Boating & Aviation
Boating NZ

Boating NZ September 2019

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

New Zealand
Boating New Zealand Limited
Read More
SPECIAL: Save 40% on your subscription!
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the rescue team

I suspect I’m as guilty as the next boatie of taking our maritime rescue services for granted. Probably because we’re all guilty of harbouring the “it-will-never-happen-to-me” syndrome, we tend to be only dimly aware of how the gears begin to mesh when, in mid-ocean and far from immediate help, the excrement hits the spinning blades. How does your EPIRB’s urgent beeping arrive at Wellington’s Rescue Co-ordination Centre? How does the team respond? What’s activated? Who orchestrates it all? Which is why it takes a real-life situation to understand the workings – and appreciate the efficiency – of our maritime rescue crews. I received a first-hand account of this while interviewing Forfar and Sally Petrie for this issue’s Mayday story. They – along with another couple – were forced to abandon their yacht on a…

2 min.
reef’s underwater art museum

“…thinking about the sea floor as something sacred, something that we should be protecting and not taking for granted.” Lifelike underwater sculptures are to be installed at various locations along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in a bid to promote awareness of the ecosystem’s desperate fragility. Created by British sculptor and environmentalist Jason deCaires Taylor, the sculptures are to be a major part of a new Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) and will become structures to boost coral and marine life regeneration. “Our oceans are going through rapid change,” says deCaires Taylor, “with threats as diverse as rising sea temperatures, acidification and pollution. Part of creating an underwater museum is about changing our value systems – thinking about the sea floor as something sacred, something that we should be protecting and not taking for…

1 min.
rnzys teams battle cup final

RNZYS Performance Programme Team KNOTS Racing – Nick Egnot-Johnson, Sam Barnett & Alistair Gifford – won the 53rd Annual Governor’s Cup at the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach, California in July. They beat fellow RNZYS team mates Leonard Takahashi, Taylor Balogh and Josh Wijohn (Pacific Racing Team) – three matches to two in an epic final. A Takahashi final against Egnot-Johnson was widely predicted before the regatta even began, and it turned out to be an absolute classic. Egnot-Johnson started hot, winning the first two matches in the lighter air which had many thinking the team may knock off the final in three races. But Takahashi found his mojo, sailing unbelievably fast downwind to come back and tie the match at two apiece. After a tight start in the final race Egnot-Johnson…

1 min.
nz takes 420 gold

New Zealand’s Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan sealed the deal in the Boy’s 420 fleet with just one race remaining – taking gold at the recent Youth Sailing World Championships in Poland. Italy finished second and Israel third. As one of the leading returning teams from the 2018 edition of the Championships, Menzies and McGlashan were touted as potential gold medallists in the Boy’s 420 and they lived up to the billing. The Sailing World Championships is held every four years, and without comparison, it is the largest event that has the participation of all 10 Olympic boat classes.…

1 min.
lipton cup gears up for centenary

Next year sees the 99th edition of the Lipton Cup (Saturday 21 March), and many see it as a dress rehearsal for the event’s centenary on March 20, 2021. The origin of Lipton Cup – an event open to all L Class Mullet boats – stems back to Sir Thomas Lipton, a keen sailor who issued his first challenge for the America’s Cup in 1898 at the age of 48. He made five challenges for that elusive trophy. In 1905 the Ponsonby Cruising Club elected him vice president. By way of acknowledgement he sent the club photographs of Shamrock I, II and III. The Club, aware of Sir Thomas’ donation of a World Cup Trophy for soccer, wrote to him seeking a trophy for yachting. He had an appropriate trophy made and dispatched.…

1 min.
ready for rescue

Coastguard has welcomed its latest rescue boat – Trillian Trust Rescue – to the Hauraki Gulf. She joins the Coastguard fleet operating from the Mechanics Bay base and is the culmination of two years of dedicated effort and community fundraising as well as generous contributions from major funders. Designed by Naiad Boats and built by Alloy Cats, the 15m vessel brings enhanced capability to the fleet with an extended range from North Cape through to East Cape and the ability to engage in overnight and extended search and rescue operations. She’s powered by twin 700hp Scania inboard diesel engines and has a long-range capability of 200 nautical miles. Her extensive electronics incorporate a fully-integrated Simrad navigation suite with touch display navigation for easy operation in trying conditions. A Radio Direction Finder and Thermal…