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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. OLBConsultationResults.pdf Clear public support for a hardstand at The Landing Ōrākei Local Board asked for feedback on their decision to close the hardstand at The Landing and the response from ratepayers is NO. Results of the Ōrākei Local Board public consultaton on retenton of the hardstand at Okahu Bay shows a clear majority (64%) support retenton of a short stay haul out and hardstand facility for boat cleaning and/or ant-foul applicaton. There were 1,558 respondents of which 617 were Ōrākei residents. The response shows the hardstand is a regional issue and the
    11 points
  5. Ok, further to that. Today I have made a complaint to the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board as follows. "I would like to complain about the current situation regarding LPG on Boats. To get a gas cert for the vessel is currently impossible without a complete reinstall. The issue is that despite current standard, page iii "This Standard includes a statement that its requirements do not apply retrospectively" the gas fitters are insisting on compliance with the CURRENT standards, even for an EXISTING installation. This is in direct contradiction to the current standard,
    10 points
  6. Had pretty special encounter with an Orca while anchored in Calypso yesterday. orca-compressed-720p.mp4
    10 points
  7. For a few years now, my brother Rob and other members of the Mana Cruising Club have been working to remove predators from Pickersgill Island in the sounds. Here is a video of some of their latest work. Its a 110mb file... 77207262_Pickersgill(1).mp4
    10 points
  8. Solo Delivery Waikawa - Lyttelton - Ross 30 Ballistic Got up 3.00am Friday morning and drove to Picton from Christchurch , arriving at 8.30am, quick stop at Picton supermarket for delivery trip food. Caught Cougar water taxi service from Picton to Resolution Bay, Queen Charlotte where boat was moored. Grabbed some tote tanks etc and dinghy. Inflated dinghy and loaded dinghy to get out to mooring. 15 metres offshore and flipped said dinghy....gurgle ... and who was the idiot who didn't close their 110 litre gear bag properly.... now a 2hp motor drowned... wet gear, wet sleeping bag and a
    10 points
  9. I'm getting offended by the amount of offense being taken around here. No one is calling anyone a w^&#$@r, a c**t or a fuckwit, which would be highly offensive. The OP is just trying to pose a question, can an adventurer go on an adventure. I would have thought that was a good and relevant topic to have here.
    10 points
  10. Rehab. You are the cause of this rule. You alone, as I see it. You know this, you read IT’s post a few weeks back saying his preference was for you not to spam the site, but it wasn’t currently against site rules so he was thinking of an effective rule to prevent it. You replied saying ‘preference noted’ then continued to spam the site with mostly illiterate dribble. Now you down vote people saying it may restrict people using this site for the purpose it was created - to talk about boating, when, again, you are the cause of this new rule, because of your constant posting of dribble
    10 points
  11. This is the story of our purchase and ownership of Stepping Out. It may take some time, will have twists and turns, could move beyond a PG rating from time to time, and will no doubt have real sailors and hardened people of the sea laughing at the incompetence and naivety of beginners. The story is only a year and a bit old at this stage. Who knows how long it will run for. Time will tell. It will be episodic - drop in for a giggle when you need to feel better about something that has gone wrong, because my story will be either dumber or more expensive than yours. At the top lets
    9 points
  12. I was merely riffing off your comment that, "If a golf course, rugby field, cricket pitch, skate park, basketball court was under utilised and better served the community as something else then yes that should at the very least be explored." You are either moving the goalposts or creating a strawman argument by saying now, no, you mean a skate shop. But hey, I'm impressed you've stuck around so long after announcing you won't be back, so I will amend my metaphor to work within your changed parameters: If a skate school pushed for the closure of the skate shop next door so they had more sp
    9 points
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Started off as a sistership to sportboat Animal Biscuits and was unsold until a chap from Queenstown had a modified Elliott7 trashed in the trailer compound. He asked Craig Partridge and Rob Shaw if they could modify the design to be trailer yacht legal using the rig from the E7 which he sold with it's old rig. This was done and in 2011 he took her straight from the yard in Kerikeri to Queenstown. Unfortunately the locals didn't like the concept and wouldn't let him play so in 2013 he parked it in his shed until early last year when he decided to sell it I found out about it in the f
    9 points
  20. Be careful out there. I ordered some nice jewellery for my wife and a new code 0 turned up.
    8 points
  21. There is no need for yacht clubs if there are no yachts left. if you cant haul yachts, there will be none. Okahu sailor, to me your plan seems aimed at killing boating in auckland. I hope RAYC is the first club to die.
    8 points
  22. Can we please book in 20kts Southwester for Friday 20th October?
    8 points
  23. 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
  24. Well, wasn't just this weekend, but the last couple. Took IT out of the water, and scraped and sanded 23 yrs of antifouling off, right to the glass. The glassed over the lead on the keel (The exposed lead always had issues with paint adhesion) as far down as I could, then 2 epoxy barrier coats, and antifouling. The scaping and sanding is getting harder! 13 days out to in.
