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Sydney Morning Herald Story

 

TOBY HAGON

April 24, 2010

TWO-TIME Sydney to Hobart line honours winner Neville Crichton has vowed to never again contest the classic ocean race, having beaten arch-rival Bob Oatley in last year's event.

 

The businessman and sailing fanatic said he had achieved all he ever wanted to in what is one of the world's premier ocean races.

 

"I'm never going to do a Hobart ever again," Crichton said.

 

"I've done it, I've won it twice. I just had a debt to pay to beat Oatley and I did that."

 

Crichton, whose 30-metre super maxi Alfa Romeo has taken a string of 146 line honours victories since being launched, is more interested in sailing overseas than contesting Australia's most gruelling sailing event.

 

"I don't enjoy the race. It's cold, it's miserable, you're going south, then you've got to drink Cascade [beer] when you get there,'' he said.

 

"I'd just like to have a break or a season off."

 

He also took a swipe at rival millionaire yachtie Oatley - who was first to Hobart four times in a row in his yacht Wild Oats - saying he had not spoken to him since beating him to Constitution Dock late last year.

 

"Out of all the people we sailed with or against, he's probably the most unsporting like," Crichton said. "He's not a good sport."

 

Crichton said the Sydney-Hobart race required an enormous effort that detracted from the fun of sailing.

 

"The yachting has gone from being fun to being a business. It's a business to run it."

 

While there are various big boat regattas around Australia, he says there are not enough with profiles to rival those held overseas.

 

"In Australia, there's only one race," he said. "To get a sponsor for Australia for yachting is virtually impossible."

 

Crichton's four-year-old Alfa Romeo has been sold to a Slovenian, who is planning to use it in Europe.

 

The New Zealander has since built a new mini maxi design, which he describes as "a pig".

 

''They [the boat's builder] had a glitch in their computer program and there was a problem,'' Crichton said. ''I took it straight back to McConaghy [yacht builders] in China, took the deck off and put a completely new hull underneath.

 

"The boat's OK, but it's not a world-beater. [but] I think we can still win with my team."

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Sounds like a whining dog...

 

Don't like the race, fine - but to think you need to slag it, your competitors, and the state of the sport in your country because you don't like getting wet anymore ?

 

Can't even get a decent sponsor so you'd have to spend your OWN money ?

 

Bitch, please.

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Seems to me he was answering rather straightforwardly rather than 'deflecting', to a fact (not entering) and the obvious subsequent question.

 

That is getting rarer these days, maybe your'e not used to it.

For me more 'talking heads' saying PC 'nothings' and listening to those able to talk for minutes without saying anything or having an opinion is a fucking waste of time.

 

I doubt anyone could build an argument that he is not a major contributor to the sport & his input supports many facets of the yacht racing industry, looking forward a bit toward half a century of involvement? Kickstarting and boosting many careers along the way

Whether here or o'seas does not change that

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Seems to me he was answering rather straightforwardly rather than 'deflecting', to a fact (not entering) and the obvious subsequent question.

 

That is getting rarer these days, maybe your'e not used to it.

For me more 'talking heads' saying PC 'nothings' and listening to those able to talk for minutes without saying anything or having an opinion is a fucking waste of time.

 

I doubt anyone could build an argument that he is not a major contributor to the sport & his input supports many facets of the yacht racing industry, looking forward a bit toward half a century of involvement? Kickstarting and boosting many careers along the way

Whether here or o'seas does not change that

 

nice piece of antagonism there Gobby...take it back to SBA

 

 

Nev left no one wondering about what he thinks of Oatley eh!

 

Gotta agree with his logic about the S to H race.....soon as they make it a H to S affair it will be a whole lot smarter....but then we would have no media coverage of the great boxing day race between two maxi boats..hehe

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Its all about ego. None of this had to be said. What a tool.

 

Jim Clark was the biggest douche this week, now Neville wants to out do him. Both tossers

 

He;s right, Its a great race if you happen to have your boat down in that hemisphere. Or spend Rosebud

bucks to get down there and win it. (proof that the local competition is thin) But it will always be an odd duck race amongst millionaires of felonius heritage.

 

Throw another shrimp on the barbee mate.

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Not at all surprised to hear this. As usual, Croaky is right on the money. He has done all he needs to do here and has been doing it for a long long time. Europe is where the real action is (read: events, exposure, sponsorship, competition) in sailing these days. He's been there, won that and given a lot of guys a great experience in doing so.

 

In terms of success in sailing Oatley is a wannabe newbie big fish in a small pond by comparison with Nev who runs his program on a world scale and is at the top of the game.

