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  1. Elana Connor is an amazing solo sailor from California, aboard a 34ft sloop called ‘Windfola’ she was embarking on a solo circumnavigation of the world- raising awareness for kids in foster care, (as this is her story) when Covid19 hit and she found herself stranded in Tauranga for Lockdown level 4. She very quickly became part of our Family here at Tauranga Bridge Marina and has under gone some significant revamps to her vessel and her plans. With no ability to continue her mission to circumnavigate for a while, due to international restrictions, she has turned salt water into cha
    5 points
  2. ex Elly

    Circumnavigating NZ.

    The Circle is complete Wed Oct 07 2020 At 1610 I crossed my outbound track, surging into Matiatia on a brisk Southwest wind. I rounded up in the lee of the headland, furling the genoa and dropped the main for the last time. After over a month at sea I felt like an albatross folding it wings as it returns to the land from its soaring across the boundless oceans. I have sailed two and a half thousand miles around New Zealand, through triumphs and disasters, challenges great and small, through happiness and despair. Through every emotion really. The hardest part has been dealing wi
    5 points
  3. 2flit

    Seafaring nation?

    I don't see how they would be 'stuck' in Tahiti? With a Carte de Seyjour, they could easily sail to Nuka Hiva or sail to the eastern Tuamotu for hurricane season, or even Hawaii to the north. The issue (in the case of New Zealand) is not about safety and quarantine. It is about fairness to everyone. There are thousands of people who want to enter New Zealand. Some of them held valid entry visas, some are actually family (foreign wives and husbands) of kiwi citizens who are refused entry. It would seem unjust to allow a foreigner in only because they arrived by boat. As my shipmate has sai
    5 points
  4. Island Time

    Solo Tasman 2010 log

    I was going through some old logs for my Daughter, who asked about something, and I came across this log of the 2010 Solo Tasman. I thought some here might be interested, but sorry I'm not the writer that our friend who just completed the South Island circumnavigation is! The Voyages of SV Island Time We begin the record of Island Times voyage at Mana Cruising Club, just north of Wellington, New Zealand late in January 2010. New Zealand has very strict safety regulations for offshore yachts, and before you can leave you have to have the boat up to a large standard
    4 points
  5. 44forty

    Thailand Drag Boats

    This is my favourite one
    3 points
  6. They want to come to NZ not because their son died, not because of weather problems, but because their broker says the yacht will sell more easily here. They left and buried their son in the uk, then returned to the yacht. Get that - they CHOSE to return to the yacht, recently. They have a range of options avaialble to them before that. They could have stayed in the UK in August when they already should have known the position of the NZ govt on cruising yachts entering NZ. Having chosen to return to the yacht, they could stay where they are and sell there, or appoint an agent
    3 points
  7. grantmc

    NZ to Fiji

    Thought I'd close the topic by confirming I cleared into Fiji last Friday at the end of a 7 day quarantine off Denerau. Trip up from BoI was awesome. Fantastic crew (including a couple of highly capable cooks), and a nice comfy quick boat. We had some great laughs, brilliant music, wit only a single day/night of rain. Wind on the nose the entire trip, but you can't have everything. Very happy to have finally boarded my own boat here in Savusavu.
    3 points
  8. chariot

    Circumnavigating NZ.

    I would love to think the mainstream media could recognise your achievement and at least make the reast of NZ aware of what you have just completed. Congratulations on a great achievement.
    3 points
  9. Gold from Kiwiblog via Cactus Kate
    3 points
  10. Forgetting whether you agree with it or not, one huge difference between 1 super yacht coming in & spending 3 million dollars, and 300 small yachts coming in & spending $10,000 each to reach the same 3 mill spend, is it takes very little cost, manpower or resource to safely get a superyacht in & quarantined safely. And like the film industry, the superyacht picks up the bill. Same as getting 250 overseas film crew in, Directors, Producers, Actors etc. who enable projects that employ thousands of Kiwis, & kickstart 1.5 billion in film projects. Vs 250 fruit pickers
    3 points
  11. Jon

