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Boating NZ June 2017

Boating NZ inspires boating enthusiasts with reviews of new boats, coverage of technical innovations, maintenance advice, columns and cruising stories.

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English
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Boating New Zealand Limited
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IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
twilight beatniks

Nothing conveys the sense of independence, freedom and at-peace-with-the-world quite as emphatically as messing about in your own boat. This sentiment is colourfully illustrated in Jon Tucker’s story about the group of like-minded seniors messing about in a fleet of clinker boats in the Pelorus Sound. Men and women with a passion for their vintage vessels, enjoying a heady cocktail of tradition, friendship, scenic splendour and, of course, a little beer and wine to lubricate it all. People using boats to embrace their twilight years with enthusiasm – and celebrating it in unique style. Reading it filled me with admiration – and more than a little pang of envy. In my distant past I often participated in ‘breakfast runs’. Part of a leather-clad bikie clan, leaving at the crack of dawn, riding en masse…

2 min.
was lost, but now am found

A COW WASHED out to sea and marooned on an uninhabited island has finally made her way home. And home isn’t as close as everyone initially thought. Friday the cow managed to make her way to the deserted Karamuramu Island, in the Hauraki Gulf, after being swept away during March’s Tasman Tempest storm which battered the North Island. Three men who work at the McCallum Bros quarry on the 16-acre island got the fright of their lives when they turned up for work on March 10 to find cow prints on the shore line. The men said she quickly became “part of the furniture”, waiting on the shore for her 7am breakfast of hay and standing on high points on the island to watch the men work. A week later, she was coaxed on…

1 min.
saving souls

CARDIAC ARRESTS ARE never welcome but they can be particularly nasty at sea, far from immediate help. And things often take an awkward turn, says Coastguard, when the victim is the skipper and no one else on board knows how to drive the boat. In these situations Coastguard often works in tandem with chopper crews, air-lifting the victim from his vessel. The manoeuvres aren’t easy, says Paul Robinson, training manager at the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust. “If the boat’s big enough the chopper will lower a man on board. If not, a chopper crew member jumps into the water – with a line attached – and climbs aboard the vessel. Usually, the first thing he does is administer CPR. “The line is used to bring a heavier, steel cable to the boat.…

1 min.
caughey takes ninth crown

PETER CAUGHEY WON the final round of the MouthFRESH SuperBoat class at Wanaka’s Oxbow Aquatrack, and with it his ninth New Zealand Jetsprint Title, despite the best efforts of Cyclone Cook. In front of the large crowd, the Canterbury racer put in a blinder of a final run in the top-three elimination round with the fastest time of the day, blitzing 36 corners in just 51.11 seconds. Cyclone Cook stopped flights around the country, grounding regular navigator Louise Blythe. Fortunately, Shama Putaranui, Caughey’s navigator last season, reached the Altherm Jetsprint Championship venue in time, stepping into the boat on Saturday morning. Caughey also had to overcome a power deficit. Cyclone Cook brought low air pressure which, combined with altitude, left naturally-aspirated engines about 100hp down on power. Turbo engines were largely unaffected. But as…

1 min.
caption competition

Caption the picture, above, for next month. Email editor@boatingnz.co.nz May’s caption winner “Just swanning around Mate!” Congratulations to: Gill Gibbons“I guess he must be the boat-swan’s mate” Runner-up: Allan McDougall Teen studies marine engineering in Canada A GRADUATE FROM ACG Strathallan, Papakura, with a love of all things boating and a talent for football has been accepted into a prestigious Marine Engineering Programme at a Canadian university. Cameron King, 19, a Waiau Pa local who graduated from ACG Strathallan last year, was scouted by National Scouting Report (NSR), an American company that searches abroad for sporting talent for American universities. Cameron completed a successful application process which involved submitting photos and video footage of his football games and a football trial. But his choice of academic course posed a challenge for the company, who was unable…

2 min.
future olympic sailors

THE NEXT BREED of potential Olympic sailors has been identified by the Aon Fast Track Programme. A youth development squad was first created in 2011 and the Aon Fast Track Programme aims to accelerate the standard of the most talented youth sailors in the country to successful Olympic campaigners. Previous members of the squad include the likes of Alex Maloney and Molly Meech, who won silver in the 49er FX at last year’s Rio Olympics. This year’s batch is made up of 12 sailors, with eight coming in the 49er class, and it’s envisaged all will transition to the top-tier NZL Sailing Team within two or three years. “In the short term, they are the training partners who will push our Olympians,” says Ian Neely, Yachting New Zealand acting high performance director. “In the…