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issue 26

In this issue

September 2023

From the Helm

The latest update from Viki.

Pacific Rally 2023

Some fabulous photos of the adventures so far

Plus our upcoming launch of the Pacific Rally 2024!

South Island Rally

How about a summer sailing adventure?

Voting when your Cruising

Make sure you have your say this election!

Upcoming Events

Sailing Malaysia

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From the helm

If you’ve been following our Facebook page recently, you’ll have caught a glimpse of all the action and fun we had up at the Fiji Musket Cove Regatta week!

The annual regatta is in its 39th year and is always a whole lot of fun! With a hotly contested hobie cat match racing series, the Round Malolo Classic, the Sandbank Race, pirate parties, bands, running races, beach cleans and much more going on, the whole week was fantastic fun

It was so awesome to also catch up with a large number of our rally participants, Island Cruising members and generous sponsors. We all had a wonderful time

I also hosted an Ocean Cruising Club BBQ along with Jonathan Robinson, the local Port Officer for Fiji. It was wonderful to meet some of the many international cruisers who are sailing the Pacific and many of whom are joining us on our Sail South Rally to sail to New Zealand

I then had a few days off relaxing for a few days in the sun which was fantastic fun, before flying home and driving up to Waikawa for their Women’s Regatta

This awesome regatta is hugely popular, with over 250 incredible sailors flying in from around the country to catch up with old friends, make new friends, enjoy some wonderful Marlborough hospitality and of course do some serious yacht racing

It is a fantastic opportunity for us Southerners to be able to race against some incredible women sailors - we had everything from Olympians to Round the World sailors through to keen novices

I was also honoured to be the guest speaker and to talk about my career in sailing including some behind the scenes stories from the SailGP.

Now I am home again catching up with all the new South Island & Pacific Rally 2024 rally registrations, and assisting those in the Pacific with their preparations to sail safety back to NZ or beyond.

We currently have boats on the rally in Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, all having an amazing time! We also have a large group of rally participants and Island Cruising members heading further afield, to Australia, the Solomons, Indonesia and beyond! They are all connected via a WhatsApp group and sharing information and tips along the way. I wish them all the best for the adventures ahead

The Japan Rally boats continue to enjoy exploring some of the incredible destinations, meeting friendly locals, eating some stunning food, enjoying the onsen and having from great adventures

One of the great things about joining one of our rallies, is that you are not stuck to a date or a schedule but you are still connected with everyone who is heading in the same general direction as you In fact I was talking to someone in Fiji last week who said she wished that they’d joined the rally as at times she felt quite isolated and lonely, and had spent hours researching all the content that we can provide at your fingertips in our content.

Another great thing about being an Island Cruising member and a rally participant are some of the incredible savings and excellent products and services you can make with our very generous sponsors. In fact if you take advantage of all the great discounts you can access from our sponsors you can very easily recoup your entire rally entry fee.

We’ve already got 30 boats registered for the 2024 rally and a fun group gathering for the South Island Rally as well. If you are considering joining us, I encourage you to register early to take advantage of all the awesome content coming up and to ensure you arrive at the start line feeling relaxed and well prepared for the adventures ahead. You can find all the details of our upcoming rallies on our website here.

In other news - it is almost time to vote in the NZ General Election! And those of you who are overseas do not need to miss out You can start your overseas voting from next week - 27 September - online here

Also if you are concerned about the proposed changes to the haulout facilities in Auckland - please ensure you do a submission to the council - please see more details further on in the newsletter.

With daylight savings starting this weekend, it means that summer is now on the way! Be sure to check all your safety gear is up to speed before you head out on the water

I hope you enjoy this month’s Cruise News and if you are a marine supplier and would like to feature your product or service to an engaged group of yachties, please do get in touch We’ve got a marketing solution to suit every budget

Happy sailing!

Cheers Viki


How to Vote How to Vote How to Vote


The overseas voting period for the 2023 General Election starts on Wednesday 27 September 2023 and your sailors overseas can download and complete your voting papers from the website

This is the recommended option for voting from overseas. To use this voting service, you need to be correctly enrolled before you can download your voting papers. You can check your enrolment information here:- Enrol or update online | Vote NZ

The links to the download and upload voting papers services will be made available on the Home | Vote NZ website from Wednesday 27 September 2023 (NZ time).

Additionally, complete information on how to vote from overseas, including postal voting, the locations of overseas voting places and the options for returning your voting papers, will be made available on the Home | Vote NZ website in August 2023.

We will have voting places at the NZ High Commissions around the Pacific Islands, including Niue, Tonga, Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia.

We would really encourage the Island Cruising members and rally participants to use the download / upload service when they are in port during the election period, or visit a voting place if there is one nearby.

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Steering issues can and do happen, so having a back up emergency steering solution is essential for going offshore.

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events 2023

25 - 29 September - Vava'u Blue Water Festival - on now!

