After the Lyttelton Regatta on 1st January 1887 Malcolm Miller knew he had a problem with Pastime, his smart new keel yacht. She’d been trounced again by Sinclair’s Little Wonder and just beaten by the old Auckland yacht Fleetwing. She wasn’t fast enough.
Specialised chart plotters, mobile phone apps and open source software have become more popular and affordable. They serve as practical navigational aids, particularly on small, bouncing vessels where a lack of space is not conducive to paper and pencil navigation.
Rainbow ll – the 36-foot legend that kick-started New Zealand’s ‘modern’ yacht racing pedigree in 1969 – is back in the water after an extensive restoration. A handful of playercontributed to her improbable salvation – including her original owner.