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  1. Looking for Kiwi(s) wishing to be repatriated to NZ to join as crew. Must have Kiwi passport or permanent residence Visa. Leaving from Vuda Point as soon as weather permits. Can stay on boat till departure. 51 foot mono. Please send your contact information to grant@jobspec.co.nz and I will send additional information.
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    NZ to Fiji

    Not a boat many would wish to own, and certainly not a keel boat I would suggest you aspire to Rick. I sailed on an old race boat, very expensive to maintain and lacks creature comforts. Her name now is Nv. Nv is an Open 60 (modified for a little more length) with a 4.something mtr keel. Designed by Nándor Fa, she was built to compete in the Vendée Globe round the world race. She was an Ozzie boat for a long time, renamed The Broomstick, doing charters and races. Here's her entry in the 2001 Sydney to Hobart. The Ozzie owner added a decent galley and toilet, but other than that,
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    Rig tension?

    I bought a new (to me) aluminium yacht, with mast head, single spreader, cutter rigging. The stays and shrouds all seem to me to be very tight. There’s absolutely no give at all. I’m up in Fiji, 200km from a rigger so can’t seek advice. Thoughts? (Yes I can borrow a tensioner.)
  4. A really kind thought BP, and perhaps a motivation for those of us in other locales to follow your lead.
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    NZ to Fiji

