Design Ross 10.66
Sail Number  6883
Length overall  10.60m
Length waterline  10.0m
Beam  3.8m
Draft  2.7m
About the boat: Higher Ground is a Ross 10.66 designed by Murray Ross and built by Robertson in 1990 that has had two major birthdays, in 2000 & 2015. These days Higher Ground has a carbon rig and moveable water ballast. In the 2020 RNI Higher Ground will be skippered by Bruce Curson & Nick Olson. You can expect Higher Ground to be pushing hard to take advantage of whatever breeze is on the course through the use of PredictWind and chasing a good send in what will be a competitive division! Keep an eye of for Higher Ground on the course with her smart grey paintjob.
Home base Westhaven
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Name Bruce Curson
Yacht Club Wakatere Boating Club
Tell us a little about your sailing history/ background Sailed a mix of dinghies and keelboats from age 12 culminating in a 49er campaign in the late ’90s. Took a hiatus from sailing for a few years for travel and starting a family then got back into a bit of social racing and cruising, most recently in a WASZP and the family cruising cat.
What will your meals be like during the race? Military rations
What’s your favourite point of sail and why? Broad reaching in a bit of puff. Love a bit of speed and Higher Ground delivers in spades when its fresh.
What do you like most about the boat you are sailing on? The rudder and the water ballast. Always hangs on longer than you’d expect.
Will you be taking any luxury items on the race? – If so, what is it and why? Memory foam cushions and bean bags. You can guess why.
What’s most exciting/challenging about this race for you? Getting to the start line is proving to be a bit of a challenge.


Name Nick Olson
Age 43
Relationship to Co – Skipper Friends from the olden days
Yacht Club Manly Sailing Club
Tell us a little about your sailing history/ background Started sailing in Wellington at the age of 6, did Optis P’s, youth classes and campaigned a 49er then got old and had kids. Currently sail a waszp and a Sunburst with the kids.
What appeals most about doing the RNI The challenge and adventure, seeing places I’ve not been before.
What will your meals be like during the race? Probably military rations we have limited facilities on-board
What’s your favourite point of sail and why? Running deep, cos the boat likes it.
Describe your skipper/co-skipper in 5 words Reserved, silent type.
Tell us about the training and buildup that you have been doing for this race both on and off the water? Getting woken up by one of the 5 kids in the house every night especially our 2.5 year old is great sleep deprivation conditioning.
What’s your favourite drink and why? Beer/Rum and wine, not all together, why not?
What’s your biggest fear when you think about the RNI? Falling off the boat.
It’s the night before the big race – how do you get your head in the game? Do a bit of casual weather routing.