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    The coastal classic is held this weekend of every year . It’s a long weekend anyway plus an extra day added to really make it something. This year, Tony had the desire to take his 1975 glass 32 footer on the race and so it was. To recap. As a crew , we race a 30 foot cruiser in the winter series, Waione in the classics, and the others are racing a 32 ft Townson in the Wed night racing. So dragging J’Taime out for the coastal was inspired. No one can accuse us of not using our boats.
    The race is 120nm from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands and our start was at 12.20pm.
    The NZ coastline is basically orientated north /south so the gale force northerlies which had held up the AM cup racing meant a long bash was in front of us. Fortunately, a westerly change which was forecast ,arrived at about 11.00 so we had eased sheets for most of the way. 100 miles on port tack., and the last 20 approx with just a couple of tacks to finish.



    The northerlies had set up a sea and the new westerly chopped it up for the first 50 miles or so. We were fine, no real drinks though( well, perhaps just one),... no greasy food, just some dry tucker lest we might not hang onto it. There were three wooden classics in the race. People I usually race against in Waione and they had a pretty miserable time of it. Two in particular ended up drastically short handed because of sea sickness. In one of those never to be forgotten moments, the skipper of one of them related to me how he got tossed out of his bunk and ended up with his head in a bucket which had recently been “ used”. When I got back off the floor, clutching my stomach from laughing, both people concerned had new nicknames and they ain’t nice.
    The entire crew of the other classic had yoghurt at some stage. This little treat immediately preceded them all being rather dramatically sick. Yoghurt! On a yacht race. I don’t know .... seems rather odd to me. Anyway, seeing as this particular boat was always regarded as a “ rich “one and is restored beautifully,... naturally I couldn't refrain from commenting on the cultured appearance she has. Very cultured in fact ,all over the inside of her. Yoghurt.... really.( shakes head,LOL )
    Our crew know each other really well , and our newest addition , Suzy, has her own boat and is dead keen on sailing. No formal watches were necessary, it was lumpy, the wind breezed up for the first 50 and dropped away for the second. A couple of sail changes were necessary and we ran a compulsory harness at night policy . we reefed several times and shook them out as needed, but generally it was a nice laid back sail and 21 hours later we were in.( 9.26 am Saturday morning)
    A rainbow at half way.


    Piercy island at sunrise.( the first turn in the race)


    Prizegiving and party ashore was next for Saturday night and we left 3 handed for Auckland on Sun morning about 8.00am. What a gorgeous sail back. Popped the kite at Piercy Island and carried ¾ of the way back to Kawau Island approx 100 miles. Nice little rides on the northerly swells that were still there. I hit 12.28 down one of them but Bill got 14.46 on another.This is in a fat old 1975 heavy displacement boat mind. Good going for her for sure. Small problem with the kite when we tore the foot on a new light fitting on the pulpit but we carried it all day anyway. We carried that kite as the wind went around and until we did three broaches and decided the change was permanent. A shame , but it had to come down.



    With nighfall came the rain and we were treated to an amazing display of dolphins in phosphoresence. It was pitch black. Imagine a dolphin image in phosphor with contrails off it’s wing tips and a kind of blurred , more rounded shape. The dolphin itself wasn’t there, it’s image was. Incredible. I watched them thinking “ this is a dream in hydro dynamics” You could see all the eddies and water flow. Like a wind tunnel test of a car.

    Anyway, we got in about 10 in the black. Followed the lights because visibility was poor to say the least. Great fun.

    The next day was the last 20 miles back to Auckland and it blew about 25 or 30 knots most of the way.



    We turned into Auckland harbour for the last couple of miles and it threw 40 knots at us right on the nose. Pasted we were, but what a great ride again.What was the only other boat out with jib and mains'l?. An old AM cup boat refurbished for charter daysails.! They could do it!
    What Auckland Harbour had in store for us.

    Fantastic weekend. Terrific.

    [ 10-29-2002, 12:03 AM: Message edited by: John B ]

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    O, R. Thank you John. (O,R is Cornish for Way Cool.)

    Barbara

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    You would have loved it Barbara. Cool all right.

    I meant to say. we finished in the middle of the fleet as far as handicap position was concerned. About 190 boats I believe. less than last year which had 275 or so but most of them pulled out because of the weather. Last yearWas very dramatic weather.( not that I was there) Suzy was though , in her boat.

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    It sounds like it was a wonderful romp. I much prefer heavy weather sailing to bucolic assisted drifting. Thank you very much for the story & pics. I am very envious.
    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    I am sort of speechless - great thing you had there.

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    Thumbs up

    Thank you John for a great start to the day. I'll get to work on Sarah this morning in good spirits knowing 'some how, some way, some day...'

    Cheers!
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    Great report John. Thanks.

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    Great stuff John! Not that there is any comparison, but I did a hitch on a tug with a fuel barge in seas alot calmer than your Auckland harbor, and we left footprints on the overhead. Microwave popcorn got us through. Well, it got me through, everyone else thought it was calm, or so they said!

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    A great story and photos, John.

