Skipper’s Log 2018-07-05T09:53:29+00:00
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In this issue:

New Boats + Promo Winners + Does DOC pine for trees? + Insure Your Crew + AC and TV + Foils and boards + A trip to Sandspit + A virtual sail on Rawhiti


Volvo 2017-18 – It’s over until next time…

With thanks to Scuttlebutt News –

After the climatic finish of the final offshore leg on June 24, there remained unfinished business for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 as the spotlight turned on the final race of the In-Port Series.

The day started with SHK/Scallywag and Turn the Tide on Plastic with equal points on the Volvo Ocean Race leaderboard, and while the In-Port Series was a separate event, the overall standings was being used as the tie-break mechanism.

David Witt’s Scallywags held the advantage by a three-point margin, but if Caffari with Turn the Tide on Plastic could level the score or get ahead on the In-Port Series leaderboard, then her team would lift themselves into a sixth place finish overall by winning the tie-break.

This was the fight to not finish last in the Volvo Ocean Race, a position that Caffari held since the first leg. A lot of things would need to go right for her team, and incredibly, it all came to pass.

It didn’t look good early when Turn the Tide on Plastic was penalized for not keeping clear of team AkzoNobel on a close cross. But at the next mark rounding, Scallywag hooked onto the mark, and was stopped while the rest of the fleet sailed past.

Eventually they freed themselves from the mark, but by then they were well behind and running out of time to catch up.

The last place result for Scallywag, combined with a hard-fought fourth place finish for Turn the Tide on Plastic, meant Dee Caffari’s team sat in sixth place for the first time in the race.

That wasn’t the only scoreboard move though, as hometown hero Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel had a perfect start and led the race from beginning to end.

That win, combined with a third place finish by team AkzoNobel, means the two Dutch skippers finished tied for third in the In-Port Race Series, with Team Brunel taking the tie-break for the final podium spot by virtue of a better finishing position in the final race.

The Brunel In-Port Race marks the last competition in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Here’s the Scoreboard:

Brunel In-Port Race Results

  1. Team Brunel (NED), Bouwe Bekking (NED)
  2. Dongfeng Race Team (CHN), Charles Caudrelier (FRA)
  3. Team AkzoNobel (NED), Simeon Tienpont (NED)
  4. Turn the Tide on Plastic (POR), Dee Caffari (GBR)
  5. MAPFRE (ESP), Xabi Fernández (ESP)
  6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (DEN/USA), Charlie Enright (USA)
  7. Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (HKG), David Witt (AUS)

In-Port Race Series Overall Results (after 11 of 11 races)

  1. MAPFRE (ESP), Xabi Fernández (ESP), 64 points
  2. Dongfeng Race Team (CHN), Charles Caudrelier (FRA), 56
  3. Team Brunel (NED), Bouwe Bekking (NED), 50
  4. Team AkzoNobel (NED), Simeon Tienpont (NED), 50
  5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (DEN/USA), Charlie Enright (USA), 35
  6. Turn the Tide on Plastic (POR), Dee Caffari (GBR), 25
  7. Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (HKG), David Witt (AUS), 25

Volvo Ocean Race Overall Results (after 11 of 11 legs)

  1. Dongfeng Race Team (CHN), Charles Caudrelier (FRA), 73 points
  2. MAPFRE (ESP), Xabi Fernández (ESP), 70
  3. Team Brunel (NED), Bouwe Bekking (NED), 69
  4. Team AkzoNobel (NED), Simeon Tienpont (NED), 59
  5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (DEN/USA), Charlie Enright (USA), 39
  6. Turn the Tide on Plastic (POR), Dee Caffari (GBR), 32
  7. Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (HKG), David Witt (AUS), 32

Team Brunel – at sea. Watch her in the final race – Video:  Watch final race


Does Your Insurance Cover Your Paid Crew?

Attention Racers… do you pay your crew members?  Do you pay for transportation, housing, and meals for your crew or teammates?  If you answered yes to any of these, and your crew is injured while sailing, you may be putting your personal assets at risk if you don’t have the right insurance in place.

Crew coverage defends you against lawsuits brought on by an injured crew.  If you need more info about how crew coverage can be added to your yacht policy contact your insurer.


