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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.
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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.
  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.
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