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  1. Yes. 1976 OSTAR. Innovator of Mana was a custom Nova 28, flush decked.
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    Jim Young

    I sailed and raced with Jim decades ago. His contribution to N.Z. sailing will not be forgotten. He was never afraid to be radical in his designs.
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    Old pics

    I recall SeaBee Air coming onto the beach at Oakura at least once, but that required zero swell. I used to love exploring up Whangaruru. But as you mentioned SeaBee Air, here is a one of those wonderful Grummans having just dropped Dad off to join the boat at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka, 1979-80.
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    Old pics

    Maybe this one doesn't qualify but it is interesting. Erehwon circa 1949. My father was regular racing crew on Erewhon but took this photo from Inyala on which he cruised regularly (see the book "A Modern Sea Beggar" by Temple Utley available to read online).
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    Old pics

    My first time solo on a Laser. I weighed about two feathers at the time and was 11 or 12 years old. I persuaded one of my father's friends to let me borrow his near-new Laser (check out that low sail number). Mid '70s Oakura Bay, Northland.
  6. The Sprint was not successful and relatively few were sold. They first appeared around 1975 or 1976. There was a Seaspay magazine review at some point in 1976 if I recall. They were very unstable - getting in over the transom was needed if you capsized in light air. Avoiding a roll-over when righting the boat in a breeze was a skill to be learned. The P Class was the place to be. In the mini-Laser type boat there was competition from the Viking (also unsuccessful) and the Micron (slightly larger - more akin to the Starling in its target market). The Optimist was new to NZ in those days and there were very few around - all wooden at that point (as were the Ps and Starlings). Anyway... I have the following anecdote. I will not name the individuals - and especially the former owner of the Sprint dinghy in this story. Let's just say that he went on to have a very successful sailing career and became a household name. We'll call him "Bob" for no reason whatsoever. As kids there was a group of us that lived close enough to the water, or stored our boats close enough, such that even though we were too young to drive, we could launch and sail our boats without "grown-up" help. So school holidays and summer evenings were filled with sailing. Sometimes we would play a game of tag. The rules were simple: a boundary was set within some convenient mooring buoys (usually with boats hanging off them - I don't remember ever damaging them). You had to stay within the boundary or you were "it". If you capsized you were "it". The person who was "it" could get out of that by forcing somebody to capsize or getting them out of bounds. Deliberate boat to boat contact was not allowed (we loved out wooden boats!) The way to get somebody to capsize was to sail up to leeward of them and grab their boom - giving it a sharp downward tug as you went by. You often had to stand up in your own boat to apply sufficient force - so risked capsizing yourself. We learned great boat handling skills. Most of us had Ps or Starlings, and there was the occasional Flying Ant - but "Bob" had a Sprint. The Sprint was by far the easiest boat to capsize so "Bob" did a lot of swimming (he may refute that). Kids can be so cruel
  7. The NZ mini powerboat was typically 9 feet long - so maybe not what he is talking about. http://www.nzspeedboathistory.co.nz/index.php/en/ct-menu-item-19/ct-menu-item-21/ct-menu-item-23 I remember them well - racing on the Manukau and on the Tamaki River at Otahuhu in the mid '70s.
  8. I guess we were just lucky. Dad had one when I was born - it is one of my earliest boating memories. Then he bought another, and it was the first outboard I learned to start and operate as a kid. The last one we had - purchased circa '74 or '75, was the 5hp model with a clutch, long shaft and a large 5-bladed prop. He called it the barge engine. It would push an 18' displacement hull along quite happily. [Oops - OK Boomer - you mean 5.5 metres]. Then in the '80s my uncle bought an old 2.5hp out of pure nostalgia and used it on a wonderful wooden dinghy he had built. None of them ever skipped a beat. Ahh - memories.
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    She was a common sight around Waiheke in the '70s and early '80s when Johnny Wray was still active. This is sad to see.
  10. Yup. When I get a few minutes I will scan a couple more of her from the early 50s.
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    Who is this?

    Do you mean that the helm is pushed down - as if she is carrying considerable lee helm? This is one of 4 images I took back-to-back. What we can't see in this image is that there is another boat, (Cirro Stratus - Farr) just out of frame and immediately ahead of Curlew. Cirro Stratus was essentially stopped and, in the next image, is bearing down hard on us, while Curlew is above with the helm centered again. I believe that Cirro Stratus had chosen that moment to hoist her sails and had gone head to wind ahead of Curlew - though my pictures don't catch that - just the subsequent bear-away. So this image catches the moment that Curlew puts her helm down to luff above and clear Cirro Stratus. Hence the eyes of both crew in the cockpit are to weather and on the boat to windward. In the other 2 photos the helm is also centered - but that is not visible in the crop below.
  12. OK - this one is really obvious to any follower of the Auckland classics. She is still around and looking beautiful. One might say she is shining even today. This is another of my late father's photos - he was an occaisional crew on this sweet little 34 footer between 1952 and 1955. I have some other photos of her from that period but here is the teaser. Who is she?
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    Who is this?

    Sorry - I meant to respond to this. I am struggling to remember - but we were almost certainly heading out to the start of a Squadron race so, looking at the "shape" of the name and the transom I will posit that it is Nga Hau E Wha (Farr 1104) which at the time was Brian Kensington's boat. As I ocassionally crewed on that boat I am embarrased because I remember the colour and placement of the name differently. But I am probably confused in my advanced middle age! However I know another crew.org member here who can confirm of deny my assumption if he cares to
  14. I've been scanning some more images. This (from a 127 format negative) is on board Erewhon in (I believe) 1952. What caught my eye was the dinghy on the poop, which looks to me to be a Frostbite. Does anybody recognize her? Note the 25 hp Johnson in the dinghy, the dual backstay and the laid natural fibre cordage. Also note the tiller steering (just like Ranger) despite a length overall of 62 feet/ 19 meters.
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    Who is this?

    No. Not a NZ V class. She was (is) from the South West of England. https://nmmc.co.uk/object/boats/falmouth-quay-punt-curlew/
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