Outstanding power catamaran available in NZ

Boat of the Show –  The Aquila 36

The Aquila brand is now well established in New Zealand with two new Aquila 44 power catamarans in Auckland ready to show to discerning buyers. Now we can introduce to New Zealand the Aquila 36, an outstanding fast catamaran with a host of great features. This boat won the Multihull of the Year Award at the recent Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. City of Sails Marine are Northern Sales Representatives for NZ Boat Sales and the Aquila range of luxury power catamarans. Contact us:

Go aboard the Aquila 36 with this virtual tour:

And see the Aquila 36 test video at: Aquila 36 test


Sandspit Yacht Club – Winter Racing

Have you taken your boat up the Matakana River recently? With a great new marina and a lively yacht club at Sandspit, it’s a great place to explore. On the tide keel boats can get up the dredged channel, and sit in the pool by the yacht club. But don’t stay too long – it can get crowded, and with no parking space anywhere in the river to drop your anchor, you will need to see if the marina can arrange a slip for an overnight stay. There’s a charge.

Sandspit Yacht Club is very active, and has now amalgamated with the game fishing club. They race a good fleet of yachts there regularly, summer and winter when the tide is right. Here’s a comment from Tim Clissold, hard-working race organiser about a June race day: “A big tide made the return to Sandspit a slight challenge for some, but still a great day on the water. Also, we had a good deal of crews come back to the Club afterwards to share stories. A great day.”


Watch: How It’s Done Under the Golden Gate

Perfect conditions for going like crazy on a skateboard with foils – the scene on San Francisco Bay for the 2018 Hydrofoil Pro Tour. Wednesday, June 20.



All You Can Eat….

TVNZ Secures AC Broadcasting Rights

TVNZ has secured the exclusive broadcast rights for New Zealand to the 36th America’s Cup which includes the preliminary World Series events, the Christmas Race in 2020, followed by the Prada Cup in early 2021 and the 36th America’s Cup Presented by Prada in March 2021.

TVNZ has signed an agreement with the Defender and Challenger of Record for the exclusive national broadcast rights for the 36th America’s Cup. All racing will be broadcast live on free to air TV and live streamed on TVNZ OnDemand. Here’s the programme:

– America’s Cup World Series 2019

– America’s Cup World Series 2020

– America’s Cup Christmas Race 2020: Auckland

– Prada Cup – Challenger Selection Series 2021: Auckland

– 36th America’s Cup Match Presented by Prada 2021: Auckland

The event’s return to TVNZ will give New Zealanders access to all races broadcast live and live streaming will also be available across TVNZ’s platforms. Coverage will begin with the America’s Cup World Series in 2019 and culminate with Emirates Team New Zealand’s defence of the Auld Mug in the 2021 during the 36th America’s Cup Match Presented by Prada in Auckland.


Marine Products –

Spun the wheel, won a deal.

 A number of boat owners had a rewarding visit to the Outboard Boating Club’s stand at the recent Hutchwilco Boat Show – they spun the wheel of fortune to win valuable prizes sponsored by City of Sails Marine Products and Parker Marine Group, the agents and distributors of the marine items.


Keep In Touch – With a VHF

Jason Dockery

 Water sports enthusiast Jason Dockery of Riverhead, Auckland, came away with an Icom hand held VHF radio. Jason doesn’t currently own a big boat, but the radio could be just as important when he’s out in his canoe or kayak.

Keep Warm with Kaiwaka

 Boat Show visitor Trevor Bond shows off his Kaiwaka beanie and socks he won by spinning the wheel of fortune at the Outboard Boating Club’s show stand. Trevor says he will find the socks and beanie just the gear for the next winter morning fishing trip.

Kaiwaka Clothing – made in the Northland township of Kaiwaka of course – specialises in a range of well-designed and hard wearing wet weather and outdoor gear.

The OBC promotion was sponsored by City of Sails Marine Products, Aflex and Parker Marine Group.

