Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 53 Onboard Montego Bay III For the youngest crew, Simon McVeagh and Matty Steven on Montego Bay III, every leg of the race offered a new challenge. “ The first two legs were great,” says Steven. “We had a bit of reaching and were able to keep up with the racier boats and got a first and third on handicap. But then, after the second leg, they adjusted our handicap and we had to go upwind and got nailed.” The second leg to their home port brought a surprise. “We were beam reaching and one massive set came through,” says Steven. “I saw it five seconds before it hit. I bore away and got the boat downwind and the crest landed in the cockpit from directly above. It knocked the boat on its side. Then we went sideways down the wave with the mast in the water. We were pretty lucky that we didn’t go turtle. The steering wheel got ripped to pieces. We wiped out the dodger, got quite a lot of water downstairs and wrote off the auto-helm.” Shortly before this they had been sailing with their gennaker but had decided it was time to drop it after a ride at 17.5 knots down another good-sized wave. After some rest and repairs in Wellington, they suffered in the light upwind conditions on the way to Napier. “We were looking good until Cape Kidnappers,” s ays McVeagh, “when we parked and covered 0.6 of a mile in 11 hours. We thought we were two hours from the finish but ended up sitting there for half a day.” It didn’t get any easier on the final leg when the breeze built to 40 knots on the nose and seemed to follow them around the track. “On the last leg, all the way from Hawke’s Bay to Auckland, we were turning every corner into a head wind,” says Steven. “No offence to Montego Bay III, but if I was going to do this race again, it would definitely be on a faster boat,” McVeagh says. Steven adds: “No offence to Montego Bay III, but if I was going to do this race again, it would definitely be on a faster boat, too.” TOP: Montego Bay III in Wellington Harbour. ABOVE: Matty Steven, right, and and Simon McVeagh would prefer to do the next race in a faster boat. NZC New Zealand Composites Advanced Structural Material Supplier web: nzcomposites.com sales: dean 021 300 151 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .nz Shaw 12 “BLINK”: Shaw Yacht Design. Ltd Carbon Fibre / Vacuum Consumables: NZ Composites . Builder: C. Partridge Yachts Ltd. Stiffer, Stronger, Longer. New Zealand’s Lean, Mean, Composite Supply Machine.... 0414-81 FEATURE_Round NI race_April14.indd 53 18/03/2014 4:50:09 p.m.
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