Boating NZ : FREE TO READ February 2014
Better watch out for the skin deep subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 11 FOR SIX MONTHS, it’s been on the horizon but now it’s just over a month away: my challenge to join up to 30 other PWC (personal watercraft) riders in the 2014 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ to raise money for melanoma care and research. The route traces my tribal origins: 325nm from Whanganui Inlet on the western side of Cape Farewell, around into Takaka, then into Nelson via Abel Tasman National Park, then to French Pass to circumnavigate D’Urville island and Stephens Island, back to French Pass before passing several major headlands to Picton, and over the Cook Strait to Wellington. It looks so easy when you write it like that. I’m excited. I’m terrified. Mostly, I’m somewhere in between, which is probably about right. I’m also inspired. As so often happens, when you get involved in a good cause, you find yourself encountering reasons why you’re doing it. Murray Crockett, who rang me to cheer me on in the venture, has since died of the disease, the day before I had hoped to visit. I sat next to a man on a plane from Nelson recently whose mother had recently been diagnosed; a close friend’s former brother- in-law has recently succumbed. So I will climb on Pearl, as I’ve named the Yamaha Waverunner generously loaned to me by Yamaha New Zealand, in memory of those who didn’t make it and with a message that, in 90 per cent of cases, melanoma can be cured if it’s caught in time – and that means getting regular checks from skin specialists to make sure no freckles or moles are thinking of going feral. The weather will have a lot of say in just how much I enjoy the adventure. On a good day, I’m picturing myself on Pearl, dawdling past seals basking in the sunshine at Abel Tasman. In other images, we’re making smooth moves past Stephens Island lighthouse, playing with dolphins in the mischievous turbulence of French Pass and scooting around the Marlborough Sounds into Picton. As for Cook Strait, I’m hoping to whizz past the Cook Strait ferry while my friends onboard pass the hat for 2014 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ. On a realistic note, I’m also planning my compass courses for each leg and taking advice from a physiotherapist. Finally, just to reiterate: 90 per cent of deaths from melanoma are preventable – so get those moles checked. – Rebecca Hayter www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/rebeccahayter or phone 0800 10 20 40 13 Stores Nationwide *Valid until 23 February 2014 Inflatable Lifejacket • Great value, hard wearing • Soft neoprene collar • 150 newtons of buoyancy • Manual inflation - pull cord to gas inflate • Adult multifit 31899 $99.99 Narva LED Submersible Trailer Lights • 12V LED slimline trailer lamp pack with licence plate lamp 33875 CARDHOLDER PRICE $79.99 Without Card $89.99 Solar Panel 20W • High efficiency polycrystalline solar panel • Manufactured with high quality cells • 576 x 357mm • 1.16A output 32235 CARDHOLDER PRICE $79.99 Without Card $99.99 MS-RA50 True Marine Stereo • iPod/iPhone connectivity • AM/FM tuner •2x40W 32761/27489 $249.99 MHS75 VHF • 1, 2.5 or 5W transmit power • Waterproof • Triple watch and quad watch plus • 12V and 240V charger included • 3 year warranty 31487 CARDHOLDER PRICE $199.99 Without Card $279.99 LED 15.6’’ TV • Built in DVD player • High definition, widescreen • 12V, 24V or 240V • Free to air terrestrial receiver • Wall mount included 34221 $349.99 Elite-5 HDI • Chartplotter, fishfinder, depth sounder • Dual frequency sonar and Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI) • 5’’480x480 pixel screen • Full Navionics Gold NZ chart 33893 CARDHOLDER PRICE $999.99 Without Card $1199.99 CARDHOLDER BONUS FREE SPEAKERS WORTH $129.99 WITH RA50 STEREO PURCHASE CARDHOLDER BONUS 2 FOR $150 EACH NEW!NEW!021443 Boating _on watch_Feb14.indd 11 21/01/2014 10:52:58 a.m.
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