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  1. We were at the Mercs over January and the Westpac helicopter come over and buzzed the bay. Listening to ch16 revealed a boat had set its epirb off but merely thought it was a low battery warning. yep, numpties abound.
  2. There is a macro economic principle at work here. It assumes that if there is a more efficient (profitable) way of doing something the market will find it, even if it is unethical or unpopular (which is why we need regulation). we come across this thinking in the building industry all the time. We know that standardisation is more efficient, as is modular construction methods BuT (so far) EVERYONE who starts tinkering with them ends up back at the same place -stick and gib. It comes down to volumes in NZ just being too small. if there was a more efficient (profitable) way
  3. IT, I trust your opinion but not enough to visit the TAB with your prognostications.
  4. I’m not a conspiracy theorist normally but it does make you wonder, given how easily Prada outpointed INEOS in the last race yesterday but didn’t on Saturday.
  5. The best tech analysis I’ve found is on this channel: https://youtube.com/c/MozzySails lots of good stuff analyzing the design rule. the most interesting one is on main sails, where ETNZ just might have a big advantage.
  6. I wouldn’t think any of them are blogs merely websites.
  7. We all use VMG as a proxy for VmC in the same way we use gas as a proxy for petrol even though it is a liquid. over time language adapts based on convenience or laziness not accuracy. until about 10 minutes ago I’d never heard of VMC.
  8. Not sure what I mean. I should have said “I sometimes wonder whether there should be more...” and I suppose that does mean enforcement. I’m not advocating for anything to happen was just musing out loud. I sometimes wonder about the desirability of anyone getting in a boat without any ideas and heading out and causing “issues.” There are a lot of threads on here of people wanting to know how to get started in yachting but a lot more buy a boat of some description and just go. Also a fair few people get prosecuted when it goes badly wrong. I just hate being on the wron
  9. Oh. That’s surprising but sort of makes sense. Was there notice issued to that effect (that I missed)?
  10. It’s not just jet skis. I had two situations in the Gulf during the last week. One was a launch and the other an enormous sailing cat (which did a beautiful gybe of their Code 0 after we bore away to let them past, so clearly are experienced). Also saw another showing no interest in giving way to Prada so Prada had to bear away and go around them. I’m becoming a proponent of more regulation out there.
  11. Addem

    New to sailing

    The old kiwi mentality of getting out and doing it counts for a lot. But there is a lot that can go wrong and mistakes that get made. So I always recommend for late starter newbies to also join a boat that races regularly, as crew. It’s always about time on the water observing what is happening in different conditions. This also helps build knowledge about what features of a boat would suit you. And then read read read. There is so much to be gained from reading about other people’s experiences.
  12. Cheers for that. Everyone. I didn’t realize there were so many options. I’m confident I can make something work now.
  13. I’ll give it a go and let you know so that we can establish a new practice.
  14. Do you mean between the old store takeaways and the general store? And you can get ashore (and back again obviously)? Sounds like a good option.
  15. Cheers for this. Probably didn’t make it clear that main thing is being able to get alongside somewhere as the girls will have, well, a LOT of stuff and our tender is a Takacat which is a bit damp for ferrying sleeping bags etc. I’ll get in touch with the yacht club I didn’t know about this.
  16. I have to pick up the family and reprovision, water etc on 13th January. what’s the best way to do this? The marina says they’re fully booked. Is there a temporary berth/wharf nearby? Perhaps someone has a 10 or 12 m berth I could borrow for an afternoon at Opua on 13th January? Pork Chop draws 2.5m ta
  17. Total downer. Similar thing happened to me straight after our White Island race. Was having a snooze at 5am when a clown with a old wooden trawler clunked into our prod. It’s probably stronger than yours as no damage and he couldn’t give a toss as he was more interested in getting out fishing.
  18. Agree. Probably more interesting on water exercise than a SUP
  19. Best part of the coverage yesterday was the filler item about the foiling bikes. The reporter/presenter took one for a “ride”, on national TV, without a PFD. How does that happen?
  20. I think one of the purposes of the regatta is to test the logistics as well as the boats. Not sure about the on water stuff but the TV commentary was awful In places. They didn’t know how many laps to be done, the graphics didn’t line up with the markers, the commentators weren’t listening or couldn’t hear race radio so didn’t report what the judge was saying, on and on. Compared to Bermuda they have a looonnng way to go. Fantastic race watching nonetheless.
  21. There’s been lots of coverage in the news. POT went automation and let go lots of staff. Automation isn’t working and now don’t have enough trained staff. Especially crane operators.
  22. Looks similar to the $500 EPIRB battery I dismantled, except waterproof and 1/10th the price.
  23. Are these the same engineers who said “it’s strong enough” before? the rapid changes in forces between the foil section and bow section on those foiling boats must be mental at 20knots.
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