27 September - Overseas voting in the NZ General election starts

14 - 15 October - Whangārei Maritime Festival

14 October - Big Mama's Yacht Club, Tonga - End of Season party

15 October - Sail to NZ & Pacific Rally returns to New Zealand (weather permitting)

20 October - Coastal Classic Yacht race - cruising division too - Auckland to Bay of Islands

8- 12 November - Bay of Islands Cruisers Festival

14 December - 14 January - Ocean Globe Race Auckland Stopover

27 December - or at your leisure South Island Rally begins

U P C O M I N G 23 - 26 January - Bay of Islands Sailing Week 23 - 26 February - Millennium Cup Superyacht Regatta - Auckland 1o February - Maldives Yacht Rally begins 14 - 17 March - Auckland Boat Show 23 - 24 March - Auckland SailGP 5 May - Island Cruising Pacific Rally first group departs for the South Pacific 9 June - Groupama Race - New Caledonia 10 July - Island Cruising Rally - Lau Group Entry TBA 12 October - Americas Cup starts in Barcelona 15 October - Island Cruising Rally returns to New Zealand
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Explore Marlborough Sounds, Fiordland, Stewart Island & Banks Peninsula this summer!

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Ever wondered if any marine pest species are present in your local bay or harbour? Or keen to check if a marine pest is already known to be in a spot before you report it?

A new interactive marine pest map is available on the marine biosecurity portal that can help users to determine what non-indigenous species have been detected at a specific location.

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Remember, if you find something you suspect is a marine pest in a location where it hasn’t been found before: report it urgently to MPI and your regional council. If in doubt, take a sample or a photo and report it.

Exotic caulerpa continues to be found in new locations up north - what does this mean for Top of the South?

Exotic seaweeds Caulerpa brachypus and Caulerpa parvifolia were recently found in the Bay of Islands, Te Kawau Tūmaro ō Toi Kawau Island, and Waiheke Island.

Current distribution of exotic caulerpa in Aotearoa New Zealand

Exotic and invasive caulerpa was first found in New Zealand waters in July 2021 at Aotea Great Barrier Island The following year, in March 2022, it was reported from Ahuahu Great Mercury Island and in recent months it has been found at three additional locations: Te Rāwhiti Inlet, Bay of Islands (May 2023); Te Kawau Tūmaro ō Toi Kawau Island in the Hauraki Gulf (July 2023); and Waiheke Island (July 2023) These new locations show how readily exotic caulerpa can be spread - both on tides and currents, and on vessels and equipment.

How exotic caulerpa can spread

Caulerpa spreads through by into little pieces or fragments that can then establish and reproduce. This can happen by wave action and currents during storms or when anchors and fishing gear are moved into or through seaweed beds Pieces of caulerpa can get tangled in, or stuck on, equipment such as nets, anchors, chains, and dive and fishing gear Individual fragments can survive out of water for up to a week or more if they’re in a moist location like an anchor locker or bunchedup fishing net

What does this mean for Top of the South

The growth rate and temperature tolerances of Caulerpa brachypus and Caulerpa parvifolia in New Zealand are currently not well understood. Average water temperatures up north are warmer than here in the Top of the South. Still, exotic caulerpa has been found at depths up to 40 m in Aotea Great Barrier Island suggesting that it can tolerate cooler water temperatures like those in our area To reduce potential spread in our region we are going to start working with Top of the South marinas to target boats known to be travelling from a caulerpa infested area. Boaters can check their gear for any seaweed fragments and dispose of them onshore - ideally to household rubbish or a bin well away from the ocean. It is important it does not get back into the sea

Information sheets and what you can do to help

Anchor and anchor chain must be thoroughly cleaned of any seaweed before moving from northern locations. This means removing any visible seaweed and rinsing the anchor and chain.

Keep an eye out for exotic caulerpa species If you think you’ve seen it: note the location; take a photo if possible; contact Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66; or complete the online reporting form at report mpi govt nz

Biosecurity New Zealand information on exotic caulerpa species

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A diver holding clumps of caulerpa Source: Ministry for Primary Industries and licensed by MPI for re-use under the
Caulerpa seaweed on the sea floor
Source: Ministry for Primary Industries and licensed by MPI for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4 0 International licence

Prioritising surveillance sites for exotic caulerpa in Northland

The spread and potential impacts of the non-indigenous seaweed ‘exotic caulerpa’ are likely to be of great concern to all stakeholders in Aotearoa New Zealand’s marine environment, in particular the northern regions.

In May 2023, exotic caulerpa was known to occur in only a small number of harbours around Great Barrier Island/Aotea (GBI), and Great Mercury Island/Ahuahu (GMI). This pest seaweed can be readily entangled and spread via vessels’ anchoring gear. Given the high levels of vessel activity between known infested locations and mainland New Zealand, several regions were concerned about vessel-mediated translocation of exotic caulerpa to their coastlines Northland Regional Council engaged scientists from the Marine Biosecurity Toolbox research programme to assist them with prioritizing locations along the coast of Northland for surveillance and readiness activities The team applied their prototype maritime pathway network model to predict critical risk locations along the Northland coast where anchoring events by vessels arriving from infested sites around GBI/GMI, and associated release of exotic caulerpa fragments may have occurred. Network analyses identified a total of 18 Northland locations that may have received exotic caulerpa transfers via ~4,000 potential anchoring events (Figure 1) The Bay of Islands’ Te Rāwhiti Inlet was identified as the location with the highest relative ‘caulerpa risk’ across the region – and an extensive established population of exotic caulerpa has since been discovered there. These results are being used by Northland Regional Council to prioritise on-the-ground surveillance sites for exotic caulerpa Our approach is transferable to other coastal regions of New Zealand and can be readily used to identify domestic locations at risk of ‘receiving’ exotic caulerpa from the growing number of known established populations.

