Latest Newsletter: Louise’s Blog…..July 2017

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Welcome to our newsletter page. NZMS Senior Lecturer Louise Deehan-Owen blogs regularly on this page to keep students and graduates up to date on issues which concern the “local skipper” market. Members who register online on the website will receive an email when a new blog is posted.

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new hub report on stricken yachties

Senior Search and Rescue Officer Keith Allen, left, hosts a Newshub crew at the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand in Avalon, Lower Hutt, last month – after coordinating the rescue of the crew off the stricken yacht Jungle near Fiji. Keith was on duty when four New Zealand men – including Wellington coffee barons Geoff Marsland and Roger Young – set off an emergency beacon after the 18 metre yacht foundered on an unchartered reef around 2am.

RCCNZ tasked an Airforce Orion P-3 to fly to the location, and asked the Fijian Navy to retrieve the men from a remote island. The four Kiwi adults were unhurt after a yacht they were on became stuck about 425 kilometres southeast of Suva, Fiji. An NZDF aircraft located the yacht beached on a reef near Tuvana-i-Ra, a small atoll with three people living on it. The four crew safely made it to the atoll, where they waited until a Fijian Navy boat reached them.

“The yacht’s four crew members had abandoned the yacht and were safe and well on the atoll,” Air Commodore Darryn Webb said. “They used the yacht’s radio to establish communications with the Orion crew.”

An emergency beacon was set off from the yacht at dawn and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion left Auckland to assist the search. People on board sent texts to their relatives overnight, telling them the yacht’s backstay was broken, affecting their ability to sail. The last text message was received from the yacht about 2am.

The 18m yacht had set off from Picton to Tonga, but the crew advised through a radio message they had changed course to Fiji after the equipment malfunctioned. The backstay is one of the wires that support the mast, and when it broke it meant the yacht could only track properly in one direction.

Source – Newshub.

Reports such as this reminds all skippers about the importance of telling people about their intended passages of travel, charting it well, and having more than one communication device on board. It’s a simple safety lesson for everyone involved in ocean travel.

Best wishes