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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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What a shame they had a good headsail , main out of action , but could had powered into it slowly we in 83 , had a 70 plus knot cyclone on the way back from noumea ,we had been talking to Keri Keri radio being ask to keep a look out for another boat in our sector ,, Lionheart ,, we did see lights behind us hours before breeze built , the seas 6mtrs and breaking from behind. Crew wouldn’t come on deck so it was just the two of us ,lionheart hit rocks off Whangaroa , we were booked to do customs at tut but ended in whangarei Visibility was the problem We saw tuts entrance briefly but it was a no go I can understand Maby the age of these guys was against them but I think sticking with the boat could had been a good move If in doubt turn and run

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We talked it over about going out for better seastate but may have been beaten back the white water ontop of the swell was fast and deep So kept going edged towards whangarei and in we went , the further south heading to auckland would mean shallow water and steeper swell I n70 knots is a no no , we needed to dump crew who wanted to get off the boat We headed for home after a clean up a week later

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Similar to others posting I've done a lot of trips up and down this coast, I'd struggle to guess exactly but it would be 50+, in all sorts of conditions.  I agree with what the others have said about big easterlies demanding respect on this piece of coast. 

 

However in what looks to be a solid 40 footer, and from everything I can figure of the conditions over the time this unfolded, there were multiple valid options they could have taken which wouldn't have put them or various rescue crews into the serious danger that they did.

 

Reading this: 

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=12015924

 

Makes it sound like a pretty severe case of inexperience/ineptitude or worse.

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That is a very interesting story Razz88 posted the link to.

 

Police are basically openly critical, but haven't spoken to the couple yet.

The rescue chopper actually got a swimmer onboard the boat, but then left again without the crew ..............................................Sounds like the crew changed their minds

"Senior Sergeant Cliff Metcalfe, head of Northland police Search and Rescue squad, said the couple had declined to be lifted off the vessel."

 

According to the cop "They were advised repeatedly to stay where they were at a safe anchorage and to ride it out until the sea had eased"

 

One thing I don't follow, the name of the boat is given as Kirribilli, the Yachting NZ boat search has that as designed by a 'C Seeborn' and sail #1049. A sail number starting in 1 has to be an old boat verging on a classic, and I've never heard of that designer. The photos show a modern-ish fibreglass boat resembling your standard European production boats, bimini, radar, furling headsails etc. Wonder if the Herald has screwed up some details again? 

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One thing I don't follow, the name of the boat is given as Kirribilli, the Yachting NZ boat search has that as designed by a 'C Seeborn' and sail #1049. A sail number starting in 1 has to be an old boat verging on a classic, and I've never heard of that designer. The photos show a modern-ish fibreglass boat resembling your standard European production boats, bimini, radar, furling headsails etc. Wonder if the Herald has screwed up some details again? 

 

I'm pretty sure I remember seeing a blue Beneteau matching the description/photos with that name around somewhere. Possibly for sale on trademe?

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