    8 points
  25. 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
    8 points
  26. Bay Week day 2, just coming past Tapeka and preparing to drop kite. Max speed of 18.9kts on this blast 😎
    8 points
  27. So, 2 years and a few months after starting this little project, she's finished. I'm gonna name her BLOO. After the colour and also because I made so many bloo's making her that I swear she has more construction errors than any other dinghy ever made. 😀 I made her with the intention of fitting her on the foredeck of my Whiting 29. Which I sold 6 months ago. So I no longer need the dinghy. Plus, she doesn't fit in my vehicle so I can't get her to the water to do the maiden voyage. Still, she looks good sitting in a corner of my garden shed🤣 No idea why these loaded upside do
    8 points
  28. I am just finishing a 5 day trip from Russell back to whangaparaoa ( about 5 mies north of tiri as i type) just had my 3rd visit from dolphins. Each time I became aware of their presence when one popped up alongside the cockpit. Dropping all my sails takes 10 to 15 minutes singlehanded. The first 2 occasions they only stayed,a few minutes. . Yesterday i was gybing downwind in 20 to 25 kn.and disinclined to stop. Today I'm only doing about 4. But they stayed Maybe 2 mins then left. About 5 mins later they returned. Then went to eat as I saw then hitting a school of kahawai about
    8 points
  29. Provincial Cowboy is a well known Ross 40 design yacht based in Auckland, New Zealand. The 'Mk 1' Ross 40 is a design that's part of the folklore of the NZ sailing scene of the 80's and 90's. We have lost count of the number of people who stopped by to reminisce about racing they did on PC or her sisterships. The hull and decks were built by Nautec Yachts for first owner Geoff Bagge and the two other initial owners. Her decks were the first from the mould (taken from Not Guilty) and Geoff had to wait some time after receiving the hull. Geoff fitted a typical kiwi cruiser/racer lay
    8 points
  30. Navigation Marks, GPS and the Wisdom of Wives The Wairoa River is a narrow muddy creek filled with cow piss and estuary water. It meanders its way from the bottom of the Hunua Hills, past Clevedon and onward to the sea picking up mud, cowshit, and a not entirely savoury smell as it goes. The river squeezes out, like molten toothpaste in the words of Neil Finn, pushing through a typical inner harbour mud and sand bar before finally relaxing and fanning out into the Waitemata. It would be SO's home at Brooklands Boating Club about 1.5km from the river mouth. Hell of a change for a y
    8 points
  31. It's a great boat and in pretty good condition. Was no expense spared when it was launched and it was campaigned very well. I know there is nothing major wrong with it but its basically padlocked to the hard stand until the bills are cleared. I dont think its very fair to be asking for the owner's situation and reason for sale right now on trade me. Maybe it's a touchy subject. Let's be honest if you were a serious buyer for this boat you would probably not be asking your questions on trade me..... Bryce had told people to contact him for more information and that's what they shou
    8 points
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  33. Cruising the new boat on the one sunny day of xmas holiday
    7 points
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. ^ "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
  38. 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
  39. I have not been around for sometime. I got a little tired of some attitudes here and decided I needed a break. Plus I had been called upon to provide (positive and correct) information about the Covid issue and the Vaccine and so on for a couple of large organisations. A long story of why and won't go into it here, apart from say that I have had 2yrs of researching it all and have several medical proffesionals I am in constant contact with that help with Information, Data and moderation of the reports I have been providing. But I will say that arguing against the nutters that pop up that bel
    7 points
  40. Not looking likely to get race 3 but we are definitely looking at running a third race if at all possible, would be a standalone if we can’t run on the same weekend as originally planned I personally believe we will see many more cases before this outbreak started to improve
    7 points
  41. oh fcuk off AA. The world is beating a path because we took appropriate strict action on COVID. The fines for jetskiiers are the same as those for any watercraft exceeding the speed limit. They are set and policed by the reghional authority not government despite your fetid and fevered imaginings. They are generally poorly policed because as ratepayers we do not prioritise it. We pay for people to get licences for the same reason we pay for people to get medical training - it helps them get a job. As a side-issue, it reduces low level illegal behaviour and so reduces exposure
    7 points
  42. We are heading to Matai bay now and maybe will venture all the way to cape reinga tomorrow weather permitting. Had an awesome holiday so far. Snorkeled the poor knights, had a week in the bay of islands, cavalli islands yesterday and will keep going north until there is a reason to come back south.
    7 points
  43. Rehab is on a 90 day "holiday", as he has now passed the max warnings. Down voting posts for no reason was the final warning.
    7 points
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