2015 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ

Jet Ski Club

Are you ready for the challenge?
Seven days…..700 kilometres on a personal watercraft.

“The 2015 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 East Coast of the North Island has to offer.”

Participants will experience an action-packed and fun filled week as they navigate the coastline northbound from Napier to Tauranga via Mahia Beach, Gisborne, Tokomaru Bay, Waihau Bay and Ohope Beach. A day off will be planned at either of Tokomaru or Waihau for optional riding or other activities. Weather permitting; a detour via volcanic White Island will also be planned.

On the way, riders will 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 700kms 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 2015’s must do event. Lock it in today!


Sat 14th March: Scrutineering & registration at Hastings Golf Club followed by briefing & dinner.

Sun 15th March : Ride to Mahia Beach on the Mahia Peninsular.

Mon 16th March : Ride to Gisborne and ‘Auction Night’.

Tue 17th March : Ride to Tokomaru Bay.

Wed 18th March : Day off Tokomaru Bay

Thu 19th March : Ride around East Cape to Waihau Bay

Fri 20th March : Waihau to Ohope Beach possibly via White Island, weather permitting.

Sat 21st March : Ohope Beach to Tauranga for the end of ride function.

Please note: ‘The plan’ is always subject to weather. Ski-nZ has so far been lucky in the past with weather, losing only one day out of 12 planned. It is always possible that a particular event could be quite adversely affected by weather. The decision to ride or not on any given day rests with the event director and his management team. Safety is critical to each individual participant and important to the success and longevity of this event. In the event that a ride is cancelled on any given day, other activities will be planned and there may be an option to make up for lost time on the following days.


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 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.


One of the benefits of Ski-nZ is that it gives PWC riders the ability to view New Zealand’s amazing coastline and waterways from a perspective that is unavailable to most people. This brings with it a responsibility to preserve this treasured environment and leave it as we found it. Ski-nZ acknowledges and applies the values of the Department of Conservation in all it does. Ski-nZ pledges to be conscious at all times of the local wildlife and their habitats and to leave a good impression on all we come into contact with.


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 2006. Download the Event Guide and Rules.

PWCs will be required to pass a scrutineering check at registration prior to the event commencing. Download the Scrutineering Form as guidance for this and bring the form and your PWC with you to registration.


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 page for ideas on how to raise this. It’s actually not that difficult. Check out the Melanoma Facts page to see who & why you are fundraising for the Melanoma Foundation.

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 2015 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ will likely cover the welcome/briefing lunch at Napier on Saturday 14th March and then lunch and dinner every day from Sunday 15th March through to the Saturday night final function in Tauranga. Breakfasts are not included except, possibly at Tokomaru and Waihau. Otherwise breakfasts will be at the discretion of each participant.

Included merchandise will consist of an event t-shirt and hat. A rash shirt will be available for purchase by pre-order at an extra cost.

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. A list of negotiated accommodation recommendations is provided.


Please see the Gear List for compulsory & recommended gear required for the trip


To register for the 2015 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ, simply download and fill in one rider Application for Entry form per ski entered and return with a $55 entry fee. Ground crew members will need to fill in a Ground Crew form.

Please return completed forms to the Melanoma Foundation office by post or email to:

The Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand

Postal Address: PO Box 31-167, Milford, Auckland 0741 or Physical Address: Level 1, 2 East Coast Rd, Milford, Auckland

Phone: 09 449 2342 or Freephone: 0800 4 MELANOMA (0800 463 526) or Email: admin@melanoma.org.nz

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

For more information visit here: http://www.melanoma.org.nz/news-events/upcoming-events/ski-nz-2015/



Fun First!
Today I was lucky enough to have a chat with Peter Whale who is riding the event for the 3rd time this year.
He's ridden both of the events so far and has raised around $36,000 with his ride buddy Pallom Farrell. This has won them the prestigious Elizabeth Swinney Spirit award.

Peter, who has been riding since 22006, prepares for the 700kms of riding by doing plenty of time in the Gym. He concentrates on spin classes. As he works really long hours so riding a few times a week is out of the question.

This year they are expecting around 20 Skis to do the event. It sounds like a real adventure as they ride over 50kms off shore around volcanic Islands. The Coast Guard goes with them where they can but some legs are too rough for them so the riders go it alone!
Safety is of course a really important issue to them all and they take every possible precaution possible.

So, if your looking for a worthwhile cause and happen to be in NZ head to one of the locations listed above to wish Peter and his Mates a safe and successful journey. clp clp clp

Its not to late to give the Guys a helping hand with their fundraising either chr




Fun First!
After a weather delay the ride finally got underway.
Here is a picture of the group on their way.