CO-SKIPPER: Murray Hartley
I am the owner and skipper of Arbitare a Farr38. We are no stranger to this event having competed in two previous RNI’s and one RNZ. These previous races I crewed with Maximus Hawke and the latter my good friend Dave Ormandy who sadly passed away last July, smooth sailing Dave. Arbitare has just recently competed in the Central Triangle crewing with my friend Lawrie Stewart which was a mixed bag for myself and Lawrie, adjusting to the new dynamics, but we had a great time and at times went very well. We are hoping to build on that with this race. It is great to see that boats we have raced with are again in this race so it will be great competing with them again. The new stopover in the South Island has added a new twist to the course, it will be great not having to deal with Ohau, Karori Rock, the South Coast and the beat up or out of Wellington harbor in the dead of the night. Have to say I am pretty excited about this race we have added some new electronics and altered a couple of sails so we can try to be as competitive as possible for the age of the boat. For me the adventure is the delivery of the boat and us safely to Auckland, the race, and getting the boat and us back to Mana safely. So from one of the elder competitors all I can say is ‘game on’ and safe sailing.
CO-SKIPPER: Lawrie Stewart
Hi, I am co-skipper of Arbitare a Farr38. Arbitare is no stranger to this event having competed in two previous RNI’s and one RNZ under the watchful eye of Owner Murray Hartley. I race a 7.9m sport keeler out of Lowry Bay Yacht Club, Seaview, Wellington.
I joined Arbitare for the Central Triangle 2022 and Murray Hartley is keen to have me back. We learnt a lot from the Central Triangle, enjoyed the camaraderie, and hoping to build on that with this race. It is great to see that boats we have raced with are again in this race so it will be great competing with them again. Have to say I am pretty excited about this race we have added some new electronics and altered a couple of sails so we can try to be as competitive as possible for the age of the boat.
For me the adventure is the delivery of the boat and us safely to Auckland, the race, and getting the boat and us back to Mana safely. As Murray has said ‘game on’ and safe sailing.
BOAT BIO: Arbitare
Arbitare is a Farr 11.6 designed by Bruce Farr. Arbitare is Wellington based and will do a double lap of the North Island between deliveries of the boat and doing the race!
Arbitare was sixth on elapsed time and fifth on corrected time in the RNZ2019, a great result given the race definitely threw some challenges at these young chaps!
CO-SKIPPER: Ben Stinton
I have been racing for a few years mainly in skiffs as a child, and then raced on various keel boats. I completed a few offshore classics: Sydney to Noumea, Groupama Race, a few Sydney-Hobarts, Sydney to Gold coast and Gladstones. In summary I just like going for a sail wet, dry or wetter.
CO-SKIPPER: Chris Skinner
Sailed a few miles around the North Island. Always up for a challenge and the CU will dish it up in bulk.
I couldn’t miss a stop in the South Island, the last one there during a SSANZ race was so eventful.
I am looking forward to meeting all the teams and hearing some stories at each stop overs!
BOAT BIO: C U Later
C U Later is a classic well known kiwi yacht (Ross 8m). It is a wet, fun and fast yacht, recently modified with some water ballasts and stiffening of the hull.
CO-SKIPPER: Guy Mannering
Learnt my sailing out of Napier. Started with P’s, then OK’s & Finns. Had an extended break from sailing, moving to the South Island with a young family. Returned to sailing with a restored X class, Elliott 7.4 & Farr 1020. Sailed with Matt in the 2020 RNI & 2022 Central Triangle. Wrapped to be sailing with Matt again in the 2023 RNI. We’ve now clocked up a few sea miles together.
CO-SKIPPER: Matt Perry
I took up sailing in my early 20’s looking for adventure and a new sport. Racing inshore and offshore in the Cook Strait area with some great mentors helped me climb a steep learning curve. Since then, I’ve raced and worked on yachts for the past 15 years. The 2020 RNI was another steep learning curve, and we are looking forward to taking on this challenge again.
BOAT BIO: Distraction
Distraction is a Farr 1020 based in Waikawa, sailing for the Waikawa Boating Club. Bought in 2017, she has since been heavily tweaked for short-handed racing with plenty of Hurricane Rigging IP. Guy & Matt raced together in the 2020 RNI & 2022 Central Triangle. They are now looking forward to the 2023 RNI, hopefully a little faster & wiser since their last RNI.
CO-SKIPPER: Nicholas Gardiner
One of the Kids from the RNI2020 from Moving Violation.
CO-SKIPPER: Ian Gardiner
Being one of the more senior participants, will be without the creature comforts, in this stripped out race boat. Teaming up with Son and “one of the kids from Moving Violation RNI 2020” should make for an exhilarating RNI 2023 experience.
BOAT BIO: Drinks Trolley
Drinks Trolley is a Thompson 30, with input from Steve Thompson, has had some modifications in preparation for the RNI 2023.
CO-SKIPPER: Angus Small
I have cruised and raced inshore and offshore through the pacific, short handed being the most enjoyable. This will be my 4th RNI race, second with Pete and looking forward to going to Waikawa. Racing the competition hard is a priority but having fun with a good mate and catching a Mahi is right up there also. We are very fortunate to be able to race such a great boat.
CO-SKIPPER: Peter Geary
Extensive sailing locally and overseas. This will be my third time doing this race and looking forward to being competitive and catching the biggest fish. Gus and I are very fortunate that the owner of Equilibrium has let us use his wonderful boat, and we intend to repay that by putting in a 100% effort.
BOAT BIO: Equilibrium
Equilibrium is a Botin Carkeek yacht design built in 2011 by Lloyd Stevenson with a displacement of 13000kg, a lifting keel and beautiful cruising interior. She has raced coastal, two handed triple series and offshore. This will be her first RNI with Pete and Angus on their third and fourth time round. We are looking forward to the comforts of a cruising boat with the performance of a racing yacht, and the fishing competition.