 

The Hobart may be one of the iconic races but it really is small potatoes in Croakys program.

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Two things about Croaky; he hates losing and he has a sponsor in Alfa Romeo that pretty much pays for his yachting. It cost him somewhere near 2 Melges 32's to do the last Hobart. His opinion of the boat race however is pretty close to the mark, particularly about the beer.

 

His description of his 'baby Alfa' is accurate and has probably already screwed the ass off of RP into having the next boat for a rather low design fee after they redesigned the hull of the world's prettiest 70' pig...

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Two things about Croaky; he hates losing and he has a sponsor in Alfa Romeo that pretty much pays for his yachting. It cost him somewhere near 2 Melges 32's to do the last Hobart. His opinion of the boat race however is pretty close to the mark, particularly about the beer.

 

His description of his 'baby Alfa' is accurate and has probably already screwed the ass off of RP into having the next boat for a rather low design fee after they redesigned the hull of the world's prettiest 70' pig...

 

2 Melges 32's??? Don't forget; Wharro subsidised Croaky's last Hobart by buying an old rig and some old sails he was never gonna use again anyway. Assuming Nev got paid that is :P

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Sounds like Croaky still has the shits about Bob building a boat the same as his then kicking his arse in the Hobart within weeks of launching.

 

Alfa may have won the last Hobart but Oats still has bragging rights I reckon after getting line, hcp & the record at their first encounter.

 

To call Oatly a bad sport is poor form & far from the truth, Croaky just sounds like a kiwi with a big chip on his shoulder.

 

 

 

 

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meow !

 

Is it news he's no longer doing the race, hardly ? Not really and who cares about his view of the weather or the beer ?

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"Crichton said the Sydney-Hobart race required an enormous effort that detracted from the fun of sailing.

 

"The yachting has gone from being fun to being a business. It's a business to run it.""

 

 

 

 

 

This coming from a guy who was instrumental in fueling the supermaxi arms race? Beautiful.

 

Between Croakey and Jim Clark's diatribes this past week it seems pretty apparent that money cannot buy you class, or happiness.

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Come on...this banter between Croaky & Bob is sport within a sport

 

How many times do you hear "I'll never do another Hobart" (I'm not talking about Constitution Dock) being said...most come back. Time heals the mental (& financial) scars

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Well, I'm sure I'll be corrected if/when wrong - but Alfa is campaigned year round/world wide, & Oats has been laid up in a shed between s-hobart races lately? So when looking at sponsorship return, leaving the Med & going back down to Aus doesnt rate very highly.

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Two things about Croaky; he hates losing and he has a sponsor in Alfa Romeo that pretty much pays for his yachting. It cost him somewhere near 2 Melges 32's to do the last Hobart. His opinion of the boat race however is pretty close to the mark, particularly about the beer.

 

His description of his 'baby Alfa' is accurate and has probably already screwed the ass off of RP into having the next boat for a rather low design fee after they redesigned the hull of the world's prettiest 70' pig...

 

Does the sponsorship actually come from Alfa Romeo (i.e., the actual the car manufacturer) or from Alfa Romeo Australia/NZ (the distributor down there) - if it is the latter than it is still Croaky paying himself in effect (albeit with a nice tax subsidy), right?

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Great work pitching how good the mini maxi is while advertising it for sale in Australian Sailing and other places I'm sure. I guess those who read AS are unlikely to be his buying demographic but I would be researching the he'll out of any boat that I buy...

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Two things about Croaky; he hates losing and he has a sponsor in Alfa Romeo that pretty much pays for his yachting. It cost him somewhere near 2 Melges 32's to do the last Hobart. His opinion of the boat race however is pretty close to the mark, particularly about the beer.

 

His description of his 'baby Alfa' is accurate and has probably already screwed the ass off of RP into having the next boat for a rather low design fee after they redesigned the hull of the world's prettiest 70' pig...

 

Does the sponsorship actually come from Alfa Romeo (i.e., the actual the car manufacturer) or from Alfa Romeo Australia/NZ (the distributor down there) - if it is the latter than it is still Croaky paying himself in effect (albeit with a nice tax subsidy), right?

 

Right indeed. Crighton's sponsor is partly himself and partly the Australian taxpayer. All of his pro crew will be presented in the books of one of his corporations as mechanics or consultants or something. Chances are he also uses the " yacht in transit " principle to buy all his marine hardware tax free.

 

His sailing campaign comes at a 50% discount so don't feel too sorry for him.

