Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
Y ou don’t go outside Farewell Spit – that was a certainty when I was growing up in Takaka, but here we were, 0830 on Monday, 10 March, a schwooski of 25 personal watercraft, heading over the bar of Whanganui Inlet, Cape Farewell and into the Tasman Sea. It felt like nautical naughtiness. We were riding for 2014 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ, instigated by melanoma survivor Jeremy Burfoot. My beautiful steed was a 2014 model Yamaha Waverunner FX high output Cruiser which I’d named Pearl, on loan to me from Greg Fenwick, manager of Yamaha NZ. I’d ridden her only three times before but as we dipped and swirled in the wakes of the other PWCs and met the first lazy swells, I stood up to ride and it all came together. My knees and elbows moved as Pearl lifted over the waves beneath me like a horse at canter. It hadn’t always been this way. The previous weekend Brendan Grant, marine sales at Yamaha, had taken me out to try rough water – nearly 70 miles of a sharp, ugly chop from Half Moon Bay to Kawau Island and back. Brendan’s PWC was slapping over the wave tops but mine was smashing into the troughs; I was too inexperienced to apply the power at the crucial moment. For four hours, I’d been hammered by hard landings. Combined with a tough session at the gym that morning, I’d failed to drink enough water and lost 1.1kg in eight hours. The next day I could barely move, the two hemispheres of my brain were locked in mortal combat. My personal trainer suggested I pull out of the Ski-nZ event. New Zealand has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. So often the worst thing that can happen is the best. Ben, my sidekick at Boating NZ and a professional sailor, told me that in multi-day events, it’s crucial to recover every day: drink water, eat protein, get a good sleep. It helped that the west coast was being unusually kind. In the open sea, we regrouped with our leader, Jason. He had a Go-Pro on his helmet so I called him Tellytubby Number One. At 30mph we cruised past the long sandy beaches and high cliffs where, as a four- year-old, I’d bounced on my father’s shoulders as he ran from an angry bull seal. We passed crazy-old rock formations that loomed like lions and rode through open caves. Some of the guys were playing in the surf. With my new confidence I buzzed over to experiment in the outer wave before turning back to open water – but now there was another outer wave: vertical and coming my way. “You’ve srcewed this up,” said Pearl. The day before, Tim Porter, previously my boss at Boating New Zealand, had texted me: “power into the waves straight on no angles you will come unstuck”. But I was In 2014 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ, 25 riders on personal watercraft raised more than $90,000. It was to save lives and to pursue adventure – because life is an adventure. Day one Day two Day four Day five Day six Cancelled due to cyclone Lusi Day three Whanganui Inlet Takaka Nelson French Pass Picton Wellington subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 35 The Ski-nZ fleet of personal watercraft enters French Pass. marinco.com bepmarine.com EZ-Mount Battery Switches Aseasyas1,2,3, these revolutionary battery switches allow you to wire from the front. Never has installation been so easy and cabling so accessible. With their shared interconnection height, EZ-Mount battery switches “cluster” directly with the Pro Installer Busbar Range, resulting in the fastest, most compact installations. All ratings, footprints and features of the EZ- Mount switch match the high quality of our standard switches. 1Fit base 3Clip on actuator 2Add wiring MAR_AD_084_0214_EZ-Mount_switchesB.indd 1 2/27/14 2:46 PM 0414-46 REVIEW_Yamaha_April14.indd 35 19/03/2014 3:52:33 p.m.
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