    Thought I'd close the topic by confirming I cleared into Fiji last Friday at the end of a 7 day quarantine off Denerau. Trip up from BoI was awesome. Fantastic crew (including a couple of highly capable cooks), and a nice comfy quick boat. We had some great laughs, brilliant music, wit only a single day/night of rain. Wind on the nose the entire trip, but you can't have everything. Very happy to have finally boarded my own boat here in Savusavu.
  6. Not only if you return. We gained our Cat 1 in Wellington in April 2017, sailed up to BoI for checkout there, but weather window closed and we were stuck at Opua for a couple of weeks. The inspector had only given us an expiry of 1 month from inspection date (or first overseas port). So had to have the Cat 1 redone and of course pay again. As an aside there doesn't seem to be clarity and/or consistency for/between inspectors as to the expiry date of a Category Certificate. Recently crewed on another yacht and the inspector entered the expiry date as 12 months following inspection date (
  7. Lovely video and really interesting. Thanks for posting, much appreciated.
  8. I can make a comment on the point made. This has happened to me. 3 years ago I crewed on an Australian registered yacht and we cleared and departed Tauranga. We had all manner of issues with the boat and as you might deduce she wasn't up to the intended overseas passage. It wont help top get in to details, blame etc. But after several days the owner/skipper accepted the only option was to turn back. As it happened, and I think for reasons of anonymity, the Skipper choose Gisborne, and so Customs were radioed and gave permission to enter NZ. Gisborne isn't normally a port of entry. When we bert
  9. I didn’t intend to slide off topic again. I added the post about Okak because the village is on the NW passage and suffered enormously from a white man’s disease. Like all the little villages, hamlets and towns in the far north there isn’t much in the way of medical facilities or evacuation options. Even in 2020! Irrespective, Wheels and Priscilla have rightly brought up the 1919 flu and the horrific effect for Samoa. But you don’t have to look back very far at all to when another disease rampaged Samoa. Only last year they experienced a measles outbreak that decimated the country.
  10. Not wishing to aggravate the sin or virtues of the voyage. And I hope within the bounds of the original post that I made about sailing the northern extremes of Canada. I thought there might be an interest in the little town of Okak (sometimes spelt Okkak). Kiwi Roa will likely sail past Okak, found in the northern extremes of Labrador, perhaps even stop there as this is well south of the ‘finish line’ of the passage. Scientists tell us Okak, an Inuit village, has been constantly settled for over 5,000 years. At the turn of last century Okak held the largest Inuit community in Labrador and wa
  11. Mauritius is too far away to be relevant. The Exxon Valdez disaster brings the point home in a more germane way me thinks. Until Covid, there'd been considerable concern about cruise liners doing the trip, and that sooner or latter a ship would founder and thousands of people would need evacuation. Something that the area doesn't have the capability to do.
  12. Earlier I listed the above table of New Zealand successes. I am stunned and amazed that no one on the forum has picked up on my error. Till now some members have been so quick to point and scream at my occasional mistakes and stumbles. But anyway as you'll all know, Peter Elliott is of course a true Aussie battler. Whilst his boat Typhina was built in France, Peter flagged her as Australian shortly after buying her off a French family who'd lived on her for 20 odd years. A link to his fascinating web site that tells the story of their two season NW Passage http://www.tyhina.com/in
  13. I understand she was originally built in Whangarei. Sistership? don't know. She did the Northwest Passage in 2008 with skipper Juan Ribos under Spanish flag. And it is that journey that's featured in the Youtube video. These days she is a NZ registered yacht and for the last few years she's been sailing around Western Europe.
  14. Vicariously, and from reading/watching, there's never a time when it's clear of ice during the July-Sept cruising season. The issue is the amount of ice and it's interaction with the wind. All sailors take advice and rely on forecasts form the Canadian Ice Service.
  15. Just thought that to try and keep the thread on track, and perhaps add a little sanity, here's a reminder of the Kiwis who've completed a successful NW passage: 2000 Evohe (25m yacht) Stephen Kafka 2009 Tyhina (10.4m yacht) Peter Elliot 2010 Astral Express (12.5m yacht) Graeme Kendall single handed over two seasons 2011 Kotuku (12m yacht) Ian Douglass 2012 Tokimata (13m yacht) Peter Garden 2017 Larissa (13.7m cutter) Mark Domney 2017 Tiama (15.2m skoop) Hank Haazen Just to add Australia have had only 6 successes including 3 by Roger
  16. Very much insurance company specific, but given you've no replies so far here's my 2 cents worth. For offshore then expect skippers/sailors requirements for Cat 1 as set by YNZ minimum. Suggest you refer to the YNZ web site for the Safety Regulations, section 21 and Appendix 6 re Sea Survival. Yachting New Zealand safety regulations of sailing 2017-2020 Mostly very vague I know. But some decent blue water miles under the belt, probably looking for Ocean Yachtmaster qualified or equivalent commercial certification. The other aspect is the cruising grounds where the boat wi
  17. Suggest you start another thread. BUT ... In answer to your question, I think that ignoring the law and just sailing to NZ or Oz would have significant negative consequences. In Oz they'd just be regarded as wealthy 'boat people', their yachts confiscated and lengthy periods in one of the many Immigration camps until they could be repatriated. Here in NZ consequences wouldn't be much better.
  18. Kiwi Pete Smith transits the NWP in Kiwi Roa during COVID crisis, ignoring wishes of locals and Canadian government. New Zealander sails through Arctic on custom yacht in violation of COVID-19 restrictions 'I am a yacht, not a bloody cruise ship,' says Peter Smith, who's adamant he will not be turned around Is he a Covidiot or just someone upsetting the snow flakes?
  19. No idea, but it would be a helpful warning to others to know the actual cause.
  20. Sadly there are idiots. It was very lucky indeed that they were on the path of the East West Ferry. If not it could have been much more of a tragedy. I was out that day and it was a lovely sailing day but few boats. Very very cold, although clear skies, light winds and sunny, and of course it was a Monday.
  21. Aleana is both right and wrong, for a NZ registered pleasure boat. Cat 1 is a nautical matter and the certificate is granted by a YNZ approved inspector. But having Cat 1 does NOT give permission to leave the country, that is just a part of the process. Navy, Immigration, Police and Customs, absolutely all have the power and law to stop you leaving (and arrest). We were all set to go, and the boat received Cat 1 last Wednesday. But of course we had a new Covid outbreak, and on the basis of Friday's decision to extend the lockdown, Fiji agent couldn't guarantee entry. So
  22. Agent in Fiji says do NOT leave NZ at this time. Fiji may refuse entry.
  23. You make a very good point Aleana. All on board are required to have Covid tests within 72 hours prior to departure; so a very very unlikely scenario. When the announcement about the new Auckland infections was made last Tuesday evening NZ authorities also shut the border to NZ registered yachts. Am crewing on a yacht due to leave for Fiji this weekend, so now waiting for Fridays announcement with fingers crossed that they'll allow departures again.
  24. The Solomons case is not the same family; nothing to do with them. Zatara did go to Fiji (via a short stop at Minverva) and is still in Fiji, will be a few months yet. Many boats wait out the cyclone season in Fiji.
  25. Look I don't know the answers to your very valid questions. He manages to do some things and he's able to get people to help him. Obviously as you have and as have I. I don't think he goes out deliberately to rip people off, I think he just has no concept of consequences. When the marina manager, or lender or whoever starts screaming for their money he just moves on. But I seriously don't think that there's anything malicious in his intent. I sort of liken him to one of Barry Crump's characters: a bit of a likable rogue.
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