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  1. My brother was inspired by David Lewis to do a trip to Antarctica on his boat Snow Petrel with my Dad and younger brother as crew. 

    My younger brother did a documentary on it and my Dad wrote a book. It's a pretty cool story of a real adventure on a super low budget but my eldest brother is a master mariner and really left no stone unturned in his preparation. 

    For anyone interested the documentary Snow Petrel downunder is now on YouTube in 3 parts and the book is available online(or I have a copy of the book and DVD if anyone wants to borrow them). 

    Its best to watch the movie first then read the book as the movie paints the picture and the book goes into way more behind the scene type details.

    Here is the link to part one. 


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  2. A quick mind dump of ideas to get the discussions starting. 

    would suggest to make it a 2 part event with a southern and northern fleet and the leg from auckland south be the main leg with all boats. Southern fleet starts a week earlier and stops over in Auckland (or somewhere else...?) and the northern fleet and southern fleet start together in auckland for a combined race south. Then the northern fleet races home. This will encourage a huge participation for the southern leg and all boats complete a full lap.
    Waikawa would make a great stopover and I think a decent length stop with a few wine tours and/or a few days to have a raft up somewhere in the sounds. Maybe a start/finish line in the outer sounds with a mooring available for a raft up once finished before cruising into waikawa, then start line in the same spot so people can check out the sounds on the way to the start line. 

    Nelson is also a port worth looking into for a southern stopover and there are likely to be more boats from Nelson and waikawa than wellington entering the race.
    Crew replacements should be allowed. This would allow for a longer stopover as the people with time restraints can bail out leaving the others to enjoy the whole event.
    Also have a rally fleet who can just do the leg south then stay in the sounds and cruise home or have a restart later giving them a few weeks down there.

    Another alternative is to have it a non stop race that starts at the same time in several locations with each start line being a gate that all boats have to go through. northern gate in the bay of islands, auckland gate, tauranga gate, Wellington gate, south island gate (central to Nelson and waikawa like alligator head).
    All boats get scored as one combined race for ththe big prize. Obviously one startline is likely to be favored but you run separate results from each startline and a combined overall result.

    Just ideas anyway

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  3. 11 minutes ago, 44forty said:

    There must be a few boats that could host 50 people on Saturday night ? 

    How about having the band play on the end of the wharf or boat/barge and people anchor and raft up close. 

    If there was a big raft up then how many are we allowed per boat? 

    Rogue's good for at least 20-25 and the the new stereo should be sufficient for a cockpit dance floor. 



  4. 23 minutes ago, Dagwood said:

    Have enjoyed watching Sailing Parlay Revival's channel while they've been dealing with a bulkhead issue in his cat. Thought he carried himself through a challenging situation from both technical & political perspectives rather well - and he's a Kiwi! :-)

    Agreed, it's my new favorite as well. 

  5. Any water inside a boat makes it extremely hard to control downwind as it rushes forward when the boat surges down a wave. It becomes a compounding problem as the anchor locker typically stays full as the bow is getting more water over it. 



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  6. With no covid you would clear out at Bora Bora, stop at maupiti (last atol in FP) then suwarow (northern cook islands), nuie, tonga Minerva and NZ.  Or the southern route aitutaki, palmiston, nuie.

    But with covid I'm not sure exactly where you will be allowed to stop. As jon said Minerva is a great point to leave to NZ but I think you need 2 weeks at sea before entering NZ and they class that as a port even though its uninhabited. 


  7. 2 hours ago, Shimmer said:

    Hey Josh my kids want to know if Rogue 2 is a Star Wars reference?

    I said it could be because two rogues sail the boat 

    Hey Ben, the Beneteau we sailed as a family down from France to NZ we named Rogue.  I love the name and it's probably pretty accurate! A family gone ROGUE!

     So only fitting that the next family boat was called Rogue II. 


    to start behaving in a way that is not normal or expected, especially by leaving your group and doing something dangerous.
  8. 41 minutes ago, Jono G said:

    Back in the day there used to be the Farr 38 Nationals.

    We were motoring back into Westhaven on the Saturday afternoon (on Otway 3) and watched Jenny G getting towed in behind Alan's launch at 23kn. The bow wave was up higher than the boom! Amazing sight. Alan Gibb's launch was the Lassiz Faire with 2 x 1000 hp motors in it. Warwick 60?

    I remember that too. Was an amazing sight. Think I was on Mint for that one. 

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  9. We had a really fun day on the Rogue II. Was a voyage of discovery for us learning what makes the boat go and what sails we actually have. No idea of the sail crossovers as we hoisted 2 old gennakers we had never seen and a new code zero that we had only checked to see if it fitted so the reach down to the noiseys was a bit painful changing between gennakers and code zero to find something that worked. The guys who had decent small flat gennakers made good gains on this leg. Watched Phil on the deep purple blast past us on that leg like we were standing still! They looked fantastic and rounded the noisies a few hunndred meter in front.

    We lead our fleet for the whole race but they were never far behind. After the noisies we when sheeting on and headed upwind we heard a strange banging sound on the hull and thought we had collected a cray pot or something. Couldnt see anything over the side so did a backdown to clear it only to find the noise was actually the gas bottle banging the against the hull as the bungy holder was just loose enough to allow it to lean over and tap the hull from inside the locker. Big loss there but a simple fix and a lesson learnt. The beat back to the finish was great, flat water and 10-15kts with plenty of boats to try and stay ahead of. We played with sail trim and boat settings to find the best mode and made continual improvements in speed and height. Really close finish with the Salona 41 that resulted in a tacking dual for us to hold them off and the bigger elliott tourer Focus also coming at us quickly but we managed to take the win by a boat length. Handicap result was prety deep but overall we were really happy with the day and have a much bigger job list of improvements (and sails to make) to get the best out of the boat. 

    After party was good and we had a full boatload of people. A few improvements need to be made on the stereo system as we overheated the subwoofer and had to shut it down temporarily to let it cool down. We cant have this happen again as its a real party pooper! Another job for the list...



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  10. That book looks like a great read. Might have to try and find that one. Maybe we should start a crew.org book swap thread? I have hundreds and I'm sure others have as well. 

    I'm off the the south island for a 2 week campervan trip next week. Hoping to check out both Greymouth and Westport. Havent been down the west coast by road since I was a kid, only a few times by boat.

    Did kaikoura, marlborough and Nelson last weekend.

  11. Going back a few years....

    Alaska in 2001 on Shaman.

    Kodiak island, Prince William sound, Kenai Pennisular and back down the inside passage through Juneau, ketchican and onto Seattle. Followed by a cruise down the west coast of the USA onto mexico and back to Hawai where I started the voyage.

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