Category: Features

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SHADY SAILS

SHADY SAILS

This time round, Brigadoon’s trip south left a trail of smiling faces in her wake – her previous illicit passages have been outlived by her later travels. The real Brigadoon has prevailed.

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THE ‘LAZARUS’ CUP

THE ‘LAZARUS’ CUP

Ever since it was first staged in 1851, the battle for the Auld Mug has delivered scarcely believable storylines. Auckland’s 2021 edition didn’t disappoint and will be remembered for its extraordinary ‘comeback-from-the-dead’ narratives. Lazarus himself might have blushed.

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PUFF ’N’ BILLY

PUFF ’N’ BILLY

Estral is an 81-year-old launch powered by a steam engine designed in 1906. A remarkable survivor, she’s testament to her owner’s enviable enthusiasm for life – retired Wellington marine engineer Bill Voisey. The engine was designed before he was born, but he’s older than the launch.

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SALT of the SEA

SALT of the SEA

Twenty years ago, Tony Smith placed a ‘crew wanted’ advertisement on the noticeboard at a Les Mills gym in central Auckland. I answered. It set my life on a new course. Turns out I’m not the only one.

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37 AMERICA’S CUP

37 AMERICA’S CUP

Inevitably, thoughts now turn to the next America’s Cup (2024), and a few questions loom large. Will foiling monohulls prevail? It’s no secret that many of those participating in the Auckland event began grumbling about the complexity and expense of the AC75s. They are very tricky boats to ‘fly’ – especially in light airs. There...

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HamiltonJet Hybrid

HamiltonJet Hybrid

Engineers at world-renowned Christchurch company HamiltonJet have come up with an elegant, workable and cost-effective solution that combines an electric drive and an internal combustion engine, connected into the same driveline.

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Aero-Nautical

Aero-Nautical

In February, on impulse, Zoe Hawkins-Wilde bought a brand-new RS Aero sailing dinghy. For a 40-something-year-old female with a dud back, purchasing a high-performance dinghy designed for speed and agility was perhaps an unusual choice. But let her explain… I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with dinghy sailing. I love it when it’s going well....

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Kokomo’s fancy facelift

Kokomo’s fancy facelift

Charteris Bay locals Glenn and Nicki Wisker saw an opportunity to build on Kokomo’s great bones and convert her from a family displacement cat to a planing coastal fishing and cruising platform.