Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 39 Jeremy’s uncle and aunt, Pip and Jeanette Aplin, live on d’Urville. Pip led 10 of us in his aluminium runabout through French Pass, which was in active flow. As we cleared Sauvage Point, we met huge swells. Jeremy later said they were 2 metres; from where I was sitting, they were 20 but I’m prepared to compromise at 3 metres. For the first time, I felt at risk and mimicked Jeremy’s path head-on into the swells. Some were backless and I emerged to fall stern-first, which was better than smashing down hard on the bow sections and hoping like hell I’d land flat. Some waves had a long gentle slope to the bottom. Sunburn increases risk of melanoma in later life. As we neared Paddock Rocks, Pip turned right, taking the seas on the beam. We drove down valleys, turning hard left to take the bigger waves head-on. The twin flippers of a seal flicked suddenly before my bow. Finally I could see flatter water and the wind roared and tugged at my helmet as we entered Kupe Bay in Manuhakapakapa Harbour, home to Pip and Jeanette. I was freezing and worried about sitting Pearl in the stones Making it happen Qantas pilot Jeremy Burfoot and his wife Manola established the Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ following Jeremy’s near-miss with melanoma several years ago, after his GP failed to diagnose an errant mole on his back. Burfoot holds the world record for the longest distance, 2288km, travelled in 24 hours on a PWC and circumnavigated New Zealand on a PWC in 2006 to raise money for melanoma. In its second year, Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ is the Melanoma Foundation’s biggest fundraiser; this year’s event raised more than $90,000. In 90% of cases, melanoma can be cured if it’s caught in time – have regular checks from melanoma specialists to ensure no freckles or moles are developing signs of melanoma. See www.ski-nz.org Auckland 09 415 8303, Whangarei 09 438 6353, Tauranga 07 927 9270 www.lusty-blundell.co.nz Lusty & Blundell proud supporters All seats are finished in maintenance free water and UV resistant vinyl. Ride in comfort with one of the many pedestal options from, fixed height to gas spring for the ultimate in comfort. Swivel and slide models offer extra convenience at the helm. VETUS V-QUIPMENT SEATING RANGE A diverse range of high quality marine seats to suit all boats. See this premium range of seating at the Hutchwilco Boat Show, Hall2, Stand 297 VETUS V QUIPMENT 1-2 PG APRIL 2014 BOATING.indd 1 12/03/14 2:03 PM 0414-75 REVIEW_Yamaha_April14.indd 39 19/03/2014 3:54:33 p.m.
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