A meeting was arranged in London this week at the Royal Ocean Racing Club
for the Stewart Association president to present a copy of ‘The first 50 years’ to the RORC library.
Neil Spencer, the tall Aussie sometimes seen aboard Princess, and a RORC
member, put the meeting together after having a yarn with Eddie Warden Owen at
the London Clubrooms.
Eddie Warden Owen is the chief executive officer for the RORC. In speaking
to Charles over a beer in the Fastnet Room, he remembered well representing the
UK in the ’87 and ’88 Citizen Watch Match Racing series, sailing Playtime (then Pink Panther) and Psychic. He was delighted to learn that the class is still thriving, and given
the opportunity would enjoy another ride next time he is in Auckland. He said
that the Stewarts were “testing” to sail, and no surprise that top Kiwi sailors
emerged from the class. Neil had also ensured that the book was signed by the
author, George Backhus.
Charles Scoones, May 22nd, London.
Cherry McIvor presents Adam Bartlett the award for best forward hand
Stewart Association President Charles Scoones and Secretary Cherry McIvor present Pionnier owner Bill Miller and helmsman Mark Bond with the Hyundai Championship Trophy
Charles Scoones presents Panacea owner Brett Henshaw with the trophy for most improved sailor, spinnaker division
Cherry McIvor presents John Ormrod of Prism the Hyundai Champioship trophy for non-spinnaker division
Bonny Collinson presents a trophy to Rick Royden of Psyche, winner of the Collinson Forex Series
Kurt Boyle celebrated his 35th birthday on board his Stewart 34 Pelagian by tossing off the dock lines from Westhaven Marina,and along with crew mate Matt Burkhardt, starting a 3,000+ mile, four legged race that will circumnavigate New Zealand. This is the first time in 21 years that the Shorthanded Sailing Association of New Zealand has run this extreme challenge of skill, will, seaworthiness and some might say, sanity. With a couple of ocean passages under his safety harness and plans of extensive ocean cruising on the horizon, Kurt, a.k.a. “the Mad Monk,” couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a personal shakedown cruise. Ten yachts and 20 crew will spend most of the next month sailing in an anti-clockwise direction through some of the most challenging waters on the planet with short stopovers in Mangonui, Stewart Island and Napier before returning to Auckland.
Matt Burkhardt and Kurt Boyle before leaving the marina (Charles Scoones)
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