The research team were: Oli Floerl and Kyle Hilliam (Cawthron Institute), Eric Treml and Cal Faubel (Australian Institute of Marine Science), and Simone Stevenson (Deakin University)

For access to the full study report please contact Northland Regional Council (marinebiosecurity@nrc govt nz) or Oli Floerl (oliver floerl@cawthron org nz)



vessels that had departed locations around Great Barrier Island with known populations of exotic caulerpa (blue circles) within the 10 previous days. Coastal locations where potential anchoring events occurred (red circles) are sized according to their relative risk Orange arcs represent observed vessel movements between locations and line width is scaled to number of vessels. Directionality of the vessels is implied by the bend of the arc, following a clockwise direction

Marine ecosystem Figure 1: Potential anchoring events along Northland of


Tranquil rivers, inland waterways, the iconic Sydney Harbour, the remote and seldom visited pristine atolls and reefs of Queenslands

Coral Sea Marine Park, the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, the 100 magic miles of the Whitsunday Islands, the spectacular wilderness areas of Tasmania, and the Kimberley region of Western Australia exploring Australia’s vast coastline by yachts offers incredible diversity.

As cruisers who have experienced much of what Australia has to offer, we believe that not visiting and spending time cruising in Australia would be a travesty. That is why the Down Under Rally encourages and assists members of the international cruising community to sail to Australia and experience all that our Land Down Under has to offer.

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Raymarine is making a bold addition into the performance sailing market with the launch of the Alpha™ Series display, new Smart Wind™ Technology, and performance sailing upgrades to the LightHouse operating system for Axiom chartplotters.

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As part of the effort to map the world’s oceans by 2030, SeaKeepers has joined the Seabed 2030 Project to engage additional vessels that will relay information collected from specially designed hardware data loggers that are used to collect bathymetric data, and are easily installed or integrated into vessel systems.

The Nippon Foundation - GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project is a collaborative effort between The Nippon Foundation and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO). Launched at the United Nations Ocean Conference in 2017, the project coordinates and oversees the sourcing and compilation of bathymetric data through its five data centers into the freely-available GEBCO Grid, to produce the definitive map of the world ocean floor. Seabed 2030 is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources, as well as being a flagship program of the “Ocean Decade”. Learn more at www.

Data Impact

Crowdsourced bathymetry (CSB) is the collection of depth measurements from vessels, using standard navigation instruments, while engaged in routine maritime operations. CSB can be used to supplement the more rigorous and scientific bathymetric coverage done by hydrographic offices, industry, and researchers around the world. This information can help identify uncharted features such as seamounts and canyons, verify charted information and help fill the spaces on charts where no data exists. Routinely measured parameters such as under keel depth and position can then be stored, uploaded, and contributed to local and global mapping initiatives. These contributions can also benefit navigational safety, detect unknown hazards, and aid other mariners and ocean scientists. For more information about the hardware data loggers used and instructions for installation visit:

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As part of the effort to map the world ocean by 2030, the Seabed 2030 Project, along with the IHO Data Center for Digital Bathymetry (DCDB) at the National Centers for Environmental Information, Boulder, have collaborated to provide and manage small hardware data loggers that are used to collect bathymetric data from volunteer observers. Depending on the systems running on the volunteer observer’s vessel, these can be NMEA0183 loggers, such as the TeamSurv NMEA Data Logger, or the NMEA2000 loggers, such as the Yacht Devices Voyage Recorder (YDVR-04N).

This document provides some basic information on the loggers, and how to connect them to vessel systems.

NMEA0183 Loggers

The TeamSurv NMEA0183 logger is a small (11x5.5x2.5cm approx.) box with six screw terminals for connection to the vessel’s systems on the right and space for a USB memory stick on the left (Figure 1) The system must be provided with DC power (in the range 9-36V, but 12V strongly preferred), and be securely mounted using the mounting holes in the bottom bracket in an area which is accessible (to change the memory stick), but also adjacent to the echosounder, GPS, or other instrument (e.g., a chart plotter) that is providing the data.

NMEA0183 is a differential signaling system (a form of RS-422), which means that the data from the instrument(s) is carried on two wires for each channel, usually marked “A” and “B”. The logger has two sets of terminals, marked “Ch 1” and “Ch 2” for these connections, each of which has an “A” and “B” terminal. The “A” and “B” wires on a channel must be connected to the corresponding wires on the instrument for the system to receive data, and the matching of the wires (i.e., “A” on logger to “A” on instrument, etc.) is very important. The simplest connection (e.g., for a chart plotter with integrated GPS and echosounder) is to have all of the data on a single channel, and this is preferred where possible.

Unfortunately, there is no standard for how each instrument exposes its “A” and “B” wires for transmitting data, and therefore each installation will have to identify the cables or terminal strips to which to connect, and which of the two wires is “A” and “B” before making final connections. Typically, this information is available in the technical documentation for the instrument generating the data, or may be described in the vessel’s documents or technical plan. Where possible, use shielded twisted pair cable; if this is impossible, a simple twisted pair of wires for the connection is possible if the distance is short, Figure 2.

