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Boating NZ December 2020

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
R 36,34
R 363,38
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
annus horribilus

And so we come to the end of a year many will aim to bury in the furthest recesses of their memories – a year from hell. The dear Queen once described 1992 (a particularly bad year for her family) as an “annus horribilus”. That’s Latin for a horrible year – but frankly, if we’re permitted to tweak the Latin slightly I think a “sh***y year” would be a more accurate translation for 2020. Barring the two world wars, Covid-19 has transformed the planet as never before – we will be measuring the scale of the devastation for decades and, I suspect, in ways we’ve not yet even begun to comprehend. In the small microcosm that is the global marine sector, things seem pretty bleak – bleakest among it perhaps the international cruise…

2 min
it’s a small world

Nikon Small World recognized 88 photos out of thousands of entries from scientists and artists across the globe. Daniel Castranova, assisted by Bakary Samasa while working in the lab of Dr. Brant Weinstein at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, took the top prize for his immaculate photo of a juvenile zebrafish. The image was taken using confocal microscopy and image-stacking. The image is particularly significant because it was taken as part of an imaging effort that helped Castranova’s team make a groundbreaking discovery – zebrafish have lymphatic vessels inside their skull that were previously thought to occur only in mammals. Their occurrence in fish, a much easier subject to raise, experiment with, and photograph, could expedite and revolutionise research related to treatments for diseases that occur in the human brain, including…

1 min
saved by a whale

A Dutch train that smashed through a barrier at a Metro station near Rotterdam has avoided certain calamity by landing on a whale’s tail. The accident took place at the town of Spijkenisse. Fortunately, after shooting through the buffer at the station and careering to the end of the line, the engine landed on a 10m sculpture of a whale’s tail. The sculpture – by artist Maarten Struijs – was erected in 2002. It actually comprises two tails, and is constructed in reinforced polyester. Bizarrely, the sculpture is titled Saved by the Whale’s Tail – though, as Struijs admits, he never imagined it might actually save anything, let alone a train. There were no passengers inside the train, and the driver was unharmed.…

1 min
outteridge is nacra 17 president

Australian sailor and gold medalist Nathan Outteridge has been appointed interim President of the International Nacra 17 Class Association. He takes over from Marcus Spillane (IRL) who was recently elected as Vice President of World Sailing. Nathan is a multiple Youth World Champion, 49er Class gold and silver medalist, Moth Class World Champion, America’s Cup helmsman and current helmsman of SailGP Team Japan. He also campaigned for the Tokyo Olympics in the Nacra 17, twice finishing second at the World Championships, but was not selected to the Tokyo Olympic team by Australia. Tokyo will be the Nacra 17’s second Olympic cycle. Nathan’s primary focus will be to improve safety through better maintenance practices, preparation at regattas and testing of design features. The Nacra 17 Class remains compelling viewing for Olympic fans, with dynamic…

1 min
adrift in ice for 398 days

A German research icebreaker has returned home after drifting 3,400km locked in Arctic ice – all part of a study to gain new information about the earth’s climate. The RV Polarstern is back in Bremerhaven, the end of a voyage known as the ‘Mosaic’ expedition to research the climate system in the central Arctic. She left Tromsø, Norway, on September 20 last year. Mosaic is short for Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate. Orchestrated by Bremerhaven’s Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), hundreds of scientists from 20 countries took part in the initiative, swapping places over the duration of the voyage. More than 80 research institutes were involved. Researchers were able to collect data about sea ice, the ocean, ecosystems and biogeochemistry at temperatures as low as minus 42.3o Celsius. Seven icebreakers…

1 min
macfarlane turns 20

This issue marks my 20th year as a columnist for Boating New Zealand. During the column’s first few years I reviewed more than 130 secondhand New Zealand production boats, most built between 1960 and 1990. With hindsight, this era is now recognised as the golden age of New Zealand production boatbuilding. In around 2005 I became aware that the knowledge, history and experiences of the designers, boatbuilders and sailors of this golden era was in danger of being lost as the people involved began crossing the final bar. Since then the column’s focused on recording these people’s life stories to ensure they are not lost. My perennial problem every month has been condensing a book’s worth of material into a magazine article, but as most of these people have avoided the limelight,…