Congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand for an amazing win and also congratulations to the Italian team for putting up a great challenge throughout the regatta.
I was lucky to be watching the final race at the viaduct along with many thousands of others and it should not go unnoticed how the whole event was so well managed.
Congratulations to all the volunteers who helped in some very trying circumstances.
With the America’s Cup over, Coastguard NZ will begin to see some fantastic benefits from the event. All the Cup support vessels were funded by Lotto NZ and they will now be fitted out and allocated to Coastguard units across the country, providing state-of-the-art rescue vessels. The Hibiscus Coast is not one of the lucky ones getting one of these vessels, however. Our vessel probably has another five years of service before we need to look at a replacement.
For Coastguard as a whole across Auckland this period has been very busy, and all the units have been putting additional crews and resources into assisting on America’s Cup race days as well as covering our normal call out rosters and helping the general public when needed.
From the start of the year to the middle of last month, your local Hibiscus Coastguard unit had dealt with around 50 callouts, which were, thankfully, mainly dealing with breakdowns of one type or another.
As we begin to move out of the busier summer period there is no slow down for the Hibiscus crew. We continue with our training – this week will see both of our rescue vessels on the water on our Tuesday training evening with a simulated training exercise involving on water and on shore searches and as usual some surprises thrown in by our training team.
Our training heading into the next few months will see a big focus on moving some of our senior crew through to being skippers.
This week our main rescue vessel, Hibiscus Rescue 1, will be taken out of the water for her 10-year survey and another 100-hour engine service.
To finish I would like to say a big thank you to all of the Hibiscus Coastguard crew for the many long hours you have put in over this busy summer period.
Editor’s note: This is the final Coastguard column for the summer. Thanks for all the input Dave!