    A Cup without spectators

    I think people’s attitudes will change when they see two yachts match racing at 50kts on a narrow track close to land
    3 points
  12. this weekend - Wairoa (Clevedon) River to Rotoroa Home Bay on Friday, pleasant day strolling around the island (water's still a bit cool for me for swimming) pre-evening drinks watching the sun go down and the moon come up in the company of about 12 other boats of various types. Saturday Rotoroa to Rakino - I've lived in Auckland since 1989 and never been to either. Slow going motoring against the tide up the Waiheke Channel but finally picked up some wind off Onetangi and circumnavigated Rakino before deciding that Home Bay must be good since they named it twice and everything else was
    3 points
  13. Ed

    Cold Front Today

    What complicates the matter is that strut is a stressed member. Fabricating a bit of steel is the easy bit, getting it in there is somewhat harder Imagine trying to replace a spreader, and you have to get the rig tension and mast bend back to where is should (must) be, without touching the turnbuckles or addind any significant weight aloft. Its certinaly not beyond the wit of man to complete, but considering the implications if it goes wrong the amount of planning, peer review and analysis that goes into this will be significant
    3 points
  14. No H & S here, but the hardware looks great.
    2 points
  15. 2flit

    Seafaring nation?

    This (for me) is a truly tough one and it may be that the herald got some of the facts muddled? It might help to know that I had an exchange with the mother and she said that they had to leave FP with no time to spare to accomplish the burial of their son. Then apparently had to return to attend a judicial investigation hearing in September in Tahiti over this tragic death. It may be that they could not have stayed in the UK ? There is allot to this we don't know and many possibilities. In the end... I feel very very sad for this family.
    2 points
  16. Cameron

    Enduro

    I think SSANZ made a great call in dropping Ponui as a rounding mark. Yes it is doable but is it smart? SSANZ likes to set challenges and will often race in more breeze than other organisations... but the issue with the passage south of Ponui is there is no ability for skippers to take a safer option ie wide rounding... and puts the boats into a must do situation with limited searoom if they are to complete the race. Other races like RNZ / RNI you have the option to stay well away from rocks/islands letting the skipper/crew on how much searoom they require or are comfortable w
    2 points
  17. Fogg

    Circumnavigating NZ.

    He’s got a solution for everything: 37º 15.714s 177º 15.924e Of tanks and dolphins Tue Oct 06 2020 The wind continues to blow exactly from my waypoint up ahead.Its uncanny how little it varies in direction and yet it’s up and down like a yo yo. Sometimes I am sailing, sometimes motoring, mostly both together as the sea is steep and lumpy making progress slow. Dolphins have been playing around the boat all morning. The bow wave is pretty disappointing for them when just motoring but when I unfurl the genoa and we go surging off on a tangent they ge
    2 points
  18. Tamure

    Searching for METRO

    I dont get these threads, boat buying is caveat emptor. Having a go at someone like this is a bit of a dogpile that goes nowhere. Maybe someone should set up a boat buying for beginners thread? Seriously if you go on tm and buy a crashed boat or for that matter any boat without either good advice or experience then its on you. From what I have read this seller has a different way of looking at things and who is to say he is wrong? Some would consider a boat thats not maintained by professionals as completely suspect, some people buy new for many hundreds of K, yet others trawl TM looking
    2 points
  19. harrytom

    Marine Insurance

    took my policy out in May no issues with AMI
    2 points
  20. Island Time

    Seafaring nation?

    Totally different argument, sorry. General tourists (by plane) pose a huge and difficult to control (expensive to quarantine) risk to NZ. The cruising sailboats, on the other hand, are easy to quarantine (anchor out, remove dinghy, or behind barriers on wharf/marina) for the little time they have left in quarantine. Then take the economic benefit that they can provide. On a daily basis, the average cruiser will spend less than the average tourist, but as they are here longer, and often refit, it adds up... Little risk, with good benefits, we should do it. IMO.
    2 points
  21. I can't wait to see them out there. They're all good teams, the boats are amazing I think. I used to be a sceptic, but am now fully on-board with the concept and the close-in race courses. Bring it on!
    2 points
  22. Sabre

    Seafaring nation?

