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The Bay of Plenty & Coromandel’s own watersports news. Phone 07 578 0030 Dec/Jan 2011 Issue No 161 p l e a s e t a k e o n e Clippers to the coast King of the river Reluctant racer New radio room

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Waterline Magazine December 2011


  • The Bay of Plenty & Coromandels own watersports news. Phone 07 578 0030


    2011 Issue N

    o 161

    p lease take one

    Clippers to the coast

    King of the riverReluctant racerNew radio room


    The Bay of Plentys own boating, fishing, diving, yachting and watersports news.

    Edition DeadlineMarch2012 24Feb2012June2012 1June2012

    Foradvertising,callSunMediasspecialistmarineconsultantJo Dempsey 07 928 3041 email [email protected]


    PH 07-578 0030 FAX 07-571 1116 PO Box 240, Tauranga. 1 The Strand, Tauranga email: [email protected]

    HIGH TIDESDECEMBER1 Th 5:17 0.2 11:46 1.8 17:54 0.2 2 Fr 0:05 1.7 6:07 0.3 12:35 1.8 18:44 0.33 Sa 0:56 1.6 6:58 0.3 13:25 1.7 19:35 0.34 Su 1:49 1.6 7:50 0.4 14:15 1.7 20:26 0.45 Mo 2:43 1.5 8:45 0.5 15:04 1.6 21:18 0.46 Tu 3:38 1.5 9:39 0.5 15:54 1.6 22:09 0.47 We 4:31 1.5 10:32 0.5 16:43 1.6 22:58 0.48 Th 5:22 1.6 11:22 0.5 17:31 1.6 23:44 0.39 Fr 6:09 1.6 12:09 0.5 18:17 1.6 10 Sa 0:28 0.3 6:53 1.7 12:54 0.4 19:02 1.611 Su 1:10 0.3 7:36 1.7 13:37 0.4 19:45 1.712 Mo 1:51 0.2 8:17 1.7 14:19 0.4 20:28 1.713 Tu 2:33 0.2 8:58 1.8 15:02 0.3 21:10 1.714 We 3:14 0.2 9:39 1.8 15:45 0.3 21:53 1.715 Th 3:57 0.2 10:21 1.8 16:30 0.3 22:38 1.716 Fr 4:42 0.2 11:05 1.8 17:17 0.3 23:25 1.717 Sa 5:30 0.2 11:51 1.8 18:06 0.2 18 Su 0:16 1.7 6:20 0.2 12:41 1.8 18:57 0.219 Mo 1:10 1.7 7:15 0.3 13:34 1.8 19:52 0.220 Tu 2:10 1.7 8:14 0.3 14:30 1.8 20:49 0.221 We 3:12 1.7 9:15 0.3 15:30 1.8 21:49 0.222 Th 4:16 1.7 10:17 0.3 16:30 1.8 22:49 0.123 Fr 5:18 1.8 11:19 0.3 17:31 1.8 23:48 0.124 Sa 6:16 1.8 12:19 0.2 18:31 1.8 25 Su 0:44 0.1 7:12 1.9 13:15 0.2 19:27 1.826 Mo 1:37 0.1 8:05 1.9 14:10 0.2 20:21 1.827 Tu 2:28 0.1 8:56 1.9 15:01 0.2 21:12 1.828 We 3:17 0.1 9:44 1.9 15:51 0.2 22:02 1.829 Th 4:05 0.1 10:31 1.9 16:39 0.2 22:49 1.730 Fr 4:51 0.2 11:17 1.8 17:25 0.2 23:35 1.731 Sa 5:37 0.3 12:02 1.8 18:11 0.3

    JANUARY 20121 Su 0:22 1.6 6:24 0.4 12:47 1.7 18:57 0.32 Mo 1:10 1.6 7:11 0.4 13:32 1.7 19:43 0.43 Tu 2:00 1.6 8:01 0.5 14:18 1.6 20:31 0.44 We 2:52 1.5 8:53 0.6 15:06 1.6 21:21 0.45 Th 3:47 1.5 9:46 0.6 15:57 1.6 22:12 0.46 Fr 4:40 1.6 10:40 0.6 16:49 1.6 23:03 0.47 Sa 5:31 1.6 11:31 0.5 17:40 1.6 23:51 0.48 Su 6:19 1.7 12:20 0.5 18:29 1.6 9 Mo 0:38 0.3 7:05 1.7 13:07 0.4 19:17 1.710 Tu 1:23 0.2 7:49 1.8 13:53 0.4 20:03 1.711 We 2:07 0.2 8:33 1.8 14:38 0.3 20:49 1.712 Th 2:52 0.2 9:16 1.9 15:24 0.2 21:34 1.813 Fr 3:37 0.1 10:00 1.9 16:10 0.2 22:21 1.814 Sa 4:23 0.1 10:46 1.9 16:57 0.2 23:09 1.815 Su 5:12 0.2 11:33 1.9 17:46 0.2 16 Mo 0:00 1.8 6:03 0.2 12:22 1.9 18:37 0.217 Tu 0:54 1.8 6:57 0.3 13:15 1.8 19:31 0.218 We 1:53 1.7 7:55 0.3 14:11 1.8 20:28 0.219 Th 2:55 1.7 8:57 0.3 15:10 1.8 21:28 0.2

    Tauranga tide heights in metres. Bowentown: subtract 5 minutes from Tauranga (both HW and LW)

    Katikati (Kauri Point): add 30 minutes to Tauranga (both HW and LW)Whitianga: High Water subtract 2 minutes from Tauranga HW tide;

    Low Water add 2 minutes to Tauranga Low Water.

    Every effort has been made to ensure that these times and tides are correct, no responsibility will be accepted for any inaccuracies, omissions, or misuse

    or misinterpretation of the values for tides and times published. Times used in the tide predictions are in New Zealand Standard Time (NZST1).

    Add one hour for daylight savingsWaterline turns sixteen years with this edition and, like most

    16 year olds, there are some big changes happening.

    Waterline Magazine will be bigger, going further and extending its print run, heading into 2012.

    Were changing the frequency, going quarterly, along with the increased circulation and paging.

    There will be more Waterline news incorporated with our other highly successful publications, including the Bays leading newspa-per, The Weekend Sun and the marine section of the regions daily live news service, SunLive.co.nz

    When Waterline was launched in the summer of 95 the internet was still a fairly new gimmick and emails were something that only geeks enthused about.

    It is estimated that in 1993 the Internet carried only 1% of the information flowing through two-way telecommunication by 2000 this figure had grown to 51%, and by 2007 more than 97% of all telecommunicated information was carried over the Internet.

    As the years have rolled by, the electronic communication age has played a rapidly increasing role in media and here at Waterline and Sun Media weve embraced that.

    As the flagship of many boating clubs in the region, Waterline has performed a vital role for those organisations to connect with their members and promote their activities.

    The advance of internet and email has changed the way clubs do that, and its timely that Waterlines role is adjusted to reflect those changes.

    Well be making full use of SunLive and the instantaneous ben-efits of the web, while continuing to produce a quality hands-on print publication. Waterline will also have a presence in the Suns fortnightly lift out automotive supplement, Bay Driver.

    As of next year, Waterline Magazine will be published quarterly, with an increased print run, reaching more boaties throughout the Bay of Plenty, Coromandel and beyond. Each edition will have more pages, more reading and more great deals from your marine industry.

    We thank all our readers, clubs and advertisers for stoic support in the last 16 years and we hope you continue to enjoy and appreci-ate Waterline Magazine in its new format and frequency going into 2012.

