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    New Raceboat Builds

    the latest new race boats in NZ I reckon are Blink - pretty awesome boat. canting keel and nice layout down below and on deck. This would be a really good replacement for Ran Tan. But rumours say that she cost in excess of $ 900k to build. The owners of Blink had the molds/ plug up for sale a year or so ago. The plug could possibly be built into a boat. Also all the systems and bugs are now worked out so would be a great project. Would do everything Ran tan did but is BP's pockets that deep? Anarchy and Clockwork ( previously General lee) - Had some issues originally ( nose diving) but with keel modification both of these boats are pretty nice and have excellent racing. Fixed keel so easier to maintain and build. Again lots of the bugs worked out and a growing fleet. Young Guns - Really nice boat which was really sweet straight out of the box. She has shown moments of brilliance. Possibly a bit short, she gets gassed by Anarchy, Clockwork and the 40's and she's sticky in the light. Goes like a train downwind tho. Botin 40 , tp52 carkeek 40 are all other options as these are cheaper options to buy from Europe or USA than build. It would be REALLY nice to see another Blink, Anarchy or Young guns on the racetrack. Rantan will be sorely missed.
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    Front Page, "Get your Kicks."

    No worries bob. It was a pretty horrendous motor sail home the next day straight into 20 knot south easterlys and a couple of metres of seaway. The second party with Pulse and Crowded House at Kawau was lots of fun though.
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    Front Page, "Get your Kicks."

    The 8.5 catamaran FREEDOM'S Route 66 race. Freedom is another local Auckland based Multi. We were the random boat that came in 30 minutes behind Slime and 2 of 10 and managed 3rd on line and 2nd on handicap. From the Freedom we also had a great race. Coen my co-owner was busy tramping this weekend so it was a 2 handed (ish) effort. Liz ( long suffering crew) came down with a serious sinus infection but stuck it out and managed to stay awake long enough to hold the talking stick, while I did the sail changes ( good onya Liz). We used a Fro off the start in a light easterly and after several tacks managed to lay north head and found out how shallow it really is going into narrowneck beach as we came to a soft stop. No problem on a cat, let everthing go, pull up the dagger board and off we go again. Sub-optimal tho and hoots of laughter from TC on Pulse made sure we got our fair amount of ribbing for the episode. After that it was just a matter of staying high and swapping between number 1, masthead zero and fro all the way to Cape Rodney. Leading up Cape Rodney we had around 15 knots of breeze and 14 - 18 knots of boat speed on a tight reach ( which these boats LOVE). We then peeled to gennaker after Cape Rodney and it went aft, soft and pus y. I saw more wind up high so worked really hard to stay as high as possible and we ended up on a super tight reach doing around 8-9 knots of boat speed in about 6 knots of breeze, with a stay sail set inside the gennaker. Perfect angle for the cat into Fairway mark. Then once around fairway mark my plan was to stay high and sneak out of the tide around Busby head. Unfortunately we sailed out of the tide straight into a huge hole. I quickly saw the error of my plan and gybed back into the tide ( and the breeze) then gybed back, the dropped the kite and hoisted the no1, then peeled to a code zero to the finish. This error pretty much cost us a place as we were only 2 minutes behind 2 of 10 on handicap The great thing about the Route 66 race is the party afterwards. When you dopck into Marsden cove marina you're given a bag which contains a bottle on Mount Gay, bottle of coke and a bag of chips. Then it gets messy. Prize giving in the next morning after a full on breakfast fry up. Well done 2 of 10, pity you didn't hang around for the party. Thanks to my awesome co owner Coen who came down on friday morning and helped us rig even though he went tramping for the weekend and my awesome crew Liz who stuck out a really nasty cold and sinus infection. THIS is an awesome race
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    Round New Zealand 2-Handed

    The rich getting richer. Truxtanium and Motorboat almost laying the bottom of NZ while the rest of the fleet knock and head for Westport. Sounds lumpy out there but the cyclone has headed towards australia so they're getting a small southerly system. I bet is cold out there. Looks like The first 2 boats will lift around the bottom of the south island and the rest will suck the kumara
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    what was it?

