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  1. Many of you here will remember Rigger from this forum. Rigger worked as a tug boat captain at port of Tauranga. He sadly passed away last year from Parkinson's Disease. A new pilot boat has been named the Troy Evans, in honor of Rigger. It arrived today in Nelson from Melbourne, on route to Tauranga. I thought it was a nice acknowledgement of Rigger, naming the new boat after him, and that you would like to know.
    25 points
  2. Hi all, from the skipper. Yacht was at secure anchor in Pohutukawa Bay, Rakino when struck by extreme weather event at around 2040hrs 9/4. Dragged rapidly onto South Island in very high winds and sea. Huge shout out to Rescue Services - Maritime Coordination Centre, Auckland Coastguard Maritime Unit and especially Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew who winched crew to safety in extreme conditions. All crew shell-shocked by severity of event but now fully recovered. Mourning loss of a fantastic yacht. Salvage mid week. Thank you to all who have sent support
    20 points
  3. Great report, thanks. On that last point, I've done the 350, and the white island race, enjoyed them a lot. However, with the stance that RAYC took re the landing closure, I’ll not be entering any more of their races. Why support a ‘sailing’ club that doesn't support all the requirements of sailing
    13 points
  4. Sad to say Smithy passed away yesterday but not before marrying his sweetheart the day before. Fair winds mate, you fought a good fight :-(
    9 points
  5. We were sheltering from the cyclone at Barrier. Arriving there on the Friday. We have sheltered from a couple of cyclones and storms at barrier over the years. We have learnt not anchor in Kaiarara Bay ( we were saw triple 8 on the Saturday morn) or kiwiriki bay. These bays as well as very strong gusts funnelling down the valleys, also can have a lot of water flow potentially carrying fallen trees etc. Think back to the damage of the June 13 storm that destroyed the Kauri dam and flooded Barrier. All the logs in Forrestry Bay and Kiwiriki Bay you still see today are from that storm. The rain a
    9 points
  6. I've turned into a pussy sailor. We are moving to the marina in a couple of hours. I'm calling it our Xmas cruise.
    9 points
  7. I've learnt that sailing is not a hobby for me, its an addiction. Its expensive, overly time consuming, but cant stop, nor do I want to. Biggest problem I now have is a partner who loves it more than me, and Im sure it will send us broke, but what fun way to do it.... We have a simple system. All her income goes on house and living. All mine goes on boat.... DONT ADD IT UP, YOU'LL ALL STOP SAILING
    9 points
  8. We are open to feedback as I said above, but don’t necessarily expect everything to be changed to suit the loudest voice. The main metric on success for us is entry numbers and comparison of these against the Coastal and previously the Akl Regatta SSANZ is run by enthusiastic volunteers on a not for profit basis, there’s no way to please all the people all the time, if you think you can do better please come and help, it will open your eyes to how much is done by so few, all for nothing other than providing good yachting.
    9 points
  9. Last night I went to a presentation at the Gulf Harbor Yacht Club by Scott Macindoe of Legasea. I thought I'd post a bit about it here. It was disappointing to see only about 40 people there. Do YOU care about the health of our oceans? It's important - possibly critical - for the health of our waters. In Parliament RIGHT NOW is the Fisheries Amendment Act. In this, the commercial fishing lobby had managed to get a section basically removing any requirement for public consultation for changes to the QMS (quota management system) or the quotas. This means that effectively the fishing
    8 points
  10. I spoke to a specialist on this at the Boat Show today. He is AC's Biosecurity guy. Incidentally he was the guy that kicked off the issues with needing to keep The Landing open to provide biosecurity capability. He couldn't say anything on that as he's been gagged. I shook his hand anyway. I challenged him on how it got here and the allegation that yachts spread it. He believes it is most likely that it got into NZ as an aquarium plant. It is very popular in aquariums as the fish don't eat it. On shipping, he says that is unlikely, as ballast water is now filtered, both on intake and disc
    7 points
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  12. gosh, imagine that! We got all up tight about it on the water, pethaps carrying out clandestine and nefarious deeds, but failed to notice it docked for 8 weeks in the middle of a secure defence location with its insides hanging out. Phew. International crisis averted. We can eat coissants again.
    7 points
  13. Cruising the new boat on the one sunny day of xmas holiday
    7 points
  14. Bay Week day 2, just coming past Tapeka and preparing to drop kite. Max speed of 18.9kts on this blast
    7 points
  15. Just been down and replaced my docklines, they were starting to get a bit tired so this was as good a time as any to replace them all. Took down sails and solar panels. I also went and inspected my neighbor boat, and its dock lines which looked like absolute sh*t. Am I out of line for going onto the neighbor boat and adding new docklines? I left their ones in place, just added more and made my ones slightly slacker so they should only kick in when theirs fail..
