Six days… 600 kilometres on a personal watercraft. Are you ready for the challenge?
“The 2014 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ will be an adrenalin packed adventure on personal watercraft, travelling via some of the most amazing coastline and scenery that the top of the South Island has to offer.”
Participants will experience an action-packed and fun filled week as they navigate the coastline eastbound from the stunning Whanganui Inlet, located west of Farewell Spit, to Nelson, French Pass, around D’Urville and Stephens Islands, then on to Picton, followed by a Cook Strait Crossing to finish in Wellington.
On the way they’ll be taking in amazing sights and raising funds to help the Melanoma Foundation to ‘Create excellence in the awareness, education, prevention, treatment and research of melanoma in New Zealand’. Participants can expect to ride to many iconic spots on the way with a like-minded group of adventurers … all in the name of fun and FUNdraising.
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Raise the funds and join the Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ to experience over 600kms of New Zealand’s coastline in the best possible way. If you’re an adrenalin junkie or just love a good adventure then this is 2014’s must do event. Lock it in today!
Sun 9th March : Muster in Takaka for registration, an evening briefing and barbecue.
Mon 10th March : Whanganui Inlet around Farewell Spit and back to Takaka.
Tue 11th March : Takaka through the Abel Tasman Park to Nelson.
Wed 12th March : Nelson to French Pass
Thu 13th March : Day Trip around D’Urville and Stephens Islands or day off if you like.
Fri 14th March : French Pass to Picton.
Sat 15th March : Picton to Wellington via Cook Strait for the end of ride function.
THERE IS A SERIOUS SIDE
The Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ will be held each year to raise funds that will help the Melanoma Foundation achieve its goals. Participants will need to raise a minimum of $1500 in tax deductible sponsorship to enter. Participants are encouraged to compete with fellow participants to see who can raise the most sponsorship.
SAFETY TO THE EXTREME
Safety is the first priority for the Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ. Travelling with you on the Ski-nZ will be an experienced team, including medical support, mechanics, PWC experts and on-water recovery crews. In keeping with the high safety standards and given that this event is helping to promote awareness of melanoma, participants will be required to wear a life jacket, full face helmet, eye protection, gloves, shoes, and a full length rash suit or wet suit for sun protection. Carriage of individual PLB’s is recommended.
To be eligible for the Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ event personal water craft must be sit down, not stand up and must be newer than 2005.
Download the Event Guide and Rules.
PARTICIPANTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
There has already been strong interest from riders from other countries. Please be assured we will make you most welcome in our beautiful country. Please contact the event director at Burfoot@xtra.co.nz to discuss the logistics of bringing your PWC to NZ or of renting a PWC and trailer for the event.
You will need to raise a minimum, fully tax deductible $1500 donation. Download the fundraising file for ideas on how to raise this. It’s actually not that difficult.
A $55 application fee must be submitted with your application form. A provisions and merchandise levy is payable by all riders and ground crew. The cost is to be advised and will be set to cover costs only.
The levy for the 2014 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ will likely cover the welcome/briefing dinner at Takaka on Sunday 9th March and then lunch and dinner every day through to the Saturday night final function in Wellington. Breakfasts are not included except at French pass. Otherwise breakfasts will be at the discretion of each participant.
Included merchandise will consist of an event t-shirt, hat and a rash suit for riders.
Dinners will usually be at a set venue. Lunches may sometimes be high quality box lunches while on the go. Ski-nZ will work to ensure that all dining experiences are of a very high quality. Ski-nZ will not be profiting from the provisions and merchandise levy. The levy will only cover the costs to Ski-nZ of providing the meals and merchandise.
You will need to book your own accommodation. We have provided a list of negotiated accommodationrecommendations.
HOW TO REGISTER
To register for the 2014 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ, simply download and fill in one application form per ski entered and return with a $55 entry fee. Both the rider and their road crew members will also need to fill in a crew form each. This can be done later.
Please return completed forms to the Melanoma Foundation office by post or email.
Numbers may need to be limited, so register soon.
Download the Event Guide and Rules
Contact Jeremy Burfoot on Burfoot@xtra.co.nz or +64 21 213 2056 with any queries
The Melanoma Foundation thanks Yamaha for their sponsorship of this event!
The Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand
Postal address: PO Box 31-167 Milford, Auckland 0741
Physical address: Level 1, 52 East Coast Rd, Milford, Auckland
Phone: 09 449 2342
Freephone: 0800 4 MELANOMA (0800 463 526)