Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
Photo: Bryce Taylor Ovlov Marine LimitedEst 1978 Ph 09 377 4285 Fax 09 377 9665 Email firstname.lastname@example.org 142 Beaumont Street, Westhaven PINE HARBOUR Ph 09 536 5249 Fax 09 536 5245 www.ovlov.co.nz New Zealand’s largest Volvo Penta dealer two Branches – Westhaven & Pine Harbour Ltd Established 1978 repOwering? Ask AbOut Our engine seLectiOn prOgrAMMe & prOp cALcuLAtOr - MAke the cOrrect chOice • Sailboat gearbox or saildrive 13 to 75hp • Power boat gearbox 110-900hp • Power boat sterndrive 140-370hp • IPS 350-1200hp Equiv. Agent fOr kOhLer gensets a drive solution for any requirement sterndrive 140-400 HP iPs 350-1200 HP joystick control sailboat 13-75 HP 0314-68 RIVIERA 53FB subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 11 AS THIS ISSUE hits the stands, it will be just over a week before I leap aboard the Yamaha Waverunner personal watercraft generously loaned by Yamaha NZ, to join 2014 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ. I’m used to interviewing people involved in worthy, adventurous events; it’s new to me to be a real participant. I’m uncomfortable with the obligations of fund-raising and Facebooking. I have made pathetic attempts at blogging but I’m useless at it. Probably not something a journalist should admit. Then, there is the conundrum of girls everywhere: what to wear? When you’re riding 600km on a PWC, attire is important. I’ve opted for Slam gear, top and bottom, like skiff sailors use, because it gives me options if I need to use the head, so to speak. The slinky Slam long-sleeved top is titanium-lined – since when did titanium become a fabric instead of a metal for America’s Cup winches? Then there are the helmet and goggles, as per race rules. Bad hair days are guaranteed. The Waverunner is fitted with a Raymarine GPS, but I felt the actual process of plotting my route with tidal flows and waypoints on paper charts would help me get my head around the idea of riding a PWC around the top of the South Island and across Cook Strait. Instead, it freaked me out: Wow, that is a long way up the outside of Cape Farewell... Gosh, that’s quite a jaunt from French Pass to Picton... But such emotions come and go like Cook Strait swells and for now, I’m just hugely, madly, excited about adventuring in a part of the world that I consider my spiritual home. There have been some poignant moments, including generous donations to my fundraising from people for whom melanoma is a reality. They want the message shouted from beaches, gardens and boats everywhere: 90% of all deaths from melanoma are preventable by undergoing regular checks by skin specialists. I’m happy to broadcast their message because this event is as much about raising awareness as raising funds. To follow my adventures and to support the goals of 2014 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ, please visit: www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/rebeccahayter The course Riding for Ski-NZ Photo:BryceTaylor Boating _on watch_March14.indd 11 19/02/2014 2:22:32 p.m.
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