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Two things about Croaky; he hates losing and he has a sponsor in Alfa Romeo that pretty much pays for his yachting. It cost him somewhere near 2 Melges 32's to do the last Hobart. His opinion of the boat race however is pretty close to the mark, particularly about the beer.

 

His description of his 'baby Alfa' is accurate and has probably already screwed the ass off of RP into having the next boat for a rather low design fee after they redesigned the hull of the world's prettiest 70' pig...

 

Does the sponsorship actually come from Alfa Romeo (i.e., the actual the car manufacturer) or from Alfa Romeo Australia/NZ (the distributor down there) - if it is the latter than it is still Croaky paying himself in effect (albeit with a nice tax subsidy), right?

 

Right indeed. Crighton's sponsor is partly himself and partly the Australian taxpayer. All of his pro crew will be presented in the books of one of his corporations as mechanics or consultants or something. Chances are he also uses the " yacht in transit " principle to buy all his marine hardware tax free.

 

His sailing campaign comes at a 50% discount so don't feel too sorry for him.

 

Agree, some of Joe Average sailers struggle just to make it to the start line for the great Sydney Hobart yacht race with a bunch of mates as crew. The Hobart race is all about making it to Hobart with the best part being the start racing out of Sydney heads and sailing past the Iron pot, forget about the rest of the race!

 

The SH race is all about particpation and it's sucess is based on the how many boats participate, not whether there are half a dozen 100 foot maxis with all their payed professionals on board. I'm sure most sailers would rather race on a boat with mates which will have more fun on the piss in Hobart than crewing on a professional 50 to 100 foot racing boat!

 

Is any one going to miss Crichton in Hobart after the race?

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croaky is just pissed that bob got the oats straight after he got his.

do you really think these guys care about the money a pittance to both of them.

Croaky wont go again as he will not put himself in the position of being able to be beaten by the oats. seriously imagine brusing his ego he would do anything to beat bob and would never be in the position to be beaten again. wherever he goes he will have the biggest baddest weapon around imagine seeing him in a one design fleet or even a tp52 its not going to happen

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croaky is just pissed that bob got the oats straight after he got his.

do you really think these guys care about the money a pittance to both of them.

Croaky wont go again as he will not put himself in the position of being able to be beaten by the oats. seriously imagine brusing his ego he would do anything to beat bob and would never be in the position to be beaten again. wherever he goes he will have the biggest baddest weapon around imagine seeing him in a one design fleet or even a tp52 its not going to happen

 

you mean like a Farr 40 OD fleet? it's happened often...whether that continues???????

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Come on...this banter between Croaky & Bob is sport within a sport

 

How many times do you hear "I'll never do another Hobart" (I'm not talking about Constitution Dock) being said...most come back. Time heals the mental (& financial) scars

 

A great example of publicly hating the Hobart & vowing never to do it again ...and then find something better, has to be awarded to that shrinking violet of our sport ... "Larry ( AC33 ) Ellison!" *thumbs up smiley, not provided by site emotions*

 

Yeah well, Sayonara Larry...don't let the door hit you on the way out

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croaky is just pissed that bob got the oats straight after he got his.

do you really think these guys care about the money a pittance to both of them.

Croaky wont go again as he will not put himself in the position of being able to be beaten by the oats. seriously imagine brusing his ego he would do anything to beat bob and would never be in the position to be beaten again. wherever he goes he will have the biggest baddest weapon around imagine seeing him in a one design fleet or even a tp52 its not going to happen

 

You have a point. If he was genuine he would get a TP52 and kick ass with one hand behind his back and a leg in the air. The guy knows how to sail. Check his farr 40 record.

 

All he did in Hobart was beat an old guy who keeps his boat in a shed 10 months out of 12. Word is he spent an absolute bomb on new sails for that race and wayyyy more than Oatley spent.

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croaky is just pissed that bob got the oats straight after he got his.

do you really think these guys care about the money a pittance to both of them.

Croaky wont go again as he will not put himself in the position of being able to be beaten by the oats. seriously imagine brusing his ego he would do anything to beat bob and would never be in the position to be beaten again. wherever he goes he will have the biggest baddest weapon around imagine seeing him in a one design fleet or even a tp52 its not going to happen

 

You have a point. If he was genuine he would get a TP52 and kick ass with one hand behind his back and a leg in the air. The guy knows how to sail. Check his farr 40 record.

 

All he did in Hobart was beat an old guy who keeps his boat in a shed 10 months out of 12. Word is he spent an absolute bomb on new sails for that race and wayyyy more than Oatley spent.

