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  1. We were out at the Barrier last night. A trailer boat was anchored and diving for crays next to Bowling Alley Bay. Can't imagine how they will achieve anywhere near 100% compliance
  2. Pretty quiet nighy there really. Driving towards Paris this morning there were trees down on the big roads for the first 150km or so. Great to see the respect for sailors in France. Eric Tabarlys home town had a billboard to let you know. Good fleet of mini off shore yachts in Concarneau.
  3. We are hunkered down (ashore) in Concarneau tonight. 93kn is a good breeze alright.
  4. Heading out this evening Dr? A good breeze to check those polars
  5. The coal use reduction is real but..... it's because it rained a lot, which is good for hydro With the coming El Nino it will go back up for sure.
  6. Well actually no. https://www.newsroom.co.nz/coal-use-plummets-to-32-year-low It's a shame there really is no logical "outing" trip for the Daldy like Walter Peak down south for the Earnslaw. Too slow for even Waiheke.
  7. No I don't, that's way too simplistic and not helpful. I want to advance the conversation to the science behind modern farming and to where the answer will probably lie. Find a better way to kill it. Breed something we already have to eat more of it. Introduce something to eat it. GM something we already have to eat more of it. Find some value in it so it's worth harvesting. Much the same as controlling noxious land weeds. Its ongoing work, each weed has a different solution and yep, hand harvesting of the whole plant or at least immature seed head is often the only practical way.
  8. And of course you can. Farming springs to mind which is controlling nature all day long. Stopping nature is also possible if you have the will and the money. Plenty of predator free islands to visit in New Zealand. Everyone said they had no chance with m.bovis but the end seems to be in sight. Caulerpa will be much harder for sure.
  9. So that's game over for single handing. Even for the small vessel commercial guys productivity and overall safety will be worse without proper rest. Are you insured if you don't have a watch keeper?
  10. Kaiarara Bay is our favourite in Fitzroy but I agree it sure can funnel down there in anything with East in it. Forestry is much better in that sector. Sounds like a nerve wracking couple of days.
  11. Great to see him safe. That's some rescue
  12. I prefer west as well heading south. Once clear of Maria van Diemen happy days. Last run to Nelson was in December. That said we left Oban a couple of hours ago and are heading up the east coast back to Auckland
  13. Pleasant enough in Port Pegasus
  14. We are in Fiordland this summer. Bugger all recreational fishermen and let me say plenty of fish. We saw free jumping bluefin north of Milford. Last time I saw free jumping tuna in the north island was off Whakatane in the late 90s (yellowfin). The recreational pressure from Tauranga north is just too much for the fishery to sustain.
  15. We tied our valise under the saloon table (bridge deck catamaran) That was fine until it inflated itself while we were out for a meal (Menorca) and it more or less filled the cabin
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