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  1. MarkMT

    Next Cup

    If American Magic wins... “We are going to put the boat back into the water,” he says. “It will be somewhere between 80 and 100 feet in length. It will be a displacement monohull that is good for traditional match racing. You need to be able to see the boats from a distance, and the boats need to be majestic.” https://www.sailingworld.com/story/racing/next-chapter-for-the-americas-cup/
  2. Wow. That was pure idle speculation on my part. What a shame.
  3. I hope this is not related... https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/trio-rescued-after-escaping-sinking-boat-off-auckland-ended-up-engulfed-in-flames
  4. Doesn't sound too good... https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/search-continue-today-yacht-missing-off-bay-plenty-coast
  5. Arrived back in NZ last week and joined the Coastguard this morning. The website recommends installing their app. Seems like a good idea, but can't find it in the google store. I checked the google store website and see this: "This app is incompatible with all of your devices" - specifically a fairly old Samsung S5 and a very recently purchased Moto G7. Huh?? What gives?
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq0PlmVQ0n0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PxAeo5N-9s
  7. No doubt. And as I've got older I've grown more and more convinced that I really don't want to be "most people." Probably why I find Webb Chiles so inspiring. Of course he doesn't have a lounge room, but he does have the "great cabin"...
  8. MarkMT

    They're quick

    A nice clip of ETNZ sailing a little higher and faster than the Nacra 17 fleet ... https://www.facebook.com/abkendall/videos/10156772161820814/UzpfSTEwMDAwMjY3NzAyNDU1MDoyNDA2MjY3MTAyODA1ODM0/
  9. https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/boats-marine/dinghies-rowboats/inflatable/auction-2408252641.htm Though curiously, their website only describes a rigid polyethylene product... https://www.wildcatboats.co.nz/
  10. Given the price and Wheels' report, I think I'm happy to take my chances with Ocean Inflatables... http://www.inflatableboatsnz.co.nz/models/
  11. Hey Wheels, 3+ years later, what's your long term verdict? Has it held up? They're still in business and prices look good. I'm gonna need to make a purchase in the next few weeks so sussing options. Also, anyone know this crowd in ChCh... https://www.facebook.com/aboutinflatables/ The link to their website doesn't work so can't really get much info, but they got a plug recently from a blog I follow...https://twoatsea.com/meet-gozzilla/
  12. https://www.facebook.com/krakenyachting/videos/vb.1783935465178679/2410726115847613/?type=3&theater
  13. He's not the worst I've dealt with in Auckland.
  14. Sorry to hear that...thanks for passing on the news. My first keelboat was a Harmonic. Wonder how many of us have sailed his boats.
  15. I'm thinking whoever designed that grew up watching Star Trek... https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/94554/why-did-warp-cores-become-vertical
  16. https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2019/11/04/hugo-boss-forced-to-cut-off-keel-in-transat-jacque-vabre/
  17. https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2019/11/03/keel-damage-for-hugo-boss-in-transat-jacque-vabre/
  18. Some additional commentary (video still not embedding?)... http://youtu.be/L1MnPadNmJI
  19. Oh no!! It's "interrupting views to the Harbour Bridge"! https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/402096/digger-stuck-in-the-mud-for-four-days-on-auckland-beach
  20. And also for the gal!
  21. Ravi Parent is a 2 time US Formula 16 champion from Sarasota (and as I recall he came within a broken daggerboard of the World title in Newport in 2014). He and his crew took a fairly spectacular tumble while training in Auckland recently for the Nacra 17 Worlds... https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2019/10/23/video-what-goes-up-must-come-down/
  22. Voting is open for the public prize... https://www.yachtracingimage.com/gallery.html ...via Facebook 'like's, so it looks like you need to be signed in to FB to vote.
  23. Released today by the Ministry for the Environment... https://www.mfe.govt.nz/sites/default/files/media/Environmental%20reporting/our-marine-environment-2019.pdf I haven't read the report itself yet, but there's an article about it here https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/401175/nz-s-marine-environment-taking-hits-on-all-fronts-government-report Some snippets that caught my attention...
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