 

 

Your right about Croakys ego, who else goes around counting every line honors- whats the tally 146 ? I'd bet 140 of them are against boats nowhere near the size of Alfa but hey its all about ego.

 

As for the "old guy" yeah Oats does stay in an aircraft hanger most of the year but whats the point of racing a 100 footer up & down the east coast when apart from wharro theres nothing that can touch em. Instead they race little oats the 60 footer & get to mix it with many more her size.

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croaky is just pissed that bob got the oats straight after he got his.

do you really think these guys care about the money a pittance to both of them.

Croaky wont go again as he will not put himself in the position of being able to be beaten by the oats. seriously imagine brusing his ego he would do anything to beat bob and would never be in the position to be beaten again. wherever he goes he will have the biggest baddest weapon around imagine seeing him in a one design fleet or even a tp52 its not going to happen

 

You have a point. If he was genuine he would get a TP52 and kick ass with one hand behind his back and a leg in the air. The guy knows how to sail. Check his farr 40 record.

 

All he did in Hobart was beat an old guy who keeps his boat in a shed 10 months out of 12. Word is he spent an absolute bomb on new sails for that race and wayyyy more than Oatley spent.

 

 

Your right about Croakys ego, who else goes around counting every line honors- whats the tally 146 ? I'd bet 140 of them are against boats nowhere near the size of Alfa but hey its all about ego.

 

As for the "old guy" yeah Oats does stay in an aircraft hanger most of the year but whats the point of racing a 100 footer up & down the east coast when apart from wharro theres nothing that can touch em. Instead they race little oats the 60 footer & get to mix it with many more her size.

 

So you are telling me that you would keep a tally if it was you? .........................pants on fire

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croaky is just pissed that bob got the oats straight after he got his.

do you really think these guys care about the money a pittance to both of them.

Croaky wont go again as he will not put himself in the position of being able to be beaten by the oats. seriously imagine brusing his ego he would do anything to beat bob and would never be in the position to be beaten again. wherever he goes he will have the biggest baddest weapon around imagine seeing him in a one design fleet or even a tp52 its not going to happen

 

You have a point. If he was genuine he would get a TP52 and kick ass with one hand behind his back and a leg in the air. The guy knows how to sail. Check his farr 40 record.

 

All he did in Hobart was beat an old guy who keeps his boat in a shed 10 months out of 12. Word is he spent an absolute bomb on new sails for that race and wayyyy more than Oatley spent.

 

 

Your right about Croakys ego, who else goes around counting every line honors- whats the tally 146 ? I'd bet 140 of them are against boats nowhere near the size of Alfa but hey its all about ego.

 

As for the "old guy" yeah Oats does stay in an aircraft hanger most of the year but whats the point of racing a 100 footer up & down the east coast when apart from wharro theres nothing that can touch em. Instead they race little oats the 60 footer & get to mix it with many more her size.

 

So you are telling me that you would keep a tally if it was you? .........................pants on fire

 

 

No I wouldn,t

 

Why bother?

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Two points:

 

1) the old guy doesn't even sail his boat so Neville beat Richo not Oatley

2) you don't have to drink Cascade in Hobart just like you don't have to drink Tooheys in Sydney or VB at Geelong.

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" Your right about Croakys ego, who else goes around counting every line honors- whats the tally 146 ? I'd bet 140 of them are against boats nowhere near the size of Alfa but hey its all about ego. "

 

Actually you are right. The results used to be on his website but since he sold the boat the layout has changed a little. If you wanted you could trawl the host yacht club websites. YCCSA is in English. I read through the list last year. Most of the line honors wins were against Wallys. Some were against older maxis like Morning Glory and Maximus. The easiest wins were against mini maxis like Numbers, Bella Mente etc. There were a few wins against Wild Oats back in 2006.

 

So your guess is pretty accurate - almost all the defeated brigade were heavier like Wallys, older like Morning Glory or way smaller like Bella Mente.

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His sailing campaign comes at a 50% discount so don't feel too sorry for him.

But the 50% he does pay is still a huge amount of money. After depreciation etc, I bet he is still spending an amount each year that is talked about in millions. He has spent more on the sport than most people earn in a lifetime. Yes, he can afford it but when he talks, at least you know he is puting his money where his mouth is.

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and what about poor old Croaky?

 

Lying awake in bed at night worried about what you guys think about him?

 

Have some compassion can we?

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Poor old Croaky still can't get over the fact that Bob Oatleys Wild Oats still holds the race record and and kicked his asse in 05 and as for being a wannabe newbie someone needs to look back through their records and see how long Bob Oatley has been in the sport for.