    Keep sending us your stories and pictures of your boating, fish-ing and watersports exploits well have more room than ever to showcase them.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and safe boating in the New Year. Sea you out there. Brian & Claire.

    Format and frequency changes for your Waterline Magazine


    Edition DeadlineSept2012 31August2012Dec2012 30Nov2012


    A $1000 donation from the Tauranga Marine Industry Association marks the start of the

    Coastguard project to rebuild its radio room.Coastguard operations manager Simon Barker says the donation part of

    the proceeds of the successful boat show will go towards the project.The plans are expected to be finalised this month.Then we seek the money from various sources, says Simon. Rather than going just to funders, we will do our own fundraising

    raffle that we are running now from December through the summer for the radio room as well.

    We want to put a reasonable amount of our own money into it. Unexpected donations like the TMIAs will also be earmarked for the

    project, says Simon.Hes hoping work will begin in the new year.The radio room, which is the Coastguards main connection with

    boaties on the water, is to be transformed with the addition of modern digital gear.

    The Coastguard will also be installing a back up generator with an uninterrupted power supply as part of the project.

    So if we have a power cut, which we do every few months, we will be able to carry on running, says Simon.

    And also, if theres a major power outage for a prolonged period, a lot of our building will be able to carry on running.

    When a lot of people around have no power well actually be able to keep up and running.

    It will be a reasonable sized diesel generator and as long as we keep it fuelled it will just carry on powering all the radio gear and a lot of the other gear in the downstairs training room. The UPS system keeps the power flowing to sensitive electronics from batteries while the back up

    generator comes on line. They looked at solar panels but decided they dont need them with the UPS and the genset. There are a few back up battery systems at present, which the new system will replace.

    With the new set up there will be a lot more electronic gear involved in it, computers and extra digital gear, so there will be quite a bit more that we have to keep running, otherwise we will lose the radio room, says Simon.

    And theres no point in having car batteries and stuff like that every-where, so we will get rid of all those and do it properly.

    A raffle is being held to fundraise for the radio room project with tickets on sale at Tauranga Coastguard, Sun Medias office at No.1 The Strand and during a street appeal.

    Only $59,000 to go. Simon Barker and Tauranga Marine Industry Association chairman Tony Hawker in the radio room.

    Radio room campaign underway


    inflatables outboards boat trailers generators

    Work hard, Play hardEnjoy the summer!

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    2.8kw inverter $1299 6kw $1359

    The water is steadily warming; the fish are biting its time to

    dust off the dinghy and get out on the water.

    Of course you know about the rules of the road for use on the water after all youre reading this great magazine but do you have the skills to keep you and your family safe on the seas this summer?

    We know that there are about 15,000 new boaties taking to the water every year who havent learned the rules. In fact, we suspect that many of them dont even know that the rules exist.

    The Big ThreeIf I could simplify all the hundreds of

    boating rules into the three most impor-tant, these would be my choice:

    Keep right Go slow near the shore, other boats and

    people in the water Give way to big shipsYou could argue that there are other

    rules equally as important and Im sure it would be an interesting argument, but if

    every boatie could just follow these three rules, Id almost be out of a job!

    Keeping right onKeep right? Its certainly not an instinctive

    thing to do as we spend all our time on the land keeping to the left, but those are the rules at sea.

    Keep right in shipping channels and when another boat is approaching head-on.

    Five what?The speed limit when youre within 200

    metres of the shore is five knots or a fast walking pace. The same speed limit applies within 50 metres of another boat or a person in the water.

    Nothing new there and if youre obeying this rule, then you probably dont need to worry too much about the wake rule.

    Keep clear of the big boysGiving way to the big ships in or near

    harbours is just commonsense. The only tricky bit is deciding how much room to allow these floating giants.

    Judging from the number of angry ship toots I hear, boaties arent giving the big

    ships sufficient space to navigate the narrow channels safely.

    Deceptively swiftIts easy to underestimate how fast those

    big vessels are moving. The average cargo ship moves across the harbour covering over 300 metres or three football fields in 60 seconds.

    It takes the average boatie quite a few minutes to wind in the fishing lines; start the engine and heave up the anchor, so if youre anchored in the channel, you need to allow plenty of time in case something goes wrong.

    Dont leave it until the last minute!

    Keeping safe simple


    Great view, butThe captains view from the bridge of

    a ship is a splendid one, but he cant see anything close in front of the ship. All ships have a blind spot in front. How extensive this is depends on how high the cargo is stacked, but this blind spot can extend to around 1000 metres in front of the ship.

    Captain cant see youIts just under 2000 metres in distance

    from Panepane Point on Matakana Island to Salisbury Wharf at Mount Maunganui, so that means once a ship comes in through the harbour entrance, the captain or pilot may not be able to see any small boats closer than about C4 beacon, or half the distance along the Cutter Channel. Now, thats a scary thought Its just like the big trucks if you cant see the driver then he cant see you.

    Look out for looniesLook out and lifejackets deserve a men-

    tion, too. Its the law that you must keep a good look out at all times. Just like on the road, you should travel at such speed that you can stop in time to avoid something

    that pops up in front of you. Drive to the conditions havent we heard that some-where before?

    Personally floatingYou know the drill on lifejackets or

    personal flotation devices, but an interest-ing exercise over summer when swimming from the boat would be to try to get into a lifejacket while floating in the water. It can be done by a normal strong and healthy person, but its not easy. Youll find that the lifejacket wants to float annoyingly high up around your face unless its tightly secured around you. Give it a go!

    Calling for helpMost boaties these days carry a mobile

    phone, but if your boat gets swamped, would you still be able to use your phone? A waterproof bag for your phone is vital if youre out in a small boat. Many boats carry a VHF radio. Do all your crew know how to use it in an emergency? Do they all know who to call and on what channel?

    Other forms of communication could include flares, emergency position indicat-ing radio beacon (EPIRB), personal locator

    beacon (PLB), flags or even morse code SOS flashed out by a torch at night.

    You may remember that one from your Boy Scout or Girl Guide days?

    Three short, three long, three short flashes on a torch or toots on your fog signalling apparatus should do the trick.

    Volunteer wardensIf you want to help to keep the harbours,

    lakes and rivers safe this summer, you might like to consider becoming a volunteer warden. The harbour masters in Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatane each coordinate a team of volunteer wardens who help to educate boaties. The wardens spend time on the boat ramps and beaches chatting to people and telling them about the rules that apply to their area.

    They give away information brochures and sometimes even give away packets of jelly beans with safety messages on them.

    Training is given to all wardens on how to approach people and get the message across.

    If youd like to help this summer, contact your local harbour master.

    Safe sailing and fine fishing!

    Splendid view from the bridge

    Harbourmaster Jennifer Roberts


    The combination of a classic Salthouse design and a meticulous

    build by Millar and Tunnage has created a very unique vessel

    in Caravel. Style and grace emanate from this strong

    go anywhere boat.

    Launched in 2004 and in current MSA Survey (inshore), no expense has been spared in maintaining her to a very high standard.

    Caravel is just under 13 metres in length and displaces 19 tons. Her 6 Cylinder John Deere diesel provides a cruising speed of 8 knots and a top speed of 12 knots. Her full keel gives the boat a stable, comfort-able ride. The Volvo bowthruster makes for easy manoeuvring when in confined areas. A Kohler 6.5kw genset supplies auxiliary power.

    Caravel features wide walk around decks with high bulwarks for extra safety. Access to the cabin is through sliding pilothouse doors on either side. The spacious saloon has the galley aft with settee table to port. Cabins are split both fore and aft with each having its own head and shower for convenience and privacy. The attention to detail and use of nothing but the best materials is evident at every turn of the head. Custom countertops, leather uphol-stery and solid teak timbre are just a few examples.

