Chris Bouzaid, the original owner and skipper of the Sparkman & Stephens 36-footer, RainbowII, has bought her back and will return the yacht to New Zealand to be restored.
Restoration work will be led by the man who built her in 1967, Max Carter, at the Percy Vos Boatyard in the Wynyard Quarter. She will receive new flooring and mast step, using New Zealand kauri donated to the Classic Yacht Charitable Trust by Origin Quarries' Gerard van Tilborg. Bouzaid plans to donate Rainbow II to the newly established Maritime Museum Foundation in Auckland
Rainbow II notched up a string of major international victories in the 1960s. After her historic win in the 1969 One Ton Cup off the German archipelago of Heligoland, Rainbow II was sold to an owner in Bermuda. Now, 43 years later, she is going home.
On the back of Jimmy Davern's 1966 Sydney-Hobart line-honours win on Fidelis, this little yacht - along with her dedicated crews - was originally responsible for putting New Zealand on the international sailing map." - winning 121 races over two years.
Among the victories were the Whangarei- Noumea and the Sydney-Hobart races in 1967, Kiel Week in Germany and the One Ton Cup in 1969. A month later, she won her divisions in both the Channel Race and the Fastnet Classic.
Seawind Catamarans' Founder Richard Ward unveiled his comány's new 950 model - a long overdue multihull option for the "bottom end of the market" - on the opening day of the 24th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
The 32-foot cruising cat Seawind 950 is a bolt together kitset cat that can be shipped around the world in two 40ft containers at a fraction of the cost of piggy-backing a fully assembled catamaran on a yacht transporter.
The concept is expected to open up new markets in Europe and on the Great Lakes in Canada, as well as appealing to charter companies and young families, who have previously been priced out of the multihull market.
"The Seawind 950 is a boat normal people can afford. It has a big boat feel, a great family boat capable of coastal cruising , but comes in a box, two boxes in fact."
The Seawind 950 has:
The Seawind 950 can be shipped from Seawind's Vietnam factory to any major port from a starting price of A$225,000. Two qualified boat builders could assemble the boat in 1.5 days. Seawind offers to assemble the boat for an additional $10,000 although with just six bolts, Ward believes many owners will choose to put the kitset cat together themselves."Shipping a 30-footer to Europe costs roughly $70,000 which is just ridiculous. We think it will open up a lot of markets now there is no barrier to shipping."
The Seawind 950 will be available from November 2012.
New Zealand has scooped four titles at the 7thWorld Superyacht Awards in Istanbul.The international panel of 17 judges awarded
I saw something like this when I was in Costa Rica in 1976. I met a drunken American engineer who explained the golf ball theory. This worked on the principal of dragging air along with the dimples in the golf ball. This gave the golf ball less resistance, greater range & speed.
In his case, he plus the US Army Corp of Engineers had indented the hulls of a 25ft Piver Trimaran with a small ball peen hammer giving a dimpled affect. He claimed a 15% increase in speed under engine or sailing and less fuel being used motoring. No proof.
I wanted to try it, but could never find any one with a boat I could take a hammer too. Now, 36 years later, air bubbling has turned up!
Warwick Collins Universal Hull is an innovation in hull design. This fuses together two classic hull types (the long, thin, easily-driven hull and the beamy commodious hull) in a form which yields the chief virtues of both types of hull. The two hulls are joined above the waterline by a ledge which also acts as a spray ledge. The resulting shape is easily driven because of the long, thin underwater shape but enjoys the accommodation space (above the waterline) of a beamy hull.