 

 

Not at all surprised to hear this. As usual, Croaky is right on the money. He has done all he needs to do here and has been doing it for a long long time. Europe is where the real action is (read: events, exposure, sponsorship, competition) in sailing these days. He's been there, won that and given a lot of guys a great experience in doing so.

 

In terms of success in sailing Oatley is a wannabe newbie big fish in a small pond by comparison with Nev who runs his program on a world scale and is at the top of the game.

 

The Hobart may be one of the iconic races but it really is small potatoes in Croakys program.

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croaky is just pissed that bob got the oats straight after he got his.

do you really think these guys care about the money a pittance to both of them.

Croaky wont go again as he will not put himself in the position of being able to be beaten by the oats. seriously imagine brusing his ego he would do anything to beat bob and would never be in the position to be beaten again. wherever he goes he will have the biggest baddest weapon around imagine seeing him in a one design fleet or even a tp52 its not going to happen

 

you mean like a Farr 40 OD fleet? it's happened often...whether that continues???????

If you blieve the latest SeaNaggie, he's the first to cough up for a new McC 36 one design......

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and what about poor old Croaky?

 

Lying awake in bed at night worried about what you guys think about him?

 

Have some compassion can we?

 

 

Yeah - i am sure it gives him great worry what some internet riders think................................................................or maybe not

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Poor old Croaky still can't get over the fact that Bob Oatleys Wild Oats still holds the race record and and kicked his asse in 05 and as for being a wannabe newbie someone needs to look back through their records and see how long Bob Oatley has been in the sport for.

 

Suggest you do the same for Croaky, he's been at the very top echelon in the sport since Bob used to be poor (relatively speaking)!And he's been handing Bob his arse on a platter for almost that long with just about the sole exception of '05.

 

Google Shockwave, Admirals Cup etc, waaaaay back

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Poor old Croaky still can't get over the fact that Bob Oatleys Wild Oats still holds the race record and and kicked his asse in 05 and as for being a wannabe newbie someone needs to look back through their records and see how long Bob Oatley has been in the sport for.

 

Suggest you do the same for Croaky, he's been at the very top echelon in the sport since Bob used to be poor (relatively speaking)!And he's been handing Bob his arse on a platter for almost that long with just about the sole exception of '05.

 

Google Shockwave, Admirals Cup etc, waaaaay back

 

Google Wild Oats Admirals Cup (WINNERS 2003) ????????????????

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I think it's pretty rich (pardon the pun) of a Kiwi to bitch about sailing in Oz in bad weather and having to drink shit beer! Like so many of his countrymen, Croakey is happy to live and make his fortune here whilst still calling himself a K1W1. Having said that Neville is an old mate of my fathers and in my personal experience has always come across as a pretty good bloke.

 

And also look what Oats has done for Queensland. When he bought Hamo, it was an insolvent, tacky shithole for show-off, nouveau riche southern wankers.

 

Look at it now!

 

It is now a highly profitable, tacky shithole for show-off, nouveau riche souththern wankers.

 

Both of them have poured a lot of money into the marine industry and have employed a lot of people in our game. And whether we like it or not, the annual misplaced media focus on the maxis in the Hobart race does give our sport some TV time each year.

 

Good luck to both of them. They made their money and can spend it anyway they want.

 

I do think Nev's spit on the way out was a little unessecery though.

 

 

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I think what he said was an honest response to several questions, not a statement he just decided to make to put shit on the Hobart & Bob O.

 

There are a shitload of people who have said "I don't enjoy the race. It's cold, it's miserable, you're going south, then you've got to drink Cascade [beer] when you get there,'' including me.

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Looks like Croaky is making NEWS elsewhere as well... $25K electric cars and the quality automobiles from Great Wall and Chery, hope he has better luck with his chinese cars than with his chinese hulls.

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croaky is just pissed that bob got the oats straight after he got his.

do you really think these guys care about the money a pittance to both of them.

Croaky wont go again as he will not put himself in the position of being able to be beaten by the oats. seriously imagine brusing his ego he would do anything to beat bob and would never be in the position to be beaten again. wherever he goes he will have the biggest baddest weapon around imagine seeing him in a one design fleet or even a tp52 its not going to happen

 

you mean like a Farr 40 OD fleet? it's happened often...whether that continues???????

If you blieve the latest SeaNaggie, he's the first to cough up for a new McC 36 one design......

 

where ya been bloke?

 

i meant continuing with the Dead Horse 40's....didn't know if he still had one tucked away at woolwich like he had a year or so ago.