    Current owners have enjoyed endless hours of coastal cruising and exploration on Caravel with family and friends. Her design and build pedigree means that she is a boat that will provide the same type of enjoyment for many years to come. Caravel is offered for sale on behalf of the owners by Tauranga Boat Sales for $495,000. Her 14m Sulphur Point Berth is available for purchase with the boat as well.

    The recent Tauranga Boat Expo held in early November in downtown Tauranga on The Strand

    reclamation was a great success, both from the exhibitors and visitors perspectives.

    The venue was superb, being able to mix in both the on-water and on-land exhibitor displays, as well as the on-water activities with the bath tub racing, yachting and rowing.

    This expo was a TMIA initiative and was run by volunteers to help keep the costs down for the exhibitors and visitors.

    TMIA members Tony Hawker and Brian Kent put in huge

    efforts, and along with event coordinator Alison Stewart, the Tauranga City Council and the harbourmasters office, it all came together with a successful result.

    It bodes well for the future and the expo can be grown to expand further up the Strand Reclamation area and in conjunction with downtown Tauranga, the whole festival can only get bigger.

    The TMIA is here to offer help and services to anybody who needs boating information or assistance and our membership includes loads of businesses that are able to help.

    Visit www.tmia.co.nz and enjoy safe and happy boating over the summer.

    Merry Christmas from the TMIA.

    Tauranga Boat Expo a great success

    Caravel Salthouse at his best


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    Taurangas been a great place for the Clipper Race to visit,

    everyone had a wonderful time, but Tauranga will have to pay up to guarantee their return.

    Somebody else could pop in and take that opportunity, says Clipper Communi-cations manager Heather Ewing.

    Its $NZ2.5 million for the rights to a boat. Actually its quite a low cost invest-ment for tourism trade promotion.

    It doesnt have to be a straight up tourism sponsorship, says Heather. Lots of boats have links with industry supporters as well. A trade delegation from Visit Yorkshire has visited Qindao. Cape Breton Island on the Canadian east coast at the mouth of the St Lawrence Seaway sponsored a boat in the last Clipper Race.

    There is an apocryphal tale of the Cape Breton seafood delegation attending a dinner in Singapore where they were fed a local delicacy, sea cucumber. A Cape Breton delegates explanation that they use sea cucumber as bait sparked the develop-ment of a multi million dollar industry, says Heather.

    Tauranga has to decide whether they or the Bay of Plenty would like a boat in the next race maybe, and use it as a bill board, says Heather.

    You certainly have enough to promote or use it like a business leverage which is what the others do. We had sponsors here as well from Western Australia.

    The British High Commission was here with guests from Welcome to Yorkshire, we had sponsors from De Lage Landen

    activating their sponsorship and making contact with businesses and media.

    De Lage Landen is an inter-national finance house with offices in 40 countries. It uses its sponsorship of the Clipper Race as a way of bringing the international workforce together.

    Derry Londonderry is promoting its role as City of Culture in 2013, and making connections with cultural organisations.

    Geraldton Western Aus-tralia was used to promote the state as a possible venue for the ISAF Worlds

    yachting, which is taking place there this month in Fremantle.

    Qindao used the race to promote its bid for the Olympic sailing venue.

    When we first went there in 05/06 they were just building the Olympic marina then and that was a test event for the Olympics, says Heather.

    And again in 07/08 Qindao was using the stopover there to promote the fact they were holding the sailing events, and that was again a test event, says Heather.

    And now Qindao is considered Chinas sailing capital - in no small part due the involvement of the clipper race. The Volvo race is up there in the last edition as well.

    Thats why we go back there.You have the biggest port in terms of

    what goes out of New Zealand in Tauranga. Lots of our sponsors are associated with port complexes as well.

    Tauranga was an enjoyable stopover for the clipper crews, says Heather. The fleet was also popular with locals with about 450-500 people turning up on the open days.

    The crews absolutely loved taking part in all the activities you have got going on here and I know the skippers enjoyed a bit more down time than they usually get. They were Blo Karting, they went to the hot pools, they had a really good time as well. Its been absolutely fantastic.

    Theres been a lot of interest in having the race comeback to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. Hopefully people will talk about it.

    The whole point of the clipper race is

    Pony up for more clippers

    involvement whether on the sailing side or the sponsorship side. So if we can help sponsors make connections that will benefit them, that is more power to us. We are like a big match making service in that respect.


    New Zealand is a wonderful adventure playground with so many outdoor opportunities to enjoy.

    From boating and fishing, camping and tramping, to swimming, surfing and skiing the possibilities are endless.

    To help you stay safe while you discover more of our beautiful country, know before you go read and follow New Zealands boating, outdoor and water safety codes.

    These simple rules are easy to remember and will give you the confidence to explore and enjoy, no matter what you choose to do.

    It is really important that we are prepared and that we respect the environment we are in.

    It can also be a good idea to attend some organised training such as a Coastguard Day skippers course before setting out.

    Before going boating on our seas, lakes and rivers, get familiar with New Zealands Boating Safety Code.

    Five simple rules will help you stay safe, no matter what kind of boat you use.

    1. Life Jackets: Take them Wear them. Boats, especially ones under 6m in length, can sink very quickly. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water.

    2. Skipper Responsibility: The skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone onboard and for the safe operation of the boat. Stay within the limits of your vessel or your experience.

    3. Communications: Take two separate waterproof ways of com-municating in case you get into difficulties. We cant help you if we dont know youre in trouble.

    4. Marine weather: New Zealands weather can be highly unpre-dictable. Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.

    5. Avoid Alcohol: Safe boating and alcohol do not mix. Things can change quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.

    For more information about safe boating education and how to prepare for your boating experience

    visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz

    Know before you go

    The Boating Safety

    Before you go boating on our seas, lakes and rivers, get familiar with New Zealands Boating Safety Code, no matter what kind of boat you use.


    5 simple rulesto help you stay safe



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    Life jackets Take them Wear them.Boats, especially ones under 6m in length, can sink very quickly. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water.

    Skipper responsibilityThe skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat. Stay within the limits of your vessel and your experience.

    CommunicationsTake two separate waterproof ways of communicating so we can help you if you get into difficulties.

    Marine weatherNew Zealands weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.

    Avoid alcoholSafe boating and alcohol do not mix. Things can change quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.

  • The Young 88 Keelboat celebrated its 30th

    anniversary recently.

    The Class Association, which is very well organised, decided that the official birthday was the launch-ing of Ross Fields Paddy Wagon in December 1981.

    Since then, 144 glass boats have come out of the mould and there are a number of cedar/glass boats as well.

    The original plug for the mould turned into Tickled Pink and has been sailed overseas. Capretta from Tauranga, now re-renamed to its original name of 5th Avenue, sailed the Tasman via Lord Howe to Sydney.

    There are about 30 boats in Australia and others dotted around the world; probably enough to be an international class.

    The 30th birthday was marked by a celebration event after sprint racing at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron on Thursday, December 8.

    Guests included Jim Young, class designer, Roger Land, glass boat-builder, me, as the longest original boat owner at 27 years, and Colin

    Carran at 25 years with First Class. Jim is now in his mid-80s and is just as bright and feisty as hes ever been.

    One of the original idea thinkers of New Zealand yachting, Jim has been there and done that; Bruce Farr and Ron Holland both worked for Jim in his younger days.

    His work included Tango, with one of the first spade rudders in NZ and Fiery Cross with a canting keel in the early 1950s, NZ 37s and one ton-ners (Heatwave) in the 60s and 70s. Half tonner Mama Cass evolved into the Young 88.

