Design Objective: to maximise the performance potential of a 12m offshore monohull, with the capacity to sleep a full crew and with a usable interior. This is a versatile boat, set up for high performance racing either short-handed or fully crewed, both harbour and offshore. Blink is built with racing in the infamous Cook Strait in mind, with robust construction and systems, foam core, and options chosen with the wisdom that 'to win you must first finish' in mind: twin rudders, twin hydraulic rams, and dual hydraulic keel power sources (electric and engine pumps).
More details, interior pics, plans at bottom of page.
Blink race results highlights 1st on elapsed time, Round North Island 2-handed 2014 (Rob Shaw and TW) and 2017 (VW and TW)
1st on Line, Round North Island 2-handed 2014 and 2017
1st PHRF Division 1, and 2nd IRC Division 1, Round North Island 2-handed 2017
1st in RPNYC 2014-2015 Offshore Series on Club, PHRF, and IRC Season Champions RPNYC 2015-2016 PHRF and Line
New Zealand Design/Build Trophy (Muir Vonu Trophy) Auckland-Fiji Race 2016
Race record Kapiti-Chetwodes-Ship Cove 2015 Race record Cook Strait Classic 2015 Race record 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race
First on Line: Island Bay race Nov 2013*, Brothers Race Nov 2013*, Cook Strait Classic Dec 2013* (*beating Elliot 50 canter Ran Tan in all 3 of these races), Brothers Race 2014, Kapiti-Chetwodes 2015, Port Nich Regatta 2015 overall line honours, Alan Martin Series 2015, Cook Strait Classic 2015, Nelson Race 2016, RPNYC 2016 Season Div 1, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race 2016, Mana-Ship Cove 2016, Brothers Islands Race 2016, Round North Island 2-handed 2014 and 2017
Adding to our Kapiti-Chetwoods record earlier this year, we had great conditions for this year's race. Taking such a big chunk out of the record was quite a surprise as Blink was in cruising mode, -we were heading away for a few weeks in the Sounds immediately after.
Lots of video to edit ... But won't be available until we are back to civilisation and computers
Vesna with some editing from Dave put a description of the race on the RPNYC site, www.rpnyc.org.nz, included below
A couple of days out from the Cook Strait Classic it was looking like a drifter, but we weren’t that concerned as we only had five crew available. A day out and the drifter was changing to something more promising so a couple more crew would be rather helpful, and we were pleased to rope in Vicki and Stephen from Incantare. It happened to be their first wedding anniversary and we thought we should set the bar fairly high for experiences. Stephen also had the same idea and arranged some beautiful dolphins for Vicki at the start line.
head of the start we ummed and ahhed about flying the fractional zero or the #2 jib but poking our nose into Evans Bay to find the wind quite forward from the SE settled the argument – the #2-that-reefs-to-a-3 was the go. We got a decent start below the fleet and got our nose ahead to lead the fleet to Kau Bay, which normally ends up as Blink’s parking lot. This time there was good breeze and we kept the lead on our main rivals, Wedgetail, and Satellite Spy from Waikawa.
The breeze settled in to around 18-23 and the boats split at Point Howard. We wondered about covering Wedgetail but had a good lift so worked across to the Eastbourne side of the harbour and tacked our way up to Moaning Minnie. The wind was gusting around 28 knots and there was some chatter about reefing but we dismissed the idea as it wasn’t far to Minnie where we expected to ease off to a nice reach across the south coast. Wedgetail made a gain by going in to Scorching Bay but it wasn’t enough and we led at the mark.
Cracking off at Moaning Minnie the obligatory check was made for any chance of flying the fractional zero to Sinclair but, as is always the case, it was too shy so we two-sailed it. The helmsman, trimmers, and foredeck staff were getting twitchy so we prepared the 200m² A2 gennaker for the big yee-ha that would follow.
We launched the A2 at Thom’s Rock and it did not disappoint – a boisterous wind gusting to 30+ kept us busy and consistently doing over 15 knots, with a top speed of 19.6, which let us put some ground on Wedgetail and Satellite Spy. A couple of small lie-downs and skids indicated the the wind and waves were on the up, and the race record looked like a possibility.
The happy couple trimmed their seal-skin socks off and got to know the Blink day spa experience. Vicki, not to be outdone by Stephen’s start line dolphins, had arranged a graceful albatross or two.
A couple of miles out from Tory the big red kite was getting to be a handful and we pinged it for the fractional zero – setting up for the drop was the cue for Huey to send send a puff and we had a little lie down. This is where Wedgetail made a significant gain and we could see big white Bertha approaching fairly swiftly. Tory was typically fickle and unpredictable, and we had to get rid of the fro and tack/gybe/furl our way to the finish line where we arrived about 22 minutes ahead of the record set by Wedgetail a couple of years ago. Wedgetail came in about 8 minutes later, also beating their record.
We popped some bubbles to celebrate a great win and romantic anniversary getaway. A wonderful day out, with great crew and a top way to finish off a year of sailing on Blink.
The next race is the Wellington to Nelson Race starting on Friday 22nd January – the forecast is sunny and mostly following breezes
Good result for Blink in the Summer/Alan Martin Series - 1st on Line, PHRF, and Club handicaps.
That's the fabulous Shirley Martin in the middle holding the trophy for the series win on PHRF - the Alan Martin Series is named after her late husband, a leader in Wellington yachting and RPNYC for many years.
Other notable figures in this pic: Daryl Wislang's daughter being held by Daryl, Crew Boss Craig Shearer holding his granddaughter and her mother Jordan in the foreground, and new recruit (in camo) Jason Hurdle's son being held by Pete Delaney from the Blink Mainsheet Department. Then there's Kimmy behind Janet (holding the general handicap trophy) and Vesna next to a guy with lots of Husband Points.
Gordie McDougall and Dr George are regular crew that raced with us in this series, they're missing from this pic because they couldn't sail on the last day.
True to form, Wellington didn't let us down with plenty of wind.
This is a 360° YouTube clip, which won't work properly in some browsers.
It apparently works in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and in some IE variants -- I've only tried it in Chrome.
If you see the video playing in the letterbox view like in the thumbnail (currently how it works in Safari), it's not working properly, you should see a pan button in the top left, and the view can be rotated using the WASD keys
This clip is from Race 2, day 1 of the Alan Martin Series at RPNYC (1st for Blink in both races!)
We've left Wedgetail behind (visible through the stbd wheel) and running down the trimaran St Laurence, we gybe away to clear them near the end of the clip.