 

McC 36 eh? guess steak keeps his job then? haha

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Here's the text of the story. Fun dude to talk to on the phone.

 

Croakey Corrects

 

It turns out that our story about Neville Crichton calling his new baby Alfa Romeo III a "pig" and complaining about the builder see 'Crikey, Croakey' below) was based on some seriously faulty journalism in the Sydney Morning Herald, when a SMH automotive writer decided to dabble in yacht reporting for a day. The newspaper removed the story and already has printed a retraction, so now it's our turn. We figured we'd get it from the horse's mouth, so we called Crichton today to help sort things out.

 

 

SA: So what did you actually say to the Herald journalist?

 

NC: I told him the truth, and he wrote something else. Sometimes journalists do that!

 

 

SA: Can you explain exactly what happened with AR3 and how you modified the design?

 

NC: We knew pretty quickly that it was just wrong. The chine only seemed to produce more drag in all conditions and the balance of the rig and keel was all wrong. Bella Mente had similar problems with their new boat, and they chose to modify it. We just felt it would be easier to start with a new hull, and Reichel/Pugh stepped right up to design it while of course we brought it straight to McConaghy's. The comment in the SMH story about the boat being a pig were taken totally out of context, and referred to the boat when we first got her. The redesign is longer, a bit wider, has no chine, and the keel and rig position are totally different.

 

 

SA: So McConaghy's didn't screw anything up?

 

NC: Look, I've had four boats built now at McConaghy's and I'll be going back to them for the next boat. They do a great job and I have no complaints at all with them, they're great at what they do. Reichel Pugh also deserves respect, they messed up, they fixed it, and we're very happy with the boat now. Quite clearly, it's a good one.

 

 

SA: So what are your plans with the little Alfa?

 

NC: Well as you know she's for sale, and there's definitely some interest. With business going as crazy as it is, I'm keen for a year off from racing, but if she doesn't sell, we'll race her in Europe at Giraglia, Copa del Rey, and then Maxi Worlds in Sardinia. We've already ordered a new set of sails and done some other modifications since the first 2010 event in Palma.

 

 

SA: What needed to be changed this year?

 

NC: The biggest change is to the main - the old mainsail was a cut-down and we've generally struggled in under 7 knots, so we've gone to a 3DL with a bigger head and a different shape. We've got new spinnakers and a new zero as well. We've also moved the rig position a bit, we think she'll be a bit quicker all around than she was in Palma.

 

 

SA: Assuming you can sell the boat, what's next for you?

 

NC: I'd like to stay with the Mini-Maxis, it's really a great fleet. The owner/driver rule gives people like me a class to go sail in without having to race against all the Cup guys. So hopefully we'll go back to McConaghy's to build our fifth boat and race her next year in Europe.

 

 

SA: Speaking of the Cup, what would it take to get you involved as a Challenger?

 

NC: If there was a high performance option for the cup that was affordable for someone like me, of course I'd be keen to get involved! So long as anything I did wouldn't disrupt what Team New Zealand is doing now.

 

 

SA: So you're a fan?

 

NC: A huge fan, of course I am - a thousand per cent. They're great guys, all mates of mine, and many of them sail on my boat.

 

 

SA: So if not a Kiwi challenge, would a Neville Crichton challenge come from Australia?

 

NC: Well it all depends on where the money's coming from doesn't it? With all of our time in Europe, we've met a lot of potential sponsors in Italy, so my gut feel is that it would come out of there if it came from anywhere.

 

 

SA: One more thing Neville - that same SMH story quoted you as calling Bob Oatley "the most unsportsmanlike" of everyone you've sailed again.

 

NC: That was bullshit, like a lot of that article. The question was put to me "what did Oatley say to you after you won the race," and I told them I never heard from him. They said something like "that's not very sportsmanlike," and I probably agreed, but that's all. Bob Oatley isn't one of my mates, but I've got no problems with him. And his boat's full of my mates! Ricko, the skipper of Wild Oats, was over my house for Christmas dinner the night before the Hobart, so that'll tell you how close many of us are.

 

 

SA: Thanks Nev, you rock.

 

NC: Thanks for helping clear up the confusion, and make sure you come sailing with us next time you're around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here's the text of the story. Fun dude to talk to on the phone.

 

Croakey Corrects

 

It turns out that our story about Neville Crichton calling his new baby Alfa Romeo III a "pig" and complaining about the builder see 'Crikey, Croakey' below) was based on some seriously faulty journalism in the Sydney Morning Herald, when a SMH automotive writer decided to dabble in yacht reporting for a day. The newspaper removed the story and already has printed a retraction, so now it's our turn. We figured we'd get it from the horse's mouth, so we called Crichton today to help sort things out.

