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  1. That rings bells. Andrew Taylor. Could be. I seem to remember a young Rohan Lord sailing an FA at Howick too, by which time I was in a Starling or maybe a Europe - but that would have been a couple of years later.
  2. Just for fun. In my ongoing quest to scan and archive hundreds of old photos I came across a snapshot of Auckland I took from Musick Point in 1977. In the bottom of the photo there happened to be a Flying Ant, sail number 289. Attached is an extracted enlargement - but still fuzzy and small. I may have known who it was at the time, but have no clue now. I know some others here on Crew used to sail FAs as a kid (as did I). Anyone recognize the sail number? My guess is that it was part of the Glendowie fleet which was reasonably strong at the time.
  3. Here is Jipcho at the start of the White Island Race in 1981. Ants and Epiglass NZ also in the picture.
  4. Part of it is realizing that many of us are now also a little "antique". Sometimes it comes as a shock. Because I started keelboat racing as a young nipper on the foredeck from both ends of the harbour, I raced against Namu and some other EnZed Thirty-Sevens (I'm not totally American) when they were still relatively young (excuse the pun). Nemesis and Notre Dame were active at the city end, and Amber at Bucklands Beach. Several others here on Crew did the same (as already noted). Many of the boats of that era which were competive at Richmond, Squadron, Akarana, Bucklands Beach an othe
  5. Scot Tempesta has posted his video of the NZ 37.
  6. There was a Harmonic 33. The only thing it had in common with the 24 was that it was built for and marketed by Compass Yachts. I don't think many were built. I remember Saint Stefan but like Wiakiore I thought she was a C&C although I seem to recall the coachroof was a little different from the standard C&C 33. Fading memories.
  7. It is a shipping traffic separation zone, entry to which is prohibited for the VG competitors. Edit - looks like you got two answers (the same) within a minute
  8. Very sad and surprised. I never knew him well, but sailed against him in dinghies and to some extent in bigger boats.
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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.
  10. 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].
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Yes. 1976 OSTAR. Innovator of Mana was a custom Nova 28, flush decked.
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