    No I don't have to, yes and yes and I already have 🤘 I have made my thoughts very clear. Your stance imo is ludicrous. Suggesting yachts and crew could simply head home around the horn even just to make a nonsensical point is beyond ridiculous. Contrary to your post, to the best of my recollection no one has stated that coming to NZ is the ONLY option for the cruisers however it is probably the safest, simplist and most sensible option. I wonder if you were sitting in the cockpit having a nice cold beer with some of these cruisers if you would be happy to make the same sugg
    2 points
  23. aardvarkash10

    Seafaring nation?

    We are not scared of anything. Its called management. The COVID event is not finished. No-one can reliably say when that blessed day will arrive. In that situaiton, we could conceivably have people arrive here and then be unable to leave for an extended period - perhaps up to two years. Where would they go? Everywhere is some degree of closed. Movie crews arrive with documents stipulating their return to point of origin - its common for many work visas including some of staff I have. Cruising boats, not so much. They are germans. Germany has a well funded consular net
    2 points
  24. darkside

    Circumnavigating NZ.

    Shared sh!tless because we are all following?
    2 points
  25. A quick comment from an alternate universe: ML King taught us that, if we determine that a law is unjust, we can and should break it; but we should also be prepared to accept the legal consequences (without whining). That way, we can show our respect for the law in general while breaking a particular law. Kind of like Socrates' approach. On the whole, I support Mr. Smith. Who knows, he might be able to strike a blow for the freedom of the seas by his action.
    2 points
  26. 2flit

    Seafaring nation?

    No... I am saying that they could have gone three separate ways to avoid the risk of hurricanes. They are Germans this means they are EU citizens. As an EU citizen, you are allowed to stay in French Polynesia and are allowed to renew this for quiet some time. Given this status: They could have stayed put on Nuka Hiva thru all of this. Which is exactly what we are doing here in New Zealand. We had planed to go to Fiji this season but decided that it was inappropriate to leave here and expect to have a hurricane refuge in some other country. They could have sailed south to th
    2 points
  27. kiwi_jon

    Circumnavigating NZ.

    Puysegur Point to port Fri Sep 25 2020 A change of plan. I was going to spend the night at Otago Retreat, the shallow channel between Coal Island and the Puysegur Point lighthouse depot landing. The idea was to have civilized night at anchor and then catch the NW wind in the morning. So the wind filled in early after dying from the South. With such a good breeze behind me I wanted to get a jump on the next weather system and use it to slingshot me round through Foveaux Strait, up the Catlins coast and on towards the Otago Peninsula. The big advantage is that the wind will be
    2 points
  28. Romany

    Circumnavigating NZ.

    The more I follow this the greater the feeling that it would be poor form not to donate. This guy really is risking life and limb. I wonder what it must be like to live in a country that values and funds the protection of its heritage?
    2 points
  29. Dtwo

    Cold Front Today

    Jeez why ask them when they could just get you guys to do the job. Personally I would prefer the job to be done properly rather than the quickest patch up fix with Cheapest Chinese Steel and Cut Corners.
    2 points
  30. I use a Sevylor 1000, which is an older model now. Takes 2 people sober or 4 to 5 when shitfaced, paddles like a rigid, 3 separate air chambers, floor is inflatable and can be used as a paddle board, tuff, complies with YNZ Regs requiring 'a dingy', when used as a 'race requirement dingy' I can deploy it faster than a liferaft......and be onto my 2nd beer before those with dingys tied on deck get even close to deployment ;)
    1 point
  31. I have one of these and it’s really good. Rows just as good as our Similar sized plastic beach Kayak. Pumps up hard like a stand up paddleboard. Walker Bay Airis Tandem
    1 point
  32. Fogg

    Seafaring nation?

