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Floating Tribute To Sir Peter

Special Provisions For Floating Tribute To Sir Peter

December 19, 2001

The Auckland Regional Council will ensure the floating procession to mark the passing of Sir Peter Blake takes precedence over all other events on Auckland Harbour this Sunday evening.

ARC Harbourmaster James McPetrie will place a speed restriction of 10 knots in the inner Waitemata Harbour, between the Harbour Bridge and North Head from 5-6.30pm. He will also suspend commercial shipping movements while the procession passes the port area.

“These measures will give Auckland boaties the maximum opportunity to pay their respects to Sir Peter in the most appropriate manner,” Mr McPetrie says.

All boaties are invited to take part in the tribute.

Boats will assemble to the West of the Auckland Harbour Bridge late on Sunday afternoon (23 December). At 5pm they will proceed eastwards under the Harbour Bridge heading towards No. 9 buoy, off Devonport at a speed of 5 knots.

All boats will turn at this buoy and proceed to the north of the Viaduct Basin where they should arrive at approximately 6pm, finishing at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron shortly thereafter.

Boats in the procession should listen to VHF Channel 77 for instructions from the organisers.

“Boaties are reminded that despite the special circumstances, normal safety precautions should be taken and every boat must carry lifejackets for all those on board,” Mr McPetrie says.

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