Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city. A center of government, art and culture. And a destination for travelers catching the ferry to the South Island. It also a base for many water-based recreational activities.
These activities are governed by the same maritime rules as the rest of New Zealand. There also subject to control by the Wellington region navigation and safety bylaws.
During the summer months the number of lake users rises considerably, meaning new-comers don’t have local knowledge or are ill-prepared for the changes on the lake when sudden changes occur. Even those with Lake experience are often caught out by the size of the waves, which can become dangerous within minutes.
August has been and gone, September is here and only a few weeks until daylight savings begins!
With spring on the way, what better time to start thinking about a new boat, or getting the current boat out and giving it the once over for the upcoming season. We have had a busy month in august with several sales, lots of enquiry and the workshop has been fully booked. September is looking to be even busier with 7 new arrivals due.
The list of things that can go wrong on a boat trip is endless but you can be prepared by having an action plan to help you cope with the most likely problems.
By thinking through the actions you can take and having them in the right order, you greatly increase your chance of coming home safely. In any unexpected situation the first natural reaction is to panic, which just makes things worse.
This is a new weekly report called America’s Cup Uncovered. The 34th America’s Cup challenger series will race with multi-hulled, wing-sailed, fast boats called AC45’s. The world series begins in Portugal on August 6th. The AC45 is like nothing seen before in Cup history. The boats have been described as “dangerously fast” and there have been some spectacular capsizes.
Lake Taupo Yacht Club is situated close to the Taupo town centre on Ferry Road. We are a family-friendly yacht club with an active racing and cruising programme for adults. We enjoy introducing young people to sailing, and teaching them all they need to know to excel at the sport and love every moment of it. Our clubhouse has expansive views of Lake Taupo over to the Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. Our boat shed is very close by.