Once the system is installed, power is indicated by the lower left indicator LED, while data being written is indicated by the top left LED. Data arriving at either channel is indicated by the right hand LEDs. If data is expected, but the LEDs do not light, the first trouble-shooting measure is to swap the wires for the channel (i.e., switch the “A” and “B” wires). After that, consult the technical documentation for the logger.


NMEA2000 Loggers

The Yacht Devices logger, Figure 3, is a small (7 cm x 2.5cm dia.) cylinder with a five-pin male connector on one end, and a micro-SD card slot on the other Unlike NMEA0183, NMEA2000 has a very strict standard for connectors, which means that connecting the device to the network is essentially a matter to mating it to a drop cable, Figure 4, which is polarized through the small plastic flange inside the plug so that it can only be inserted one way Tighten down the screw cap completely in order to ensure a tight (usually water resistant) seal. In addition to data, the NMEA2000 bus provides power, so there is no requirement for further connections. Ideally, the logger should be mounted somewhere that is dry and readily accessible, since the micro SD card will have to be swapped periodically to transfer data ashore and into the DCDB.

Figure 1 (right): The NMEA0183 data logger from TeamSurv. Note the six screw terminals on the right to connect the device to the vessel’s systems, and (not visible) USB terminal for a memory stick to the left.
Figure 3 (above): The Yacht Devices Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) for recording NMEA2000 data, showing the main device body (left) and NMEA2000 connector (right) with polarized plug. Figure 2 (left): The NMEA0183 data logger connected to power (red/black wires) and two channels of data (blue/white twisted pairs) and a USB stick for recording data (left).

Data is recorded to a micro SD card, which is inserted into the end of the data logger, Figure 5. The socket is a push-push type, meaning that the card has to be pushed in to seat, and again to release. The data logger assumes that the micro SD card is formatted as FAT32 file system, but this is typically done at the factory.

The logger comes pre-configured with factory settings for what to log, but this can be tuned. The DCDB/Seabed 2030 can provide a copy of the recommended standard configuration file, which can be installed by simply copying it to the SD card before inserting it into the logger (the configuration file must be called “YDVR.TXT” and must be saved in the top-level folder of the SD card).

It is possible that this file might fail if Yacht Devices change the format of the parameter file in subsequent versions of the firmware running on the logger. If this happens, please inform DCDB/Seabed 2030, and if possible, include a copy of your current configuration file by providing the “YDVRSAVE.TXT” file, which you should find in the top- level folder of the SD card that the logger is currently using (this is made by default once the logger starts).

If required, you can make your own configuration file from the defaults by copying it to your computer, editing it with a plain text editor (e.g., Notepad++ on Windows, or TextEdit on macOS) according to the instructions in the file, and then copying it back to the SD card with the name changed to “YDVR.TXT”. The new configuration will be loaded as soon as the logger restarts. We suggest at least turning off audio logging, which might (significantly) reduce the amount of storage being used by the logger, allowing for longer recording times. Please contact with questions or assistance with modifying your configuration file.

Figure 5 (left): Inserting the micro SD card into the Yacht Devices recorder. The card socket is a push-push type, so the card fully inserted (bottom) needs to be pushed again to release (top) for removal. Data being accepted will be indicated on the adjacent LED. Figure 4 (above): The Yacht Devices data recorder connected to a NMEA2000 drop cable, ready to collect data.

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We have just said farewell to the friends we have made on the Sail Malaysia Rally 2023 which ended at Tawau in Eastern Sabah at the end of August. It is now September and we are currently checking into Indonesia on our sailboat, Stardancer. For over ten years now we have been exploring South East Asia by yacht and by motorbike but never quite made it to visit Raja Ampat in Indonesia for some of the world’s best diving opportunities because of Covid, but this is the year!

Rallies are a great way to see a country, enjoy the hospitality of the region and learn about its cultural differences. As my husband and captain, Christian, and I found out, it is a great way to make new friends too. Rallies through this scenic part of the world are a great idea for a variety of reasons: visas and the frustrations of dealing with ever changing rules are made easier via a rally; boats are escorted by the Coastguard/Police of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) through the possibly dangerous parts of the voyage near the borders with southern Philippines; cultural dances and festivities are arranged, sightseeing is made easier; reliable contacts are provided to help you with the ever present need to buy and fix parts for your boat, buy diesel etc. For me the rally provided many opportunities to visit and met places and people we would never have met otherwise.

One of our rally members slipped on his boat and cracked a bone in his foot. They had to motor back to a port with a good hospital unsure of how they would be received, how they would get the captain and his plastered foot off the boat etc. They need not have worried; water police, coastguard and the navy turned out to help them. They had to stay six weeks in the harbour, securely anchored near the police and coastguards who help them get to the hospital on a stretcher and keep an eye on the boat. Their kindness does not stop there. They pass by every day asking if they need anything. Initially they brought them lovely cooked meals and fresh provisions. Such is the kindness of Malaysians. Their specialist surgeon introduced the couple to his mother who took them out to lunch and went provisioning at the market with the invalid’s wife. They keep in constant touch and go out of their way to help. We have witnessed many such acts of kindness in this part of the world.