Trevor Bond

Fender Protector

Papakura recreational fisher Greg Morrow knows the value of a good boat fender. So when he spun the wheel of fortune at the Outboard Boating Club’s show stand and won a big Aflex fender he was the first to say: Fenders are always a must, so a ‘big thank you’.

The OBC promotion was sponsored by City of Sails Marine Products, Aflex and Parker Group.

Greg owns a 32ft Genesis Tournament Fishing Boat and enjoys cruising around the Hauraki Gulf. His favourite spots are Man O’War Bay, Waiheke, and Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier. He plans to do a little more fishing this year, and to get in some good winter cruising.

Greg Morrow


Yacht Brokers – Nationwide, New and Used Boats

Mike Parker – Northland Marine Brokers


Blair Harkness, Director of City of Sails Marine Brokers and Mike Parker, Director of Northland Marine Brokers, have formed an alliance to offer clients a great range of top offerings in new and used boats, and with Mike’s team in Whangarei, the group now has brokers in Whangarei, Sandspit, Gulf Harbour, Auckland and Tauranga.

The team also represents NZ Boat Sales, based in Nelson and the Sounds, and all together this nationwide team of experienced brokers offers many hundreds of listings featuring world-renowned new and used mono and multihull brands, power and sail.  Clients know they can talk with a team of experienced brokers, boat owners and marine industry experts across New Zealand.

City of Sails Marine:  NZ Boat Sales:

Northland Marine Brokers:


Motutapu and Kawau Island…

Exotic Pines Wreak Havoc

Mansion House Bay – exotic pines fall into the sea with every storm, the fragile clay that comes down with them turning the sea yellow.

DOC has recently borne criticism – and deservedly so – for indirectly creating a potential navigation hazard following the poisoning of pines along a Motutapu Island cliff top. The site borders the Motuihe Channel. After the poisoning they were left to die, inevitably to fall to the beach and into the Channel below….

Exotic pines are also bringing environmental and navigational hazards to the picturesque and much visited Kawau Island, in the northern part of the Hauraki Gulf. DOC is responsible for the area around Mansion House in Bon Accord Harbour – but it’s another example of DOC neglect.

Exotic pines are the predominant species on the DOC land around Mansion House, but the combination of steep hillsides, clay soils and the wrong vegetation means that the pines fall down the frail cliffs with every major storm. The bays in the area are a mess – seemingly ignored by DOC.

Let’s remember that Mansion House is a Category 1 Historic Place, once the home of former governor Sir George Grey. Today it attracts tourists, visitors and boaties to the buildings and grounds – but the surrounding grounds ‘managed’ by DOC are a disgrace.

With America’s Cup coming up, and more and more tourists visiting our world-renowned Hauraki Gulf, is this the way to show off our historic sites and Governor Grey’s legacy?

Here’s the wording of a DOC information sheet on their website:

The Kawau Island Historic Reserve was created to protect Mansion House, Sir George Grey’s former home, and the gardens and landscape he created, together with sites and relics from the historic copper industry. The reserve is a popular destination for visitors arriving by ferry or boat…..


Classic Auckland Yacht Rawhiti sails on…

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to sail on board the classic yacht Rawhiti? Enjoy this cool 4 minute video by Steve Wilson that was filmed on board Rawhiti in the Classic Yacht Association Patio Bay Passage Race.

Watch Video: ‘Sailing Rawhiti’


From the home of the bizzare…

What happened to Saddam’s yacht?

Saddam Hussein’s former motoryacht, the 82m ‘Basrah Breeze’, is now operating as a hotel and recreation facility for maritime pilots who guide ships in and out of the port of Basra, Southern Iraq’s largest city.

The vessel was built for the Iraqi dictator in 1981, although he never reportedly set foot on board. Following a court case in 2010, Iraq recovered the yacht after it had spent three decades overseas, during which it changed hands many times, however it has barely left Basra since its reclamation.

The Iraqi government listed the yacht for sale at $30 million, however, perhaps due to its acrimonious shrouding, it never found a buyer.

The king-sized bed, silk curtains and gold-rimmed bathroom of the master suite are comparatively modest features when matched against the latest constructions gracing the water, however, the captain says the yacht is in good enough shape for its new purpose.

Thanks to SuperYacht News-

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