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    Although I have enjoyed sailing on various Farr designs over the years I have never thought of his boats as particularly pretty. Jasmine however was one of the exceptions. her original hull colour was - as the name suggests - pale yellow. That might seem an unusual hull colour these days, but it worked.
  2. The date follows UT (old GMT). As I post this we are at 2335h UT so about to roll over to the 15th. Getting that wrong was a common mistake back in the days of celestial nav. [Edit to fix stupid stupid stupid spelling].
  3. We used the 8'6" Parkercraft as a tender for a while when I was a kid. I think my father's thinking at the time was that the boys couldn't do too much damage to it. We installed a pretty good PVC gunnel strip. With a 4hp outboard that thing would fly, but it was terrible to tow in a crosswind and did not track well. It was as ugly as... The image of the Townson reminded me of the tradition Squadron dinghies: not glued clinker but the old clinker brass-riveted over bent frames. When I was a wee nipper some family friends had Tawera. When they sold her they kept her dinghy, which may
  4. Slocum used a sextant and tables. He even claimed to have used the lunar distance method to determine longitude though this may have been more of a tall story. Slocum took regular meridian passage sights but may have relied on DR more than he let on for longitude.
  5. Thanks for the kind words Kevin. BP, to your point, I recall an approach to the Cook Strait area from the Tasman in the days before Sat Nav and GPS. The weather had closed in and the wind was fresh from the south west. I had no sextant sight for 24 hours and we had not seen land. We were still north of Cape Egmont. Over the space of about 30 minutes there was a very noticeable change in the waves and the motion of the boat. One of the crew even had a little panic because he had not experienced this before and convinced himself we were about to run ashore. Our DR coincided with t
  6. Some facts: He rounded Cape Horn without hitting it. Cape Horn lies at 55 degrees 59 minutes S. He had charts. He had a sandglass. He didn't see land during the rounding. He estimated his latitude at rounding to be 56.9S, in round numbers, one degree of latitude (60NM) south of the cape. Reasonable assumption: He knew his boat and was able to estimate speed through the water - he may even have been using a traditional log line, which would have been consistent with his navigation approach. He wasn't racing, so his course would have been considerably nor
  7. Yes. 1976 OSTAR. Innovator of Mana was a custom Nova 28, flush decked.
  8. MuzzaB

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. She was a common sight around Waiheke in the '70s and early '80s when Johnny Wray was still active. This is sad to see.
  16. Yup. When I get a few minutes I will scan a couple more of her from the early 50s.
  17. MuzzaB

    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-awa
  18. 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
  20. 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/
  22. Do you mean Ragtime (ex Infidel)? She is entered in the Transpac this year - the first time for many years.
  23. Yes. When she was first brought back from Australia I had hoped I might be able to take my father over to see her, but he was too ill. He passed away before we got the chance. I know I have a better photo of Windhaven taken the same day - it is in a safe place here somewhere.
  24. I am pretty sure this image is believed to be out of copyright now. I saw the same or a similar image on the National Library site a few years ago, though I am darned if I can find it now. The original copyright was with Whites Aviation. I have scanned this from an original print my father ordered at the time. He was one of the regular crew on Erewhon during her short racing career and is in ths photo.
  25. MuzzaB

    18 Footers

    The live coverage on YouTube has been excellent. Although the winner has been decided, the last race will be streamed from about 2.30pm Sydney time (I think). 18footersTV channel on YouTube.
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