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  1. We were in Ketchikan at the end of the 2018 R2AK. Had a chat to a few of the kayakers. One of the considerations was camping were the bears aren't. Timing the floods and ebbs is a big part of that race.
  2. Yep they did. Pretty sure Glenn and Judy overwintered on the the Seine in Paris, snow on the decks and all. The night the picture was taken the French yacht in front of them dragged them down onto the reef just out of picture to the left. With the help of all the Kiwis and Aussie yachties nearby, some ones thumping big kedge anchor, our spare anchor warp, a few guys on the boom etc, they got off with only a few scratches on the keel and a bit of paint off. So lucky.
  3. Candidus anchored in front of us at Tobago Cays.
  4. Any squadron members on here prepared to comment if they are happy/not happy? To me Dalton is aware his teams biggest asset is the hosting rights and he sold them. But the NZYS had to let him do that I assume.
  5. Building a boat with an lpg oven at present. The builders say never again. Too hard to get someone to sign off gas now so electric only in the future.
  6. Unbelievable condition. It looks like the helm may still work.
  7. I swam with a completely unafraid turtle at the Poor Knights last summer. Came up to within a meter of me before diving.
  8. Perhaps they drag too much to qualify as permanent?
  9. Have to be careful what you wish for. My guess next time we have a tsunami alert no one will allowed within cooee of Tutukaka marina until all back to normal
  10. I heard a report that the warning system we have is way better at earthquake generated tsunami than volcano generated. No idea why. In this case the early reports from Tonga and Fiji should have given them a clue. I agree with Psyche in this case with a warning the only real option is to put to sea so not realistic for many. Wheels I'm not sure about the Japanese tsunami being short range. I saw the damage in Crescent City marina after that one.
  11. Good one. Hope the survey goes well for you.
  12. Just buy it. We circumnavigated a 46' Grainger a while ago and that looks a good deal to me.
  13. I see Dalton claiming in the Herald that ETNZ may have to go into liquidation if forced to defend here in New Zealand. Perhaps that could be a good pathway to hand over the ETNZ assets at a realistic value to some group that wants the next cup sailed in Auckland?
  14. I subscribe to Yachting World. I like their balance, innovative boats, the historical cruising reports and straight out practical Skip Novak.
  15. Big windows and no easy way to fit permanent storm shutters. New boat is alloy, the other a catamaran with some windows with curves in them.
  16. Thanks. Wireless nation and a booster it is. I have a skyroam for international business travel (remember that?) which works a treat by picking up any network at all, similar to wireless nation I think.
  17. Do any of them make a worthwhile difference? Tauranga to North Cape is the usual cruising area.
  18. My boat won't pass the new rules. Nor would the one we circumnavigated in. However I would be reluctant to go through any documentation process for the sole reason of avoiding a safety inspection or requirement. That would open a huge can of worms for any insurance claim or third party liability should something go wrong.
  19. Sail World W. But you may have better sources Union Jack Match The suggestion of a single Challenger Defence against INEOS Team UK to be sailed in Southern England got some airplay in the latter stages of the 36th Match. For it happen it would seem there would need to be an agreement between the two teams that the 38th Match would have to be sailed in Auckland, as there seems to be little point in running a short-cycled match when there would normally be a three to four year interval. Of course, there is the prospect that if the Brits pulled off a fairytale win, that the Kiwis w
  20. And China have lifted 200 million plus out of poverty in a generation. Never happened before. Ever. Good and bad in all systems. Back to the cup. Is the one off regatta in Cowes and the next one back in Auckland no matter who won still on the table? I quite liked that idea.
  21. darkside

    What if...?

    Usually keep our boat in HMB. Currently in a shed in Mt Maunganui and we won't take it to Auckland this summer. Too much risk of no boating at all if we did. I assume Mercurys to Tutukaka non stop would be OK with the current levels?
  22. darkside

    What if...?

    Only boated at N59 once and it was like this
  23. Electric boats in the right application are quite doable, even for heavy cargo. You just have to think about how to achieve it. https://newatlas.com/marine/zero-emissions-services-freight-batteries-swappable-containers/?utm_source=New Atlas Subscribers&utm_campaign=52d0840bc8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_09_07_08_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-52d0840bc8-76685595&fbclid=IwAR3GAu2OwTuzId-TuTm3ytLtB8VRnrLa9b_fC4PJlpD_-6CXCJ-8vR86Y7M
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