Each year Tourism Malaysia and others organise a wonderful rally from the island of Langkawi, down the coast of Peninsula Malaysia, enjoying the delights of anchorages along the way. This rally is a favourite with sailors going to Australia or New Zealand. The ‘Rally to the East’ continues around to the diving islands of the East Coast of this peninsular. From these diving islands, there is the option of sailing to the beautiful unspoilt islands of Natuna and Anambas which belong to Indonesia, located in the middle of the South China Sea. The rally organisers can help with Indonesian visas*. However, because we sailed here in 2016 we decided to sail directly for Kuching the capital of Sarawak, Borneo.

Borneo island is divided between the countries of Indonesia, East Malaysia and Brunei. East Malaysia is divided into the states of Sabah and Sarawak with the small, exceedingly wealthy, country of Brunei wedged between. The rally ends after going ‘over the top’ of Sabah, N.E. Borneo to Tawau, ready to hook up with a rally through Indonesia.** Altogether if starting the rally from lovely Langkawi in April and ending in Tawau East Malaysia end of August one could enjoy twenty weeks of sailing through incredible destinations showcasing a wide variety of cultures and activities.

We particularly enjoy the natural world, and have been into the jungles to see orangutangs in the wild, sailed along 50nm of the Kinabatangan river to see many forms of wildlife, especially crocodiles, proboscis monkeys and colourful birds in their natural habitat, but sadly this time we saw no pygmy elephants.

There are three sectors in the rally so you may join all or selected ones. Sector 1 starts at Langkawi Island, goes down the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, around Singapore, to explore the islands of Terengganu state to Redang island.

Redang is a favourite of ours, good clear water and diving with sandy beaches and lots of turtles. Around the end of May you can cross the South China Sea to visit the westernmost islands of Indonesia. Now you can get a month’s visa on arrival in Terempa which makes life easier. These are lovely unspoiled, unsophisticated islands where mats covered with cloves are still set to dry, scenting the air in the middle of the crossroads in town. We will forever remember these islands for the friendliness of the locals. One man waited many hours for us to come ashore so he could present us with a bottle of his home- made honey. These precious interactions can make the best memories.

Sector 2 takes you to the west coast of Eastern Malaysia. We joined the rally here in Kuching, in the state of Sarakwak the largest of the Malaysian states. We particularly enjoyed this city and learning about its mostly happy 100 years of colonial rule under the beneficent rule of the Brooke family dynasty. In the city centre there’s a lovely little museum dedicated to the Ranee of Sarawak, Margaret de Windt, the beloved wife of the Sultan Charles Brooke. Christian enjoyed the coffee and tiramisu cake in the pleasant cafe The Commons, next to the museum. Kuching is a pleasant mix of well kept older buildings and amazing architecture of the new. The building that houses the government is particularly noteworthy as is the Cultural Museum building. Three hours spent here was barely enough. On the down side is the lack of a safe marina. We stayed in the existing marina by the harbour master offices on the river but it is such a fast flowing river that the marina is disintegrating and can no longer be called safe. An alternative safe anchorage is in the Santubong river, where its only disadvantage is that it is a fair distance to town so it pays to have your own transport.

Near Santubong is the Sarawak Cultural Village, a living museum and a must see. It is the venue for the three day World Rainforest Festival and we were fortunate enough to be there at the right time to visit this year. It was an amazing experience to be immersed in music, arts, crafts and foods of many of the local tribes in full traditional regalia. Kuching is also the gateway to the Semenggoh Wildlife Park where you can visit Orangutangs in their natural jungle setting.

The next stop is at the safe and compact marina at Miri which is an oil town with plenty of places for provisioning. The highlight for me was a visit to the 40,000 year old caving system where ancient burial sites have been discovered. This year we did not sail on to Labuan, a duty free island where there is a marina and a really good fresh market, but headed to the independent country of Brunei. Our visit here enable us to extend our visas on return to Malaysia for another three months. There is a small, well run yacht club The Royal Brunei Yacht Club, where Mr Henry and his staff looked after us well. I can highly recommend taking the half day tour to visit mosques, sea gypsy villages and the royal museum. Another plus was being able to fill up with diesel at an incredibly low price! A word of warning- do look out for old disused oil rigs and fishing nets. Best practice is to sail these waters only during the daytime.

The state of Sabah prides itself on having a wide selection of both cultural and natural diversity. Sabah has nine world renowned parks covering 1.2million hectares covering two thirds of its land mass with two coasts: to the west is the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea to the east. Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah. This state is blessed with so much diversity it is fast becoming a tourism paradise. It rejoices in having the highest peak in Southeast Asia, at 4,101m on Mt Kinabalu.

We took a driver and visited the Sabah tea growing region but because the peak of the mountain was in cloud we never got to see it clearly, however the endless mountain ranges disappearing into the blue made the trip truly memorable. The yacht club at Sutera Harbour in Kota Kinabalu, is of internationally high standard. I could have stayed in there a lot longer. It is an expensive marina, but the complex which faces the South China Sea contains two five star hotels, 104 berth marina, a 27 hole award winning golf course and five swimming pools (including one Olympic sized pool) as well as a selection of restaurants and cafes. In fact, a village on its own.

