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  1. 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
    12 points
  2. 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
  3. General recalls should be avoided where possible. They are a tool us Race Officers will only use when we cant clearly identify all boats that are over. I have personally done an individual recall where all boats were over except one. He got a nice start as soon as the rest of the fleet peeled off and came back to the start line to undo their wrongs... We were able to clearly identify all 14 other boats that were over the line prior to the gun. I will say though even a slight deviation to the transit on the line makes a big difference. If you are sighting the line on the committee boat e
    9 points
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. ^ "and that, folks, closes today's Diesel 101 session. There will be a test tomorrow - please make sure you bring two pens, a 27/64" ring open-end spanner, and eye protection."
    7 points
  8. SSANZ Northern Triangle Race Report Shimmer II The prequel was always going to be a hard one for us on Shimmer our 5 tonne Kauri log camper doesn't really excel in light airs. We did ok on the beat and stayed in touch with the fast div 3 boats to the top of Motutapu but as it turned into more of a reaching course we watched them all slowly walk away. Managed to get a 6th which wasn't as bad as it could have been but we were really hoping for some good breeze in race 2 to even out race 1. Not to be. Again a very light start to the main event, we managed a good st
    7 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
    6 points
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Our boat Halo, a Whiting 29, during the RPNYC Commodore’s and Ambassadors Race on 30th April. Eduardo was on the bow setting up the spinnaker before we rounded the top mark at Korokoro. Mel from Latitude 41 South Photography was on the support boat getting some great action shots. We had a good race coming third on corrected time out of 24 boats. My sailing blog if anybody is interested: https://halologbook.wordpress.com/
    6 points
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. apologies to the yacht (sorry missed your name) just off the viaduct this afternoon that I almost crossed in front of. Was weird wind down the harbour this afternoon, seemingly yachts on all sorts of contradictory tacks in the light wind. My wife and I both debated which direction you were heading before it became pretty obvious which way you were going, so sorry for the late direction change we undertook to keep clear.
    5 points
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Went Gliding - 60th birthday present. Even flew for a bit! Cool...
    5 points
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. I am changing the genoa sheet leads to low friction rings. These will have 3mm dyneema line as the control line in a double purchase set-up running back to a conventional block that uses 6mm yachting braid for handling, again in double purchase. So I had to learn how to eye splice 3mm double braid dyneema. It's a fun learning experience once you get your head around the minute scale of what is happening. A big doll maker's needle makes a fid of sorts and the tweezers help pull the loose ends through the core. Test method is a bit dodgy- will it hold an 85kg person suspende
    5 points
  28. What a pitty I didn't still live up your way. I would have been more than happy to come give a hand...... ......by directing you to areas you missed, point out how hard such a job is and make bad attempts at humor. Bascially show that "Crew" mates would never leave you in the lurch like that.
    5 points
  29. This launch operator was in full wave making mode when nek minit the harbour master gave him a 10 minute telling off!
    5 points
  30. Hi all. Out of respect for family and friends of those lost, and to avoid conjecture, this thread is locked.
    5 points
  31. I support a total ban on scallops until their numbers are back up. Something has to be done. I like the idea of research into why they have decreased so much. I would love it if this research investigated the efficacy of a total ban on dredging too. I've said for a long time that we need scallops to be freedive only, like paua. Then the deep scallops seed the shallower ones and the beds can't get decimated like they do now. I know this is unlikely to happen unfortunately. If anyone (commercial or customary) can take a particular seafood, then every nz resident had a right to ta
    5 points
  32. If class has collapsed no one told any of the 100 Owners Association members or the owners of the 70 odd boats that show up on recent events on RaceTrack Jokes aside the class has been going strong for over 40 years driven by an active committee that started with the first boats. The association does its best to maintain the integrity of the rules and keep the class boats compliant. Kiwi "ingenuity" sometimes makes this a challenge and sometimes "feathers are ruffled". The strong Westhaven and Bucklands Beach fleets are more than matched by the recent growth of the class in Ly
    5 points
  33. I've posted a Youtube vid of my sail back from Barrier to Whangaparaoa. May be of interest to anyone wondering what the heck the junk rig is all about... I did not push the boat hard but still made good progress under reduced sail, and unfortunately my iPhone ran outa battery just before I entered Tiri passage, and sheesh it was a nasty little **cker yesterday was Tiri channel...so probably good that I was concentrating on helming rather than effing about trying to film
    4 points
  34. Nice work on the pull fids, they look bloody good! I've just started playing around with different ropes and learning to splice too. I find it somewhat relaxing despite the challenging nature out can sometimes bring. I just started out with 6mm dyneema, uncovered, so nice and easy, and like you made my own fid from a bic ball point pen with the top cut off. Worked a treat. Have now got to the stage you're at with a 10mm double braid eye splice.