    Launches were bread and butter and the Vindex in its many forms is a NZ icon. Multihulls too.

    Past Commodore Dooley Wilsons trimaran Atria, was one of Jims multihull designs.

    In the 80s it was the Young 11s (Honeywell/Bee Bad was the plug for the mould) and the Young 99s in their various forms.

    Jim told us the barn door rudder on the 88s was well thought out.

    A big deep rudder means control when the wide stemmed boat is heeled over. It took a while to figure out, he said.

    On Thursday night there were three sprint races; about 1km wind-ward/leewards. Its kill or be killed stuff and talking to the back markers afterwards they were very enthusias-tic participants.

    They said it encouraged them to lift their skills, learn tactics, learn rules and tune their boats.

    At the prizegiving, everyone was told that there would be on-the-water judges because things got serious after Christmas in the run up to the nationals.

    Ex-Tauranga Jim Young design Positive Touch is now in Noumea. Sailed up there single handed in a six and a half day passage now that would be an experience.

    I asked Jim what new design he would recommend for me today; Take your 88, put a square top main, a 10 foot prod and a bulb keel four foot deeper than the existing one. Thanks Jim.

    Colin Carran, Bill Faulkner, Jim Young, Grant Crawford (Class

    president) Roger Land.


    Mt Maunganui Yacht Club

    Omokoroa Boat Club

    Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club

    Tauranga Marine Industry Association


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    BoPSAT the Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club and Steves Marine, are offering 'Learn to

    Sail' programmes, which provides a pathway to take students

    through the YNZ syllabus, whilst providing time for fun and

    recreational sailing.

    The holiday programmes consist of 3 day intensive courses. Learn to Sail Aim: to provide the opportunity for students to

    learn to sail and to promote regular club sailing. Target Market: students through-out the Bay of Plenty.

    Age Range: 8 to 18School Years: 4 to 13Group Size: instructor ratio 1:6Duration: each course consists of 3 full

    daysAvailability: during school holidaysQualification: Yachting New Zealand

    Level 1. Cost: $245.00 per student, includ-

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    School Holidays Learn to Sail Programme

    Tauranga Yacht Club keelers are all set for a cruise to Slipper Island on January 14.

    This is an open event, with a special invitation to non club members to get together and enjoy a leisurely sail to Slipper Island, an afternoon on the beach, and just a bit of relaxing summer fun! It is NOT a race. The plan is that there is not really any plan. Leave when you like or group up with other boats and make your way along.

    If you are thinking about going, but have not ventured this far before, just let us know and we can arrange for a buddy boat to offer some help. For more details, contact Lisa Knapton at 0274 530 939. Hope to see you there!

    Set for cruising to Slipper

    Peter and Blair off to the worlds


    Weve been home in NZ for a couple of weeks after competing

    in the first World cup event of the year, Sail Melbourne.

    Our 49er fleet was small but it included the 1st and 3rd World ranked crews. The regatta racing was extremely close ... we got off to a good start and led for the first few days but an unwanted capsize when we were pushing too hard in big waves on day 4 saw us drop to third overall.

    With a variety of weather conditions this was an excellent regatta to do before

    worlds. We have sailed 3 out of the last 4 days so our NZ training is now complete and we are looking forward to getting to Perth! Big thanks to Geoff Woolley who has spent time out on the water with us over the last couple of months. We fly to Perth where we will have 10 days lead up before our racing starts on 12 through to 18 Dec. The Perth Worlds regatta is our first chance to qualify NZ a place at the Olympics in the 49er class. Only the top 13 countries qualify from this regatta the pressure will be on. We are expecting good solid breeze especially in the after-noon when a 20+ knot sea breeze usually

    kicks in most days famously known as the Fremantle Doctor. Large steep waves due to the shallowness of the water where the racing takes place will also add to the challenge of racing. The Perth Worlds Web site where the racing can be followed http://www.perth2011..com/ We will send out another update after the Worlds but you can view our facebook page to see latest news and photos. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peteand- Blair-Sail-ing/304921076191482 A special thanks to all our family, sponsors and supporters.

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    WOW Celebrates 10 years of Wild, Whimsical, Water-loving Women!

    Megan Harris, chairwoman for Women On Water for 2011-12 delivered this speech at the party held to on Saturday 3 December to celebrate this milestone in the history of WOW.

    Since I started WOW 9 years ago Ive watched it grow in popularity each year from about 40-50 ladies back then to todays staggering numbers of over 100. Of course, we totally rely on the generosity of our boat owners who make the time and have the patience to teach our ladies the art of sailing. The women have found that once they gain some skills and knowledge they are often invited to be regular crew giving more opportunities to sail in harbour and coastal races, holiday cruising and even ocean or blue water passage sailing.

    In recent times several of our ladies have become sole owners of their own boat which is a major achievement in my eyes. To have the confidence, determination and of course the bank bal-ance to own your own yacht is one thing but to actually have the knowledge and skills to maintain and repair your own boat takes a lot of courage so I have great admiration and respect for these women. The idea of a separate womens division within the club rattled the core of some stalwarts of TYPBC but once established the WOW division proved itself to be a valuable asset to the club and youll find most boat crews on a Wednesday night race now include at least one woman and theyre not just ballast! During my time in the club Ive met some amazing women whove been sailing competitively for many years & one such woman is Lisa Knapton. Born into a sailing family she raced in dinghies then trailer yachts & onto keel boats from the sweet age of 16. Now, after 27 years, shes still out there on Wednesday nights mixing it with the best of them and showing the boys that women can sail just as well as them as long as they can keep up their fitness and strength. Lisa then spoke about how the ladies cup was competed for only once a year whereby a woman had to helm but with the usual male crew. Slowly, more men allowed the women to join their crews then eventually they were allowed to fully crew the boat and use the spinnaker!

    Megan continued - Were here to celebrate the first 10 years of WOW. Promoted to the public as an opportunity for women to get out on the Tauranga harbour and enjoy what its got to offer, Lesley Grant, a Financial Planner, and Kath Brown, a school teacher, organized the first WOW sail for 13th December 2001. A gentile ride on a launch was offered to those not sure if sailing was for them and even a babysitting service was organized so the ladies had no excuse not to come. WOW continued the fortnightly Thursday sails through the summer and then combined with the weekend winter races until the next summer season. Ladies regis-tered with the office and the WOW committee organized boats for them to sail on. Originally called The WOW Factor, Women On Water it was accepted as a separate division of TYPBC in 2002 and was soon referred to as just WOW.

    Lesley Grant moved out of town during 2002 and handed the reins to Coralie Houston, whose enthusiasm and boldness really got things happening. In association with the Breast Cancer Support Service the inaugural Breast Cancer Regatta was held on September 29th for which TYPBC provided keel boats for 125 pink-clad women & men to sail on.

    The event was a huge success and was to be repeated annually for several more years.

    Celebrating a milestone

    Captain Colin Harris & first mate Roy Pearson with their entourage of wild women & a mermaid.


