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#21 Atom Ant

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 08:40 AM

Crikey that photo was taken back when I polished it regularly! That photo was also taken by Zoe, just before she overtook me between Navy Buoy and the finish in a Simrad.

I'm John Stewart, and my first sailing memory is sailing with my Dad in a Frostbite off Tindalls Beach when I was 3 years old. I've sailed on and off all my life doing the P Class thing, had a Cougar Cat for a while in the 70's, did my time as a boatslut in my late teens and spent many seasons enjoying my Dads Saraband on family cruises, and years and years enjoying the BoI in my fathers' Davidson 28. I stopped sailing for round 10 years in my mid 20's and took up hang gliding which I enjoyed immensely. I flew all over NZ of course and also flew in Europe and North America. My first keeler was an SR26 which I renamed Aqua Vitae as I didn't like its original name. I spent ridiculous amounts of money on it and could have gold plated it for less but what a fabulous boat! Just over 7 years ago I bought Atom Ant and I've enjoyed racing at the Weiti Boating Club which is a great yacht club on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. I'm currently vice commodore and handicapper and run the clubs website. When it comes to racing, the windier, the better. I'm not racing at the moment as DT/Squid works weekends and the Ant goes alot faster when he's on it. For the last 20 years I've worked in sales of medical equipment.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 08:46 AM

Here y'are AC a nice shot from years gone by. Back at Christmas '07 I think.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 03:28 PM

Pete, general bum and social deviant. Currently doing as little as possible whilst working on the suntan. Decided I didn't want to wait for a heart attack before I went cruising so bought a Whiting 29 (which was about all I could afford). In Fiji and heading up to Savusavu early next week then might do a dash over to Tonga for a month. I finance my drinking by fixing watermakers, marine engineering & deliveries. Don't know when I'll be back to NZ because it's too damn cold. Oh well, another cyclone season coming up for me.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 04:00 PM

My name is Josh Tucker but most people do refer to be as BooBoo which was a nick name I have had for many many years.
I was brought up on a boat, mostly in the marlbrough sounds but also napier/nelson/golden bay and wellington but really all around NZ and out as far as the Chatham islands, it is a 50ft gaff rigged ketch called NZ maid, capable of flying 8 sails at one time with NO winches, and people ask why I don’t need to wear sailing gloves! My parents still live on the boat and have cruised extensively around the pacific, now based in Hobart.
My first offshore was in 94 doing the tamsan triangle and Sydney Hobart on the spencer 45 ‘Whispers II’ as bowman at the age of 17 (just) and I moved to Auckland straight afterwards to start the RNZYS youth training program and begin a sailmaking apprenticeship. Worked overseas for a few years in Cape town and then mucked around on boats for a while working as first mate on a 90ft yacht for a season in Alaska and around the pacific and on a few other race boats. Have since done many ocean miles of both racing and cruising and experienced a fair few interesting things- 6 dismastings, 1 rudder, 1 keel, 3 booms, 2 main bulkheads breakages, sailed around cape horn under jury rig, hit a few ice bergs and been thru the occasional nasty storm. Helmed a mono hull at over 30kts, and topped out at 36kts in the transatlantic race on the 100ft canting keel supermaxi ‘Maximus’. Competed in most of the major offshore yacht races and regattas in the world (cape town to rio, transatlantic, transpac, fastnet, Sydney Hobart, middle sea race, hong kong to Vietnam, china sea race, cowes week, Hamilton island, kings cup….) and still regularly go overseas for racing. Have owned and campaigned my own yachts for the last few years, recently the SR26 Jagged edge and now currently doing up an 8.5 catamaran (modified GBE) for some fast summer racing! Working for North Sails NZ as a consultant at the moment and loving it, it is the best place in the industry to work and produces a product sought after all around the world, it gives me great pleasure working in a place with so much respect worldwide.
My Wife Sara (ex RNZYS sailing manager and keen yachty herself) and I now have 2 kids, (almost) 2 year old Nathan, and 10 week old Luke, keeping me busy…
That’s pretty, much it.
You can see videos of some of my adventures here-
http://www.youtube.com/user/BooBooNZ
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#25 smithy09

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 05:51 PM

Ferkin hell BooBoo. That's a hell of a lot in 33 years..... :clap: :clap: :clap:
These intros are great. :thumbup:
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 06:23 PM

My name is Wendy Edwards and I've only been out and about on yachts for 8 years. I started off on a Young 6 (Flashwave) which we bought mainly for cruising due to my husband's fond memories of family holidays cruising the Marlborough Sounds.

