Auckland Anniversary Regatta Weekend 2015 – Reminiscent 2010

Lesson learned - have a real catastrophe & there won't be a waste of time in Court or massive penalty.

Auckland Anniversary Regatta Weekend 2015 – Reminiscent 2010
Link for Seeing, Signing & Sharing Petition – http://maritimenz.com/AnnulConvictionGainedByAbuseOfCourtProcess
Trust all had enjoyable Christmas, New Year’s celebrations & a great Auckland Anniversary Regatta weekend 2015.

It brings to mind the 2010 Anniversary Regatta T-boning near Princes Wharf, of 72 year old, 32 foot classic sailing yacht Gypsy by 18 mtr yacht Antaeus motoring towards Westhaven. The damage was devastating to Gypsy, she sank in less than a minute & a crew lady almost drowned, suffering a broken pelvis & unconscious from lacerations to her head.
Antaeus, unscathed was fined $200 by the Harbourmaster who drew attention to Rule 22, Collision Avoidance.
Maritime NZ declined to investigate
Auckland Harbourmaster said the incident broke the Navigation Safety Bylaw (2008) – operating a vessel in breach of Maritime Rule 22 (Collision prevention) Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said it was agreed that the Auckland Harbourmaster dealt with the collision as they responded to it – the criteria for MNZ investigating an incident is dependant on the circumstances.
Factors can include its seriousness (eg if there has been an injury or fatality) or if there’s been a clear breach of Maritime Rules . While this incident was catastrophic in the sense of damage to the Gypsy, from an enforcement point of view, it was a relatively simple case of failing to give way.” (As Tui would say – Yeah right)
The editor of the Professional Skipper magazine, Keith Ingram, says he can’t understand why MNZ didn’t investigate. “The gypsy was engaged in a legitimate activity in an area clearly identified as an Anniversary Day racing area & the Antaeus was clearly in gross breach of the collision regulations of Maritime Rule 22, resulting in a serious harm incident.
“One has to question why MNZ decided to pass the investigation on to a local body with much lower powers of compliance & far fewer resources for investigation.”
The above reminiscence was posted here about a year ago as a comparison with the way Maritime New Zealand in a Waterfront Vigilante type action took M Pigneguy/Seaway’s artificially manufactured incident & prosecuted the wrong skipper, Bolton/Classique, who ended up being fined about $6000,with costs & criminally convicted – the highest penalty in New Zealand Maritime history for a no contact, no injury & non guilty, non incident.
Link for Seeing, Signing & Sharing Petition – http://maritimenz.com/AnnulConvictionGainedByAbuseOfCourtProcess

Antaeus apparently had friends in high places – getting away unscathed by Maritime New Zealand as well
Auckland Anniversary Regatta Weekend 2015

Gypsy almost destroyed & her crew lady injured, unconscious & almost drowned
& Maritime New Zealand didn’t investigate.
Lesson learned – have a real catastrophe & there won’t be a waste of time in Court with massive penalty.

Auckland Anniversary Regatta Weekend 2015

Auckland Anniversary Regatta Weekend 2015 – reminiscent 2010

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