    I don't think it could. Under international law no country can prevent a legitimate passport-holding citizen from returning home - assuming that citizen can find a way to present themselves to their home country's border i.e. via land, sea or air. The only exceptions are for security threats e.g. known or suspected terrorists. Otherwise, a country would effectively be making it's citizens 'stateless' meaning they could not travel anywhere - not even back to their own home country. Which is illegal unless done for the security reason above - which is very rare.
    1 point
  33. marinheiro

    Seafaring nation?

    well maybe if they are to be let in the government should follow French Polynesia's long term practice of requiring a repatriation bond for all crew, if they do not have a onwards airfare
    1 point
  34. Hi Guys n Gurls It's time for the annual Alan Civil Classic on Lake Rotoiti, 21 Nov. Details can be found on https://www.boptys.net/regattas Due to the interest from the Sports Boats we are setting up a Sport Boat Div. (amendeded NOR and Sailing Instructions to follow) Big boats (A Div, multi and Sport boats) do 3 laps of the lake Middle size (B Div) do 2 laps Small size (C Div) do 1 lap Note as per the new vision from the NZTYA the oversize trailerable yachts like the N30 and Farr940 are also welcome. Div are based on NZTYA quidelines and Ratings https://www.nzt
    1 point
  35. Sabre

    Seafaring nation?

    Common sense shouldn't go out the window just because of a virus. Do you think an immigration policy should be based on rational sound thinking or nonsensical hysterical paranoia?
    1 point
  36. AJ Oliver

    Circumnavigating NZ.

    His greatest achievement has been to type all of the notices out, on a little bitty screen . . with one finger.
    1 point
  37. Oh man, that's the funniest response to H and S bureaucracy I have ever read, absolute gold.
    1 point
  38. Miscreant

    Marine Insurance

    Pic insurance. Have a 727. No survey required and a $750 excess for race cover. With agreed value. Great people to deal with.
    1 point
  39. People said the same thing before Bermuda, and then everyone loved it.
    1 point
  40. Bad Kitty

    Seafaring nation?

    "Closed is closed is closed, with one rule for all." Haha, what colour is the ocean on your planet?
    1 point
  41. That's how I feel. Not going to be a very good return for the dollars invested.
    1 point
  42. Sabre

    Circumnavigating NZ.

    Looks like Macgyver has got his engine running. Currently motoring across Hawkes bay 👍
    1 point
  43. Fish, if you think the average cruising boat, or crew, is up to a trip around Cape Horn, you are sadly mistaken. You are underestimating the difficulties of that voyage, and the suitability of these vessels and their crews. Mostly. Some could, but they would be uncommon exceptions. The other way (W) is possible, and boats go that way every year. However most of these boats would not have the endurance to do a non stop voyage of more than a month, they's need fuel, gas and provisions along the way. Right now they cant get any of that. Anywhere. Most cruisers take YEARS to complete a
    1 point
  44. dutyfree

    Seafaring nation?

    I think the Government is being dicks. They have generated such a level of fear that reason has gone out the window.
    1 point
  45. Sabre

    Seafaring nation?

    "That would be sailing around Cape Horn. I'm sorry but that's not a response. There are some yachts that did have the ability to leave their boat in a marina or boat yard and fly home over the last few months. However, the marinas and the boat yards are now full. "The issue is that there are more boats than there are facilities because normally they go to New Zealand and Australia for the cyclone season. It's just not practical to send boats home." https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018765969/nz-rejecting-pacific-yachts-in-cyclone-season-ludicrous-ocean-cruis
    1 point
  46. 2flit

    Circumnavigating NZ.

    Yea... I think so. A few days ago I went to look at biographical info on him and what is a fascinating life.... He started out cutting his teeth working at a navel design firm working on nuclear submarine and frigate design got his navel architecture ticket but decided designing and building a 20-somthing foot trimaran back in the 1960's was more like it and took off across oceans, then a stent as captain and 1st mate fighting nuclear testing in the Tuamotu in blockades, then doing sail training on square riggers, ticket there and doing youth sail training... A bunch of other stuff thrown
    1 point
  47. Ed

    Cold Front Today

    To be fair, this thread is in Marine talk, which is usually has quite well informed commentary. Small talk on the other hand....
    1 point
  48. Fogg

    Upside down buoyancy

    Too much time, BP, you have way too much time...
    1 point
  49. Haha! My retirement dream is to put together a consortium to build a sustainable marina somewhere in the Auckland region - and it would be for sailing boats only...
    1 point
  50. Like me, she is not from here. I was owned by her for a time in the Pacific Northwet. She had circumnavigated before my ownership, can you guess this one?
    1 point
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