    4 points
  35. 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
    4 points
  36. Personally having put my boat through cat 3 and now cat 2 with a highly respected boat builder and mentor as my inspector I have found it a really good exercise, they challenge you on details you may have missed and often help with practical solutions to achieving the certification and a safe vessel, I would really recommend anyone using their boat outside the gulf racing or cruising to put their vessel through cat 3 at least once. from reading Fagans books he has some quirky approaches to repairs and did mention in a previous book that he had re built the skeg himself. that said he
    4 points
  37. 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
    4 points
  38. Had a fair bit to do with Mr Bolton over the years. Deep Purple sums it up well - he had a yacht he could not afford to maintain let alone berth properly. Had flogged the guts out of the boat and engaged in dodgy trips to off shore island with contributing crew (not a charter!!) Was a menace around the harbour until Council let him use one of the old barge moorings - a temporary arrangement that dragged on (excuse the pun). Recollect the turn of the century dawn celebration where the wakas emerged from the mist at Okahu Bay, a no anchoring area had been established along the Okahu Ba
    4 points
  39. thank you all very much, it took me 5 days to get to weellington, a stopover in napier for one night, the whole trip was perfect. only 35 miles before arriving at castle point I had a 3 meter wave and 40 knots of wind, I arrived at castle point at 6 in the morning and hid there for 2 hours until it calmed down a bit, then straight to pallisier cape and cook strait, and make it to wellington just 3 hours before strong south wind. thank you all for your time and help.
    4 points
  40. Palliser bay is a natural wind funnel. You can get out of the waves close in, but in most of the bay the wind will be stronger there than further out - sometimes 2x the real wind speed. The Ngawi fishermen will tell you that in extreme conditions its known to have stones 10mm across hitting the boat up to 10Nm out! This section of the coasts should be avoided in heavy conditions, N or S. If, when you get to Napier, you dont have 2 days of reasonable conditions forecast (for S coast and Cook Strait), my advice would be to stop, and wait until you do. Then leave, and go as fast as you can!
    4 points
  41. Pretty happy with how she looks in natural light.
    4 points
  42. We arrived back 2 days ago. I have never before been so pleased to arrive back in NZ. I feel like I won some kind of birth lottery being born here.
    4 points
  43. What about an app called “todays pillock “ you could upload the pillock of the day and other app users could keep an eye out and apply pressure to said pillock if they continue to be a pillock
    4 points
  44. Seems to me that beefing up the AKL HM to better enforce the regs that do exist might be the middle ground that satisfies everyone.
    4 points
  45. Its not like its a race with one of the biggest fleets each year. Oh wait. Nevermind. maybe they are too busy planning a kiwi defence of the Americas Cup Oh. Wait. Nevermind…..
    4 points
  46. Normally only used after changing the filter or cleaning the water trap, usually, as aardvark says, when things have turned to custard in unpleasant conditions. Often on a yacht that is used infrequently, there is a build up of detrius in the fuel tank, this usually becomes apparent when it is all shaken up in the conditions he mentions, (murphys law) and you have had to install a new filter etc etc. Invairiably it is the same time your wife / partner realises she has been conned, and she becomes certain that she can find better things to do whenever you suggest going for a lovely ro
    4 points
  47. Ok. I will flesh this out when I have more time but the gist of the story is: Auriga was built in the front yard of a family home in Glendowie - bare fibreglass hull built by Keith Eade I became connected after it was launched as my family and their family spent Christmas holidays in the same camping ground in Coromandel After sailing back from Coromandel to Auckland I was invited to join the crew for Wednesday night racing in Bucklands Beach One thing lead to another and the team ended up, over the next few years, sailing the boat to Gisborne, then Suva, Port Vila, L
    4 points
  48. I'd think you're going to have a hard time finding people selling 20k boats who are going to agree to this...
    4 points
  49. "boat" and "financially prudent" don't really belong together in the same sentence.
    4 points
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