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    Mills Reef Winery came on board as our key sponsor in early 2003 offering bottles of wine for prizes in the winter and summer series as well as a $200 meal voucher for the winning womens race team. We held a Wine Education evening hosted by Ollie Pasquale to promote Mills Reef wines. Ollie took his wines very seriously and so wasnt very impressed with us when the following year we combined the wine tasting with a fundraiser auction for the Pacific Rim Challenge team going to Russia. Needless to say the wine was flowing freely. Many thanks go to Nick

    Aleksich, Sales Manager for Mills Reef Winery, who still supports WOW today but unfortunately couldnt make it here tonight. It was 2004, Sally Clark became chairwoman & I joined Coralie & a crew of 5 other WOW women onboard the 51 ft ex Whitbread Round the World race boat called Outward Bound. With only 3 men aboard we competed in the Auckland Tauranga Race, my first overnight race & not one to forget. Womens racing was now combined with WOW forming the two divisions we have today. You may remember such boats as The Butcher, Midnight Express, Melting Pot, Panama Jack, Drop Dead Fred, Howzat whose skippers were willing to allow a full crew of women to race their beloved yachts making full use of all the equipment and sails available. Terry Spitz of Sea Beagle & Murray Crapp of Little Gem were amongst the WOW cruising division boats who loved to pass on their vast knowledge to our ladies.

    After 2 years at the helm, Sally resigned and Rhonda Richie stepped into the breach having been to WOW for only one season. The following year, 2007, Leisa Managh took the top job in which time

    Lise Mackie had come onto the scene as a first time sailor and absolutely threw herself into sailing. By 2009 Lise was chomping at the bit to be chairwoman as her leadership skills and personal drive were exceptional. Our registration became computerized making it much easier to organize more women and more boats to the point now where we can cope with up to 135 people. We have a great com-mittee of women who work together to make WOW what it is today. Thankyou TYPBC and our wonderful boat owners for allowing us to learn and experience sailing the way we like to the WOW way!

    Lisa & I then proceeded to cut the beau-tifully iced cake made by The Bake Shack. Many of us made the effort to dress to the theme of WILD, WHIMSICAL, WATERY so we had lots of mermaids, ships captains, a sea gull, beach bums, paua shells, fish among other creatures. We danced the night away to the great sounds of SPARX and drank plenty of rums. All in all, it was a fitting celebration for the occasion and I look forward to the next 10 years of Women On Water.

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    Four Powerco employees were lucky enough to take part in the 2011 Mount Maunganui Yacht

    Club Legends Regatta after winning a staff competition

    on water safety.

    Along with their partners, they spent four days on the catamaran Wiz-zard, crewed by Doug Harrison, and Tricia Haine from Maketu.

    Powerco is proud to sup-port events and projects in the communities in which it operates. The electricity and gas distribution companys networks cover the upper-central, central and lower North Island.

    Sponsoring the regatta is one example of getting behind a local event while also giving staff members the opportunity to experience it themselves.

    It was the second time Powercos Jac-queline Barnes had joined Doug on the Wizzard. Doug has a presence that can quickly relax the most novice sailor, says Jacqueline.

    Getting to the starting point was hampered by car trouble, but the Wizzard quickly made up for the late start by trav-elling at speeds of up to 16.1 knots.

    Jacqueline said meeting other partici-pants in the regatta was a highlight of the weekend. They welcomed us on board as if theyd known us for years. We were fortunate to meet some amazing people on our travels.

    The timing of the regatta coincided with the Rugby World Cup final but that didnt mean the crews missed out on the nail-biting game. The regatta commit-tee arranged for a big screen on a private island so everyone could watch it.

    The weekend seemed to last forever - there were scallops frying, fish jumping, drinks flowing, food spilling, laughter and tears with many stories being told, Jacqueline says.

    Weeks of preparation of Wizzard fixing all the things that should have been done over winter is a great start to the summer cruising. The Legends regatta has that effect especially now PowerCo staff were

    going to be on board. They had arrived from Wellington and New Plymouth the night before and were staying in the nice hotel on Devonport, getting them to arrive early was never going to be easy.

    We loaded at Sulphur Point and picked the car drivers up at the Mount where the cars were going to be stored for the

    weekend.Arriving at A beacon for the

    start at 9:30am the wind was fresh and almost on the nose and having to make Karewa it left nowhere to run, just tough it out, not the best beginning for my new sailors.

    After the island we were able to ease sheets and run off in the gusts which made it a lot more comfort-able.

    Soon we were catching those who had started earlier and were reefing down, still

    getting along at 10 14 knots and reaching 16.1 at one stage.

    With double reefs in and just off Castle Rock one of the new skipper did not bear away soon enough and at speed we dig in a hull and spin on the spot, not that dangerous with the little bit of sail but still an interesting experience. A few things are scattered in the saloon and we motored into the lee of the rock to tidy things up.

    I decided it would be more sense to motor across the bay and on reaching Opito Bay at 3:30pm the wind was just howling and for the comfort of our Pow-erCo people decided that a bit of fishing in the lee was a good idea. The anchoring clause in the Legends Regatta allows this and we stayed till 7pm when the wind had eased a little. It was still a bit rough in crossing to the Cove and we arrived just before dark and had our evening meal along with a few drinks.

    The next morning after breakfast we slip

    out to gather a few scallops and look at doing a bit of fishing but it is still a little rough, we pop back into the Cove for a quiet lunch and prize giving on the beach later.

    Sunday morning is perfect and we have breakfast while gathering scallops and then head out for a fish.

    Unfortunately most of them are undersize and as the afternoon begins the breeze gentle fills and we are ready for the Round the Island race.

    We got off to a slow start but Wizzard is doing her magic and we head down the back in second place. The bottom corner always the tricky spot and we take the close in course, getting out of it quite nicely, and remain ahead of the rest of the chasing fleet.

    After finishing second we anchor near the rocks for a spot of fishing and are visited by a runabout bearing gifts, much to the pleasure of our PowerCo visitors.

    We return to the Cove for prize giving, to watch the final of the rugby world cup on the big screen organised by the

    Legends committee.We party on and at

    12:15am are at the start line heading home, there is a gentle breeze and at times we get to 8 knots. Soon everyone else is asleep and we are below Whangamata by morning and stop under the cliffs for breakfast and a swim.

    The wind has dropped away and we motor home arriving at 2:30pm with my crew refreshed from a good nights sleep and ready for their journey home.

    Another fantastic Legends Weekend, next year will be the ninth hope to see you there. Doug Wizzard

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    I now know what it is to feel extreme panic. Ive been a dedicated Mount Yachtie for some

    years now, but do slip across the harbour occasionally to sail on Windsheer.

    Our beloved Windsheer broke a couple of weeks ago so I decided to put my Wednesday nights to good use.... having a go at steering the waka!

    Thanks to those yachties that gave us tips on how to go faster.Thanks to Chris in seat five for keeping a lookout.Special thanks to the novice waka crew that paddled us out of

    harms way.I think Ill stick to sailing!

    Although some time off the planning for next years Fishing

    Contest is under way.

    In the past we have been supported by very generous sponsors. The level of sponsorship however has declined due to current times. If any members know of potential new sponsors please contact Lex Bacon. Small donations are equally as valuable.

    Between now and Christmas a variety of social events has been organised. The success of these is dependent upon mem-bership participation. Lets get in behind the Social Committee and have fun.

    On boating matters the Tauranga Coastguard will run a number of courses at the OBC. A discount rate will be offered to club members ~ Rules of the Road at Sea and Day Skipper Course. Our Club supports the community in a number of ways. Members may not be aware that we host a Christmas Function for Acacia Park residents, invite Normandy Vets to a luncheon, while the proceeds from the annual Duck Race have in the past gone to the Omokoroa Point School. I hope all members have enjoyed the RWC series and made the most of the TECT extension.

    A good number of visitors and members turned up to officially open the new Tect Room and cordially have a refreshment from Antonys Bar. The day started with a Maori Blessing, followed by words from our Commodore Phil Cox, Mayor Ross Patterson and representing Tect Bruce Cronin.