CO-SKIPPER: Andrew Aitken
60 years young & a new boat for me means that it is time for the extra challenge that longer distance two-handed sailing brings. After many years on the water, quite a number of SSANZ events, coastal & harbour races and a few off-shore trips, and now having done the northern Triangle & Three Kings Races, RNI offers more ‘adventure’…..
CO-SKIPPER: Andrew Hall
I’m a passionate, accomplished sailmaker and sailor, with a strong interest in all aspects of design. Experienced in all facets of sail-making, from conception to installation. Founder and owner of Sail IQ.
I grew up sailing and have done one or two sea miles both inshore and offshore. Sailing has been in my blood from a very early age. I was accused of going to school just to eat my lunch, but those that really knew me summed me up as just hanging around for the sailing we did on a Friday afternoon, and so my addiction to sailing had begun.
Some of the highlight regattas I’ve sailed in, are JOG international, King’s cup, Sydney to Hobart, just the usual stuff that a suspect as myself would get up to. I’ve done a fair amount of coastal Solo sailing, so I’m looking forward to this round island solo tag team called the RNI that we are about to sail in.
BOAT BIO: Favourite
Elliott 1350 – number one out of the mould, setup for comfort!
CO-SKIPPER: Chris Beaumont
Chris is a ‘yotting enthusiast’, who has been mucking about in keelboats for the last twenty years after about ten windsurfing at Raglan.
Family and work commitments have limited racing time more recently, but the chance to do the race with Damon is a ‘don’t miss’ opportunity.
CO-SKIPPER: Damon Jolliffe
Done a few of these now (this will be #4) and really looking forward to this edition of the RNI onboard Flying Boat with Chopper (Chris’s real name). By the time we start guns sounds, all the hard work will have been done (mostly by chopper – the guy is a machine!) and we just get to sail the boat and enjoy a little lap around the island. Looking forward to the new destination of the Marlborough Sounds and celebrating the end of each leg with our dedicated shore team of Vicki and Jacqui. Bring it on!!!
BOAT BIO: Flying Boat
Flying Boat is a Young 11, built as hull number 14 by Roger Land Yachts. Raced in Wellington by Mike Calkoen for many years before relocating to Auckland following purchase by Chris and Vicki in 2013. Named at a time when ‘Flying’ was more of a relative than literal term, Chris and Damon hope to spend as much time as possible enjoying the Young 11’s best characteristics – ‘Flying’ downhill with boost on, rather than flying off waves upwind.
CO-SKIPPER: Craig Fraser
I Started sailing in a P class in the Bay of Islands at around 10 years old. My racing has been mainly been sailed in MRX’s and Elliott 1050’s in Auckland harbour. Began short handed racing in the SSANZ races in 2000. Completed the RNI on Galeforce in 2014. Cruised the pacific on a catamaran in 2004-2005 with my wife and children and more recently cruised the Med for a couple of years.
CO-SKIPPER: Rob Croft
Rigger. Long term owner of the very classic Farr 11.6 Coppelia.
Regular participant in SSANZ and other yachting events particularly races around islands.
Taking a big break this time from long time sailing partner Sally Garrett to team up with Craig.
Quite looking forward to going round the North Island in a very stylish Elliott yacht.
BOAT BIO: Focus
Focus is an Elliott 1350 tourer, so more a cruiser than a racer, but still goes pretty well. She was launched in 2009 by Bruce Elliott and since launching she has completed a tour of New Zealand, A previous RNI race in 2014 with Brett Elliott, a Fiji race, and multiple ssanz local races.
Focus is currently residing in Westhaven so we are hoping to add one more 1350 tourer to the rum race fleet in the coming months.
CO-SKIPPER: David Grigg
I am a sheep and beef farmer with a 14 hectare vineyard in partnership with my wife Joanna. We have three adult children Penny Emma and Hamish . Our hill country property Tempello is 20 minutes south west of Blenheim and runs 6000 sheeps and 950 cattle. I have been sailing since Sunburst days in the 1970,s with my parents until moving onto keeler sailing in the 90s. We purchased Global in 2015 with the intention of cruising with family, but straight away we carried on racing her continuing on from her previous owners Ali and Catherine Turnbull.
At present I am the rear commodore of the Waikawa boating club, a great club which can see up to 50 boats racing on a Tuesday night twilight series.
Tony Turnbull my very experienced sailing mentor is also a farmer. This will be a challenge like no other but one that will get us out of our farming comfort zone that indeed have challenges of its own
CO-SKIPPER: Anthony Turnbull
I’m a beef farmer from Marlborough, I am married to Cath and have two adult children.
I started sailing when I was 12. My parents bought “Result” and we raced and cruised the Marlborough sounds and Cook Strait area. I have raced many Wellington to Gisborne and Wellington to Akaroa races and have helped delivery crews to Auckland Tauranga, Lyttleton and Sydney. I have also cruised Fiordland to Stewart Island. Global was owned by my parents who happily sold her to Dave and Jo. I have sailed with skipper Dave and his family ever since I started sailing as a youngster so can’t wait to start this race.
BOAT BIO: Global
Global was launched in 2003 and purchased by the Turnbull family in 2005. She has been based in Waikawa since then. Ali and Catherine Turnbull raced her extensively both in the twilight series and numerous regattas run by the Waikawa boating club, Port Nick in Wellington and the Nelson boating club. She has also competed in numerous offshore races. Global has had considerable success along the way taking wins in Division one in most series. Her most recent success was taking the win in the ship cove to tarakohe race in 2021 skippered by Tony Turnbull. She narrowly missed taking the race record by seconds!
The Grigg family purchased her in 2015 with the aim of cruising but she is still competing in most Waikawa bay racing. Upwind sailing in 15 to 20 knts is her strength along with downwind slightly aft of the beam.
