Cruise News - January/February 2023

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Cruise News Newsletter of Island Cruising NZ issue 19 January/February 2023 In this issue Census for Liveaboards Pacific Rally 2023 South Island Rally Cruising the Maldives Crewing Opportunities
Island Cruising NZ Contact Us Email Website Phone Facebook ISSN Viki Moore +64 21 438 977 ISSN 2815-911X on the cover Cape Reinga - top of New Zealand Photo by Viki Moore photos and news contributions are welcome

issue 19

In this issue

January/February 2022

From the Helm

The latest update from Viki.

South Island Rally Adventures are under way!

Pacific Rally 2023

Update on the plans so far

Rally To Japan

The official send off from Christchurch

Upcoming Events

Check out what is coming up for cruisers around the country

Census for Liveaboards

7 March - all you need to know

Rowing Across the Pacific

Cruising the Maldives

Dealing with Rubbish

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From the helm

I hope you have all had a relaxing Christmas and New Year break!

I had a lovely time up in the beautiful Bay of Islands waving off the South Island Rally boats and exploring Northland with my son.

The South Island Rally boats set off at various times over December & January to make the 500NM passage south to Abel Tasman. There they met up with some of the South Island boats, and about half the fleet continued on south to Fiordland.

The south has certainly had the pick of the weather this summer! With the north being tragically drenched with rain from ex-tropical cyclones, the boats in Fiordland have been getting up to 30 degree days with flat calm seas! Check out some of the photos later in the magazine.

There has been lots of great friendships made, and it has been great getting lots of regular updates including photos and videos from the boats who've got Starlink down south. That has certainly been a game changer this year with being able to stay in touch more easily.

After the holiday I headed up to Marlborough for the Waikawa regatta which was also called off due to some horrible weather, and then it was back to work with the SailGP event coming around very quickly, the Rally to Japan departure date looming and more registrations for the Pacific Rally coming through

We've had approval for our Lau Group entry in to Fiji and I'll be working through the logistics of that with the rally participants over the next few weeks.

For lovers of the Fiji Regatta week, I am hoping to have some dates to report back for that soon and will let you know when they're locked in! We had so much fun last year, so even if you don't sail up, consider flying in and joining the fun!

There are some other cool events coming up throughout the South Pacific this year including the Tahiti Pearl Regatta in May and the Tahiti Moorea Sailing Rendezvous, as well as some awesome festivals in Vanuatu!

We've also got 11 families registered on the rally, so if you ' re considering taking your kids cruising, you'll be in good company!

If you are keen to join in all the fun and adventures, check out the details of the rally here.

There's no obligation to sail with the group or on any particular set dates, you can simply tap in to some of the fun events, support and inclusions as you wish.

At this stage we ' ve got a group heading for French Polynesia, another group off to Tonga first and then on to Fiji via Lau, another group going straight to Fiji and many are also going to visit Vanuatu & New Caledonia as well. Lots of fun!

Many of the rally boats are on the lookout for keen crew. If you'd like to get some bluewater passage experience before you head off for your own adventures, please join our CrewSeeker list!

Our cruising preparation workshops started up again mid-January Each week our members get tips on how to prepare their boat, their crew and themselves for an offshore passage. You can join us any time, and become part of our awesome cruising community, tap in to some great discounts, get invited to some awesome events, join our CrewSeeker list and learn lots along the way too!

For those sailing in to Lyttelton for SailGP - be sure to keep in touch, I look forward to welcoming you to our amazing part of Aotearoa

Until next month! Enjoy Cruise News!

Cheers. Viki

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Information for Liveaboard Sailors about Census Day

Tuesday 7 March 2023

The New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings is happening on Census Day, Tuesday 7 March 2023.

The census is the official count of people in Aotearoa New Zealand and the places where they live or are staying. Everyone who is staying overnight in Aotearoa New Zealand on 7 March 2023, including overseas visitors, must fill in a census form.

We need your support to help us count everyone on census night Each person staying on board a yacht is required under the Data and Statistics Act 2022 to complete a census form on the night of Tuesday, 7 March 2023.

Census forms will be delivered to marinas around the country. If however you are in the situation where you do not meet a census collector (for example on the South Island Rally or sailing to Lyttelton for SailGP) and you have cellphone reception, you can call 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787) to request an internet access code be sent to your cellphone via SMS. You can then go online to fill in your forms.

Answering questions about ‘address’

Question 5 “Where do you usually live?”

• If you are visiting New Zealand and usually live overseas, provide the name of the country where you usually live.

• If you live in New Zealand, provide the full address where you usually live.

Question 7: “On the night of Tuesday 7 March 2023, which address are you at?”

• Provide the address, as fully as you can, of where the yacht is anchored/moored.

Thank you for doing your part Thank you for your time, effort, and cooperation to ensure the 2023 Census is a success.

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The Sister City rally to Japan had it's 'Official' Start a couple of weeks ago in Lyttelton Harbour, where Mayor Phil Mauger came along to wave off the rally director Andrew McGeorge and his daughter Liz.