    The ribbon was cut by Steven Avery, brother of Anthony - the master planner and designer for the extension who sadly passed away late last year. A big thanks to everybody involved with the day and a spe-

    cial thanks to those wonderful committee members who make everything tick away behind the scenes.

    Kitchen committeeOmokoroa Boat Club Catering Services.The Committee are pleased to be able to

    inform you that a contract for the provi-sion of catering services at the Club has been signed.

    Our new caterers will be Wayne Butler and Dennis Evans. Both Wayne and Dennis are chefs in their own right. Wayne has worked at the Lobster Club and Dennis and his partner, Alan, were the owners of Le Petite Caf business in Omokoroa for a couple of years. Wayne and Dennis take over the catering con-tract on Wednesday 16 November 2011 and will be open for business shortly afterwards.

    We wish them well in their new venture and welcome them to our Club.

    David and Shelley Futter, our current caterers, have now completed their last

    weekend of service.We would like to pass on to them our

    best wishes for the future.

    Sailing newsFollowing Saturdays juniors, a dark blue

    full zip hooded fleece was left in my gear. It is in good nick and of small fit. It is by Maya. I can deliver or sort out its return! Thanks, John Ph 548 1180

    Senior FleetNo sailing for you this weekend but you

    are required on Saturday 17 December 2011 at 9am briefing, for the Kids on Keelers event.

    Here are the placings after the first 5 sailed events of 2011.

    Overall the leader on Line honours is

    Wave Dancer (Tom and Janet Barratt) with 17 points, (it pays to go on the off shore events!!)

    Second on 16 points is Keith Heron with Bente .

    Third is John Budden with Piccaninny with 14 points.

    Fourth equal is Geoff Davis and Phillip Olds with Jamima on 11 points

    Fifth is Brendon Cooney with Konini with 10 points and

    Sixth is Lloyd Berendt with Culprit on 3 points. In the Handicap area there is a change!! 1st is Keith Heron with 16,

    2nd equal is Tom and Janet Barratt and Geoff Davis on 14 3rd is John Budden on 12 4th is Brendon Cooney on 10, 5th equal is Lloyd Berendt and Phillip Olds on 8.

    In the divisions , Keelers are led by the Barratts, followed by Brendon and Lloyd.

    Trailer Yachts are led by Keith Heron followed by John and Phillip.

    Multi hulls are all alone with Geoff Davis in the lead!!

    Ladies Event; currently Sydney Budden on Piccaninny is one up in the series, more will follow in the New Year.

    Well done every one and thanks for taking part in what we consider to be fun and enjoyable trips around our harbour and ocean.

    Juniors We have had a regular turn out of 12

    to 18 young sailors in some pretty awful conditions but they still come back. We round up the first half with Kids On Keelers on 17th December and re star in the New Year see the Club programme.

    We probably have the youngest set of sailors and thanks to the Omokoroa Pahoia Sea Scouts for their role as leaders and helpers each time we sail.

    This is what it looks like to have the entire Wednesday night fleet, running you down.

    Waka way on the water

    By Carol Andrews

    Plenty of social events at the club


    Dale Blackwood, who had never sailed before, signed up for four

    legs of the Clipper Round the World Race.

    Ive never sailed before in my life, says Dale.

    Never raced, didnt realise how different it was to a cruise.

    The IT manager has since discovered the joys of sea sickness on a boat weeks from shore with nothing to look forward to but being thrown around below decks and hanging on while on deck.

    The South Atlantic is hell on Earth, says Dale.

    Ive been onboard since July 3, and Im really looking forward to getting off the boat in Southport.

    He remembers a big broach before they reached Cape Town with the boom in the water.

    That was near where they also ran into an albatross. The bird struck the forestay and went into the water.

    It was hit and run, the bird went, not the forestay, and fell into the water. Weve got it on footage.

    He jokingly blames the boats run of bad luck since on the albatross misfortune which culminated in the boat losing wheel steering south of the Great Australian Bight, forcing them to make for Queen-scliff at the entrance to Port Philip Bay for repairs.

    But the abandonment of the leg meant Singapore arrived in Tauranga via North Cape, and the crew missed out on the gruelling beat round East Cape and across

    the Bay of Plenty into the teeth of the souwester that resulted in several torn mainsails.

    Dale and Mererid Hunt, a retired teacher from Wales, have been repairing Singa-pores spinnaker in the scout hall under the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club.

    The space has been made available as a temporary loft for the clipper crews.

    Mererid has spent a lot of the last leg sewing.

    She was taken off watch and spent three hour days sewing repairs on sails that suc-cumbed to the changeable conditions that characterised the leg.

    Now ashore in Tauranga, shes sewing again, sewing and ironing patches onto Singapores spinnaker.

    Mererids previous sailing experience is on dinghies in lakes.

    Reluctant racer nearly free

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    Dale Blackwood and Mererid Hunt, have been repairing

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    Kane Carter was part of the winning team in the under 19s at the Bridge to

    Bridge race in Hamilton.

    Tauranga water ski racer Kane Carter has cemented his position at the top of the under 19 national rankings

    following the Bridge to Bridge in the Waikato.

    Held the first weekend in Decem-ber, Hamiltons Bridge to Bridge ski race is a weekend event with a variety of racing over the two days.

    We went pretty good, we got second under 19s, and overall got King Of The River under 19s, because we had a race on the Paeroa river two weeks before that and the times from both the races come together, says Kane.

    We got the fastest time for that and then we won F2 and set a new record.

    Formula 2 is for engines under 300hp.

    Kane skied with Daniel Tuffin, with Sam Fenwick driving the boat Smokin and Chris Wilkins as observer.

    A lot of training went into it, a

    lot of perfecting. I think that was my fourth bridge to bridge, but it was just starts and stuff getting them nailed. Making sure you get a fast start, getting engines heights and stuff so we can get as much speed as we can out of the river.

    Tauranga skier Matt Strong, a 15 year old Aquinas student was part of the winning team in the under 19s. He skied with Bridge to Bridge marketing and media director Brad Dutton.

    Kane is the only Tauranga member of his Auckland based crew, and Matt was the only Tauranga member of an otherwise all-Hamilton crew.


    Kanes King of the rivers


    The channel up to Katikati has had its spring check-up

    and clean ready for the influx of boaties that come up to

    enjoy the mural town during the summer.

    The new marker buoys that the Bay of Plenty Regional Council installed in place of solid steel poles have proved their worth with two being moved slightly to show a slight shift of the channel.

    This can now be done by the local

    boat club instead of waiting months for the barge to come up from Tauranga.

    This historic channel was once the only way general goods were brought in to this settlement and the old green goods shed is still there by the town jetty.

    Make Katikati a destination for you this summer by boat.

    At the end of November about a third of the 300 or so Little Blue Penguins were returned to their

    natural habitat from the Wildlife Rescue Centre where they have

    spent the spring.

    The LBPs are being released in time to fatten up on summer fishing before moult-ing.

    LBPs moult every year. They sit in their burrows and shed their old

    feathers and grow new ones. The process takes about two weeks and

    during that time they dont want to be seen in public.

    The penguins cant swim or fish until the new feathers have grown and they survive on the big feed up over the summer.

    The Rena oil spill survivors face a timing issue, getting their burrows and foreshores cleaned up in time to get them back to the wild and put on enough condition to survive the moult.

    With most of these sea birds they start moulting after they finish breeding, says ornithologist Dr Brent Stephenson.

    Its not necessarily an exact date because if they fail breeding, they will initiate moulting earlier.

    The Rena survivors were taken out of the wild and away from their breeding, which put an end to their breeding season.