I was keen to try racing so we grabbed the kids (only 4 and 6 at the time) and started racing Flashwave on Lake Horowhenua a few months after we bought her. We've never looked back.

These days you'll find us sailing on our Evans 26 (Amnesia) at Lowry Bay Yacht Club in Wellington. We do OK so long as the wind is sensible (10kn) and the rest of the fleet is big and heavy!

To fund my sailing habit I masquerade as a risk, audit and emergency management professional during the week (and sometimes at the weekend when things go pear-shaped...)

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 06:57 PM

Troy here, the handle rigger comes from my involvement with square rigged vessels and doing rigging work on them. I really got into sailing at 16 when I got involved with the Spirit of Adventure Trust.
Have sailed on different square rigged vessels in various positions from deckhand though to master.
Yachting on everything from H28, MRX, Y88, 22ft Mullet boat, my own Woolacott, and most recently Systems Thunder (Thanks Guys).
Have worked on a variety of ship types, RORO, Livestock / roro, product tanker, AHT, AHTS, PSV, ASD tugs, small harbour ferries......
Spent good chunk of time working in SEA in the offshore from 2nd mate to Master on a variety of offshore vessels, got chased by pirates, ship boarded by pissed of fishermen, threatened by members of Vietnamese military forces.......
Currently living in the bays, working in Auckland and spending a good chunk of the time on the water, today was a bit lumpy out by 'A' Buoy, only saw one yacht out sailing this afternoon.
Had great news last week that I can now do anything I want as my counts are nearly normal - was diagnosed with Leukaemia July/Aug last year. Thanks to those from Crew that gave me support during that experience.
By the way I often get the chance to snap random photos of yachts on the harbour, happy to pass the pics on if they are of interest to people here.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 08:32 PM

Zoe, I dive in and out of the website to keep an eye on you all.


I owned a very cool boat for a couple of years, even beat Atom Ant once or twice, but since I opened my baby factory (I have a baby, two year old and just turned four year old) have a Topaz dinghy that I muck around on and race at French Bay Yacht Club (awesome club by the way if you want fun social racing 20mins from the Auckland CBD).

I am lucky enough to work in yachting, as a journalist for one or two international magazines, and in marketing and PR for the marine industry, and for TeamVodafoneSailing which is launching next week, and for Georgia Racing, amongst others. It's lots of fun and this website is a valuable source of information for me.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:12 PM

fair 'nough - to comply with the slippery one . . .

ScottiE - aka Anthony McBride
In order of priorty
married to Nicky - son James - 14mths - both centre of my universe (if that's physically pos.)
Structural Engineer - specialising in dynamics and more recently tension fabric structure design and other lightweight roof forms.
owner of tired GBE known as Euphoria - soon to be McBride cruiser extroadinare!
Loads of various other sailing experience like most on this site - many many friends aquired as a consequence - BooBoo will tell how easy it is overseas to walk into a YC, say your a kiwi and can "sail a bit" and met life long friends.

Quid - maybe you should clean this thread up and tag it to the top - or maybe we should actually take the profiles more seriously!
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Posted 14 August 2010 - 09:52 AM

Im Chris aka Marshy. And just a young nipper compared to you folk :-P

Did my Yacht Rigging apprenticeship under Rich at Waitemata Rigging, then worked for a few Rigging companies in Auckland. I have now Left the marine industry after 4 years and am working as an IT consultant for ACIT. Bit of a change but loving it.

Sail whenever i can, Originally started at BBYC on Valium, Marshall Law etc, Then moved onto RanTan and the Multi fleet. Did my time on the mighty Green Death Trap and survived! Then did some mods to the Creeepy Crawler, new mast etc in the hope of going fast!

Just last week i treated myself and splashed out on an SR26 Mercenary so life is good!

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<p>Marshy - I may have gone to the Darkside, but I'm loving the VMG to windward....




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