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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.
  9. MuzzaB


    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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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).
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. She was a common sight around Waiheke in the '70s and early '80s when Johnny Wray was still active. This is sad to see.
  24. Yup. When I get a few minutes I will scan a couple more of her from the early 50s.
  25. 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
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