The RNI will be quite the challenge, with all sheets and halyards accessible from the cockpit she is reasonably well set up for two-handed sailing. Her wardrobe consists of a new gennaker, four year old main and two new headsails along with three kites. The rigging was replaced in 2016 so she is well placed to start the 2023 RNI.
CO-SKIPPER: Carl Davies
My sailing started at the Thames sailing club 45 years ago sailing p class,3.7s,paper tigers and crewing on keelers and multihulls.
Then life turned to family, farming and work .No big fancy yacht career or races to brag about or excite you with as ive been rallying for the last decade,but now the sailing bug is back and i cant wait for the challenge and adventure of the RNI
Obviously Hans Up is no race boat, but its all we have and after talking to a very inexperienced sail maker we were talked into giving it a crack
Excitment levels rising by the day
CO-SKIPPER: John Stephenson
I have been around boats all my life and enjoy all the ocean has to offer. This is my first RNI race and it will be a completely new challenge for me, I’m looking forward to it.
BOAT BIO: Hans Up
Hans Up is a 2010 Hanse 375, purchased last march as a family cruiser.
Other than some new sails she is fairly stock standard. I could go for ages about her vast sailing background and successes,
yeh-na I couldn’t .
CO-SKIPPER: Victoria Murdoch
I was first introduced to sailing at around two years of age by my father, who took us dinghy sailing on Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes. Sadly, he died when I was still a small child and the opportunity for me to sail again didn’t emerge until I was in my early 20’s at University, where I met many of my life long sailing friends.
From that point on, I became hooked on anything that floats and found that my “Happy Place”. Over the next several years I learned the ropes of sailing on my Hobie cat, as well as crewing on the legendary yacht “Natural Magic” in Lyttelton. Then in 2005 I took a giant leap and purchased my first yacht “Smokey”– a Young 88. Straight off the bat I had a baptism of fire bringing it down the coast battling a strong southerly from Kaikoura south with a confused 5 metre swell, for me with my limited experience at that time, it was one hell of a trip! For a small yacht Smokey did some miles, up and down the coast to Waikawa, Wellington, as well as several shorter offshore races. I also sailed my first ever two-handed race on her, ironically it was with Dave my sailing partner for this upcoming RNI,
From Smokey, I progressed into something larger and faster when Dave and I, along with a friend Steve Page, put together a syndicate to purchase “Jive Talkin” – a Davidson 10.6. Much as I enjoyed this period of my sailing career, I still had that nagging desire to once again have my own yacht.
CO-SKIPPER: David Anderson
Sailing started with helping my Dad building a 28’ trailer yacht in the garage as many Kiwi’s did in the day, this progressed into keelers and in 1975 I did my first offshore at 15 years old from Whangarei to Noumea. Dad passed away in in 1977 so I delivered the keeler to an Auckland owner after end of year school exams and buying a Fireball & windsurfer to sail over varsity years.
Always had the desire to get back into keeler sailing and the family holidays in the Marlborough Sounds / Durville’ Island and the coastal delivery adventures that we had grown up doing as kids. So when family came for my wife and I we formed a syndicate to purchase the Y11 Big Ruby and spent several years refurbishing her, club racing and the annual pilgrimage to Sounds and regattas in Waikawa & Wellington with the odd Welly – Akaroa & Welly – Gisborne races thrown in.
Sadly Big Ruby was lost in a large storm in Lyttelton that destroyed the marina and the majority of the Naval Point keeler fleet, this lead to the next chapter and ownership of Y11 Forever Young until she was sold to Auckland and then onto Noumea. About this time Vic purchased Y88 Smokey that we sailed until syndicating to purchase the infamous Davidson 10.66 Jive Talkin’, that we had many adventures on and many great coastal races in for 10 years.
Next Offshore was Auckland to Musket Cove in 2003, some 28 years since the first, on a Christchurch owned Farr 45 Cuttyhunk, was predominately a long upwind race but the finish and ending was certainly memorable. Now off round the NI with Vic 20 years later, will be quite a challenge and looking forward to seeing how we stack up against all the young fellas. Fleet is looking great with many 35’s so going to be game on all the way.
BOAT BIO: High Voltage
The Elliott 1050 – High Voltage is a much loved family cruiser. She only occasionally gets let out to play on the race track, generally better known for her home comforts and the fridge that provides the summer Vodka slushies.
CO-SKIPPER: Brendan Sands
My name is Brendan Sands and I am about to complete my second lap around the North Island in 2023, I competed in the previous event in 2020 with my father Richard as Co-Skipper.
I come from a boating family, so I guess I had no choice but to go sailing & cruising, good thing I enjoy it!
I have come through racing dinghies, Opti’s, P-Class, 420’s Teams Racing and moving onto the RNZYS Youth Training Programme. I also raced and cruised on my parents keelers all my life.
I did lose interest in sailing for a few years and started racing cars, When I met Bianca now my wife I had found someone to share the sailing & cruising with which led us to purchasing our first boat and the rest is history.
CO-SKIPPER: Josh Tucker
Josh ‘BooBoo’ Tucker started sailing as a child living on his parents 50ft gaff rigged ketch. He had completed 2 sydney hobarts, 4 tasman crossings, 2 atlantic crossings and the Cape Town to Rio race by the time he was 20. Since then he has gone on to do somewhere around 200,000nm of offshore sailing including almost every major offshore yacht race in the world, spent a season in the Alaskian ice and gone around cape horn under jury rig on an open 60 race yacht. This will be his 5th Round North Island 2 handed race.
BOAT BIO: Kick
Kick was launched in 1994 and sailed competitively out of Auckland util 2002 when she headed for Aus to compete in the Hamilton Island race week where she was then sold.
We purchased her in 2018 fairly run down and sailed her back to Auckland where she has completed an extensive refit.
