Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
Nick Blackman and showed the fleet the way around the track aboard Jameson’s Helter Skelter. Conditions were predominantly light throughout the three days, from January 22-24, which kept the racing close and any errors were punished by losing several places with such big fleets and many boats racing in close quarters. Next year’s Bay of Islands Sailing Week will run with the NZ Millennium Cup superyacht regatta for the first time – a spectacular opportunity for the Far North. For full results for this year’s event, visit: www.bayofislandssailingweek.co.nz ABOVE RIGHT: Phil Jameson, Nick Blackman, Iain Jensen and Nathan Outteridge aboard Helter Skelter. MIDDLE: Dolphins check out the action on Jim Farmer's TP52 Georgia. BOTTOM: In A Division, Wired leads Mayhem and Georgia to the top mark. Harry Dodson and Tony Bosnyak brought their newly acquired, fixed keel TP52 Mayhem out to play at Bay of Islands Sailing Week and cleaned up. The 50-foot class is humming with the likes of Wired, Georgia, V5 – unfortunately out of the regatta due to a mishap on delivery, Vamos and Kia Kaha. Dodson sums up the interest as: “It feeds itself. Somebody gets one and then everyone else says, 'That’s pretty cool.'" They found the 2007-vintage Mayhem on the internet and got a friend who happened to be in the States to go and check her over. Boats of around 2005 vintage needed too much spent on them; younger boats would be too far ahead of the local fleet. A nice surprise is how well she goes upwind – in the high 8s, low 9s – which Dodson attributes partly to tiller rather than wheel steering. After Dodson’s long term ownership of the 1992 vintage Formula One, Mayhem has some cool tricks. Instead of dropping the spinnaker the conventional way, a retrieval system runs down the forward hatch, through a series of rollers and pulleys, courtesy of winch power supplied from the cockpit. The winch system has one pedestal powering four grinders, which can be re-allocated by pedals and buttons on deck. Gennaker sheets have a similar retrieval system to avoid having a mess of lines in the cockpit when sailing upwind. “When you go around the mark, we pull on a line so all the sheets go away,” says Dodson. He believes the fleet is fairly evenly matched but, when racing outside the TP52 rule, it comes down to the longest prod – up to 9m. Causing Mayhem in line honours 56 Boating New Zealand March 2014 tested_Mayhem_March14.indd 56 19/02/2014 3:45:39 p.m.
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