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  1. I encountered really thick fog 18 months back. Even leaving Islington Bay required a chart (to navigate by depth contours) or GPS. It was a surreal experience, and the only time I've broken out the fog horn in 15 years. Otherwise, exploring places that are less familiar: isolated beaches, places to fish or snorkel, estuaries and rivers - such as heading up to Warkworth.
  2. I got none. Antarctica doesn't need tourists.
  3. The initial advisory was issued at 8:14pm. Not sure why the flounderers in the Hokianga thought this would not apply to them. And anyone with history at Tut's knows it has been punished by tsunami waves in the past.
  4. I don;t think that's true. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/459618/tsunami-advisory-for-parts-of-nz-s-north-island-waves-crash-into-tonga-after-volcanic-eruption The message I got from the announcements was stay away from the beaches and harbours, there'll be crazy s**t happening.
  5. Same problem all around the pacific. The warning network is calibrated for earthquakes, but volcanic events are much rarer, so I guess they have less data. I wonder how it would respond to an undersea landslide.
  6. Parking (white spaces) is time limited during the week (P120), but the limit deliberately ends at 4pm to not disrupt crew parking. Personally, I want to see more parking for bikes, as it's a great way for people to get to their boats. As for behaviour, I'd be happy enough if people in cars would observe the speed limits.
  7. I've always thought of Chamberlins as the west part of North Harbour.
  8. Only two things you really need: time your trip so you have the wind with the tide through Tiri passage. shorten sail early, reefing main and smaller head sail - you're not racing. Yachts that are not overpowered are very comfortable even in steep chop - much more comfortable than motor boats.
  9. Also, the eutectic system also can be set to run only during the day = no compressor noise keeping you awake at night.
  10. DoT

    Motutapu Opens

    Interesting if true. I've walked over Rangitoto a fair bit over the last two years and never seen one. And the undergrowth on the island is flourishing, which would be at odds with any significant wallaby population.
  11. The harder old rocks definitely make for better snorkelling than the Waitemata sand and mud stone. These old rocks are found on north and east sides of Motutapu, Rakino, Waiheke, Kawau, end of Tawharanui, Matheson's bay to Goat Island. Also Motuora and Moturekareka have some interesting spots. I reckon all of those can be worth a look, but the water can be murky depending on the wind directions.
  12. I don't agree. Lots of vaccines have effectiveness around 50%. The flu vaccine for example: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/vaccines-work/vaccineeffect.htm Or the recently approved malaria vaccine: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02755-5 The covid vaccine remains 93% effective against serious illness after 6 months. Stopping the spread of covid requires more than just vaccines. Hence the continuing restrictions and recommendations for mask wearing.
  13. This is a pretty gross misrepresentation of the study. To quote to key passages of the summary: "Vaccine effectiveness against hospital admissions for infections with the delta variant for all ages was high overall (93% [95% CI 84–96]) up to 6 months." "Among sequenced infections, vaccine effectiveness against infections of the delta variant was high during the first month after full vaccination (93% [95% CI 85–97]) but declined to 53% [39–65] after 4 months." So vaccination still halves transmission at 4 months - which is far more than the flu vaccine achieves - and reduces se
  14. Perhaps not a committee decision, but I remember it being discussed at a committee meeting and generally accepted that it wasn't prohibited. Cameron, do you happen to know how much lighter a carbon pole would be than alloy?
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