2023 will be Kicks second RNI after completing the race back in 2020.
CO-SKIPPER: Ryan Wiblin
Grew up sailing and have done it all my life. Love 2 handed and crewed racing, as well as cruising with my family. The mighty y11 Legacy is new to us, so looking forward to lining up against a fun fleet for an awesome event!
CO-SKIPPER: Kenneth Ormandy
I grew up cruising the gulf with family and racing dinghies. I have been into shorthanded racing for a long time, racing first my GBE Voom), and then my 1050 (Gale Force) shorthanded, including the RNZ in 2019 and the last RNI in 2020. I cant wait to be racing on Legacy as one of four Y11s in the 2023 RNI.
BOAT BIO: Legacy III
Legacy III is a much loved family cruiser and spends most of her life transporting the family from beach to beach around the Hauraki gulf.
CO-SKIPPER: Cameron Burch
Like most good ideas, our decision to enter RNI2023 was made after too many beers at Churly’s bar and then cemented with the recent purchase of Margaritaville.
Nothing like some dutch courage to make things interesting…These RNI debutants are looking forward to the adventure and challenge of racing amongst a pretty stacked fleet!
CO-SKIPPER: Darren McAven
Darren was introduced to sailing as a kid on his dad’s Lotus 9.2 ‘Emerald Isle.’
After heading back to Auckland from overseas in the early 2000s, he completed a couple of Coastal Classics, as well as the Auckland to Tauranga race. He also delivered a yacht from Auckland to Fiji with long-time mate and co-skipper, Cam Burch.
Over the last ten years, he has enjoyed weekend yacht racing as well as family holidays on his Beale 31 ‘Los Molinos.’
This year, he purchased ‘Margaritaville’ along with co-skipper, Cam, with the idea of sailing Around the North Island before they are too old to add it to their bucket list.
BOAT BIO: Margaritaville
Margaritaville is a Ross 1066 built by Craig Partridge back in 2003.
CO-SKIPPER: Charles Hollings
Started out at EBYMC in a P class/Starling raced with Dad in Cook Strait at RPNYC Raced my E5,9 an then my Thomson 750 Atomic at RNZYS. have done the S2H. Owned the XP44 for a year, 3kings, Yates cup. Life long dream to do the RNI!
CO-SKIPPER: Scott Wilson
At the age of 18 I joined the RNZYS Youth Program coached by Kevin Peet and Sara Roberts (now Tucker). I spent two years in the scheme which taught me a huge amount about sailing skills, but also about life. From there I did all of the possible local offshore races on Hydroflow, an Elliott 50 owned by Ron Brittain. In 2006 I headed to Europe to captain a RP72 in the Mediterranean and sail in the TP52 med series followed by a stint in Italy (both 2007 and 2010) running a Farr 78, and in both 2009 and 2010 captain and race crew on a Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners (ex Cheiftain), taking part in the Antigua 600 and Race Week, and all major European offshore regattas. Followed by the Dubai to Muscat race in 2013 (which we were briefed by the Navy about high speed smuggling boats – quite interesting). I have been sailing in SSANZ events for the past 20 plus years and for the last 3 years been Race Officer for the Triple Series. I competed in the 2019 RNZ race with Matt Flynn on Krakatoa II and the 2020 RNI race which sadly we did not finish due to damage sustained leaving Wellington, so I guess you could say this is unfinished business for me! I love the challenge that short handed sailing brings, and really looking forward to the 2023 edition!
BOAT BIO: Ma Te Wa
A ten year old X yacht formerly known as Lawless. Features a fine mast by Bart from NZ Rigging and Evolution sails. Likes going upwind in a blow and loves having money spent on her! Slightly past her prime but fresh lipstick has been applied. Has a nice stern.
CO-SKIPPER: Mark Hipgrave
Mark competed in the 2014 Solo Trans-Tasman Race in his Beneteau First 36S7 and enjoyed the experience so much that he went to England in Sept 2015 and ordered a Sun Fast 3600. Mister Lucky was launched in Southampton in March 2016 and he spent the season there, competing in the Solo Ocean Racing Club’s program, including a solo Fastnet race. He returned to England the following summer and raced Mister Lucky across the North Atlantic in the 2017 OSTAR, the solo trans-Atlantic race from Plymouth England to Newport RI made famous by Blondie Hasler and Francis Chichester in 1960.
The boat was shipped to Australia in August 2017 and competed in the 2017 Sydney to Hobart race.
In 2018 he and co-skipper Rohan Wood entered Mister Lucky in the Melbourne to Osaka race which was a wonderful, but exhausting adventure and a great cultural experience. After another S2H in 2019, racing ground to a halt with Covid induced lockdowns and race cancellations, so he is looking forward to bringing Mister Lucky to NZ for the 2023 RNI and then on to New Plymouth for another STT.
CO-SKIPPER: Rohan Wood
Rohan Wood started sailing at the Townsville Yacht Club where he competed in his first offshore race, the Coral Sea Classic, in his 20’s. He later moved to Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron where he is well recognized as a highly competent and competitive yachtsman. In 2022 Rohan will compete in his 8th Sydney to Hobart, although this year will be his first racing double handed in Sydney to Hobart and without Mark. Mark and Rohan have competed in many double handed offshore races together on Mister Lucky. The standout being the “ultimate” adventure – the Osaka Cup 2018 – placing 4th overall on corrected time. Other races that Rohan has placed double handed on Mister Lucky include the Brisbane to Keppel (1st), Brisbane to Hamilton Island (2nd) and a multitude of crewed races. Rohan enjoys a well-rounded skill set and competent boat handling skills in a variety of conditions. He and Mark have sailed in many offshore races together and their combined complementary skill set has identified them as an exciting crew combination within the 3600’s fleet. Rohan has followed Mark’s short handed adventures around the world with great admiration and jumped at the chance to join him for the Osaka Cup 2018. The rest is history, with the partnership continuing to compete in next years SSANZ Round North Island 2023 race. Let the adventure continue – GO LUCKY.
