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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. Them be purdy.... Sounds good just keep remembering 'chafe' and position to minimise. Also watch for screw heads and tiny burrs and other things like that, they do get more ropes than most would think.
    1 point
  31. Depends on what you are used to. There are some that are almost the equivalent of hard shell kayak, but they are pricey. If it's a toy, then there are cheaper options. If you are used to a proper sea kayak, or DRR boat, you'll be disappointed! But, they can be better than a sit-on-top, which IMO is not a kayak!
    1 point
  32. not sure you need a special soap for that job, sunlight still foams up when we rinse dishes with salt.
    1 point
  33. Black smoke is good. White smoke is bad.
    1 point
  34. waikiore

    Searching for METRO

    I see the other day that Jason was selling one of the lovely old folkboats from Auckland I hope he hasnt damaged her.
    1 point
  35. Would go back to Ko Samui any time.
    1 point
  36. DrWatson

    John Spencer weekend

    Sundance is still going.
    1 point
  37. Sabre

    Seafaring nation?

    Apparently the average spend of these cruisers is 50k. 400 x 50k is $20 million. Thats a lot of dosh that would be much appreciated by our marine industry. “We just can’t get our heads around why they're not letting the cruising boats in, to be honest. There are 400 boats - it's a hell of a lot of boats and a hell of a lot of money,” business owner Peter Boyd said. Far North Holdings says isolation requirements are not difficult. “The procedures we'd like to see in place are that they travel and isolate for their full 14 days," he said. "We have a testing s
    1 point
  38. Fish

    Seafaring nation?

    Did you say it was the Herald? I'd expect nothing more, nothing less.
    1 point
  39. Black Panther

    Loser's Xmas Party

    I understand there is one happening at an Anchorage near Nelson . We think we've got two cats coming so we'll have a dance floor
    1 point
  40. That worked for me on both one bike and one boat. But Tuffies boat is bigger than that one, it's my baby one, so he'll have to be a faster scrubber than me
    1 point
  41. With mooring lines we are constantly saying to people 'Yes today that 12mm would be fine for your 50fter but it is now 3am and cyclone Bitchface is rattling the windows of your house and will be for the next 40 hours, are you happy with that 12mm now?' the response is always 'Ahh..good point and No'. So like moorings, marina/pile lines are the size they are to give lots of redundancy and time, 2 things that will keep your boat where you hope it stays a lot longer. I had my baby boat in a very safe corner of a marina...I still used 20mm ropes that have the strength to lift 3 of the bo
    1 point
  42. Yep...stackpac and Lazy jacks. (regardless of your batten choice) Makes life so much easier. Full cars will allow you to drop the main even with the wind on...but they are very expensive.. A two piece stackpac with solid fiberglass rods that connect to your lazy jacks is great for cruising. You can let the stackpac sides drop below the boom and pull the lazy jacks forward to the mast and tie them there. I cut the pieces out for mine and supplied them and a roll of 50 mm seatbelt webbing to the local horse blanket and tarp maker to stitch it up. Fantastic and cheap end product.
    1 point
  43. Fish

    Seafaring nation?

    Calm down Sabre, and let the emotion settle down a bit. You are saying several things there that I did not say and don't agree with. You are conflating a number of issues. I am not at all concerned about these guys bringing the virus in. They'd all be sick as a dog before they got here if they had it. I'm actually fairly concerned how a boat could leave a place like Tahiti that is virus ridden, and the risk of coming down with it mid passage. There is near-zero risk of any cruiser brining the virus in. The issue is how long they will stay for when they get here. Now, we might get int
    1 point
  44. Tamure

    Seafaring nation?

    Interesting thread, some people just love rules and bureaucracy (perhaps to cover for their real reasons) . On a practical human level if these guys knocked on my door, i'd help them. They present about zero risk of covid introduction. So much for us bleating on about Manus Island etc... I think its pretty mean spirited.
    1 point
  45. 44forty

    Seafaring nation?

    Tuamotus are pretty desolate if you stay too long and Papeete is hella expensive and has Covid . I reckon they went for the soft touch option and free flight home .
    1 point
  46. It Got

    Seafaring nation?

    Just coming back from a mud boat meeting and the news was saying the 3 of them are outta here tomorrow (Tuesday) morning on a jet plane. No word on the boat but there is precedent and law that says it can be impounded then sold to defray costs. BUT NZ is usually not quick to do that and tends to say 'Gimme ${a nice but still a bit token sum} and say you're sorry, if you do then here's ya boat and piss off', as is arguably a fair result in many cases. But it also has jumped on many hard and fined big numbers then also sold the boats as well, they are 99.99% commercial and mostly fishing bo
    1 point
  47. Fogg

    Circumnavigating NZ.

    He’s the best nautical writer I can remember for a long time...
    1 point
  48. yep it just depends whch way you wind the rope on, i used to do it by accident all the time and would end up with the UV protection on the inside
    1 point
  49. Fish

    Seafaring nation?

    While I don't agree with the decision, this is not about safety, its about property. All those affected can fly to their home country easily enough. The issue is what to do with their boat? The boat is property. Yes, they live on it etc, and it is their home etc. Part of the demonstration of that is the arguement to let them in. It started that it was a humanitarian issue. Then it goes into the economic benefit to our marine industry, which is an economic issue. At the end of the day, Syrian and Yemini refugees are a humanitarian issue. This is really just one of property value / pro
    1 point
  50. Island Time

    Seafaring nation?

    This is a Stupid decision and will effect peoples well being, if not their lives. It is not realistic to tell the yachties out there to "go home" as voyages and seasons must align for small vessels to have the best chance of safe passage. There is no way to come to NZ safely once a cyclone is present! Most passages from the Islands are min 10 days, most of the quarantine is already done, so the risk is minimal This is a very big loss to the local marine industry Yep the director general may be a good doctor, but he obviously has no understanding of small boat vo
    1 point
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