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Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:12 pm

No he is just in a SSW wind for a while so will be going with that. As he gets closer it should have a bit more W in it.
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Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:42 pm

sorry, all wrong
he's on the forum and heard HLD suggest 'that' pin and the 'puka's :lol:
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Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:04 pm

couldn't find it, gave up
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Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:23 am

I doubt he will make it by Sunday as planned, he still has about 120km to go and offshore winds kicking in later today will slow him down. Strong easterly up to 40 knots Monday and Tuesday will be nasty so close to the finish.
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Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:00 am

Approx 45nm from NP (83km) about a hour ago .... 0800, Sunday, 6th. Light SE at the moment.
Hope the predicted easterlies are too hard on him so close.
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Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:56 pm

Damn, these strengthening easterlies are a cruel blow for the poor bugger :@ If he continues SW as he is it won't be long before he starts getting further offshore.

I can see how NP is an attractive place to come in but I wonder if in the name of getting this thing done he just goes with it, heads south and aims for the nearest achievable landing.

Contrary to popular belief Taranaki does have some sheltered beaches around its coastline :lol: . Maybe Middletons Bay, Opunake?
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Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:27 pm

just under 39nm away as of last plot but heading south
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lost the ongoing so a new start - looks like the NE kicked in for him, calm about NP at the mo.
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Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:50 pm

You have to feel for the poor bugger,so close and crap weather.my wishes are with him hope all goes well for the last bit.
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Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:42 pm

Looks like he's purposefully heading south, maybe trying to use the mountain to shield from the worst of the wind?
Wind apps say south Taranaki will have better winds than the North for the next few days... Must be gut wrenching being so close, he might have even been able to see the mountain today!


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Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:49 pm

Hurley Burley wrote:Looks like he's purposefully heading south, maybe trying to use the mountain to shield from the worst of the wind?
Wind apps say south Taranaki will have better winds than the North for the next few days... Must be gut wrenching being so close, he might have even been able to see the mountain today!
I reckon he will need to get in a lot closer before he can get any shelter from the mountain. Probably only good for a few kms out?
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Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:46 pm

On his website it says the easterly has hit out there and he has put the chute out to slow the drift so not paddling until the easterly blows out. He will be well south of New Plymouth by then, wind is hanging around until Friday by the looks.
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Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:50 pm

Poor bugger, to be so close and then get blown away, some pretty gnarly weather too
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Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:49 am

They just said the boat that went out to accompany him in has returned due to the weather. No paddling since Sunday and the weather is going to get worse. So where will he land.
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Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:27 am

Spoke with Gordon at Barracuda yesterday (he went down on the weekend to see him in but has come back now) .. the reason for heading south is to try and catch the current or the tide (not sure which, perhaps a Naki local can better advise) .. apparently there is a chance it could help him if he can get into the current, push him north? .
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Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:41 am

Forecasting 60kt easterlies up here, he'll miss these though.

He must feel like part of a snakes and ladders game at the moment the way he's getting blown all over the place - with a highly disproportionate number of snakes...
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Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:04 pm

[quote="Hairy Little Dwarf"]Forecasting 60kt easterlies up here, he'll miss these though.

Not going out for a play today.
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Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:36 pm

Hairy Little Dwarf wrote:Forecasting 60kt easterlies up here, he'll miss these though.

He must feel like part of a snakes and ladders game at the moment the way he's getting blown all over the place - with a highly disproportionate number of snakes...
thats funny :rofl: ..wish we could get that message too him..described like that I am sure it would lighten the mood for him and he would put in an order fro a plane to drop in some extra ladders and the odd extra dice :-)
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Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:57 pm

Jason Milne wrote:Spoke with Gordon at Barracuda yesterday (he went down on the weekend to see him in but has come back now) .. the reason for heading south is to try and catch the current or the tide (not sure which, perhaps a Naki local can better advise) .. apparently there is a chance it could help him if he can get into the current, push him north? .
Yeah I think ultimately the wind will be the determining factor. He needs it to go to the SW/W but looking like more from the bloody north until Sunday :headbang: Obviously the forecast 40nm out can be a bit different from the inshore ones I look at but I would think any wind that he could take advantage of to get closer inshore would be worth it, even if he went further south and then re assess for a landing? Weather early next week looks a bit more forgiving. He as had it pretty tough, maybe any beach is a good beach? I guess the risk there is that he won't want to be coming in anywhere to far out of the way in his condition?

These strong easterlies must be devastating. Prick of a time of year to be off the West Coast.
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