BOAT BIO: Mister Lucky
Mister Lucky is a SunFast 36000 launched in the UK in March 2016 and since then has competed in the UK and Australia. Major races include the Yachting Monthly Triangle Race, Solo Fastnet Race, OSTAR, Sydney to Hobart Races and Melbourne to Osaka Race. Recently Mister Lucky finished 2nd in Brisbane to Hamilton 2 handed division IRC and ORCi. After this year’s Sydney to Hobart, Mister Lucky is going to NZ to compete in the SSANZ Two Handed Round North Island Race and to return via the Solo Trans-Tasman Race.
CO-SKIPPER: Alan Quéré
After sailing fully crew with my Young 11 for 15 years, I want to taste a new experience.
I bought Motorboat II with Vincent to sail short handed. If everything goes well, this race will be the start of a new journey for us.
CO-SKIPPER: Vincent Trinquet
I have been sailing since I was 9 years old. After sailing Optimist, Equipe and Laser, I raced in 7x Tour Voile (crewed regatta around France) in mumm 30. Sailing short handed is a very exciting new experience!
BOAT BIO: Motorboat II
Motorboat 2 is an Elliott 10.50 built in 1987. She has been constantly modified. In addition to have the best sound system in the fleet, we have now added some water ballast which is very useful when sailing short handed.
CO-SKIPPER: Marc Michel
Marc is a former professional yachtsman followed by career in the global marine industry before corporate life. Keen double handed yachtsman, Marc previously held the Chair of the Australian Shorthanded Sailing Assoc. He raced in the 1994 Yamaha Melbourne-Osaka getting a 3rd followed by being the first non-French crew to compete in the AG2R Trans-Atlantic race in 1994 in the Figaros.
CO-SKIPPER: Logan Fraser
Logan joined the RNZYS Youth Scheme as a teenager and raced with Kiwimatch Sailing Team spending several years competing in match racing and sailing regattas around the world including high profile offshore events and international race weeks. Logan had endless adventures cruising around the Hauraki Gulf with family and friends on the family Townsend 9m called Eshara. Logan purchased his first boat in his early 20’s, an Elliot 770 called Real Deal. Logan has since owned C U Later and now own the Niksen with Marc.
BOAT BIO: Niksen
Niksen is a Dehler30OD launched in May 2021 expressly for competing in short-handed racing and nicknamed “Panzerwagon” for its capabilities in a breeze. Since launch Niksen has competed in all SSANZ races with some great results including 2nd in the 2021 Three Kings Race. Epitomising modern design and with a very experienced crew Niksen is looking forward to the challenge of RNI
CO-SKIPPER: Guy Pilkington
Dave convinced me to compete in this edition of RNI. I have sailed on Playbuoy since 1990 with Roy Dickson. sailed off shore including Sydney/Hobarts, Auckland Noumea and Fiji.
Jane and I enjoy racing and cruising Playbuoy along with our four children. I was the RNZYS YTP coach for 12 years and now work for Harken.
CO-SKIPPER: David Whyman
The RNI is a chance to tick one off the bucket list. Having spent a big part of my life on a yacht somewhere doing something, this is an opportunity to join forces with another amazing kiwi bloke and one hell of a yachtie in Guy. Combined with an all time classic yacht, we can’t wait to hit the start line running. We are incredibly lucky to have the support of Four Square who is sponsoring our campaign, paying the bills and making sure we stay well fed and watered. Without our wives holding the home fort, we wouldn’t be able to make it to the start line.
BOAT BIO: Playbouy
Playbuoy is a Stewart 34. Originally designed by Bob Stewart in 1958.
Playbuoy was in 1983 by Export Yachts for Roy Dickson and launched in 1985.
She has been campaigned successfully by Roy. Jane and I Bought Playbuoy off Roy over 10 years ago.
Two years ago we added a Carbon Prod to be able to use a Code 0 and A2 to the sail inventory.
CO-SKIPPER: David Treguier
Having sailed and raced since he’s 6 in french Britanny, David moved to New Caledonia 5 years ago to work as a boat rigger David is fully committed in racing and own a beautiful Sydney 38,Poulpito.
He previously sailed a few big europeans races, such as Fastnet, Commodores cup, Middle Sea Race, Around Ireland and some other coastal races.
CO-SKIPPER: Sacchetti Tristan
Tristan has spent his entire life on a boat. He left the French West Indies at the age of 6 with his parents to discover the joys of cruising. After years of cruising, he settled down in New Caledonia at 15. The seafaring bug being anchored in his life, he set out again several times to discover Fiji, New Zealand, with his boat. With his new sail boat, a First 456, when is the next adventure trip?
BOAT BIO: Poulpito
Poulpito is a Sydney 38, usually sails in the Sydney harbour, some owners venture offshore with a boat not designed for that. In 2 handed it’s another challenge, a lot of modifications have been made in the last 3 years to become a general purpose boat for all kind of races.
CO-SKIPPER: Mark Edwards
I have been sailing all my life have done many races to the islands over the last 40 years 4 sydney hobarts 2 RNI 2 handed and 5 years away on Relapse cruising covering 17,ooo miles. I’m looking forward to do some more 2 handed races with my son Ash.
CO-SKIPPER: Ash Edwards
I’ve grown up cruising keel boats my whole life, my first big sailing adventure was with my mum, dad and younger brother when I was 6, for 6 months in Fiji on an Elliot 35 Carpe Diem. When we got back dad wanted to go further afield so he built our current boat, Relapse, a Young 50. We spent 4 years cruising the Pacific and South East Asia covering over 17,000 miles in the boat with just the 4 of us on board for the most part. While we were away I got into yacht racing so when we got back I joined the YTP and sailed on Wired as the mast man where I have now moved forward to mid bow. I’m now helming in my 3rd year of YTP and also thoroughly enjoying myself on my own Platu 25.