    7 points
  16. Race Report Akarana 350 Shimmer. we competed in the Akarana 350 this year mostly to get in one more good long 2 handed race as preparation for the RNI next year. Another motivation was that this race is part of the Blue Water Series of 4 coastal races and I have always enjoyed a series as you have to perform consistently and keep racing to get anywhere. So anyway race started in fresh westerly conditions Shimmer and Motor boat 2 owned the pin and had great starts but we soon had the big boats mow us down and watched as the big red kite on V5 got to Channel island in 2 1/2
    7 points
  17. I always wanted to but didn’t (and couldn’t) sail. My best friend bought a 727, put her back together and launched her. I didn’t want to race; too stressful I felt. But I ended up as regular race crew. I (we) learnt fast. By the Second season I was comfortable enough to skipper for a race with the other regular crew member and pick up a third spot to keep our series alive when the reg skipper and owner couldn’t make it over the bridge on time for the start. We took home the Richmond wed night g division trophy that season. My advice would be - go to the Richmond and find a boat where
    7 points
  18. One Year Later... Saturday November 5, 2022. Ngaroto trailer yacht sprint racing. For over a year, I've been tinkering about, five minutes here, five minutes there, just trying to get the boat into a safer and faster state. The old centreboard has been removed, chopped, welded, and reinstalled. The rudder has finally been finished, and fitted into place, just a few days prior to this day. We have no indication of how it's all going to go, and have the whole family along for the ride. We arrive on time, get rigged, and go to the briefing. 17 races planned, wi
    7 points
  19. Good on you for having the the dream its where most of us started, as well as being a yachtie I did a bit of cycling for a few years, and a mechanic once told me to think of a bike as a frame with a collection of parts. Those parts can be old, or new, expensive or cheap, flogged or unserviceable, obsolete or otherwise etc, you can easily spend 20K on a pushbike but cheap and cheerful or worth 20K both will get you to the dairy for a pint of milk and technically you are "Cycling" Yachts are a bit like that , you can get a floating 40 ft yacht for <30K and it will be technically complet
    6 points
  20. We pulled the mast out of Playbuoy this morning, obviously very disappointed but the boys have already moved on and planning for the RNZ.
    6 points
  21. Given all the different stories it's hard know what actually happened. I decided to ask ChatGPT. What do you know about the sailor that was rescued during cyclone Gabrielle in New Zealand? I'm sorry, but I don't have information on a specific sailor being rescued during Cyclone Gabrielle in New Zealand. However, I can tell you that cyclones are a common occurrence in the South Pacific region, and New Zealand has experienced several cyclones in the past. In general, sailors and other people who are on the water during a cyclone or other severe weather event can face significan
    6 points
  22. This is great, something positive after a summer of horrors. I am going to say it; Nigel is the best name ever for a solo sailor
    6 points
  23. Sorry that post says more about you than people on powerboats.
    6 points
  24. A sad indictment on you Zozza to judge a large number of people using such a sweeping generalisation simply by the type of boat they are on.
    6 points
  25. Perfect Storm, formerly called 'Codebreaker' in wellington. Yep, a stomp 38. Perfect Family cruiser
    6 points
  26. Is there a go fund me page to buy a drink for each RAYC member who voices disgust at their exec and resigns their membership? I’d donate a lot to that…
    6 points
  27. Well, Island Time is long overdue for a repaint. A couple of weeks ago I made the call to paint her myself. I decided I could do the topsides 1st, and gave myself 3 weeks off work. Well, 15 days in, heaps of sanding, filling, priming, undercoating, and sanding. Oh yeah and sanding. I'm using the Altex system, epoxy undercoat and 321 brushing polyurethane. Following from the great job Joel did on his 1020, I've thinned the paints 7%. Seems to be working well. I also was using a cheap vac with my dewalt sander. It died of overuse. Upon advice from a friend who's a boat builder, I
    6 points
  28. Completed the deal on this beauty last week, soon to be renamed Rogue 3. She's a 2009 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44i, fully kitted out with everything you could ever want in an offshore cruising boat- 200L an hour watermaker (+a spare katyden emergency watermaker), washing machine, watt and sea hydrogenerator, hydrovane self steering, bow thruster, electric winches, full lithium battery fit out with a massive solar setup, all new instruments and radar, Satellite coms, furling inner solent jib, Diesel heater, upsized 75hp Yanmar engine with 1890hrs on the clock. Literally fully cocked. She's cu
    6 points
  29. Everything is possible there are 3 ways that come to mind 1 Money (Sponsor the event) 2 Time (Volunteer to be race officer and be out there all night) 3 both of the above. (Join the committee and provide the committee boat/sponsor a course) some are happier to win a division of 40 something than 10ish boats (interesting how all podium boats would be below your split and everyone of these boats has selected this division and had the chance to swap if it didn’t suit. Leaders all sailed extremely we, it will be interesting to see what happens with differen
    6 points
  30. I taught my kids from early on, if you can hit it with a bottle then it is too close. so i create the bottles and they prepare them for use, i have found that green bottles have the best range so i tend to stick with them
    6 points
  31. Stick some flexible rubber fuel line up your vacuum cleaner nozzle, lots of black tape to seal and you have a flexible vacuum probe.
