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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Not tea towels dear -- Tell Tales!!
  4. $150 for straying into a bus lane on Queen Street (and I still don't know where), really p###d me off. $200 for endangering a ship (and potentially the whole local environment), seems rather lopsided. We must appreciate Councils can only operate within the tools they are given but bus lane fines are automatic, arbitrary and revenue generating. Infrequent Nav and Safety infringements cost Councils (us) with no return.
  5. Would have been probably fined under local Navigation and Safety bylaws - maximum $200.
  6. To a large extent our sport is self policing, particularly at Club/ amateur levels. If so many admitted after they were over but kept on because they were not pinged, shows to me a complete lack of sportsmanship, a disregard for the honest ones and a two finger salute to the Race Committee . I would not like it known amongst my peers that I am a blatant cheat and if I can get away with something I will. And if you feel aggrieved, yell and put up the red flag - that is what it is for. The main problem with racing in the ditch is that there is always a favored end to the line - with about
  7. The old Radphone calls with a bit of alcohol involved, especially to an absent partner, used to provide good entertainment.
  8. Had a N30 for ten years with young family. A great boat and a bit of a Tardis for space. Same boat was for sale on Trade Me recently (Current Affair). Easy single hander (self tacking headsail) and I stuck an overlapper on for lighter weather. Great all rounder but the R31 would make a more solid cruiser.
  9. Start line Bayweek last year. Gorgeous breeze, about 15 boats all stacked up after on wind, close start and then the dolphins came for a play just after gun. What next now?
  10. Have a set of Musto which has done a Volvo - hand me up from my son. Good as gold apart the neoprene collar and ends of sleeves. And I've thrashed it since then - about 6 years more. Good gear. Simple though - more a smock with a front pocket and no bullshit stuff.
  11. The junk at T pier was not the Golden Lotus but a charter boat. I last saw the Golden Lotus moored on a swing mooring off Bucklands Beach - back in the early 70's. Read the book as a kid and have just got an old copy of the book.
  12. Plastic bucket with lid - chuck in soap laundry and hit wind against tide in Motuihe channel
  13. Still in discussion. Dived boat last race weekend before race and no fan worm. Advised Council of this and that I was fully aware of my responsibilities in stopping spread of such pests. Again reminded them of fanworm all over marina. Reply was could I advise when boat will come out for antifoul and no mention of fanworm. Just sitting at moment - want to point out the apparent two faced Council approach - we don't like antifouling versus we don't like pests. Maybe suggest a subsidy from Council - to pull my boat out and antifoul is at best a 5 grand exercise.
  14. Was on a larger boat doing island racing last time - from memory our total sailing time was less than 6 hours for the whole regatta. A great week and I wouldn't miss it but a lot of effort in getting boat and crew up there and a big expense by owner for the time spent sailing.
  15. I dive the boat myself and have done for years - this will be the next bastion to be taken from us. I am reasonably confident the boat is, and was clean, and was done before I knew of this, so await a response with interest. Not too au fait with PrivacyAct provisions - I know Westhaven will not provide details of boat/marina ownership to private people and would be the only party to pass this on to Council.
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