BOAT BIO: Relapse
Relapse is a Young 50 designed by Jim Young – built by her skipper Mark Edwards in Kumeu over 5 years as an after hours project. When she was launched she embarked on a 5 year family cruising adventure covering 17,000nm.
CO-SKIPPER: Josh Adams
The NZ coast is spectacular and I have enjoyed the Ocean around our coast, above and below for as long as I can remember. Sailing around the North Island presents a unique challenge at every turn and I am looking forward to third time around in a well prepared boat, now that we have somewhat learnt how to sail it.
CO-SKIPPER: Ryan Parkin
After 2 tours of the Round North Island Race the temptation is there to make the third lap even better. Development on Serena over the last 3 years should help with the relaxation levels. Sailed throughout the world on various machines, love the sport and the fun of it.
BOAT BIO: Serena
2005 built Thompson design, blueprint for the Stomp 38’s that followed. Has been in NZ for 3 years now playing in Auckland and coastal races. After completing in the RNI 3 years ago on arrival to NZ, boat has been refreshed and ready for another lap.
CO-SKIPPER: Ben Freedman
I never really planned to race the family caravan. We are probably the slowest boat in the fleet. But after a couple of seasons of cruising in Shimmer, discovering how capable she was and having sold the 100 year old mullet boat that my co skipper and I used to campaign we were up for a new challenge and SSANZ racing has turned out to be exactly what I was after.
We had an awesome time racing the Northern Triangle Race and even managed a division win, can’t wait to race our good mates on Playbouy around the North Island!
CO-SKIPPER: Reuben Cameron-Harker
Reuben Likes sailing up and down the coast on Townson yachts. Reuben and Ben campaigned their L class Mullet boat Valeria for the last decade along with a lot of Stewart 34 racing on the mighty Playbouy. Reuben Emma and Kiera sail a classic T 36 called Junita. The one time Junita has raced Shimmer Junita won.
BOAT BIO: Shimmer
Shimmer is a Des Townson designed Talent Mk2. A 1970s Kauri traditional gulf cruiser that I have modified for coastal racing.
We chopped off the skeg and built a Grey Dixon designed balanced rudder and a short fixed prod from which we can run a code zero and an A3 in addition to kites and jibs.
Shimmer is awesome upwind in any conditions but her party trick is heavy airs up wind especially in a choppy sea state (Not everyone’s favourite sailing).
The skid boats leave us for dead in fast reaching conditions so we are hoping for lots of upwind sailing on the RNI!
CO-SKIPPER: Chris Hitchings
Enjoy outdoors, and spending time with family
CO-SKIPPER: David May
Born into a family of sailors, I grew up on the water and learnt to sail at 8 years old in an opti. I now sail my own young 88 but am looking forward to this 2 handed adventure.
BOAT BIO: Simply Irresistible
New Zealand Design, Jim Young – Cruiser Racer Young 11.
CO-SKIPPER: Chris Dent
Grew up racing paper tigers, club racing in my Elliott 6.5, various regattas and coastal cruising on my father’s boat. Spent the next seven years sailing around the world on various superyachts covering 80,000nm covering the remote places on earth. I now have my own boat to play with and feel the pain of having to pay the bills….which my painfully less than average brother does not help with.
CO-SKIPPER: Richard Dent
Having a mid-life crisis so decided to do this race. Seemed like a good idea at the time… Otherwise just your average sailor more often seen sailing a Platu 25 on Tauranga Harbour. Doing the race with my younger brother. We have been known to argue when sailing together so if you hear lively disagreement on the water, the offenders are most likely two blokes who don’t look similar.
BOAT BIO: Simply the Best
Built back in 1993 when Tina Turner was in her prime, the aptly named Simply the best has had a few upgrades of past. With a fresh set of Evolution sails and carbon stick. Being a family cruiser, the large cockpit has had many party’s and many more to come. This is also the place where all the yelling and swearing goes down when things don’t go to plan.
CO-SKIPPER: Aaron Hume-Merry
Aaron’s a water soul through and through, and is completely at home out at sea. He brings years of dinghy sailing experience to the table, competing for NZ on the world stage across multiple classes. Originally hailing from Wellington, Aaron knows a thing or two about a stiff breeze and whether it’s born from his roots or from his passion for cycling, he loves his coffee!
CO-SKIPPER: Anna Merchant
Anna is bloody gutsy, self-motivated, and hands on – the perfect team mate for offshore yachting. With good awareness and a memory like an elephant, set-ups are a breeze for Anna, which means we can keep the hammer down! She’s had a tonne of experience with keelboats from a young age too which means she is right at home out on the water. A plus when you’re hundreds of miles offshore drenched and cold that’s for sure!
BOAT BIO: Southern Fun
At nearly 40yrs old, Southern Fun was built out of Christchurch back in 1983 by Ian Franklin. Designed by legendary designer Laurie Davidson, mastermind behind the AC classes of the 90’s Southern Fun was conceptualised as a Wednesday night racer. Governed by the old IOR rules of the time a highly capable GRP racer was born. She’s hard to miss with her bright red hull and although she’s a bit more of a ‘classic’ than her competition, she never shys away from a hard slog upwind, or a flat off run.
CO-SKIPPER: Harri Wren
Harri grew up in Auckland, sailing dinghies but found her niche on keelboats after completing the RNZYS YTP. Currently you’ll find her (not so) elegantly running around the bow of the Ker 40 Zephyrus for the Auckland racing circuit. She loves nailing a sail change – set ups and forward thinking are crucial skills she brings to the lap of the North Island. Right at home on the ocean, she loves getting into the rhythm of being at sea with nothing but the waves and the wind – plus some coffee and raspberry liquorice.