    Being in captivity at the centre at Te Maunga will have changed things as well.

    Theres no exact date you cant say LBPs will start moulting on December 1.

    Its individually dependent as well.Some of the birds are fat enough to survive

    a two week fast, but they may not be trig-gered to moult until they get back into their normal environment, says Brent.

    We just dont know. They are complex little critters Im afraid.

    Normally out in the environment moulting takes place sometime between February and March.

    Even in the wild there are differences in locations, says Brent.

    Birds in the north will start before birds in the south. So theres a progression through there.

    During that time when they are moulting they are kind of vulnerable, stuck on land and its obviously not a pleasant time for them.

    They dont look great and thats often when people pick them up as well.

    They are just undergoing a normal, natu-ral moult process.

    Initial penguin releases were for Rabbit Island penguins.

    In late November four penguins were released to their Waihi Beach habitat and the last two shags were also released at Mount Maunganui.

    Wildlife Response Centre manager Kerri Morgan says about 240 penguins are still at the centre while their habitats are checked to ensure they are clean enough to return them to.

    With no oiled birds found in the last couple of weeks, intake sections of the centre are being minimised, but can be ramped up quickly if there is another spill.

    Only a small number of oiled birds have been found in the last few weeks, but we are still looking, says Kerri.

    The oiled wildlife response team is also checking the non oiled birds, and microchip-ping them as well so the two populations can be monitored and compared over the next few years.

    We will be able to follow them to see what happens to breeding patterns and other fac-tors, says Kerri.

    The New Zealand dotterels are also begin-ning their release programme.

    Seventeen were released in late November leaving 43 still captive.

    Their habitat has to be cleared before they can be returned. People who find oiled birds, dead or alive are asked to phone 0800 333 771.

    Katikati channel ready for the summer

    Katikati contractor Ash Smith removes a stump from the channel which was washed

    down in a winter flood.

    By Don Wallis

    Groomed for home trip

    By Andrew Campbell


    There are no fridges onboard the Round the World Clipper

    Race fleet yachts.

    It was one of the first things picked up on by the Tauranga crew taken for a sail on Qindao while the fleet was in.

    Its the first time the Clipper Round the World Race has called at Tauranga and many locals helped that happen.

    These included Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club officers, Tauranga Bridge Marina staff and others.

    Qindao skipper Ollie Osborne took the boat out with a reef in the main, but shook that out after he saw how the steer-ing committee handled the boat, setting staysail and yankee and tacking without any trouble.

    He was so impressed he invited them, and Fred Jeanes from the bridge marina, to crew on the round the world race.

    The local lads reciprocated with an invite to the Wednesday night racing.

    It worked out well for Ollie. Yacht club commodore Wayne Eaton was

    able to give him some good advice about picking the route across the Tasman to Southport.

    Ollies keen to take a gold pennant off Gold Coast Australia, which has led Visit Finland into port on each of the five legs so far.

    Visit Finland is lying second overall and Tauranga is its third podium finish.

    An easterly breeze a bit over 10 knots and a moderate swell of about one metre didnt stretch the boat, or come close to the recent experiences of looking up at seas off East Cape and screaming down wind at 26 knots in the Southern Ocean.

    But even in a light breeze, Qindao has long legs, scooting out of the harbour and sailing past A Beacon in what seemed like no time.

    Shes a nimble boat too. On our return to the bridge marina, Ollie spun Qindao about in the gap between A and B piers, then ferry glided in reverse across the run-ning ebb tide to slot her neatly alongside the berth.

    The 20.7 metre masthead cutters are solid racing shells, and touted on the race website as stripped down racing yachts but com-pared to the insides of Volvo racer Camper, shes positively luxurious.

    The crew have actual bunks instead of pipe berths.

    There are decks laid over the floors, and theres a galley, and there are two heads so one is operable when the boat is laid over.

    This is the last race for the current fleet, which is about to be replaced by 21.3m

    (70ft) racers more in the Volvo style; flatter, wider at the stern with

    two wheels, twin skeg rudders and a bulb keel.The life rafts have been moved from

    the bow to the stern and the snake pit handling lines and winches for the foresails, done away with.

    The interior build remains Spartan, but not hardcore.

    Most of the accommodation on the new boats is moved aft of the mast and the galley shifted amidships.

    The third generation clippers are under construction in Qindao and will enter service in the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Race.

    The Clipper 70 is designed by Tony Castro Naval Architects in close consulta-tion with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and key members of the race team.

    They drew on 15 years of experience in running eight successful races on the origi-nal Clipper 60s and the Clipper 68s.

    The dolphin watchers are back in business after being forced ashore during spring by the Renas wreck

    and ensuing exclusions zones.

    Butlers Swim With Dolphins is back in the water after taking an enforced maintenance lay up.

    Dolphin Seafaris was also on the hard.Two other dolphin operators have

    gotten day jobs, says Graeme.There were some whales sighted last

    week, a blue whale and calf out by Motiti, and one out by Tuhua Reef, says Graeme.

    People have reported quite a few whales. There have been a couple of reports of dol-

    phins from locals, but not thick and fast.The summers happening. Its quite inter-

    esting. Im just hanging out to get out so that we can see whats out there in terms of sun fish and all the rest of the carry on.

    We need to have a look at whats going on there.

    The dolphin watch-ing business has been

    out of action since Rena ran aground on

    Astrolabe Reef on October 5. The oil spill and subsequent

    exclusion zones encompassed a lot of the whale and dolphin watching range.

    We just put the boat up on the hard and decided we would do as much as we could while she was out, and one thing led to another, as it does.

    Tonnes of lead ballast has been taken out of Gemini Galaxseas keel and melted down into ingots.

    With a steel vessel you have to have an ongoing maintenance plan, espe-

    cially with one thats old.Theres no use sitting around

    feeling miserable. It hasnt been much fun though, not

    being able to sail and not knowing the state of the business, or whats going to happen from now on.

    Last race for the current Clippers

    By Andrew Campbell

    Dolphin watchers back in business

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    Theres a near 40ft wave piercing, foam core, carbon fibre rowboat taking shape at Pachouds that Danny Sunkel plans to row across the Tasman and back.

    Unlike most long distance rower, Danny Sunkel of Tauranga doesnt have a rowing background.

    Hes had a fair bit of general and offshore boating experience and believes New Zealanders are better at thinking their way round problems.

    The porpoise like wave piercing bow of Dannys boat is a solution to a big problem facing long distance rowers the boat slows down every time it encounters a wave.

    When the boat weighs close to a tonne and the waves are ocean rollers, a rower can easily go backwards.

    The wave piercing bow breaks the wave allowing the boat through the crest with reduced loss of momentum and less effort.

    LOMOcean Earth Race designer Craig Loomes shop designed the self-righting multi hull.

    Its pretty cool when you watch it do it, says Danny.The main hull is 10.8m. With the side hulls the length overall

    will be about 11.8m.A porpoise brow-like curl back from the prow breaks the wave,

    preventing the boat from becoming a submarine, or burying itself when running down a trough.

    Fully loaded it will weigh about 900-1000kg with Danny onboard.

    Its about the same or slightly heavier than most solo boats which are in the region of 800-1000kg, says Danny, but more efficient in many ways.

    In the past anyone doing a row has either come from a rowing

    background or taken a standard boat and tried to get themselves through by muscling their way, says Danny.

    Dannys lost 15kg since starting his train up for the event about five months back, but he says a big part of his experience is in the technical side of problem solving, and that approach has resulted in the wave piercing design.

    Hes also got some ideas about other common rowing problems and promises to unveil them as the project progresses.

