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  1. 20 minutes ago, 44forty said:

    Have heard from a shore crew from a Volvo race that they binned their gear at the end of each leg  . Won’t say what brand but a full kit of same brand will set you back nearly 3k .  So that means it’s good for a month of continuous use , which I guess equates to a season or two of amateur use .

    That’s awful. Can’t believe this is the first I’ve realised this.

    So are we all saying that the marine wet weather gear market is effectively a scam?

    What’s the story with other sports that have similarly high demands for warmth & dryness eg serious mountaineering?

  2. 26 minutes ago, DoT said:

    Was the question framed to secure a "No" answer seeing as TNZ really want an excuse to go offshore?

    Yes I think so but this recent new effort to keep it onshore probably confused TNZ’s read of the NZ public mood - hence they probably felt the need to check ‘just in case’.

    But I don’t think the poll result would influence their decision in any way - it would only influence their PR spin on explaining their decision.

  3. 1 hour ago, ex Elly said:

    Is this just spin from ETNZ?  Surely Kiwis want to cup to take place here?


    Yes but not at any cost. People are realising the last few weeks extra economic damage will cost taxpayers enough without unnecessary additions like a boat race.

    More interesting to me is the fact that TNZ even did the poll. As if they care what NZ public sentiment really says.

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  4. Yeah it looks great cruising up there. A refreshing change from the bikinis & reef snorkelling of the tropics. One of my fav sailing vlogs (NBJS) just had to abandon his passage towards Greenland and return to Haugesund after getting Covid somewhere between the Norwegian coast and the Faroes. Which goes to show even single-handed sailors cruising some of the remotest parts of world are catching it now.

  5. 11 hours ago, MartinRF said:

    My fault, sorry :-)

    Hint: the Gulf Stream helps a lot.

    I have a colleague from Tromsö located at N69 plus change. Still ice-free. I don't think Norway has any icebreakers. In the Bay of Botnia and the Gulf of Finland icebreakers is a must have most years.


    You’re from Sweden - you must know Erik?

  6. On bilge pumps I’ve just ordered one of these. Triggered by a feeling that the sea gods were sending me a message after 2 weekends in a row I was first vessel in attendance of slowly sinking boats whose average bilge pumps couldn't keep up with ingress. It has motivated me to upsize. I might even get a second one to give me 8,000 GPH. But hope I never need it. A bit like a life raft. But cheaper.


  7. By my calcs if we average 50,000 jabs / day we could reach the 90% target in 10 weeks. So even if we were held at L3 until we reach this magic 90% then we could all expect to get a drop down to L2 and go boating again by late Nov / early Dec.

    It’s possible that L3 compliance might improve if someone would actually give us some specifics like this so we could reduce some of the current uncertainty - and see some light at the end of the tunnel in terms of Christmas & summer hols.

  8. 1 minute ago, harrytom said:

    Be lucky to be boating by then,article in Yesterdays Herald,likely to be level 3 for summer.

    It might need a separate question / poll but based on the responses so far, I’m assuming that if we were still at L3 going into Christmas (I think L4 is unrealistic) then a lot of people would defy the “stay at home” order and pack up & go sailing. I will / would.

  9. 10 hours ago, MartinRF said:

    I guess this poll is not for me. At N59 we don't usually go sailing in January :-)


    Anyone who sails at N59 deserves an honorary vote! Down this side of the world at S59 we have got literally no land!

  10. 24 minutes ago, Black Panther said:

    Tell the truth, you spent all morning on you tube looking at cute cats.

    No that’s the other 99% of the population.

    Run out of sailing videos to watch though - I’m up to date with all my favourite vloggers.

  11. On 17/09/2021 at 7:21 AM, Black Panther said:

    We've had a ships cat. Generally worked better if lived on the boat from a kitten. 

    That was the plan ie.  to get the damn thing acclimatised to boat living ASAP. I don’t need to tell you why that hasn’t happened…

  12. So I caved. And we got a cat. No, not the kind with 2 hulls but the kind with about a million claws. Plus fur.

    At first I persuaded myself that I could turn it into a ‘ship’s cat’ and everything would be OK.

    But over the last few weeks I’ve been watching with growing dismay at the prodigious amount of poo & pee that the thing emits. And that is growing too.

    What am I going to do?

    How the hell do others cope?

  13. In a cruising context it’s a similar but different issue. If you mingle socially particularly on other people’s boat’s it’s hard to know if everyone else onboard is vaccinated.

    So if I’m invited to a gathering on another boat - should I stay or should I go?

    If it’s just me at this stage my instinct is to go ahead - because if I’m fully vaxxed then I’m protected, so what’s the worry?

    But if I’ve got the family inc kids who are <12 and can’t yet be vaxxed then I’m still pondering that… for example they might be mixing with unvaxxed families at school so no different to doing so on a boat?

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  14. 53 minutes ago, Priscilla II said:

    Totally beyond me as to why Dalton & Co would feed from the hand of the regime that murdered this guy with impunity.


    Yup I reckon TNZ are really testing kiwi loyalties right now. As a Brit turned NZer I’ve always avidly supported ETNZ - bought the merch - you name it. But my support is now slipping back towards Ineos Team UK…

  15. Much as I love watching the AC spectacle and would love even more for it to be in Auck again, I’m really struggling with this one right now.

    The world and everyone’s priorities are changing so fast that anyone doing the rounds with ‘cap in hand’ begging for a few more $m to stage a sporting event, just feels a bit of a folly in the current climate.

    I know we just had the Olympics and it was a welcome distraction once it got underway and we’ll probably feel the same way about the next AC whenever & wherever it happens.

    But it’s the way they are going about it that just feels a bit tone deaf right now…

  16. Many of these stories create a bittersweet feeling making me feel both awestruck & inspired and a pathetically inadequate amateur (which I know I am but don’t need reminding).

    In terms of feel-good enjoyment I still rate this as one of my fav reads and hard to beat:


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