CO-SKIPPER: Peron Pearse
Peron grew up in Western Australia, sailing dinghies before moving to NZ for a gap year – and he’s still here 6 years later. When not working on Start Me Up, you’ll find Peron on the bow of the Melges 40 Clockwork or hooning on an 18 foot skiff. Peron has plenty of offshore miles, the highlight being the Groupama race on the previous BW37 Clockwork. Peron brings the motivation to keep the boat moving as fast as possible, but does have a habit of going off course if there are waves to chase.
BOAT BIO: Start Me Up
Start Me Up is a Ross 930. She may be one of the smaller boats in the fleet, but she can get up and going. The boat did the last edition of the RNI, and after purchasing her early 2022 she has had plenty of cruising and racing upgrades to prep for summer and the RNI. You will often spot her in a bay or racing around the Gulf.
CO-SKIPPER: Stephen Plank
Stephen started sailing as a teenager on family yachts and is a keen cruiser. This is our first RNI and especially excited about the passage down the west coast.
CO-SKIPPER: Myles Allan
Myles is a keen amateur sailor having taken up an interest in the Persian gulf in the 1990s, progressing to coastal classics and then the odd offshore adventure to the islands. As well as cruising around the Hauraki whenever the change presents. Im looking forward to the challenge that the RNI brings and further testing the strength of my relationship with my very good friend and skipper Steve Plank. When not sailing I do a bit of consulting work, parenting and husbanding to the lovely but long suffering Denise.Like most things in my life my sailing is a work in progress I doubt I’ll ever regard as complete. And that’s got to be a good thing.
BOAT BIO: SV Sweetwaters
SweetWaters is a 1986 Stevens (aka Hylas) 47. She has came from USA in 2014 and has since done multiple trips to Fiji and Vanuatu. At 20+ tons she is built for comfort and safety rather than speed.
CO-SKIPPER: Glen Trainor
Born and bred in West Auckland, my dad was a passionate seaman taking every opportunity to be on the water, take me with him from the age of three. I’ve sailed ever since. Thousands of sea miles, great people and good times. Living on Waiheke now, so the sea is only ever steps away.
Being the first boat to represent Waiheke boating club and Waiheke Island in the RNI who have given me great support is also gratifying. The RNI has been a goal for several years and I’m looking forward to finally competing in this event.
CO-SKIPPER: Jack Richardson
I have grown up on and around yachts, spending many a summer holiday or weekend cruising up and down the North Island’s northeast coast on my family’s Lidgard 34. I started to get into racing when I was about 10, first sailing in optimists and lasers, and then crewing for other yacht owners from Panmure and Bucklands Beach. I am a current member of SSANZ and compete in most events each year, with the Round North Island being the biggest challenge yet. Whether I’m out sailing or at work skippering ferries between Pine Harbour and Auckland I’m on the water 7 days and can’t get enough of it!
BOAT BIO: Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy is the first and original Ross 40 – a boat that was ahead of its time and one that has been constantly upgraded to keep up with the times. Urban Cowboy is a legend in the Auckland racing scene. A new Dibley keel was added to improve upwind performance and with a generous age allowance will be a contender in any offshore series or race.
CO-SKIPPER: Scott Fickling
Started sailing out of the Torbay sailing club in the late 1800’s.
Have compeated in a previous RNI but only made it to Napier (the wrong way) so keen to get the job done this time.
CO-SKIPPER: James Tucker
Learnt to sail in Windy Wellington. Have done a few races to the Pacific and raced a couple of Hobarts. Love a good rum.
BOAT BIO: Vixen
Vixen is a modified Class 40 from the design board of Guillaume Verdier, she was originally launched in 2008 as “ Desafio Cabo de Horno” and won the converted Global Ocean Race.
She was refitted and optimised (Carbon Developments and Dibley marine) in 2021 for the 2025 Melbourne Osaka race.
CO-SKIPPER: Sam Cremer
Sam spent his childhood on the water fizz boating. His transition to sailing, was through the RNZYS Learn to Sail program before purchasing Waka in 2018. Sam has mainly raced 2 handed including participating at the RNI 2020.
CO-SKIPPER: Brett Elliott
Brett sailed his whole life, lucky to tag along with his old man on all sorts of yachts growing up, including family cruising from a young age. He then started dinghy racing P Class, Starling followed by joining RNZYS Youth Scheme.
Sailing brought further opportunities: involved in the 2007 America’s Cup including B boat sailing, racing overseas on Farr 40 and RC44. Brett has now sailed 25000+ miles offshore deliveries and racing including Fiji races, Fastnet, Hobart. Amongst his achievements he counts 2x Coastal Classic records and the 60ft Monohull 24h record.
BOAT BIO: Waka
The mighty Waka was built in Nelson, NZ by Concept Marine in 2000 and shipped to the USA, starting life as a dry sailed regatta boat. In 2005, she was bought home to NZ and got optimised for the RNI 2008. In 2019, she underwent surgery in preparation for RNI 2020, including a Greg Elliott designed keel, water ballast, and interior comforts including a Logan Fraser designed Jetboil gimble. 2023 will be her 3rd lap around the North Island. She is mainly used for coastal and short-handed sailing.
CO-SKIPPER: Andrew Duff
Grew up sailing and racing around Banks Peninsular-Canterbury until I was 18 where I also owned my first 23ft keel boat before moving to Auckland to study boatbuilding. Needing to find a job this then lead to working and eventually running and operating charter fleets in Auckland, Bay of Islands and Tonga. I have now been fortunate to have sailed raced and cruised over 170,000nm since I was just a young fella in many exotic and (not so) parts of the world including numerous deliveries to and from the Pacific, 9 transatlantic’s, 1 transpacific, North,Baltic and Mediterranean Seas, 3 Rolex Swan Worlds, 2011 Rolex Middle Sea Race, SSANZ Triple Series and 2019 Enduro to name a few.
