For the second year in a row Slipstream III, now skippered by new owner Mark Bond, won the recent Young 88 national title in Auckland.
Flying Machine notched an impressive seven wins in seven races in the Knight Frank South Island Young 88 championships hosted by the Akaroa Yacht Club recently.
The Young 88 national championships have moved forward in the calendar in the hope of enjoying more breeze than the past few years.
Auckland Harbour is not the Caribbean, so it wasn’t the location. We weren’t in T shirts and shorts so it wasn’t the weather. The All Blacks did play a sublime game of Rugby to beat the French on Sunday morning but it wasn’t the final.
October 17-18 sees the hard out racer-cruisers and more laid back cruiser-racers gather for the annual weekend of 88 fun and games on and off the water out of Bucklands Beach Yacht Club.
New Zealand’s premier one design class will embark on a battle of the best at the 2014 Harken Young 88 Nationals set to race 12th and 13th April.
Defending champion Milton Bloomfield dominated at the Knight Frank Young 88 South Island Championship sailed on Lyttelton Harbour on 2nd and 3rd of March. Bloomfield, sailing Akaroa yacht Shibbeen (Humphrey Rolleston), won 4 of the 6 races to take the title for the third successive year. Richard Hawkins and his crew aboard Dunedin yacht Meltdown took second place, improving on their third placing in Akaroa last year. Flying Machine (Craig Edwards) was third in the contest - the ninth South Island event for the Young 88 Class.