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Kevin McCready

yacht in big trouble off Whangarei

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If you want to blame someone for the state of the council sewers, blame yourselves. For the last 30 or so years no mayor has been elected who has said " I will fix Auckland's drainage problem but it will cost". The problem in this country is we either go for the cheapest option or do nothing at all. You are sailing in the result.

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Actually there are examples of the boaties being blamed totally, the ones I am well aware of were Oneroa in the early nineties, when traced the source of the contamination was actually proven to be the beachside toilet  -now gone I think? And far more recently the Westhaven debacle -a few years back before we had all the liveaboards that are there now, water quality fails blamed on the boats then slowly traced back to the ancient pipes coming out about halfway along the boardwalk past the launching ramp -yes from Ponsonby. And even on the newer side of Westhaven the fresh water pipes are asbestos slowly being changed .

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Two o'clock on the Saturday arvo of that weekend at toots entrance

 

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4 ish o'clock on Saturday arvo .

 

Saturday morning was bluebird and 8-10 knots easterly but the forecast was for gusting to 20 by midday and 30 by evening . It pretty much went from 20 to 30 in an hour with heavy showers.

 

We were stuck at toots until Tuesday and even then it as 2.5 m swell and leaving entrance was not fun

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