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There jib still seams ok so they have way on , so the boat may have blowen out the main but the jib is there , last I herd 14 miles to whangerai , keep going

Main looks like its sitting tidily in the stack pack...

I'm thinking inexperience and rattled. 

They said they had lost steering, but by the sounds of things are actually steering fine. The boat may not be going where they are pointing it, but that would be due to the swell rather than any mechanical steering failure. i.e. an experience issue.

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Coastguard attempted FOUR rescues. Including from helicopter. I'm fairly sure they would have 'just towed the boat in' if they could have. It certainly wasn't a case of not thinking of it...

Jetski registration came about because they are essentially unidentifiable and there are now lots of the little suckers. We all have sail numbers or names on the side.    I learnt not to swim anywhe

the fact that cg couldn't get out to them says a lot about the conditions, i'd say.

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The Wind and Sea has been running E/SE for sometime and has covered a huge distance, so the Swells will be getting up there. Windyty says the swells had been 4m. On top of that, there will be the Sea state due to the local conditions. Wind has been a pretty solid 30kts and thus there would be a ruff sea on top of those swells. The Sea direction would make entering Whangarei, Tutukaka, Whangaruru, mumu and all the other moos completely nuts to try. As Coastguard suggested to them, under the Poor Knights is the best choice. 
I imagine they are very very tired and exhausted and that only makes the situation for them soooo much harder to cope with. They may not be highly experienced perhaps, who knows, but Sailing is one of those situations where you can't often "practice" till you experience it. How many of you have ever deployed a Sea anchor in anger? it is a far different thing that when you practice it in calmer seas. They are going to gain a substantial amount of experience after this, even if it isn't till they get there feet back on dirt and sit down with a brew and think back at what they could have done better.

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Can definitely imagine some of those places looking pretty frightening. I've been past tutukaka in big easterly conditions where I wouldn't have attempted the entrance. But with some south in the breeze it shouldn't be too hard to unfurl a little of that headsail and potter along northwards around Brett and into the boi.


Given they've been able to make the poor knights and the picture appears to show them motoring into the conditions fairly happily, it doesn't seem that they have a major breakage.


Theyve asked a lot of other people to risk life and limb, and wanted to be winched off what appears to be a seaworthy boat. If it is a case of inexperience and getting a bit scared then it's pretty irresponsible.

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Having seen the photo, it actually looks a bit like a boat I saw anchored just off the western side of Mimiwhangata on Saturday, opposite Whangaruru. I was out hiking the DOC reserve and had been down on the beach at the end of the peninsula, but as I got back to the top of the ridge I saw the boat heading out to sea. At that point the weather was beautiful and it wasn't till maybe 3-4 hours later that the storm blew through while I was on my way back to Auckland. There was also another boat of similar size, maybe a Townson, that came into the bay while I was there and was still there when I left.

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