-Nationals will now be 22/23rd November and will be hoisted at BBYC (Bucklands Beach Yacht club)
-Berths have been made available for all boats attending the nationals over the weekend free of charge courtesy of BBYC
-We currently have a number of sponsors that are coming on board to help us out in prizes and products for the boat packs.
Can all owners please express their interest in this event so we can get an estimate of numbers!
-We will have a bit of a get together and a prize giving at the end of both days at the clubhouse, where we can all have a drink and a catch up with the days racing.
Sail number 2330
Owned by Nigel Hendy Father of Jason Hendy who is the current owner of ZAP (formally Thermatech)
Nigel owned the boat from 1978-1981,
It was built from Plywood Construction with a petrol single cylinder inboard motor
She was the sister ship to Fantizpantz
Work done while owned by Nigel was a full interior and exterior sand fare and re paint with spray gun done in his mums back yard in Milford, along with a full rig rebuild and all new running gear
The lovely lady on the bow was painted from the cover of a playboy magazine and done by free hand
Claim to fame for cruising missions is 8 people on board to Great Barrier 4 couples and sadly after mutiny a return trip of 2 on board
This boat was well used and loved and cruised extensively in the Hauraki gulf.
When Nigel sold Hotpantz she went on a truck to Wellington and has sadly never seen again
Was later sold to use as a deposit on the house that the Hendy family still live in today.
With a a drifter forecasted the grocery bill went up. 22 sandwiches, 2 dozen beers, 2 packs of Coke, 6 bags of chips… this will be a long race…. 2 bottles of rum…. musli bars and some apples. I think that we have food and drinks covered…
BBYC major rum race:
Friday 22nd August was the BBYC (Bucklands Beach Yacht Club) major rum race where we saw five 727’s at the start line (Zap, Nikolina, Optional Extra, Headstrong & Entrée) with a number of other small boats present as well such as pied pipers & stratus 747’s which was awesome to see such a large turn out of small boats.The afternoon/evening was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone on the water racing and after the race as well. Optional Extra was first across the finish line followed by Zap, which was not far behind. Then Nikolina sailed single handed and behind her was Entree and headstrong.
The fleet was dominant at the prize giving, claiming the majority of rum, 7 bottles in total and many other prizes. All in all everyone’s feedback was that it was well worth taking the afternoon off work and can’t wait for the next event.
The next BBYC Major rum race will be in December
It would be great to see these gatherings more often in your local area with the 727’s and other small boats.
Cheers to Lion & Half Moon Bay marina for sponsoring the event
Dear 727 Owners
As most of you now know the class is making a huge effort to regroup the fleet and increase boats getting out on the water racing, which is awesome to see.
In the past couple of months we have seen four boats competing in the SSANZ Two Handed series (Quarter Pint, Optional Extra, Wild & Yotasorus).
There are three boats who are currently racing in the Nexus gold cup series, with all of them entered in the short handed division (Wild, Nikolina & Optional Extra)
At first light the harbor was a mill pond but the forecast had predicted 25 knots from the west for the final race of the SIMRAD two handed triple series. The small boats start was underway at 0920 hours heading out Rangi channel and taking Rangitoto to star board with a good breeze of around 15 knots. Coming up to Rangi light the boats got their kites ready for the long downwind leg to Haystack, with Quarter Pint in the lead followed by Optional Extra and Yotasorus and then Wild. Optional Extra decided to hoist a gennaker while the other three all hoisted spinnakers.
After a week of mixed forecasts the start of the ATL SIMRAD 100 race started off light under 10knots of breeze.
There were three 727’s on the start line, Wild, Optional Extra & Quarter Pint. The race got away to a slow start with Quarter Pint hoisting a code zero heading down to Motuihe Island followed by Optional Extra hoisting their gennaker and wild with there spinnaker.
We entered the series knowing that we probably won’t be that competitive as we still have a lot to learn about getting the best out of the boat, however, issues that ensued were bloody hard to predict….
Considering that the day started with a fresh coffee and warm croissant who could predict that it will be downhill from there…