Nothing common or good happening for the victims of state funded injustice. The recent refusal to invest in attaching body cameras to the NZ police force sounds alarm bells for me. Having ready access to live evidence would be of such benefit to justice outcomes so why did the police not agree. I have whanau and employees that are regularly subject to race based interest to put it politely by the police usually whilst driving surely a body cam would simplify matters.
  27. 1 point
    Deep Purple

    On the bright side - Next project

    Happy to report the depth gauge works in its new position. Accurate too, reading 2.3m when we ran aground New fractional genny from Willis Sails worked magic at the weekend. 15.06 knots... Mast and mainsail fitting together like peas and carrots. All set for the Triple
  28. 1 point
    surely the point of a floating; desalination plant, hospital, helipad is for when helicopter dropping $5 notes is pointless because there's nothing to spend them on https://duckduckgo.com/?q=cyclone+damage+pacific&atb=v177-1&iax=images&ia=images
  29. 1 point
    Zozza

    The Sounds Murders back in the News

    All joking aside, the hair testing is not sophisticated enough to know 'blood lines" as anything more than a bit of a guess. I mean - blonde hairs are unlikely to be those of Maori woman, so its easy to say that therefore it is "250,000 times more likely that the hair was Olivia's than the Maori lady". And yeah, Ok, before any smart alec says anything, no that is not a verbatim quote from the case files, it is just an paraphrasing of something similar that the forensic hair lab lady said at the trial - if you want to know her exact words, go read Keith Hunters book. The jury were basically dumbo's eager to believe whatever some clown with a fancy sounding medical degree has, so when they hear "250,000" times more likely they get all impressed, when in reality it is pure junk science. And why only two hairs? For godsake - she would have shed hairs everywhere if she really were inside his boat, no matter how much cleaning he did, any forensic team worth their salt would know something is very fishy that the investigative team only found two hairs. The whole hair thing was / is bullsh*t, as is everything else the prosecution put together for this case.
  30. 1 point
    Kevin I am interested. Since you have first hand knowledge what is the most useful aid that we can give?
  31. 1 point
    Clipper

    SSANZ 2020 Lewmar Triple Series

    Lifejackets serviced New Flares sourced (Thanks Carpe Diem). New Crew this year (Wife) 145 Entries so far. Looking forward to it!
  32. 1 point
    bazzathemammoth

    3 kings

    Hey all. We are starting to plan a trip to the 3 kings next summer. Do you have any advice about this? When is the most settled weather? The plan is for some fishing/spearfishing/diving. I need to shoot me a 30+kg kinghy TIA
  33. -1 points
    Knot Me... maybe

    Looking for Cherubs

    I've got a pile of photos of one in build but can't post them. Bugger!! Oh well, judging by another thread the chances are most of you aren't old enough to understand them anyway
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