MY GIRL enjoying the boat parade in the 2022 Mahurangi Regata
Desig: W.H. Hand Jr in 1925, Built: Dick Lang
Owned by Jason Prew
From The Cockpit…
Shortly we will be launching our new Hello Club membership programme. Expect to receive an email from us with instructions about how to login to the programme and access your information. We are using this as an opportunity to spring clean our membership data so we would greatly appreciate your support with this initiative when the time comes.
Once this platform is up and working we will commence a refresh of our website.
In the meantime, see you on the water! (Well, I will when I get GLEAM's mast back in the boat…I am finding mast logistics a bit tricky these days. Maybe a different kind of tricky to the stepping of NGATOA's mast in 1931.)
On The Water ...
Coming Events ...
Sat 30 September: CYA Harbour Series Race 1 – RNZYS Opening Day
Wed 4 October: Guest Speaker Night at the squadron – details to be advised
Sat 14 Oct: CYA Passage Series Race 1 – Motuihe Flyer
Sat 4 Nov: CYA Harbour Series races 2 & 3 – PCC Upper Harbour Regatta
Fr 17-19 Nov: Spring Rally
CYA HARBOUR & PASSAGE SERIES – entries now open: ENTER
Please Note: Series entries must be received by 27 September.
Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Committee but will not be accepted after the first two races of the relevant Series.
Casual entries for any of the races can be entered at any time by 5:30pm on the Thursday preceding the race to obtain an updated handicap.
Fabulous trophies and prizes to be won!
Off The Water ...
Welcome to new members Dougal Bell SV INNISMARA Nick Cressey SV SHIRL
Locker notes ….
WELCOME TO OUR NEW SPONSOR – PROACTIVE MARINE
Our mission is to deliver safer boating through better maintenance. We focus on servicing, which means we do things a little differently.
Rather than the typical 'minor’ and ‘major' annual services we proudly offer our unique 4-step service cycle. This takes the additional components of a major service and spreads them out evenly across each year (or ‘step’). This ensures that the 2- and 4-yearly service components, vital to the reliability of your vessel, are completed on time and never missed. Our customers benefit from an easy-to-follow maintenance programme that increases reliability, is ‘set and forget’, and offers predictable billing. The benefit of this? You have peace of mind and maximum enjoyment of your vessel.
We are also service agents for Maxwell winches and installers of Heatport Cabin Heaters.
INAUGURAL MARITIME FESTIVAL, Town Basin, Whangarei 14-15 OCTOBER
On October 14th and 15th Whangarei will be hosting its Inaugural Maritime Festival, showcasing Whangare's rich maritime past, present and future.
Over the two days there will be classic yachts on show, many demonstrations from local maritime craftsmen and women, nautical markets, sea shanty bands and much more.
AUCKLAND MARINA USERS ASSOCIATION INC
THE LANDING – AUCKLAND COUNCIL CONSULTATION FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITY CLOSING VERY SOON
Please help to retain the haul out and hardstand facilities at The Landing (Orakei) by making a submission opposing the concept plan that will lead to the permanent closure of the haul out and hardstand facility at The Landing.
Please make your submission NOW!
24 SEPTEMBER 2023 is the last day for submissions.
If you think the hardstand should remain at The Landing then answer the question on the second page of the feedback form: Do you support retention of a short stay haul out and hardstand facility for boat cleaning and/or anti-foul application? Strongly Support
Members' Tales ….
Tropical Cruising Amongst Volcanoes, Dugongs and Dragons
Thanks to Tony and Peggy Kendall for this fascinating travelogue.
In June of this year Peggy and I flew direct to Bali, Indonesia, overnighting there before a 1 & 3/4hour flight southeast to Kupang, East Timor, again overnighting before flying 55 minutes north to Kalabahi Bay, Alor Island. The distance at this point from the airport to Darwin airport is only 519 miles. We were joining OMBAK PUTIH, a 150 foot two-masted traditional vessel from Sea Trek Adventures for a ten-day cruise 365 miles west to Komodo Island.
The schedule included four visits to local tribes who gave us demonstrations of their local culture, including their very physical sword dancing, whip dancing, special cultural dances and many forms of weaving and dyeing fabric.
First, we appreciated the warm air, gentle winds, clear water for snorkelling (twelve times) over colourful coral gardens and a water temperature you couldn’t feel - neither cold nor warm – just a feeling of velvet . We loved it. We had underwater visibility over 50 metres most of the time
The afternoon of our arrival, we motored at seven knots east to where a dugong is in residence. He has two reputations - living alone and very amorous towards the RIB tubes – he clasps himself alongside, kisses the tube and then humps it or, he is reputed to have a shy mate and baby who stay away from this tourist point on Alor Island.
We only saw him and yes, we were humped, penis and all!
That night, we ran and rolled west along to a group of volcanic islands, some active and glowing red at night and puffing clouds of grey smoke in the day. The area is spectacular, reminiscent of Hawaii or Whangarei Heads but with many islands all around. This gave us an anchorage well sheltered from the ocean swells.
One feature was a 50-mile trip north out to an active volcanic island, Komba, about two miles in diameter, with recent evidence of lava, black ash and sand flowing down to the sea.
Snorkelling off the island, we were shocked and extremely disappointed to find stratified layers of plastic floating in the water, surface to floor. So far away from land. I think we are doomed!
At night, we had the excitement of watching another volcano blowing lava into the sky about every 5 minutes, lasting for about 30 seconds with each blast. This was the Isle of Api in the same area. A magical experience.
We travelled west, sometimes during the day and often at night, to wake up in another sheltered bay or cove along the Flores Island coast for more snorkelling and shore visits. Eventually, we arrived at our westernmost Island destination, the Rinca Island. This is a Komodo Dragon reserve!
Infrastructure here is impressive and we had a very informative guide. At first I thought he was over-cautious when we spotted these beasts, up to 3 metres in length and 80kg. However, have a look at You Tube – Komodo eating everything – gruesome, and we were so close! They can hit 20km running, one bite will poison you sufficiently to finally kill you, and there is no known cure. Gulp! We can see why these dragons are so well respected and known world-wide.
That evening, we witnessed several thousand large fruit bats lifting off from their special island and flying to the mainland to plunder fruit crops in the forest. Another magical experience.
The following day we visited the official Komodo Island Park and were equally impressed. From here we flew to Bali for our final night before an easy night flight back to Auckland, arriving to rain and freezing cold at 5.30am.
Indonesia? Just a pleasant dream.
The journey gave us excellent warm weather, amazing and satisfying experiences and great memories from OMBAK PUTIH and its great helpful crew.