Andrew and Liz are currently sailing Gannet north where they've completed their Cat 1 sign off and are now on the way to meet up with the other rally participants.

They'll be meeting them at Town Basin Marina in Whangarei and then heading north to Fiji for a couple of weeks, and then on to Guam, and finally Ogasawara in Japan.

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In 2022 Tom Robinson aims to become the youngest person ever to row solo across the Pacific Ocean

The journey will cover over 8,000 nautical miles, from Peru to Australia. Tom will spend up to 12 months at sea, rowing up to 12 hours a day, in a vessel he has designed and built by hand. Tom will make landfall along the way to resupply and explore the cultures of the Pacific.

"I see my voyage as a great opportunity to encourage other people, young and old, to live a more adventurous life I want to promote a more grassroots approach to voyaging than current societal norms dictate, demonstrating that anyone with the right attitude can build a simple boat, and with this they can pursue their own adventure." says Tom.

Maiwar is a 24’ ocean rowing boat designed and built by Tom Robinson, she represents the culmination of years of thought about the ideal ocean rowing vessel.

The name (pronounced may-wah), is the local indigenous name for the Brisbane River, her birthplace. Her hull lines are derived from 19th century whaleboats, especially those originating from the Beetle family. Her shape forward of the midsection is pure whaleboat, however, her after sections are fuller than typical. This was a design feature necessary to ensure that she would trim properly when fully laden, most of her stores being aft of midship. On deck she is relatively a conventional ocean rowing boat. She had a central, selfdraining cockpit, with a small footwell. Forward she has a spartan cabin with enough room for a full sized bunk with a miniature galley and navigation station. Aft of the cockpit is a single large storage compartment. She has a stern hung rudder aft and a high aspect daggerboard up forward, positioned on the starboard side of the keel. Her cabin or ‘bubble’ is as small as practical, being much lower than almost all other ocean rowing boats, meaning there is less windage, and more effort required by the oarsman.

Rowing Across the Pacific

Maiwar was built over a period of 5 months. Tom worked solo, for 10 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week. During this period the weekends were usually reserved for sailing or partying. After her launch work continued intermittently for some months; trialling and improving where necessary. She is built with a combination of traditional and modern materials and techniques. Modern is all relative, Maiwar could have been built exactly the way she was, 40 years ago, and the techniques used in her construction are centuries old

She is built using the ‘clinker’ method of construction, with epoxy glue used to fasten the planks. Her backbone is made out of recycled Douglas Fir, her planking is 6.5mm Hoop Pine plywood, which is fastened to Spotted Gum ribs using clenched copper nails, her decks and cabin are also of plywood. Western Red Cedar is used throughout for framing and Australian Cedar is used for brightwork/trim. All the timber used in her construction is either recycled or plantation grown. The only fibreglass used in her construction is in the sheathing of the footwell and seat rails, otherwise, all surfaces are coated with epoxy resin and a two-pack paint system. She is built to very high standards, with her finish being somewhere between workboat and yacht. Perfectionism should be the boatbuilder’s enemy.

Maiwar features 9 separate watertight compartments. Her wooden construction, as well as added foam flotation, make her unsinkable. Due to her cabin shape, she is unstable upside down and therefore able to be righted from inside and outside the cabin. Although traditional in nature, she is fitted with two AGM batteries and two solar panels. She is outfitted with handheld GPS, electric lighting, EPIRBs, tracker, satellite phone and an AIS transponder. Maiwar does not have a fixed screen or display on board. Her main navigation tools are a sextant and paper charts.

She carries three pairs of oars, two pairs are carbon fibre with timber handles, and the other pair are spruce, they are all identical in specifications except for weight. Water storage on board consists of 300 1 litre water bottles She has a gimballed gas stove for cooking

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Remove as much packaging from everything before you leave the dock and while you're close to bins & recycling

Get meat from the butcher in flat bags - i.e. no plastic trays

Separate and flatten cardboard boxes - or avoid keeping on the boat as cardboard can harbour bugs

Wash any rubbish before putting it in the bin to avoid nasty smells - use salt water if you've got a salt water tap

Fill any containers before putting them in the bin

Cut up other things like plastic bottles in to small pieces and put them in the containers.

Pouched goods can mean less rubbish than cans

Crush cans and tins and have a seperate bag for recycling

Wash glass bottles and stow for recycling

Only dispose of organic waste when well offshore - have a sealable container you can use to keep it until you're in a suitable spot.

Smaller rubbish bags are easier to dispose of and carry around than large bin bags

Aim to keep rubbish on board until you get to a marina with proper disposal facilities (often in the islands they have no waste management systems and they just burn everything)

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Site Office is a 2016 Lagoon 52, sailed by her current owner from Europe over several years and now fully imported into New Zealand. She is currently in Vanuatu on the last stage of this season’s South Pacific rally. ,Consequently there is a unique opportunity.

