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  1. I remember the build up to SF and rich mans sport, not interested blah blah blah. Then when it happened interest went through the roof. I watched that one live, one day on the water the rest on Marina Green or thereabouts. Excellent atmosphere and better viewing from the shore. Bermuda was fantastic TV, perhaps the visual sporting event visually I have seen. For this one no idea if it will be worth watching on the water. They will have to keep the spectators a long way back for safety I guess. Will they just use one race course come cup time? If they swap with little notice it w
  2. Shared sh!tless because we are all following?
  3. More likely the Herald got the length of time wrong (no surprise) or they were anchored up for quite a while in a remote area of the Tuamotus before they set off to NZ.
  4. Because 38 miles a day seems quite slow for a 16m
  5. Two months and 18 days from Nuku Hiva? I doubt that.
  6. I was woken up this morning by Orcas having breakfast between the boat and the beach in Tryphena. They didn't attack the boat so we are all good for now.
  7. For the average punter "oh no, we are stuck on our yacht in Fiji" doesn't really invoke the shock and horror needed to get the ruling changed.
  8. Aleana I heard that the Riviera dealers say they could sell as many large models as they could get berths so perhaps it is a blessing?
  9. I guess that's one of the reasons trucks aren't allowed on the clip ons
  10. That's a good effort alright. I think there is a mooring in Deepwater Basin but there may be an out of work tourist boat tied up to it at the moment. Hopefully the fishing guys will help him out.
  11. Quite concerned for this guy. By Monday evening, some large waves were already hitting the southwest of the South Island, with the biggest waves expected by Wednesday evening. By then, the significant wave height at the southwest corner of the South Island is predicted to be above 8 metres high
  12. At Porquerolles off Hyeres there was a bloke in a boat selling rotisserie chooks and he was doing a fine trade
  13. Yep and Kingfish Lodge in Whangaroa did as well. Lots more opportunities though. I'm in Kaiarara Bay Fitzroy as I write this and the lodge there could do this easily. The lodge on Kaikoura Island used to offer meals but couldn't make a go of it. While we have a lot of boats we also have miles of coastline so perhaps not the density of punters to make it work.The small tides in the Med make it easier there plus the very settled weather in season. Also imagine trying to get a consent for a few moorings in front of your restaurant here...... As an aside we had a meal at a waterfront pla
  14. The Zarpe requirement is widely ignored in the Med, in many places they won't give you one and no one asks for one when you check in. We asked for one a couple of years ago leaving the US (Ketchikan) for Canada and were also told they don't offer a clearance certificate. Other places you better have one as IT says. But back to the thread it's all pretty academic at present, after all, where would you go? We have friends that happily made it through the blue lane to Fiji but that door seems to be closed for a while at least.
  15. I've been boarded by navy twice (Eritrea and south coast of France). They don't tend to pop over on their own and as a rule navy personnel are armed. My guess is that they decided this guy was a harmless muppet and left him alone. I've only stopped at Minerva once. We had a somewhat friendlier chat with the Tongan navy vessel over the VHF, but we were on route NZ to Tonga, not coming from Fiji. I can only hope the Tongans weren't too offended and will still go out of their way to help yachties as and when requested. As an aside pretty sure the navy vessel would be around 50 years old as w
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