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KERIKERI to Vava’u Yacht Race 2017


The Kerikeri Cruising Club is now taking entries for the Kerikeri to Vava’u yacht race that has the Cruising Division starting on the 4th of May and the Racing Division on the 6th.


The first yacht to register was the Reichel Pugh designed ‘Rikki’ owned and skippered by Ray Haslar of Kerikeri, closely followed by David Saggs’ 14 mtr multi hull ‘Magique’.


After-race festivities will include a traditional style beach party and feast prior to the official prize giving at the Mango Café, the home of the Vava’u Yacht Club.

Vava’u  offers  a new experience for blue water racing sailors including a unique style of local hospitality.  The islands of the Vava’u group offer some spectacular anchorages for those who enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling or just swimming off the beach.

Race contestants will be eligible for a drawn prize for a trip for two to Vava’u including return air fares and six nights’ accommodation, staying at the Tongan Beach Resort.

The Kerikeri Cruising Club can assist with travel packages for supporting families and friends through Mondo Travel Kerikeri.

For further information go to the Kerikeri Cruising Club web site or phone the chairman of the race committee Mark Beauchamp on 0274858207  

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Dr Dave Austin (he writes the Cat 1 med kit requirements) course at the Squadron on 22 April. This is a very good, hands on and practical course, you even get to staple and inject a chicken (from the supermarket).


The course will cover:

Sea Sickness

Minor wounds

Major Trauma

Major wounds and closure


Fractures and dislocations


Infection – skin, systemic


Intramuscular injections


Other course dates:


Advanced Sea Survival – 1st &2nd April, 29th & 30th April


Coastal Medic – 11th & 12th February, 25th & 26th March


Offshore Medic – 25th & 26th February, 8th & 9th April

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Everyone seen this today?  WTF no interest what's going on here?  


Dear Sir
After much discussion last night our committee has come to the decision to Cancel our Kerikeri to Vava'u Yacht Race which was to be held early May 2017 from our Clubhouse at Doves Bay Kerikeri.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in this event but unfortunately the lack of entrants has forced us to come to this decision.
Kind Regards
Carolyn Flood
Kerikeri to Vava'u Yacht Race Committee

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Magique had entered, only 2 had.  There were 21 yachts showing interest. Were the other 19 not going or just getting around to entering?


The NOR has a cut of for entry of 7 April. So maybe all 21 were going to enter? Why is the race being cancelled two months before the entrance cut off date and the reason given as insufficient entrants?


PS we are still going to sail to Tonga start of May.

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The only way I can see that this would make sense is if they had contacted each of the other 19 and been told by most that they had changed their minds. Even then simple courtesy would suggest that they phone the 2 confirmed entries and let them know personally what was going on. When did they open formal registration? Was it much earlier than Jan 26 when this thread started? I notice that the NOR and entry form are still live on the website.



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