As the last weekend of the summer boating season approaches, Waikato Regional Council’s Maritime Services are strongly urging water users not to head out on the water this weekend until the weather system passes.
The forecast shows high winds on Waikato’s coastlines which are expected to create dangerous boating conditions. Big swell heights averaging two to three metres plus are likely.
Meanwhile, Lake Taupo’s lake level is expected to rise approximately half a metre, creating fast currents along areas of the Waikato River.
Bar crossing alerts have also been put in place in Tairua and these can be checked via the coastguard radio.
“We’re advising people to stay away from the water until things calm down. If people do have plans to head out later in the weekend once the weather subsides, they should check the weather forecasts and take proper safety precautions. If in doubt, don’t go out,” says Maritime Services team leader Richard Barnett.
“This weekend’s weather will be highly unpredictable and calm lulls that are expected later in the weekend may change in an instant,” he says.
Boaties are also reminded to report damaged vessels or vessels that have drifted from moorings to the relevant harbourmaster for each area. Harbourmasters’ contact details are available on the Waikato Regional Council website waikatoregion.govt.nz/contact-navigation-safety-team (external link) .
Here are some simple rules to remember when out on the water: