Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
that morning, a woman handed me a $5 donation. I gave her a hug and saw tears in her eyes. I guessed she’d lost someone to melanoma. There is a greater risk of melanoma with high doses of sun exposure occasionally; eg, during holiday and recreational activities, than with more continuous sun exposure; eg daily work outdoors Outside The Cut, we met our sloppiest seas yet but nothing like the shite conditions of the previous weekend. We stopped at Peppin Island where a seal nosed its way slowly through our herd. At Croisilles Harbour, Jeremy’s ski suffered a blocked jet intake, probably due to a plastic bag, and was towed into shallow water to be cleared. At French Pass, I lost my last shred of credibility. I had told everyone that Shag Harbour was amazing – it wasn’t because it had no water in it. I had raved about Falls River – we couldn’t get in. And I’d talked up French Pass for its swirling, whirling eddies and freaky bits – but on a slack, low neap tide, it could barely raise a parlez-vous. In 2010, 324 people in New Zealand died from melanoma. Wednesday: the circumnavigation of d’Urville Island where my father had grown up. The weather forecast wasn’t great but Jeremy hoped we could head up the windward, western side first and come down the eastern side. TOP: The superyacht-sized icon depicting my position off Farewell Spit. ABOVE: Ski-nZ leader Jeremy Burfoot takes a snooze. RIGHT: A schwooski of PWCs lined up on the beach at French Pass. “We met huge swells. Jeremy later said they were 2 metres; from where I was sitting, they were 20...” 38 Boating New Zealand April 2014 A mighty rock structure off Wharawharariki Beach, Cape Farewell. REVIEW_Yamaha_April14.indd 38 19/03/2014 3:53:53 p.m.
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