    Proper faaaarked !!
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    Freedom Great barrier express 8.5m catamaran Built in 1977 and updated with plumb bows and lengthened. does 10 -12 knots upwind and 20 knots on a reach and downwind. best bang for buck out there
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    Coastal classic New Zealand

    But slow Clipper, slow !!!
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    Coastal classic New Zealand

    Bacon + Eggs = multi fuel !!!!
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    Coastal classic New Zealand

    Freedom Coastal Classic 165 Boats entered the annual 120 mile dash from Auckland to Russell in the bay of islands. 3 days before the start it was looking light, slow and upwind. Then easterlys were forecast at around 10 knots and we all started getting keen. On the day it was 15 knots north easterly so tight upwind to Tiri channel (10 miles north of Auckland) and then a lay / tight reach to Cape Brett As far as an upwind coastal went it wasn't bad. We got a crap start after a discussion about start times on the boat. Then just ducked Pulse in time to see the whites of Tim C's eyes ( sorry tim). We elected to short tack up the north shore and then around Whangapoaroa in flat water and had used up our coastal quota of tacks ( 5 tacks allowed for coastal) by Tiri. There was a discussion that Bon accord harbour at Kawau island was looking pretty good if we weren’t laying Kawau!! We were going pretty nicely at 10’s – 12’s flying a hull working through the leaners. Just one hitch that we lost the masthead halyard out the back of the boat, oh well, we’ll grab it later in a tack. Wups forgot to grab it, Wups forgot to grab it again. It then became a lay to Flat rock, which turned into a lay to Cape Rodney and it was all pretty pleasant with the water flattening out and solid 8 / 10 knots of boat speed. We were right next to Exodus at Cape Rodney with Tigre not far ahead when the breeze lifted and they both horizon’ed us as they cracked off. We peeled to the fro which felt pretty good and lifted to Whangarei heads. Somewhere in here the tail of the masthead halyard fell in the piss and pulled the halyard to the top of the mast, F$%K !! Around Cape Rodney the wind lightened and we decided we needed that masthead halyard. So Liz ( all 67kg of her) volunteered to go up on the fro halyard with a boathook and have a crack at retrieving it, in around a 1 metre sea, Kudos!!. This was unsuccessful as everytime she hooked it the boathook got shaken off and the bloody thing dropped back into the mast from the weight of the rope. After 15 minutes of this poor Liz was pretty battered at the top of the rig and we gave up. Hmm ok plan b what do we do now ?? So we headed high behind the Hen island to some flatter water and lighter breeze, dropped the main, headed down wind and get her up on the main halyard. This worked really well except poor Liz was getting really battered on a swinging rotating rig. We were back sailing again within 5 minutes and had the masthead zero up 10 minutes later. She’s a top foredeck that Liz ( but not bright no way you’d catch me up there J). More Kudos !! After the hen n chicks the breeze progressively got lighter as the rich got richer and the poor buggers at the back got knocked in a dropping breeze. Cape Brett at midnight was a sight for sore eyes, followed by a light kite run into the bay where the large leaners caught us. The race had a final kicker right at the finish when the wind went right forward. For us it wasn’t too bad as we just pulled the kite right in and went low. I heard it screwed up a few people though. Then a few rums and a feed with the multi raft up and gosh what’s that light stuff in the sky? Why are the tui’s all waking up? Oh its dawn, ok bedtime. 6th multi overall 2nd 8.5 multi 3rd multi under 10 metres Not bad for a 40 year old girl
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    2 handed racing in New Zealand

    All apart from the mainsail eh .. Nice day
  11. More happenings from down under SSANZ 60 mile 2 handed race onboard Freedom So once again its Winter in New Zealand. In other parts of the world this means its time to hang up your sailing boots until the sun comes out again. In Auckland New Zealand it means the SSANZ series is on again. 3 races over the three coldest months of the year– 60 miles, 100 miles and 40 miles – 2 handed – 114 boats finished in 6 divisions. We had 6 multihulls in our division, five 8.5 metre “box rule” multis and a 10 metre cat “Exodus”. On Freedom we were doing really well until our Mainsail delaminated and a 1 metre split appeared just above the first reef. Then our competitors just sailed away Oh well, It was a pearler day with Sun, dolphins, a fantastic 20 mile downwind and an amazing sunset. We still cam 5th out of 6 and there are 2 more races in the series. Time for a new mainsail though.
  12. GRAND DADDY'S AXE Freedom is a 40 year old 8.5 catamaran which has had some serious mods and upgrades over the years. Still capable of footing it with modern 8.5 cats this year we had an epic coastal classic with top speed of 20 knots plus. what an awesome race. full race video here
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    Coolboats to admire

    First race of the winter series North of Auckland last weekend. A couple of photo's of one of Murray Ross' best designs. The Ross 780 trailer yacht.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Please Phil One more coastal on Sundreamer before you let her go
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Rafferty Rules a Ross 780 trailer yacht. Raced and cruised in Auckland New Zealand There is a wee video of us hitting around 16 knots under code zero on a 2 handed race