In Kinabalu North, at Penuwasa, there is a shipyard where you can haul out or store your boat if you wish to make repairs or return home. Going ‘over the top ‘ of Borneo at Kudat and down the eastern coast was a memorable experience. . During WW2 KK was occupied by the Japanese, and in 1946 it was granted British crown colony status and Sabah is now part of Malaysia. This is strongly contested by the Philippines and occasional aggressive conflicts erupt. This is why it was good to be on the rally and have the escort of the East Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) as we sailed through these waters.

In sector 3 of the rally we headed south and visited the Turtle Islands where we watched turtles at night, laying their eggs. Over 2000 turtle hatchings are released into the sea each day. Our next yacht club was the Sandakan Yacht Club where we had to anchor outside but had full use of the facilities of hot showers, swimming pool, bar and restaurant for a minor fee. We liked Sandakan and learning about its history. One day sticks in my mind as being particularly enjoyable; a visit up into the hills behind the city to view the house where author Agnes Keith had lived; she been interred by the Japanese during World War 2 and wrote three books about her experiences. Next door to her old house, now a museum, is a superb English Tea House set in pretty grounds where we whiled away a happy few hours.

After seriously provisioning for a few weeks we set off to sail the second longest river in Malaysia, the Kinabatangan River. We entered via the northwest entrance near Sandakan and exited near Dewhurst Bay. As we slowly glided along in the early mornings we saw crocodiles

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A major stop is the Tun Sakaran Marine Park base at Semporna, the gateway to famous dive sites. Our overall highlight was our stay in Boley Dulang Island where we could take the dinghy out to the reefs and enjoy good snorkelling and diving to see colourful corals and multitudes of fish. An optional day tour was organised and everyone from the 12 boats went to spend the day at Sipidan Island. Myriads of fish, brilliant corals, clear crystalline waters make this day a must do for sailors, well worth the extra cost.

We were treated like royalty by the various Councils and Authorities in many of the ports large and small that we visited. Wonderful local dancers, musicians and acrobats performed for us and we all put on weight from the vast array of foods provided for us; in some venues breakfast, lunch and dinner! We loved Sabah and its people, in fact we loved the whole rally which was very well organised by Mr Sazli Kamal Basha . He has been organising this rally since 2015 and it keeps getting better every year, his in depth knowedge, good technical briefings, laid back humour and professionalism ensure a great time is had by all. I shall leave you with a website to look at to assist you to make that decision to come to SE Asia.

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A new web-based app called the Marine Vessel Portal (MVP) has been developed to help New Zealand boat owners, marinas and councils reduce the risk of marine pest incursions. The MVP is already a key tool in marine biosecurity management, recording surveillance activity, findings and the presence of marine pests in bays and harbours from Northland to Bay of Plenty. It also records information about the regional hull surveillance programmes, including biofouling levels and pest species found on boats during routine inspections. By signing up to the MVP boat owners and marina operators can be empowered to better manage their biofouling risk.

The Portal will include:

Information about a boat’s recent hull maintenance or cleaning can be entered into the MVP by boat owners, maintenance contractors, haul outs and dive companies. The MVP also contains results from hull surveys undertaken by council marine biosecurity teams in Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

When a vessel arrives in a new location marina staff will be able to see when a boat was cleaned, its antifoul coatings, and details of recent inspections. This, along with talking with the boat owner about where a vessel has traveled, will help them decide if a boat presents a marine biosecurity risk or not.

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Boat owners can claim their boat in the system by entering some basic information about their vessel, including its name, description, usual location and their contact details. Uploading a photo is also helpful.

Once submitted, our team will work to match it up with a boat already in the system and ask the boat owner to confirm the match - or they will set up a new entry if needed.

With access to the MVP, owners can see details of past dive inspections of their vessel including any the level of fouling and marine pest species found. They can also add their own information about their vessel’s antifouling maintenance

Participating marina operators can view this information, negating the need for vessel owners to carry/email documents before arriving at a marina or in some cases, between regions.

The Marine Vessel Portal is an app developed and shared by Northland Regional Council, Auckland Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Waikato Regional Council. These councils are empowered to collect information about vessels by the Biosecurity Act, but participation by boat owners is optional.

When a boat owner claims their boat they will need to provide permission for the identity of their vessel to be confirmed with their marina operator (if applicable) and will have an opportunity to review and accept a Privacy Agreement. A two-step authentication process will protect the integrity of vessel data.

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Over a thousand coral islands lounging across the equator in the north central Indian Ocean as a chain of 20 natural atolls makes up the Maldives. Maldives is made up of 99 percent water, and naturally fish is the main bountiful delicacy and nourishment for the island nation. Maldivians serve freshly caught fish fried, boiled, smoked, or sun-dried, unlike Pacific islanders who prefer to eat fish raw. The connection between the Maldives and the ocean is elemental. And staying true to this elemental intimacy with the nurturing mother ocean, when in Maldives sailing through the country is the best way for anyone, especially to adventuring tourists, to explore the local vibrant lifestyle and experience the rich island flavours.

