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  1. Retired Deodar sergeant on education versus fines - "after 3 fines they soon learn"
  2. Vendée Globe: Damage to HUGO BOSS Published on November 22nd, 2020 (November 22, 2020; Day 15) – Vendée Globe favorite Alex Thomson (GBR) has paused racing to address damage to his 2019 VPLP-design HUGO BOSS. Ross Daniel, Technical Director at Alex Thomson Racing, has released the following statement at 11:30 GMT on November 22: “Yesterday evening (Saturday 21st November), while Alex was carrying out a routine inspection onboard HUGO BOSS, he spotted what he believed to be some structural damage in the bow area of the boat. He immediately notified myself and the
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    Boat Names

    Launch off Bucks years ago called Bringyagrogalong
  4. Still in the sailing instructions for Richmond and probably the other Westhaven Clubs.
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    Boat Names

    Was a launch called Sharon Won
  6. Probably America - opposite to most of the world
  7. I have no idea. Scenario of say a coastal classic weekend with crew cars all over the place would give Westhaven severe conniptions. Oe a week away for a crew member on your boat. Presumably will have to register with Westhaven beforehand.
  8. We are getting in touch with you to let you know about an upcoming change to our current parking permit process within Westhaven Marina. With all current long-term paper permits expiring 30 June 2020, we have taken the opportunity to implement some improvements to the parking permit process by introducing an electronic system which eliminates the need for paper permits. Going paperless means all parking permits will be registered and monitored electronically using licence plate recognition. The expected launch for this system is early August, and your current parking permits ar
  9. Harbour Board was killed off in 1988 under local govt. reorganization. Regional Council given statutory role while Port Co. set up for commercial operations. Maybe a task for AYBA as a service to keeler fleets.
  10. We already have Orion's, they need to be maintained, operated and flown anyway. The current Coastguard do no more or less than the volunteer based version of a bygone era - just costlier and flasher. Yes, I am a member but only as an AA on the water if needed - in 40 years of boating have as yet not needed them. The proliferation of local units in Auckland over the last 20 years, all racing to the same event sometimes, was very evident to me when I had an active role on the harbour. And they all wanted funding and had ideas of bigger better boats. Volunteer skippers provided boats a
  11. Island Time - did you buy the Noelex out of Westpark - off Derek Blackies family? I had Current Affair moored adjacent to Flashpoint and we had a bit of an arms race going on. I put a bit more lead on the bulb as I thought the Noelex was a bit tippy so he got a bit of a wing keel added designed by Kevin Lidgard - still never beat me. I think Derek, who did not enjoy good health, had a fatal heart attack on the helm on a Wednesday night race - a good way to go. Long time ago now.
  12. Checked mine today - first time. All good and no hassles. Even noticed a few working on boats. Surprised at number of cars in carpark.
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    Clear Perspex

    Keith Bekker - Acrylic Creations in Penrose. Fellow yachtie and a great guy.
  14. Seems on the nose that responsible boat owners are penalised for the lack of ability of Councils staff to maintain an accurate database of its mooring holders and boats occupying moorings in terms of the permits it issues and charges for. Surely a requirement that all moored boats need annual proof of insurance would sort this as a condition of the permit - as happens with marinas. Keep boat standards up and maintain an annual link with mooring holders aside from an annual invoice.
  15. Transformer entered and paid.
  16. Westhaven realyy on to it - she has been there for at least the last week, usually asleep on the pontoons by the western entrance.
  17. Burden of proof is the issue. Had work a car broken into in a locked work parking area - an unauthorised car with strangers seen on camera with number plate shown following another car in, but as no one actually saw them break in, no action.
  18. Furling code 0 on a prod - maybe we can use that.
  19. Gave us a fly past on S Marina last night before the race - no sign of wound and seemed normal. Were some slabs of polystyrene floating around so assume she had had a play. Having met the thing under water twice while cleaning boat, am losing my absolute fear (nothing worse to fear than fear itself). Would still not go in knowing she is there but the wetsuit probably would not need a good clean next time.
  20. Must give way to any timetable ferry Can't see that in bylaws - only restrictions appear to relate only to ferry basin terminal.
  21. Am unaware of any maritime rules that give ferries any special rights apart from might is right. If they are overtaking, should keep clear, should keep clear of vessels on starboard side and should give way to yachts sailing. Common sense should dictate appropriate behaviour however can you see yachts standing by on a Wednesday night race after battling traffic to get there on time only to put up with this. And a two minute period to stand by seems unrealistic - take more than that to get into my marina sometimes in a blow. Or am I way out of date and has the Council snuck through a bylaw
  22. Not a lot different to the little steam boats that plied our estuaries - a la Puke at the Maritime Museum that was a workboat around the Mahurangi.
  23. Pondering on the rail today - what right did the US Coastguard have to pull this over in international waters? Which I understand it was.
  24. What is the difference between someone on a cellphone having a prang on the motorway - no large fine there.
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