Boating NZ March 2021

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

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hoarders or heroes?

Depending on your perspective, Kiwi boaties messing around with near-terminal old relics are either hopelessly eccentric, inveterate hoarders – or they’re people who appreciate and celebrate our maritime heritage. Willing to go the extra mile to preserve a bit of history, even if the decisions aren’t always underpinned by financially robust logic. Nautical heroes, in my book. Proofing the pages for this issue delivered a powerful reminder that the restoration/refurbishment ethos runs right across our industry’s DNA – the projects range from modest backyard do-ups involving timber and fibreglass, to professional upgrades using composites and carbon. Whatever the base material, the projects achieve the same objective – they extend (and often save) a boat’s life, cementing her legacy for future generations to enjoy. The best place to see these heroes in the…

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sharks & gulls wins photo prize

This photo of blacktip reef sharks cruising beneath sea gulls at sunset in French Polynesia has won Renee Capozzola from the US the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021. Capozzola’s photo triumphed over 4,500 underwater pictures entered by photographers from 68 countries. She is the first female photographer to be named overall winner of the prestigious international photography contest. To shoot Sharks’ Skylight she travelled to the tiny island of Moorea in August 2020. “French Polynesia strongly protects its sharks, it is my favourite place to photograph them,” she explains. “I dedicated several evenings to photographing in the shallows at sunset, and I was finally rewarded with this scene: glass-calm water, a rich sunset, sharks and even birds.” Dr Alexander Mustard, the Chair of the competition judges, said “this is a photograph of…

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christchurch to host sailgp

Lyttelton Harbour will play host to SailGP action on January 29-30 next year for the penultimate round of the Grand Prix season. The grand final of the series (in its second season) will be in San Francisco in March 2022. The Christchurch regatta will be the first time a SailGP Grand Prix event is held in New Zealand. It will feature eight national teams, including the league’s newest entry – New Zealand – led by co-CEOs Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, both reigning Olympic and America’s Cup champions. “We are proud to represent New Zealand,” says Burling, “and there is nothing better than competing on home waters supported by our country’s sports fans, so we are stoked to bring the global event to Christchurch. “We can’t wait to start racing in SailGP and…

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packaging sustainability

Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand, the official soft drink supplier for the 36th America’s Cup, has opened a unique refreshment and recycling hub in Auckland’s Viaduct Basin. The bespoke café-style hub uses a converted shipping container with the interior constructed from a range of recycled and sustainable materials. Coca-Cola Amatil managing director Chris Litchfield says the materials include salvaged railway sleepers, cardboard tubes, old billboard skins, plywood signage, recycled bugle screws and even upcycled Emirates Team New Zealand race sails. “The Drink Stop aims to raise awareness about the importance of recycling bottles so that they can have another life, again and again. Visitors can enjoy a drink in a bottle made from recycled plastic, dispose of their bottle via a central interactive recycling station and learn more about how plastic bottles are…

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big art

Merkens is renowned for his work Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans. This is an international public art programme that features contemporary artists creating large-scale public murals which address pressing environmental issues facing the oceans. His murals can be seen all over the world. “The ocean is incredibly important,” he says, “and creating this mural has given me a chance to highlight, on a grand scale, what’s so beautiful about it and what must be protected, and its relevance to our people and culture. “It was a pleasure to be able to exemplify the Maritime Museum’s increasing focus on ocean health and sustainability by making the predominant design element of the mural the natural environment of the Hauraki Gulf and the Waitematā.” A life-sized humpback whale and giant octopus along with marine life found…

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beacons more popular

New data from Maritime NZ’s Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) shows Kiwis are taking safety seriously as greater numbers head outdoors – distress beacon registrations in December 2020 were up almost 30% on the previous year, with more than 2,000 registered. RCCNZ Deputy Manager Operations, Neville Blakemore, says “having a beacon increases your chances of survival as it gives early notification of your location and situation. It enhances and speeds up the rescue – effectively it takes the search out of search and rescue.” The range of beacon use was demonstrated recently when, in one day, RCCNZ responded to five alerts: two people clinging to an upturned dinghy; a person in a Kahurangi National Park hut who had had a medical event; a motor-cyclist who crashed in the hills north of Naseby;…