    Thanks.

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    Brian T. Cunningham
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    Here's a link too the race website if you're interested...
    http://www.coastalclassic.co.nz/

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    Just to let you all know that with some modifications the AC boats can atleast do coastal races. The second Mono hull home this year and first mono last year was the 1992/3 ex French americas cup boat. Not sure I would want to be onboard as there is no shelter on those boats.

    Have to 2nd John, we also had a great time, but by midnight friday night those who where stuck on the windward rail where getting very cold, still we got in at 6am so it paid off for the skipper. We were on a Farr 38 (11.6 mtr). Comming back we had some of the best phosphorescence I have seen in a long time. You could see the vortexies coming of the keel and rudder.
    John's Dolphins must have been having a great night as we saw them in the same area.

    It's not often you get almost 80 miles of spinnaker run so it's something to talk about.

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    Pretty sure NZL 41 got in first( mono) followed by El Toro. what boat were you on ,Zane?

    yup. checked the results. the ex am cup boat which competed this year isn't the french one Zane. there's two now. NZL40? has the plumb bow... that's the french one ( used to be yellow). NZL 41 has a bow like Prada used to have.LOL.

    Poor Prada. in by the skin of her teeth today. gifted a result against one of the back markers.

    [ 10-29-2002, 11:23 PM: Message edited by: John B ]

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    Went up on a Farr 38 "Mint"

    Dosen't the NZ AC boat have the short bowsprit and the French one just has the standard bow? I can never remember which number is which hull.
    Oh well I know it was the french one last time as they have only had the old NZ one going a short time.

    Zane

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    Just to complete this little tale, Steve, a forum lurker with Ngatira( one of Waione's old competitors/ cruising companions) sent this to me.

    "Hope you all enjoyed the rapid and wet sail back down the coast. I jumped
    ship and came back with Greg in Ngataringa on Sunday to Tut's then Kawau.
    Got smacked broadside by a large wave at Cape Brett. I was on the helm and
    all I saw after it hit was white water, like standing in a water fall. John
    who was reclining on the leeward side of the cockpit with jacket open and wet weather pants unzipped... well he asked for it. The cockpit was filled with water
    and the smack was so violent it bent the stanchion with the lee cloth. Greg,
    sitting in the dickie seat witnessed all without a drop of water. We laughed
    for a day, it was so bazaar."

    Ngataringa( a different boat from Steves Ngatira)

    was one of the classics with the sick crew.Steve sailed up on Arohia and came back on Ngataringa as Arohia was staying away for the week.

    [ 11-04-2002, 02:58 PM: Message edited by: John B ]

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    veryily I am saddened... yea disallusioned... quite disheartened I be

    Now young fella John ye knows that I love ye wee Waione like a distant father I have her photo as me desktop I have her on me calander I have her on the wall... I am as ye know besmitten by yer loverly wee boat

    And ye knows that I enjoys yer yarns about sailin her givin her head to the wind and the wonderous journeys around your beautiful peice of playground in kiwiland... ye do know that dont ye?

    But nay this post has saddened me truely saddened and disappointed ye brother in arms and lust of Waione... verily

    Why? I ask ye shipmate and lover of Waione just what is wrong with this photo?



    aye tis the colors that besmirch her fine self!! the shocking pink blue and white that cruely mock her true fine beautishinous... I am saddened my fine freind that it would come to this... ooohhh woe for poor Waione!!! to be sure she needs someone to love her properly someone without pretenshun to race winning with modern guck and gumph... yea verily she needs someone to make her look as she is supposed to look pure and with dignity fittin with her pedigree and time...

    ooohh woe be young John woe indeed woe... ye no longer deserve her mate it is the decree that ye should nay verily ye must! shore her up properly and fittingly and place her with all due care and caution onto a ship to carry her to where she will be given the true love respect and trimmings as befits such a one... where ye ask would that be?... why here of course!!! [img]tongue.gif[/img]

    Great yarn but!!!

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    Good read and great pictures. Thanks Dingo for popping it back up for all to see.

    JD

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    No worries JD Waione would be one of my all time favorite yachts gonna get me a sail on her one day! Kiwiland aint that far away!

    Im just waitin on John to tell me when she arrives

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    Shane,to clarify,... "This year, Tony had the desire to take his 1975 glass 32 footer on the race and so it was. To recap. As a crew , we race a 30 foot cruiser in the winter series, Waione in the classics, and the others are racing a 32 ft Townson in the Wed night racing. So dragging J’Taime out for the coastal was inspired. No one can accuse us of not using our boats."

    The shocking pink is on the boat we did the Coastal classic on in 2002. . This same boat is the one we now do the winter racing on, (I got quite badly injured on it this winter actually) and we did the coastal classic on it again in 2003 as well. We also cruise a lot together.

    there's no pink on Waione mate.In fact we don't even run a kite.( but I do have some blue draft lines in my genoa)

    PS .Just got back in from the Mahurangi regatta a couple of hours ago and I've downloaded 150 shots of the most serious wooden boat porn in this country. so much wood mate , you couldn't see the sea ,I tell you.