Currently running my own Marine business looking after and maintaining some pretty cool yachts in Auckland/Northland and abroad.
CO-SKIPPER: Chris Bassett
Not sailing! really wasn’t an option as a young Bassett….. Weekends were spent at the Sailing Club with my older siblings racing, and then any opportunity that dad could get would be filled with cruising on the Young 11 with the whole family. You could say we were born into it!
The passion has stuck with me, and I have continued the tradition of family cruising, enjoying as much time on my Y88 with my wife and kids as possible these days. Along with many miles logged racing, cruising, and delivering the mighty bus! Now with the old boy handing the keys over, I am excited to see what challenges and experience this race will bring.
I’m very excited about sharing the skipper roles with my mate, and co-skipper, Tiny, on a boat that is normally sailed by up to 15 crew members. We are both very mindful of the big shoes we must fill, especially after the stellar effort made by the boys successful two-handed RNI in 2020.
The pressure will be on to perform, as I can only imagine that Rob & Gus will be ready to give their “feedback” after each leg! haha.
BOAT BIO: Wired
Wired is canting keeler from the pen of Brett Bakewell White Yacht Design and built and launched by Lloyd Stevenson Boat builders in 2006. She was one of the first canting 50ft fleet to grace the waters of the south pacific, competing in local, coastal and offshore races for the past 16 years and is a regular competitor in SSANZ races including competing and winning all 4 legs on line in the 2020 edition of the RNI and SSANZ triple series in 2019. Sailed by owner’s son Chris (Bozz) and Andrew (Tiny) we have big shoes to fill to get a similar result to Rob & Angus in 2020 but are both excited for the event and will give it our all.
CO-SKIPPER: Bruce Gault
I have owned various yachts and enjoy the Two handed races. Looking forward to getting which way up to speed and competing in this event .
CO-SKIPPER: David Brooke
Short handed racing relatively new to me after many years sailing high performance yachts with big crews. Looking forward to this event.
BOAT BIO: Whichway
Whichway is a 16m sloop from the design board of Laurie Davidson. Launched in 1999 she has raced locally and offshore .
We have given her a major refit for this race and intend heading up to the Pacific islands for next winter.
Very much looking forward to RNI2023 with the challenge of getting around the course in good shape.
CO-SKIPPER: Tom Jackson
I began sailing at an early age, taught sailing and worked in a boatyard while in college. After service as a US Navy officer, I attended Cambridge University in England, where I began offshore sailing and met my wife Vicky, through racing with her father; we married in 1972. In 1978, we began living afloat, aboard a 31’ Kim Holman design and from 1981, aboard Sunstone, our 1965, varnished, S&S 39’ sloop. We lived afloat continuously until 2013. Sunstone proved competitive racing offshore under all rating rules, even against modern competition. She won her class in four of the eight Fastnet Races we completed with her. Sunstone was twice a member of the English team in the RORC Commodores’ Cup, the team winning in 1996. In 1997 I retired as Principal of Portsmouth College and Vicky retired as Assistant Dean of Faculty at Southampton Solent University. We sailed away to begin 150,000 miles of world cruising. We crossed the Atlantic twice and the Pacific Ocean six times, five of those between New Zealand and Alaska. Our six-year circumnavigation was eastward, past the five great southern capes, but also reaching 61’N and 57’S. We continued to race, competing in the Bermuda Race and winning our division in the Sydney-Hobart Race. We won the 2008 RNI and completed the 2012 RNZ. In 2015 we were awarded the CCA Blue Water Medal. In 2021 we sold Sunstone back to England and now cruise and race in Zest, our Craddock 36. When not cruising, we live in Nelson.
CO-SKIPPER: Vicky Jackson
I was born in Australia to British parents and grew up in England. I also grew up sailing in family boats, completing my first offshore race at 16. Tom and I became engaged during a cruise from Spain to England in my parents’ boat; we married in 1972.
In 1978, we began living afloat, initially aboard a 31’ Kim Holman design and then, from 1981, aboard Sunstone, our 1965, varnished, S&S 39’ sloop. We lived afloat continuously until 2013.
Despite being a ‘house-boat’, Sunstone proved competitive racing offshore under all rating rules, even against much more modern competition. She won the 1985 Channel Race overall and her class in four of the eight Fastnet Races, which we completed with her. Sunstone was twice a member of the English team in the RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) Commodores’ Cup, the team winning in 1996.
In 1997 Tom took early retirement as Principal of Portsmouth College and I retired as Assistant Dean of Faculty at Southampton Solent University. Two weeks later we sailed away from the UK to begin 150,000 miles of world cruising. We crossed the Atlantic twice and the Pacific Ocean six times, five of those between New Zealand and Alaska. Our six-year circumnavigation was eastward, past the five great southern capes, but also reaching 61’N and 57’S. During our cruising we continued to race, competing in the Bermuda Race and winning our divisions in the Sydney-Hobart Race and Swiftsure (Canada). Since moving to New Zealand in 2007 we won the 2008 Two-Handed Round North Island Race and completed the 2012 Two-Handed Round New Zealand Race. In 2015 we were awarded the CCA (Cruising Club of America) Blue Water Medal.
In 2021 we sold Sunstone back to England and now cruise and race in Zest, our Craddock 36. When not cruising, we live in Nelson.
BOAT BIO: Zest
Zest was designed by Peter Craddock as a 36′ fast cruiser. She is strip-planked cedar, glassed in and out with a full cruising interior. Since we bought her in 2019 we have cruised her round the North Island and down to Stewart Island. We have also adapted her sails and deck gear for short-handed racing.