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  1. Jon

    Boat Show

    Any racing on that weekend instead ?
  2. He’s obviously in good spirits Single handed sailors seem always to be glass half full people Heres his latest blog The call of the kea Tue Sep 15 2020 Sitting on a mooring in Deepwater Basin. It is incredibly quiet and still. The only sound the burbling of my caveman TV ( the Dickinson diesel stove) and high up in the mist the call of a kea. I will be here for three or four days as the weather pattern is going to stay the same until a NW change later in the week. I will wait for my spare autopilot to arrive and repair some main sail slugs that broke right out of th
  3. I think his plan was to stop at Doubtful sound tomorrow afternoon it’s going SW 30-35 if it was me I’d be thinking Milford Sound, he’s only a day off there
  4. What he said We couldn’t change the weekend and remain part of the series due to the possibility that it wouldn’t suit some as per NoR We considered a race that wouldn’t be part of the series but that’s really hard to fit in We hoped that they may go L2 Saturday night then Sunday was on as we could delay the start. You will all just have to do the Chains Ropes and Anchors Enduro on the 8th October, we are looking at giving a discounted entry to anyone that was entered in Saturday’s race
  5. Due to our great leaders update today Race 3 is cancelled
  6. Try Peter, I know he has one but not sure if his is vacant +64 27 497 8016 or try harbour master.
  7. Latitude of Canopus I believe or near about, supposedly the Chinese did similar in 1421ish IIRC
  8. Well spotted team Great life lesson there, “always read the fine print, never trust the pretty pictures” No call been made on finish location yet, but my pick would be Resolution Buoy again ( saving the gathering for our next event on the beach at bottom end on the 10th October) Its .9nm shorter past Rangitoto light or 10% shorter so the only reason you wouldn’t go that way is if it was a light easterly with holes in the rangi channel perhaps
  9. https://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/international-pa10-grey-primer-1-litre-grey/p/359934 or this
  10. Jon

    Pilot boat

    I was taught they have right of way if the yellow lights flashing as above, as for the 500t rule if they are a lot bigger than me I use the might is right rule. I did some digging yesterday and couldn’t find it however, Auckland seems to be the only place where the ferry’s give way. I’ve sail half the world near enough and everywhere else you would either get chewed a new arsehole over the vhf or a fine and this including other harbours in nz
  11. Jon

    Boat Dilemma

    Beale 33 are great boats, I’ve cruised and raced one and for 50/50 racing cruising I’d go that way over all others in that 10m range
  12. Jon

    Boat Dilemma

    The old classic carbon 930 never actually seen one on the water, perhaps that’s where they perform best Demon 10 is a nice boat, you will pay a premium for a class boat, but then it will also be easier to sell there isn’t the perfect boat crump so the best you can hope for is a boat that’s perfect for now
  13. Jon

    Boat Dilemma

    Speaking of which When was the last time your 930 yacht sailed or do you prefer them on the back lawn ?
  14. Jon

    Pilot boat

    I have in the past been given exemption from the 12kt rule by the harbour master for a safety/support boat as long as it has a flag or distinguishing markings, still need to follow all other rules however
  15. Jon

    Pilot boat

    The 12kt area is marked in pink (or what ever you call that colour) That’s why the ferry’s dip over towards Orakei as soon as the pass the container wharf so they can open up. The Waiheke ferry’s are over 500ts and operating with in harbour limits so you are required to keep clear at all times, they do tend to try to avoid you but that’s curtesy on their part The only ones that aren’t as above are the Pine Harbour and Car ferry’s once they pass a line between Musick Pt and Park Pt heading east
  16. Jon

    GST and Import duty

    FC, not many foreign owners on this sight I’m picking This shouldn’t be a problem for you under the current world situation, if it was me I’d leave it until closer to September and claim that due to Covid you were unable to depart for the islands as planned this late in the season and wish to stay and keep spending money in this wonderful country and depart next winter. There are going to be lots of disrupted cruising plans, I hear there are over 300 yachts wishing to sail west from Tahiti at present. So maybe not a lot of yachts coming south this summer due to less in the central p
  17. Not looking like cruising multihull weather I was thinking of you this morning Tom
  18. Carpe Diem ph Angus Willison on Monday and ask him ( head safety inspector YNZ ) then let us all know. I noticed a few of the RNI boats had a Aluminium cylinder hanging off a bracket on the stern rail
  19. Cardinal mark is the rounding mark at Shearer Rock only 3 starts 0900 all divisions sailing Baltic course 0910 all divisions sailing PIC course 0920 all divisions sailing Doyle’s course start line will be at Northern Leading finish line will be at Resolution Racing Buoy position reporting will be done by text plus lots more so a good read of the Sailing Instructions, plus attendance at the briefing will be a must. 126 entries so far, don’t miss out.
  20. Sailing Instructions will be out shortly and they will correct a couple of things. NOR Rule 1.7. If there is a conflict between this document and the Sailing Instructions then the Sailing Instructions will take precedence. Due to the changing times we are living in with Covid we have deliberately left publishing the Sailing Instructions as late as possible as things can change. Another one is the start won’t be in the Waitamata Harbour, but in the usual place in the vicinity of Northern Leading.
  21. Looks to be a lot of opportunities for more sail area at the foot of that sail a full hoist sail would give maybe a third more power down low where it’s of the most use jmho
  22. Sounds like a week at Minerva would be the ticket
  23. Jon

    3 kings

    Did this last year, end of March from memory lessons learnt- you need settled weather and time, then you can still get caught out so need to be prepared and flexible like diving in an aquarium but clearer, huge tidal flows and drop offs we only spent one night on anchor in NW Bay, flat water no wind in 15m water, less than 100m off the cliffs, then the tide turned at 1am and the roll from hell arrived. Still no wind so we swung from beam on ( couldn’t stay in bunk ) to bow on where you would almost drop off to sleep, then swing back to beam on.there was a 60 or 70+ foot
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