 

 

SA: So what did you actually say to the Herald journalist?

 

NC: I told him the truth, and he wrote something else. Sometimes journalists do that!

 

 

SA: Can you explain exactly what happened with AR3 and how you modified the design?

 

NC: We knew pretty quickly that it was just wrong. The chine only seemed to produce more drag in all conditions and the balance of the rig and keel was all wrong. Bella Mente had similar problems with their new boat, and they chose to modify it. We just felt it would be easier to start with a new hull, and Reichel/Pugh stepped right up to design it while of course we brought it straight to McConaghy's. The comment in the SMH story about the boat being a pig were taken totally out of context, and referred to the boat when we first got her. The redesign is longer, a bit wider, has no chine, and the keel and rig position are totally different.

 

 

SA: So McConaghy's didn't screw anything up?

 

NC: Look, I've had four boats built now at McConaghy's and I'll be going back to them for the next boat. They do a great job and I have no complaints at all with them, they're great at what they do. Reichel Pugh also deserves respect, they messed up, they fixed it, and we're very happy with the boat now. Quite clearly, it's a good one.

 

 

SA: So what are your plans with the little Alfa?

 

NC: Well as you know she's for sale, and there's definitely some interest. With business going as crazy as it is, I'm keen for a year off from racing, but if she doesn't sell, we'll race her in Europe at Giraglia, Copa del Rey, and then Maxi Worlds in Sardinia. We've already ordered a new set of sails and done some other modifications since the first 2010 event in Palma.

 

 

SA: What needed to be changed this year?

 

NC: The biggest change is to the main - the old mainsail was a cut-down and we've generally struggled in under 7 knots, so we've gone to a 3DL with a bigger head and a different shape. We've got new spinnakers and a new zero as well. We've also moved the rig position a bit, we think she'll be a bit quicker all around than she was in Palma.

 

 

SA: Assuming you can sell the boat, what's next for you?

 

NC: I'd like to stay with the Mini-Maxis, it's really a great fleet. The owner/driver rule gives people like me a class to go sail in without having to race against all the Cup guys. So hopefully we'll go back to McConaghy's to build our fifth boat and race her next year in Europe.

 

 

SA: Speaking of the Cup, what would it take to get you involved as a Challenger?

 

NC: If there was a high performance option for the cup that was affordable for someone like me, of course I'd be keen to get involved! So long as anything I did wouldn't disrupt what Team New Zealand is doing now.

 

 

SA: So you're a fan?

 

NC: A huge fan, of course I am - a thousand per cent. They're great guys, all mates of mine, and many of them sail on my boat.

 

 

SA: So if not a Kiwi challenge, would a Neville Crichton challenge come from Australia?

 

NC: Well it all depends on where the money's coming from doesn't it? With all of our time in Europe, we've met a lot of potential sponsors in Italy, so my gut feel is that it would come out of there if it came from anywhere.

 

 

SA: One more thing Neville - that same SMH story quoted you as calling Bob Oatley "the most unsportsmanlike" of everyone you've sailed again.

 

NC: That was bullshit, like a lot of that article. The question was put to me "what did Oatley say to you after you won the race," and I told them I never heard from him. They said something like "that's not very sportsmanlike," and I probably agreed, but that's all. Bob Oatley isn't one of my mates, but I've got no problems with him. And his boat's full of my mates! Ricko, the skipper of Wild Oats, was over my house for Christmas dinner the night before the Hobart, so that'll tell you how close many of us are.

 

 

SA: Thanks Nev, you rock.

 

NC: Thanks for helping clear up the confusion, and make sure you come sailing with us next time you're around.

Nice work Cleanster. Any chance of an in depth interview with Nev for SA? He gets to play boats with the best in the business so he would surely have some cool stories to tell. Get on it man!

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Nice work Cleanster. Any chance of an in depth interview with Nev for SA? He gets to play boats with the best in the business so he would surely have some cool stories to tell. Get on it man!

 

I think we can do that any time - I have his mobile number now ;)

 

Let's let him win one of the big Euro events before I bother him again...

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Nice work Cleanster. Any chance of an in depth interview with Nev for SA? He gets to play boats with the best in the business so he would surely have some cool stories to tell. Get on it man!

 

I think we can do that any time - I have his mobile number now ;)

 

Let's let him win one of the big Euro events before I bother him again...

 

that's 2. well done. great stuff

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Yeah top work Clean, good to hear the truth from Croaky.