Site Office, a 2016, Lagoon 52 is completely fitted out with everything you need or desire for luxurious, long term, self sustained cruising. She arrived and was fully imported into New Zealand in 2021 after extensive cruising through the Mediterranean, Caribbean, French Polynesia to our beautiful South Pacific

With local borders opening ‘Sitey’ set off for another South Pacific tour joining the 2022 ICNZ Rally Site Office to Fiji and Vanuatu and is due to arrive home mid October

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Before her return to New Zealand seriously interested enquirers have the chance to experience, sail and sea trial Site Office in Port Villa, Vanuatu with the option to secure first option on her before competing her New Zealand Survey on her return. Serious buyer’s may even join the passage as a handover.

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Savaadheetha Dhathuru 2023

‘Savaadheeththa Dhathuru’ is a sailing event organized by the Maldives Integrated Tourism Corporation (MITDC) which invites Sailors from across the globe to participate in a journey across the Maldives seas, making stops at local islands, exploring the heritage, experiencing famous dive sites, sandbanks etc.

As part of the celebration of the Imperial Palace of the Maldives’ 100th anniversary, HEP Ibahim Mohamed Solih had emphasized the need of conserving the Maldivian Culture and legacy for the future generations of our country. The Maldives is well known for having a rich cultural heritage, making it one of the attractions and the reason people visit This is how the idea of "Savaadheeththa" was created

MITDC launched the first edition of "Savaadheetha dhathuru" in response to the debate surrounding the conservation of culture and heritage Despite the difficulties during COVID, Savaadheetha was able to market effectively For our guests, the interaction was a really memorable one

The first edition of the rally was held from 1st February 2022 - 20th February 2022 Yachts sailed through four atolls starting from the northern tip of the Maldives. It was a celebration of As-Sultan al-Gaazee Muhammad Thakurufaanu al-Auzam Sri Savaadheeththa Mahaaradhun, one of the most respected kings to have ruled the small island kingdom (aka Bodu Thakurufaanu). Bodu Thakurufaanu was the only person to get the royal title Savaadheeththa, which meant "the magnificent, honorable." The first rally was a special journey through Maldivian history, emphasizing monuments commemorating Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu and stopping at significant locations connected to his mission.

MITDC anticipates this year's event to be much greater with a larger participation of sailors from across the globe. The Second Edition of the Rally is scheduled to start on 01st to 18th March 2023.

The second edition of the Savaadheeththa Dhathuru will begin on the 1st of March 2023, in N Landhoo Afterwards, Lh Hinnavaru, B Goidhoo, AA, Thoddoo, AA Rasdhoo, AA Ukulhas, ADh Dhangethi, ADh Dhigurah will be visited, with the journey concluding in ADh Maamigili Visiting these islands during this journey will grant the tourists with the opportunity to dive and experience the beauty of Maldives. Awaiting the tourists are beautiful diving spots in Lh. Hinnavaru, AA. Rasdhoo, ADh. Dhangethi, ADh. Dhigurah and ADh. Maamigili.

The itinerary for the second edition is full of activities to look forward to. The second stop of the trip is Lh. Hinnavaru and its where almost half of the identified green sea turtles in the Maldives live. Moreover our third stop for the trip, B. Goidhoo, is a hotspot for Hawksbill Turtle. The itinerary for the second edition of the Savaadheeththa Dhathuru gives the participants the chance to see and experience the vast marine life of the Maldives

Maldives aim for a sustainable living and a sustainable future, and this can be seen beautifully at the beautiful farm island, AA Thoddoo The participants will be able to enjoy and experience a wonderful tour of the farm life and the agro- tourism in AA. Thoddoo, our 4th stop at the rally.

concluded with a special surprise Gala Night for all participants Several distinguished guests and dignitaries from the Maldives will join us for the Gala Night, which will be held in one of the resorts close to the Alif Dhaal Atoll.

Registration for the second edition of the Savaadheeththa Dhathuru is now open for all yachtsmen on the official website. The closing date for registration is 15th February 2022. Maldives is an oceanic haven for its residents and visitors and there is no better way to truly visit and experience the ‘Maldivian ways’

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DOCKLAND 5 Marine Ltd

The perfect place to carry out boat repairs & refresh before your next adventure with haul out & hardstand facilities on the beautiful Whangarei Harbour

John Peagram Manager

Mob: 0274 930 812 | Phone: 09438 8558 | Email: john@dockland5 co nz

Open Ocean Watermakers has been manufacturing watermakers in the beautiful Bay of Islands of New Zealand since 2001 Terry Forsbrey is the owner of Open Ocean. He and his wife Ariel lived aboard their yacht for 22 years and actively cruised offshore for 12 of those years. During their time on the water, Terry discovered that high tech components in a watermaker are not only unnecessary, they are usually the first thing to break down, and most often in remote locations When helping out other cruisers, he frequently found that by-passing these components would get their watermakers working once again That's when he realized that a simple, reliable, and affordablewatermaker could be made

Terry developed the early version of an engine driven model and took it cruising He put it to the test for five years He then returned to New Zealand to design and build a reliable watermaker without any superfluous gadgets Thus was born a revolutionary new concept in watermakers One that works all the time, is easy to operate, and doesn’t break the bank

Island Cruising NZ members get a $300 discount on a new water maker from Open Ocean!

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