    5 points
  32. Today on the Gulf;
    5 points
  33. Faark. I just heard this from Bill. RIP Smithy, my first RNI , thanks mate! Live every day people!
    5 points
  34. Just off the start line of the coastal 2022. Clipper and I will be setting off on it next week in the rni.
    5 points
  35. I'd say you're a bloody good neighbour. A group of us spent 4.5 hours yesterday afternoon checking every boat in Weiti River after a mooring pile broke earlier in the day. Ended up replacing mooring lines on more than a dozen boats in atrocious conditions.
    5 points
  36. Hey Guys Went with HDI Marine in Vancouver WA USA received. the replacement part and gasket today Good quality in Stainless identical to original cast not Stainless. Ordered 28th Jan arrived today 3 Feb picked the second or third shipping option which was USD 76 total cost including shipping almost exactly 400 NZD total, very Happy. Ovlov wanted 767 NZD for a replacement non stainless part. Seriously, why would you.
    5 points
  37. Great Turnout of support with over 100 people there to support the Hard Stand. The AYBA/Auckland Recrational Marine Users Group (I think that was their name) gave a really good 10min presentation pointing out that their Consultation was legally flawed as they treated it as just a local reserve, when it is actually a regionally significant piece of coastal infrastructure. It was a polite way to hint, "you are going to get legally challenged" if you don't reconsider and do a proper legal round of consultation. The board then briefly debated how to accept this presentation and next steps, vo
    5 points
  38. For the record, my / STFs involvement with the site is to purely provide plant and labour to manage the site on behalf of Auckland Council. Some of you may be aware that we invested in a new purpose and custom built 38 ton boat lifter and haul unit approximately 5 years ago, this was a game changer when compared to our old tractor and trolley system that was limited to 12 tons and allowed a greater range of boat types to be hauled. For the past five years the hardstand has been operating under constant threat of closure (hence neither myself nor Auckland Council being able to commit any
    5 points
  39. Kev this is not the time or place to grind yer axe. I'm going along and suggest anybody who has a boat, or plans on buying one should too. Whatever u do, dont bring any axes or agendas other than putting a good case for the facilities continuing operation. I hope St Chads has a lot of chairs and sandwiches. As others have noted, personnel can be changed, but make no mistake - once the yard is closed we are rooted.
    5 points
  40. At what point do you hop out of the car and get into the dinghy to start rowing ? And what system are you using to keep water out of the intake manifold
    5 points
  41. After a few years of procrastination, finally got into it and scraped many layers of antifoul off Whitepointer, what a slow laborious job, 6 days to scrape and another 4 to fill and sand smooth ready for bottom paint, im very happy with the result.
    5 points
  42. Man that was a tough race tactically. I was 2 handed on the Elliott 1050 kick. we had a great result respective to the boats we mix with but it was a small boat race for sure.
    5 points
  43. paint just polished, keel, new internals/strurcture main bulkhead to companionway, rig reconfiguration - spreader angles, bottom panel strenghtened and chicken stays dropped, chainplates moved outboard
    5 points
  44. Hey Bad Kitty. SailGP is going to be awesome!! If you’re sailing down I’m also running a rally with my other business Island Cruising. Departing early March. Will be having a party in Akaroa, cruising Banks Peninsula, another party in Pigeon Bay the weekend before, then will recommend best options for anchorages depending on the weather for Lyttelton too. It comes with a rally guide book, connections to everyone else on the rally, crew if needed for the passage, help getting prepared discounts & goodies from our sponsors and I’m hoping to get a tech site tour for rally participa
    5 points
  45. The flash buildings on the waterfront were, in the main, erected on a shoestring with volunteer labour, donations and support from the then land owners (eg Auckland Harbour Board). Ground rental was cheap and Clubs could focus on their reason for being. Subsequent land owners, zoning changes and changes in philosophy have forced Clubs to look for revenue to pay the commercial rate leases now charged. No club really wishes to concentrate on running a business with venue hires and outside rentals- they are forced to do so to stay alive. And some are dropping by the wayside or are clos
    5 points
  46. General handicaps for the triple series have four components. SSANZ racing excluding RNI,RNZ from the prior three seasons, RaceTrack, design assessment and for races 2 and 3, earlier racing from the current series. Manual consideration is also a factor but as stated is the starting point with,approximately equal weighting to each component. That isn't always possible as it's dependent on there being previous racing. It can be argued, quite reasonably. that race 1 this season should not have had handicaps changed afterwards, or changed minimally though my cynical side tends towards the
    5 points
  47. Beautiful views out over the BOI, bream bay, and AKL as we came in to land on Sunday morning. iPhone not really doing it justice.
    5 points
  48. The NZMYC will take any entry that has a Cat3 certificate, so convince an Inspector your safe and your in. GET A PIEDY UP YA!
    5 points
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