 

I really didn't want to dislike the fella, I will always remember being in the gents having a slash at the old yacht club at Hamo, some years back. Croaky (who had recently spent a stack of doe on improving his current Alfa) walked in, one fella at the trough next to Nev, Said "good race today". Nev just gave a sly grin, put a hand over his Trachea and replied, "yeah got lucky." Too which every guy in the dunny just all burst into laughter. Yeah got lucky!!

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This is what online is all about ... sorting out & outing the crap that old media feels it needs to spruke printed toilet paper.

 

Onya Clean !

Careful there atefooterz, bashing the "old media" is pretty weak when you consider that the "new media" was perfectly content to run the very same story, complete with each and every mistake. This had nothing to do with the news medium. It was just a case of an asshat reporter trying to make something out of nothing.

 

Clean, running a nice interview that set the facts straight along with the retraction was a nice touch. Oddly classy for this joint! Nice save.

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When will a fucking asshat journalist that totally fucks things up and writes complete and utter bullshit ever be held accountable for it ? It just pisses me off no end. If I fuck things up that bad at my job, I'd be down in the welfare queue pretty quick smart. Why are these pricks somehow exempt ?

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I think it's pretty rich (pardon the pun) of a Kiwi to bitch about sailing in Oz in bad weather and having to drink shit beer! Like so many of his countrymen, Croakey is happy to live and make his fortune here whilst still calling himself a K1W1. Having said that Neville is an old mate of my fathers and in my personal experience has always come across as a pretty good bloke.

 

And also look what Oats has done for Queensland. When he bought Hamo, it was an insolvent, tacky shithole for show-off, nouveau riche southern wankers.

 

Look at it now!

 

It is now a highly profitable, tacky shithole for show-off, nouveau riche souththern wankers.

 

Both of them have poured a lot of money into the marine industry and have employed a lot of people in our game. And whether we like it or not, the annual misplaced media focus on the maxis in the Hobart race does give our sport some TV time each year.

 

Good luck to both of them. They made their money and can spend it anyway they want.

 

I do think Nev's spit on the way out was a little unessecery though.

 

 

 

+1, especially now that the correction is out.

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I think it's pretty rich (pardon the pun) of a Kiwi to bitch about sailing in Oz in bad weather and having to drink shit beer! Like so many of his countrymen, Croakey is happy to live and make his fortune here whilst still calling himself a K1W1. Having said that Neville is an old mate of my fathers and in my personal experience has always come across as a pretty good bloke.

 

And also look what Oats has done for Queensland. When he bought Hamo, it was an insolvent, tacky shithole for show-off, nouveau riche southern wankers.

 

Look at it now!

 

It is now a highly profitable, tacky shithole for show-off, nouveau riche souththern wankers.

 

Both of them have poured a lot of money into the marine industry and have employed a lot of people in our game. And whether we like it or not, the annual misplaced media focus on the maxis in the Hobart race does give our sport some TV time each year.

 

Good luck to both of them. They made their money and can spend it anyway they want.

 

I do think Nev's spit on the way out was a little unessecery though.

 

 

 

Great post lonelyboy15, but I do consider there some nice beers in NZ!

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While there are various big boat regattas around Australia, he says there are not enough with profiles to rival those held overseas.

 

Obviously hasn't heard of the St Helena Cup

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While there are various big boat regattas around Australia, he says there are not enough with profiles to rival those held overseas.

 

Obviously hasn't heard of the St Helena Cup

Or the internationally renowned Pipe Opener (Hobart)

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I think it's pretty rich (pardon the pun) of a Kiwi to bitch about sailing in Oz in bad weather and having to drink shit beer! Like so many of his countrymen, Croakey is happy to live and make his fortune here whilst still calling himself a K1W1. Having said that Neville is an old mate of my fathers and in my personal experience has always come across as a pretty good bloke.

 

And also look what Oats has done for Queensland. When he bought Hamo, it was an insolvent, tacky shithole for show-off, nouveau riche southern wankers.

 

Look at it now!

 

It is now a highly profitable, tacky shithole for show-off, nouveau riche souththern wankers.

 

Both of them have poured a lot of money into the marine industry and have employed a lot of people in our game. And whether we like it or not, the annual misplaced media focus on the maxis in the Hobart race does give our sport some TV time each year.

 

Good luck to both of them. They made their money and can spend it anyway they want.

 

I do think Nev's spit on the way out was a little unessecery though.

 

 

 

Great post lonelyboy15, but I do consider there some nice beers in NZ!

 

 

I never said that! I was just mis-quoted by a jorno!

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