    I tell you what, you choose what you'd like to see first. NZ, Aus( content), US ,GB? Logan, Bailey, Robb,Giles, Herreshoff, S and S ? what ?

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    Great post, definitely worthy of resurfacing this chilly season! I must have missed it the first time around.

    Glad to hear NZL-40 is still out flashing around the harbor too. My wife worked for William and Pops (two of the partners that ran her) while we were on a tour of duty in Auckland. From time to time they'd tap me to crew if they were short handed and the charter party didn't show any enthusiasm for a hands on experience. Grinding up that big main was a lungbuster!

    What a ride though. Even with the ratty old sails she then carried she'd accelerate to 9+ kts. on a zephyr. It sure would have been fun to have another IACC boat around to duel with!

    Thanks John B and Shane!

    Cheers,

    Mark

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    John B., a question, if I may...

    I was given a book about sailboats for Christmas. A lovely little book with lots of photos and minimal text; nothing weighty or particularly educational, what we unabashedly refer to as a "bathroom book" - able to entertain for short periods during "rests". In it there are two photos on opposing pages, one of Moana and one of Waione. The text indicates that both photos were taken at a classic regatta in 2000 prior to the America's Cup races. It also informs that Moana was built by Logan and Waione by Bailey, and that the yards were fierce rivals. My question is focused upon the fact that both vessels are flying a Logan flag low on their stays. Why would you fly the Logan ensign if Waione was built at Bailey's and a rival of Logan?

    BTW, the photo of Waione is a port profile of her raging along under full press of canvas close-hauled on a starboard tack, rail down and flying, backlit in brilliant sunshine and sending spray flying. Lovely shot.

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    Love to hear more about the book Michael.
    Some years ago, perhaps 10, a clothing company approached the Logan family and bought the rights to the use of the Logan name. they developed some beautiful shops around the country and in Aus as well I believe, filled with vintage photos and models( I met one of the model makers , Peter Sewell,this weekend as it happens) and sold a good quality range of leisure clothing. They sponsored the CYA ( Classic Yacht Assn NZ) in general and particularly that event. Since then they have been sold and dismanted as a company and clothing range.

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    This is the book.



    I'm getting a little red X instead of the pic of the book cover. Try the following website - it is the fourth book down the list.

    http://www.fetchbook.info/The_World's_Best_Sailboats.html

    The 500 series by Prospero Books (A division of Chapters Inc.
    / Indigo Books & Music)
    "SAILBOATS - The World's Best Sailboats in 500 Great Photos"
    by Nic Compton
    c2003 Salamander Books Ltd
    ISBN 1-55267-453-3

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    ye gods! and Waione is in it you say. and Moana
    No you don't have to answer.
    wow.

    Thanks for the heads up MMD.

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    John B., I probably am breaking God-knows how many copyright laws by scanning and posting them, but these are the two photos in the book I mentioned:

    Moana


    Waione

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    I think that considering you've just sold a couple of books for them that they will be happy. thanks again.

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    I presume, then, that the flying of the flags was a function of sponsorship of the regatta, and not a marque of origin for the boats.

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    Originally posted by John B:
    Shane,to clarify,... "This year, Tony had the desire to take his 1975 glass 32 footer on the race and so it was. To recap. As a crew , we race a 30 foot cruiser in the winter series, Waione in the classics, and the others are racing a 32 ft Townson in the Wed night racing. So dragging J’Taime out for the coastal was inspired. No one can accuse us of not using our boats."

    The shocking pink "smilie" is on the boat we did the Coastal classic on in 2002. . This same boat is the one we now do the winter racing on, (I got quite badly injured on it this winter actually) and we did the coastal classic on it again in 2003 as well. We also cruise a lot together.

    there's no pink on Waione mate.In fact we don't even run a kite.( but I do have some blue draft lines in my genoa)

    PS .Just got back in from the Mahurangi regatta a couple of hours ago and I've downloaded 150 shots of the most serious wooden boat porn in this country. "yet another smilie" so much wood mate , you couldn't see the sea ,I tell you.

    I tell you what, you choose what you'd like to see first. NZ, Aus( content), US ,GB? Logan, Bailey, Robb,Giles, Herreshoff, S and S ? what ?
    WHEW!!!! I just spotted your name and sailing and Waione and saw that pink abomination and freaked out ... sorry about that shoulda known better

    Right now... give me NZ content first followed by GB followed by Aus followed by US and Canada right behind it to make our mate from the frozen wastes gloriously happy

    As to models... mate I will leave that to you!!! gawd as a bloke with one of the most gorgeelishus boats ever to grace these pages I trust your judgement completely mate!! ... as long as theres at least one Fife in the first 10 shots I will be extatic... mmmm scratch that!... I'll be extatic with them all!!!

    Thanks to you and Otter Im havin a pure boat porn fest tonight on the woodenboat forum!!! as the hoons say... WICKED COOLIES!!!

    Sorry mate had to drop your smilies out so I could fit mine in!!! [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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