Wednesday, April 26, 2006
There will be details on the www.e59.org.nz website and www.crew.org.nz.
We always hope for 15+ boats and there's a lot of interest around in the class.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
The T cat is the hottest cat of them all. Even before the big rig came in post 2000 they were a fabulous boat to sail, sheer power coupled with responsiveness and a very highly refined package.
The top photo is of the very successful crew of Rex Sellers and the late and quite unique Chris Timms.
The bottom shot is taken at the Bermuda Worlds in 1997.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
I'm a big fan of old classic boats and what better place to start than one that's in the family. My father owns this lovely old launch, Tarepo, based on the Marlborough Sounds.
At 36 feet long, she's perfect for cruising around and weekending.
A bit bedraggled when he bought her early in 2006 (top photo), she's having a spruce up and is already being well used.
One day I'll finsh playing with sailboats and get myself a launch instead...or as well.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
At 8 years old, Alice must be one of the youngest ever national title holders in any class.
This is Brett's third title and is also the third national title for Rythymandswing (1530) which was built by Tim Willets.
Results at http://www.wakatere.org.nz/Results/sunburst%20nats%202006.gif
Willets also built other successful hulls like defending champion Greg "Bubble" Wright's Embers (1322) ), Nigel Lloyd's Vagrant (1424) and Catch 22.
Brett runs his own sailmaking business www.lintonsails.co.nz in Wellington and made many of the sails in the fleet.
The class association runs a website http://www.sunburst.org.nz/.
Well, not so clever - a brand new AHPC Flyer (A Class cat) damaged in a trailer rollover in gale force winds. The whole side panel has been pushed in - you can see the crease just below (above!) the gunwhale.
Here's the challenge; Fix the boat to race condition - i.e. under weight and strong ... The hulls weigh about 17 kg each.
Cutting away the damaged hull left a much larger hole. I used a router carefully set to leave a approx 20-30mm lip on the inner skin to glue the patch to.
The blue tape marks the shape of the patch required. This tape was carefully repeated on the undamaged hull.
I took a mould off the undamaged hull and then laid up the patch using a vaccuum pump. Here's the finished patch (approx 2.5m long):
More to come...
One such World Championship was held in Wellington in 1997, with a fleet of 60 yachts Competitive second hand 1 Metre yachts typically change hands for between $NZ500 and $NZ3000 for the leading edge international versions.
Building your own yacht from scratch is encouraged within the rules and some boats have been built for quite minimal cost by those with the skill and patience to do so.
They are now built exclusively club members and now have a rigid one-design set of rules, which are administered by the club.
Quite a few were built as display models, and many more for the various AC syndicates.
The boats are match raced and fleet raced in Wellington
The fleet was created by the Brooke family back in the 50's with the aim of providing a versatile sailing vessel for the average sailor.
The Sunburst is actively raced all over the Country, with representation at most clubs.
The class website is www.sunburst.org.nz.
From the start the E5.9 destroyed the more traditional boats and starred at the 1983 NZ Trailer Yacht Nationals.
More than 100 boats have been built, and there are fleets in NZ, Australia, Vanuatu and at least one boat in the UK.
The class has always provided good fleet racing and has attracted some top sailors over the years. In recent times a strong class association has revitalised the racing with a well attended and cut throat North island Traveller Circuit.
The class association now owns the moulds for the Elliott 5.9 and the availability of new boats will further invigorate the already thriving class along with the Appleton Estate Rum Traveler’s Trophy Series.
In 2006 there are regattas in Tauranga, Auckland, Whangarei, Rotorua and Turangi to supplement the 2007 Nationals (which will be held early in the new year to be hosted by Evans Bay Y&MBC, Wellington).
Fleets get up to 20+ with the close racing expected of a restricted design.
The E5.9 continues to be an excellent syndicate boat with competitive second-hand boats available for $10,000 to $15,000. [Pictured is Voodoo, 2nd in 2006 NZ Nationals and one of the first hulls built - launched 1984]
More details www.e59.org.nz.