Coconut, fish, and starch are the three basic ingredients of traditional Maldivian cuisine. Fish, particularly yellowfin or skipjack tuna, is a staple of the Maldivian diet. The coconut, which comes from the country's national tree, the coconut palm, is utilized in various creative ways, including grated, shaved, liquid coconut milk, as well as oil in deep-fried foods. The cassava, sweet potato, and taro that are utilized in traditional or Dhivehi cuisine are generally farmed and harvest locally by farmers on the island. Fruits including watermelon, breadfruit, and screw pine are also regularly enjoyed on Maldivian dining tables. It is true that Maldivians, with their wonderful zest and passion for life, do enjoy spicy food, and the cuisine itself tends to be hot with delightful fusions and influences of the neighbouring South Asian countries.

All visitors to the Maldives must absolutely try the local cuisine. And although resort restaurants offer gourmet meals, the little cafés, teashops, Greasy Spoons, or “Hotaa” as the elderly local refer to them on the local islands, are the best places to find authentic delights of Maldivian cuisine.

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Visitors can sample local dishes, like white rice with Garudhiya (fish broth or fish soup), which is commonly produced from tuna, for lunch or dinner. While some residents prefer Roshi, a Maldivian flatbread, over rice with garudhiya, which is typically served with scraped coconut, lime, onion, scotch bonnet, and spicy fried fish.

The most popular traditional side dish served with rice, roshi, or Huni Roshi (coconut flatbread) is Rihaakuru, a thick paste made from tuna after it has been cooked for a long time. This salty and sour fish sauce's brown hue changes from light to dark brown.

Mashuni, which is literally translated as fish and shredded coconut eaten with roshi, is another traditional breakfast that you really must have. Mashuni is made with shredded smoked tuna, grated coconut, lemon, scotch bonnet, and onions. Masroshi, or tuna-stuffed chapati, is the next item to sample, an evening snack or short eat, locally called Hedhika eaten with black tea (Kalhu sai), milk tea (Kiru sai), or jasmine tea. The Maldivians follow British practice of drinking black tea or milk tea with quick bites like Bajiya, which is the local version of Indian samosa with tuna.

The most popular curries in the Maldives are unquestionably fish curry or Maldivian tuna curry. For breakfast, roshi is served with fish curry, and lunch and dinner are typically served with rice. The most unique Maldivian tuna curry, made with handmade spice paste, is called Kandu Kukulhu. Different varieties of fish and spices are utilized in different regions of the Maldives, however uniquely only in Laamu Atoll, Golha Riha, or fish balls curry, which is like meatballs can be discovered.

Dhiyaa hakuru, also known as coconut honey, coconut palm syrup, or toddy is the traditional sugar used in Maldivian cooking. It is made from coconut sap, a thick paste with an orangebrown tint. Coconut honey is further reduced to make Karu Hakuru (coconut sugar), which has a flavour that is nearly butterscotch-like. The most traditional way to eat dhiyaa hakuru is with huni roshi (coconut flatbread), though you may also spread it on toast with jam. Additionally, traditional Maldivian desserts like Addu Bondi contain dhiyaa hakuru.

Top local bites to sample: Maldivian cuisine has a delicate sweetness and mild spiciness. While cruising through the Maldives' crystal-clear ocean and picture-perfect beaches, don't forget to grab some delectable snacks made especially in distinct atolls to enjoy with your cup of coffee or tea as you wander the island paradise or as a sensational memento of the Maldives as you continue your adventure around the world.

The southernmost islands of the Maldives produce a delicacy called "Addu Bondi," which is a sweet coconut treat wrapped in a dried banana leaf and has a distinctive flavour created from young coconut shavings combined with palm sugar (Dhiyaa hakuru).

A speciality of the island Kulhudhuffushi in the Haa Dhaalu Atoll is Haalu Folhi, a thin, crisplike, sweet crepe that melts in your mouth. The technique used to make Haalu folhi is exceptional.

The ornament-like sweet treat known as Kanamadhu Metaa Gandu, which originates from the island of Utheem in the Haa Alifu Atoll, has a taste that is comparable to a caramel bark created with nuts and is prepared using sea almonds.

Valhomas is available in all islands which are sundried and smoked tuna that is used to prepare traditional dishes and snacks and can be used as a pizza topping, comparable to katsubishi in Japan, which are bonita flakes.

The Maldivians' all-time favourite local snacks include fried yams, breadfruit chips (Theluli Banbukeyo), and Kaajaa (spicy bread chips), a savoury snack made with spiced fried dough. Pack these snacks during your voyage to enjoy by yourself or to share with your loved ones while you reflect on your sailing adventure to the Maldives.

All sailors can now sign up on the official event website for the third edition of Savaadheeththa Dhathuru. There is no better way to discover and experience "Maldivian life" than on this voyage, which involves sailing across the Maldives in the style of our ancestors, who braved the great seas.

Become a part of the rally, and travel like an adventuring tourist discovering the Maldives welcomed by the local Maldivians with open arms and open hearts. For more information, please visit the official website of the Maldives yacht rally:

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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 ON OR BEFORE 24 SEPTEMBER 2023.

You can see the proposed concept and access the feedback form through the following link.

