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I was sussing that last night. Never been through there myself, even in the day light. Is it part of a competition for spot prizes at the prize giving? the most stylish stranding prize, or just a cerebral way to assess the fleet's ability at percussion hydrography?

At least there is a light right there to help with some basic pilotage. white and red sectors and all.

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1 hour ago, Black Panther said:

Too cryptic for me

The Endura race calls for the shorthaul and cruising fleet to round Ponui Island to port, meaning you have to go through the narrow channel on its southern end. It has a sandspit sticking into it. Race starts at 5:30 pm, so the fleet will go through in the dark.

Should be a good test of navigational skill and concentration whilst short handed, at night. I think there is a reasonable chance of at least someone getting it wrong. Only issue is there wont be many photos, cause of the time the fun is likely to occur.

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If you've ever shot the gap at Bean, its wider that the Sandspit channel. I'm not sure Mum and Dad on the Hanse with little Jonnie onboard would be super excited about short tacking through there in no breeze against the tide, but at least it will be a soft landing    

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Navionics shows it at about 110 m wide for the 5 m contour, and a little over 200 m wide (230 m ish) depending on where you measure it, for the 2 m contour.

Should be fine, if its downwind. Would be amusing to watch boats trying to beat through there though. Shame its at night, that would be fun to watch.

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It would be 2 handed. And there should be a few dozen other boats out, if you aren't fast enough, they will show you the way. If one suddenly stops moving (or their masthead light lurches forward, then stops) just go on the deep water side of them and you will be fine.

The only issue would be if its easterly or SE, then everyone will be tacking up that little narrow channel. What could go wrong? I mean we hardly ever get easterlies, or south easterlies, do we? How many have we had in the last week or so? It is a La Nina year, but we only get north easterlies in La Nina's don't we?

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