    Hes hoping to launch the as yet unnamed rowboat in January, February or March, which will give him a year in the water with it before he sets out, probably from the Hokianga.

    Dannys hoping for landfall somewhere in the northern NSW-Gold Coast region.

    The return journey will be attempted later the same year when he hopes to pick up the westerlies towards the end of September-October.

    Ill probably leave from southern New South Wales northern Victoria.

    Its two and a half years to get to this stage of the project, which means we are only about halfway through.

    In a way it is a bit like cancer research, says Danny. The work goes in for a while without any obvious result. Cancer research is a driving force behind the venture as Dannys

    father died of adrenal cancer, both his father-in-law and brother-in-law died of bowel cancer, and other family and friends have also struggled with the disease.

    I always wanted to do something to raise funds specifically for cancer research, says Danny.

    Ive got a whole series of product sponsors onboard; High Modulus, Kilwell Fibre Tube, Styrobeck, 3M and Laminex, who have provided the build materials and consumables, LOMOcean and Pachouds, who came onboard early, have been supporting me as far as they can, and we have been funding the labour.

    I havent asked anyone for cash yet. I was trying to build the boat and then go out and try and fill the hole.

    If anyone wants to get involved, Danny can be contacted [email protected]

    There and back again across the Tasman

    By Andrew Campbell


    The General.When four time world jet boat marathon champ Mark Cromie

    wanted to step up to an unlimited class gas turbine powered boat,

    Dean Langdon went to the source.

    Dean at Langdon Motorsports, also built Marks last boat, a twin turbo powered big block.

    For the new engine Dean went to Art Arfons son in Akron Ohio. Art Arfons was the land speed record holder in the mid 1960s driving a series of Green Monster jet powered cars.

    It was his son I bought the motors off, and who showed me what we needed to do, says Dean.

    He built the shaft and another Kiwi built the mixing bowl and stators that untwists the water flow from the pump on the way to the jet nozzle.

    The boat The General, blitzed the field in the Bridge to Bridge race in the Waikato in early December. Dean regards the event as a shake down cruise but Mark even doing speeds of about 120mph, he still missed his earlier record set in the race by 35-40 seconds.

    Tauranga boat Warlord which was going to

    give Mark some competition in the unlim-ited class, blew its engine on the Saturday and didnt race.

    The General will now be shipped out to the US where it will be competing in this years World Jet Boat Marathon, a contest that driver Mark Cromie has won four times.

    The Canadian built Eagle alloy hull is powered by a General Electric T58 gas turbine.

    It is a helicopter jet engine, more com-monly found in Sea King helicopters, like the one flying over Tauranga recently engaged in the Rena salvage.

    It produces about 1450hp, pushes the

    boat along at 200km/h, or about 125mp/h, via a marine jet unit.

    The fuel consumption of the gas turbine and last years v8 twin turbo big block is similar, says Dean.

    The gas turbine consumes about eight litres of JP1 a minute, compared with about seven litres a minute for the V8.

    But its a lot cheaper to run, says Dean.The gas for the twin turbo costs about $9

    a litre we could burn $3,000 in an after-noon. Instead, this is about $1.75 a litre.

    The turbine runs on jet fuel, kerosene.With a bit of tweaking, Deans hoping to

    get the top speed up to about 217 km/h, or 135mp/h, before the boat is shipped. At that speed the boat is nearly flying and trim is achieved with canard wings mounted on the bow.

    Its all about getting water into the jet unit, says Dean.

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    The fish are still biting out there, in spite of the oil from the Rena, says Brett Keller from

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    Ive never stopped fishing the whole time, says Brett.

    I was fishing the Thursday when it went up on the rocks, I fished on the Satur-day when it was up on the rocks, and then after the bad weather Ive just been doing the weekends since then because the weathers been shit.

    Manuteres been catching a lot of fish, says Brett. The storm that knocked the containers off the Rena also

    brought a lot of fish in.Theres been some really good days around Mayor and the

    reefs, says Brett. Its been really good.The exclusion zone, which originally excluded the entire

    middle ground, Motiti and Schooner Rocks and Plate Island, has been shrunk

    The main reason for the exclusion zone more for the containers, says Brett.

    Theres no point putting it up, then taking it off, then putting it up if they have more bad weather.

    Its a minor inconvenience. If you fished the middle ground all the time then you just

    have to fish around Karewa. Thats really all it amounts to. Or fish outside the entrance. Theres no shortage of marks.

    Most of the boaties just go straight out to the two mile and three mile which are straight out from the entrance, says Brett.

    Any bunker oil left at sea is like cow pats by now, says Brett.People think there should be a thin

    film of oil over the whole bloody ocean, they think its like diesel and its not. There was 350 tonnes.

    Most of it ended up on the beach and anything thats left is tar by now after this long in the water.

    Bunker fuel is literally whats in the bottom of the barrel after the lighter frac-tions, the petrol kerosene and light oils

    have been distilled off.Its about the consistency of marmite and needs to be

    heated to 170-220C to get it flowing.Its not oil its more like tar, says Brett.

    All the lighter stuff still evaporates off, the tempera-ture has gotten up enough now with the sun. I dont even think it will stick to your boat now.

    I would be amazed if there are any toxins in the shellfish or anything else.

    If you are going to have an oil spill this is the one to have. Its going to impact the least of anything really.

    Spraying the dispersant Corexit on the oil was a mistake, says Brett.

    The spraying stopped when information about Corexit was able to be passed on to Environment Minister Nick Smith following a public meeting.

    Brett took the print-outs to the meeting and gave them to Waikato University Coastal Science Professor Chris Battershill, who was able to show Nick Smith that the dispersant is not EPA approved.

    Brett saw the Corexit in use when the oil started flowing from the Rena.

    We were watching them, we saw the chopper circling around that slick from the west of the boat one of them flew past and we could see the booms.

    We knew then they had been spraying and we knew it was Corexit.

    Thats when I started dummy spitting because of the informa-tion I had been sent about Corexit and how bad it was.

    Oil awful, but fishing still good

    By Andrew Campbell


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    Thanks to generous sponsorship from ITM Building Supplies, the major prize will again be $10,000 plus a gold cup for the heavi-est Kahawai caught over the weekend.

    Club spokesman Fraser McCullogh expects the total prize pool to exceed $20,000, making this one of the most lucrative surfcasting tournaments in New Zealand.

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    The Saturday before the club trip I was invited to go for a spear fish the

    Mayor the target area.

    We headed out early, the sea was pretty calm and just a gentle breeze behind us.

    The forecast for the trip home was fairly benign, but that had changed by the time we had to go home and made for a longish battering at the end of the day. But the day itself was good.

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    Porae were added to the chiller.

    This was an intrigu-ing spot. I am used to seeing the odd emission of bubbles from the bottom around this part of Mayor, but I came across an area where there was a constant stream heading up. It almost looked like a scuba diver was venting away under the rocks. I dropped

    down to have a good look and could see all the encrusted minerals and discolouration on the rocks where this stream was emitting from. I had dived this area often and never seen it that active.

    We relocated a couple more times as Leitchy went looking for Pink Maomao.

    Each relocation resulting in more Moki, Porae and Greenbone being added to the chilli bin, but no Pinkies.

    I was too busy at one stage staring at a couple of nice Moki only to realise there was a nice snapper off to one side, and then he was gone.

    Finally the target species was changed to Tarakihi. It was getting towards the end of the day so I headed in shore, 8-12 metres being my preferred depth by now. I scoured the banks and weed lines adding another couple of greenbone to my score and then came across a sight I had not seen before a couple of giant salps lying on the b