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

AMUA acknowledges that there is a valid competing demand for the hardstand space at The Landing to be used for a variety of marine recreational activities. HOWEVER the need to preserve and enhance facilities for marine recreational activities and access to the water is no more important than the need to preserve and develop readily accessible infrastructure to maintain clean hulls.

These two needs are complimentary and the related infrastructure for both is essential in a city where access to Auckland’s beaches and harbours, and the Hauraki Gulf is of immense social, environmental and economic value.

To enable owners of moored boats to maintain compliance with Council’s marine biosecurity regulations AMUA believes that the Council owned haul out and hardstand facility at The Landing should be reinstated and operated UNTIL Auckland Council is able to provide verifiable quantitative proof that sufficient and suitably located antifouling capacity is available in the region now and into the foreseeable future.

AUMA also questions why Council is consulting on a concept plan which is contrary to the Objectives of the Okahu Marine Precinct Plan which state under Objective 2 - “The ongoing use and development of Okahu Landing hardstand is provided for “

Why is Haul Out and Hardstand Needed at the Landing?

Many boat owners may not yet be aware of two factors that are likely to at least double the demand for haul out and hardstand facilities for hull cleaning and antifouling.

•Auckland Council hull inspection surveys in 2021 and 2022 show that 47% of moored boats are non-compliant with the level of fouling requirement, LOF2. Auckland Council has not yet issued any enforcement notices. What will happen when it does?

•In 2022 Auckland, Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regional councils commissioned a report to investigate the availability and accessibility of haul out and hull cleaning capacity within each of the four Top of the North regions for moored vessels up to 20m in length. In addition to regular hull cleaning the 4 councils anticipate that it will be necessary for boat owners to anti-foul vessels once every year to comply with proposed rules relating to hull bio-fouling levels.

The study concluded that the region only had 33% of the capacity needed to antifoul the Auckland fleet on an annual basis.

•AMUA believes owners of moored boats will be unable to maintain compliance with the Auckland region’s marine biosecurity regulations - unless existing haul out and hardstand facilities are preserved and additional suitably located facilities are developed.

•Auckland Council appears unwilling to understand the problem and appears to be ignoring its leadership responsibilities under the Biosecurity Act.

•AMUA believes Auckland Council is “rolling the dice” on bio security risks with potentially devastating environmental, economic and social consequences – for Auckland and neighbouring regions.

The Landing haul out and hardstand is ideally suited to serve boats in the central Waitemata and is also a facility that enables self-performing maintenance by boat owners. It is also unique in the area because it is suitable for large multi hull vessels that cannot be lifted by travel lifts due to their wide beam.

AMUA understands that although Pier 21 has closed and The Landing has been decommissioned there have been some new hardstand developments and some expansion of existing facilities. In addition off season application of antifouling and new technology will lead to some increase on antifouling throughput at remaining haul out and hardstands.

However; the practical inference of the 2022 report is that “spare capacity” needs to be able to deliver 3 times the current level of antifouling activity - now – not sometime in the future. Based on the 2022 report and other relevant information AMUA together with AYBA, the Multi Hull Association and other interested parties believe there are good reasons to doubt there is insufficient “spare” capacity to meet the expected increase in demand.

Auckland Council has declined to engage on this issue and there is no verifiable quantitative data on “spare” antifouling capacity in the region.

Capacity for hull cleaning and antifouling in the Central Waitemata is a particularly significant issue. Following closure of The Landing and Pier 21 only Orams and the floating dock remain as locally available facilities to serve some 3,500 moored boats in Westhaven, Bayswater, Orakei and Outboard Boating Club marinas and the nearby bays. The time to try and save haul out and hardstand at The Landing and provide much needed facilities in the Central Waitemata is NOW - because once lost it is highly unlikely the loss of this facility can ever be reversed.

For further detail on AMUA’s understanding of data related to haul out and hardstand capacity in the Auckland region see the presentation – “AMUA - Haul Out and Hardstand Presentation - 10 September 2023”.

The Bigger Picture

At the heart of AMUA’s concerns are not only the recent haul out and hardstand closures and the decommissioning of The Landing, but also the increasing land pressures around the coast line and the lack of protection for the remaining haul out and hardstand facilities under the Auckland Unitary Plan.

An example is the zoning for Orams facilities in the Wynyard precinct. Orams land area is not included in the marina zone area for Westhaven and is in fact zoned as part of the much higher value Business – City Centre Zone. The closure of Pier 21 exemplifies the desire of land owners, including Eke Panuku, to maximise value from waterfront land when zoning allows. Similar situations exist at Pine Harbour and Hobsonville where the Precinct plans enable higher value residential and commercial use on the land currently occupied by the haul out and hardstand facilities which together provide some 25% of the now remaining capacity.

Where infrastructure is necessary as a part of an effective biosecurity pathway management plan then Council has a leadership obligation under the Biosecurity Act to assure that the necessary infrastructure is available.

The clean hulls rules and regulations clearly require haul out and hardstand infrastructure to achieve compliance. As the statutory planning authority Auckland Council can and should, plan for and protect, through the Auckland Unitary Plan, suitably sized areas and locations for the haul out and hardstand facilities.

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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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