July 2019 Newsletter

Coastguard Ops July

We are in our quietest three month patch of our year. The cold and wet winter are factors that generally stop many boating activities. However, last month saw the unit called out three times with the main call out being a medical assist at Kennedy’s Bay and transporting them safely back to Whitianga. Our other call outs being the usual assists and tows back to Whitianga.

The upcoming Tuia 250 celebrations in Whitianga on 18-21st October will see both our Coastguard vessels on the water across all four days of this event. This will be a huge logistical undertaking for all our volunteers.
On water planning is well underway and it will be a spectacular sight with 3 tall ships and waka arriving into Mercury Bay on the Friday morning. We will be using VHF CH 63 for all your on water information around the event.

Our AGM is being held on Saturday 31 August 2019 at 11.00am in the Coastguard Training room at Dundas Street. Current members, potential members, crew and potential crew members are warmly invited to attend.

Your annual Whitianga Coastguard Membership is due on October 1st.
Renewal notices will be sent out by email or post in September, so please keep a look out for these.
This is also the perfect time to update your details. Simply email us and we can get you shipshape for summer


Come and meet some of our wonderful volunteers at this years Scallop festival onSaturday 21st September.
Out Stand will feature our yummy mussel fritters, Plus buy a raffle ticket and be in towin our amazing wheelbarrow full of delicious seafood. All funds go towards the running of the Whitianga Volunteer coastguard unit, helping keep you safe on the water.   
This is also a great time to get your Coastguard Membership sorted.  Join up or renew your membership at our stand

The inaugural Alan Jackson Whitianga Coastguard Cadetship presentation day last Sunday was a great event for these hard working cadets.  All 6 cadets passed their VHF, First Aid, In water Survival and Cbes Day skipper exams and gained a whole lot of practical on-water boat training skills too. This 4 month program has been a phenomenal success and we are already in the process of planning next years.  A huge thanks to Graham Caddy and Peter Hari who have been the driving force behind this programme.Safe Boating

Stuart Brown

President, Whitianga Volunteer Coastguard