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Hmm... perhaps an enquiry to Coastguard regarding their policies in such matters would be in order.

 

On a completely unrelated note, I seem to recall some recent interest on their part in knowing why more people don't join.

 

CG was the transport, as someone else said, they don't have the authority but are helping out the body that does, 

 

Don't dump on CG for what isn't their issue 

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CG was the transport, as someone else said, they don't have the authority but are helping out the body that does,

 

Don't dump on CG for what isn't their issue

 

So CG were only supplying the transport for the kidnapping then. Oh, that makes it alright.

 

I was only the get away driver, wasn't me robbing the bank.

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Herald is desperate to sell papers that's why most front pages have stuff fuelling the housing debacle.

As for this story - they should leave the guy alone. He has done amazingly to make that trip around the feared East Cape and must have struck some reasonably big seas. It sounds like he possibly was under prepared but he has not requested help from anyone and will have learnt heaps from the experience. Back to basics sailing - I like it, reminds me of being warned not to leave Tutukaka in a strong NE many moons ago in a Stilletto also with little experience and no communications - we had a ball sliding down the waves all the way to Auckland.

These days we do have more"safety" gear but still believe in self reliance and generally never bother with trip reports.

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More alternative media:

. crikey.com.au led the online push in Australia/NZ

. http://publicaddress.net/

. The Young Turks - biggest online news service in the world

. privately curated twitter feeds

the list goes on. I am proud to say I have not bought a newspaper since about 1995 when things like this began to start up on the internet.

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Just read the act again. What he needs is a sympathetic lawyer to lodge an urgent appeal in the district court down there. That'll then force MNZ to send their highly paid legal beagles rushing up from wellywood in their maseratis!

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to me this story sounds like the guy didn't call in when he was supposed to (for whatever reason, dead battery etc), this raised an alarm which resulted in a "nationwide" search. the guy was found and seemed to be ok. Then for some reason some journo got hold of this story and escalated it. It came out that he was inexperienced, he still hadn't checked in and so another search was done to locate him. again he was found and still seemed to be ok, just no comms. Then I think this is where it got out of hand. the journo reported that 2 searches had been conducted however the guy will not be charged for the cost.( the outrage that us hardworking people paying taxes has to pick up this bill)  at this point MNZ has to go to damage control and issue statements such as "we dont want to put people off using our services" however some members of the hard tax paying public will be complaining because why is an inexperienced guy allowed to go out. So to save face, MNZ have had to make a show of "doing" something to stop wasting money on this guy and imposed section 55 which if you read it is so generic that right now he could be allowed to carry on his travels. all he needs is proof of communications 1x radio and 1 x mobile phone is more than enough and show he has had his battery issue resolved. and prove he is able to to sail, the CG even commented that he has experience now. how can you prove you are able to sail in this country, there is no license and you do not have  to do any skipper course for coastal sailing. 

 

the problem here is the journo who needs to make a living and ensure his/her story sells, so embellish the story and pushes the "hard" question. 

 

the next thing to happen will be, he will be allowed to leave having "satisfied" MNZ section 55 in a few days, the journo will do a follow up piece showing his boatmaster certificate, and his new battery, solar panel, and vhf, all of which will probably be payed for by CG. and say we have the best system in the world because we have not charged this young sailor and helped him to achieve his dream (but cost the public even more money) 

 

i am pretty sure he will change his plan now and tell his mates, he will call them once a week to avoid future issues. 

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. And then even though he was safely anchored at Whale Island, they forced him instead to cross the "notorious Whakatane bar."

In a "gusty northeasterly" what is more. Not the conditions i'd choose to enter whakatane.

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And if a Harbourmaster has the power to do this then why the hell aren't they utilising this section when some of our "peers" in the stinkpot world set off in small ships, overweight with no lifejackets!

Case in point: two guys were rescued after capsizing a 5m tinnie at the maketu bar in the weekend heading out in "harsh conditions" to set a net.

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