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The 2007 Shorthanded Trans-Tasman race starts at 1300hrs Sunday 8th April at Port Taranaki, New Plymouth.

There are 15 entrants, 12 solo, three double-handed.

SSAA member Bruce Arms is competing aboard his new 14metre Chamberlain cat "Big Wave Rider"

All details are at www.solo-tasman.co.nz

Latest newsletter below:


2007 TARANAKI DAILY NEWS SHORTHANDED TASMAN YACHT RACE SAILORS NEWSLETTER.

Triple One Care (www.TripleOneCare) is advertising NZYF Category One compliant first aid kits for $169.

www.solo-tasman.co.nz is up and running, mostly thanks to the great effort put in by Alan Yardley (Mephisto) and has competitor’s biographies and almost everything you need to know about the race.
These newsletters will, in future, be posted there.

The Maritime New Zealand seafarers’medical check list, filled out by your own GP, will be adequate for the race medical.

Berthage – there is a long standing feud between the Mooloolaba Yacht Club and Mooloolaba Marina Company…a meeting between them last weekend ended in a punch up and legal action is being taken.
The marina also has ongoing construction work in progress which may result in a minimal number of berths available for competing yachts.

There are two other marinas, a public wharf and anchorage available however and a race committee representative will be in Mooloolaba from 13 April to ensure all goes smoothly at that end.

Withdrawals – Peter Watt briefly entered Inga then withdrew for personal reasons and Allen Rooke has been forced to withdraw Ajax because of illness in his family. The fleet now stands at 15 vessels.

Underway – Bill Byford and Duthie Lidgard are currently sailing for Mana from Auckland in Pebble Rebel, Ross Buchanan is doing his qualifying miles in Scoundrel
and Bruce Arms and his wife Suzanne left Sydney at 09:30 on Wednesday bound for the Bay of Islands in Big Wave Rider.

The Port Taranaki company is laying moorings for the race fleet behind the lee breakwater, which forms the harbour’s northern boundary. Incoming vessels should contact either Lindsay Wright (027 – 27 58138)
or Harley Watts (027- 3201487) for pilotage to their allocated mooring. The port company monitors Ch 12 VHF and must also be contacted prior to entering the port.
Ch 61 VHF is the local repeater frequency and is monitored from 06:00 until about 18:00 by Coastguard Taranaki..

Monogrammed polo shirts and T shirts have been donated by a local sponsor – could all competitors please send the shirt size for all crew on board to ronandlo@ihug.co.nz  – or – windypoint@callsouth.net.nz.

Host families are being arranged to show competitors around North Taranaki and help with sourcing hardware and other preparations.

Inward customs clearance is being arranged for the Mooloolaba end but all yachts will need to fly the yellow Q (quarantine) signal flag on arrival.

Race and safety briefings are scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, 4th April.
A representative from the National Rescue Coordination Centre will talk about search and rescue, a paramedic about first aid and RNZAF personnel will also demonstrate the use of safety equipment.
A mayoral reception and other social events are planned.
The race committee is looking forward to welcoming you all to Port Taranaki and the start of a smooth and memorable event.

Best wishes for your preparations,

Lindsay Wright,
Secretary,
2007 Taranaki Daily News Shorthanded Tasman Yacht Race Committee.