The first 12m offshore race boat designed by Rob Shaw, build by Craig Partridge Yachts.

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).

Length: 12m / Sailing Displ: 4.1T (8 crew) / Empty Displ 3.6T / Draft: 3m / Keel Cant Angle: 50° / RM (max): 7,687 kg/m / Mast: 19.8m
Fixed prod: 1m / Retractable prod: 2.5m / SA up: 110m2, down: 268m2

Sail Number: 110011 / VHF Call Sign: ZMU2211
More details, interior pics, plans at bottom of page.

Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

Race Results

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

7 July 2013

Last pre-launch visit -- 6 July

This would be the last time to visit Craig Partridge Yachts before the launch.  Next time we see the boat, she'll be about to touch water in Wellington.  

It's been really good to visit Kerikeri, each trip is like a brief, intense micro-holiday, and it's always good to catch up with Craig and progress.  While it's hard to think of a more geographically inconvenient boatbuilder when you're based in Wellington, Craig and his team are awesome so there is no question it's being built incredibly well with no small amount of talent and care that the result is great.   I always feel like I'd like to be able to spend more time there.  On this visit I remembered to look at most of the progress, but there was so much going on that I completely forgot to see the keel and bulb... however, lots to look at...  

The deck and cabintop was being prepared for painting later that day so most of the pics are from inside.  First up, electronics are going in, these are just behind the aft bulkhead.

Behind the switch panel, connections are getting set up

With the interior paint finished, and everything now able to be fitted/mounted inside, the interior surfaces are covered in parts.  
Here's the bit that has makes Vesna grin every time she opens it -- the drawer in the galley has a glorious soft-close mechanism

I was able to tear her away from opening and closing the drawer for a few seconds to get a picture of her near the carbon twill 'feature wall'.  The retractable prod is so long that it extends into the front of the saloon.. not ideal, but an extra something to hang on to, and a very small price to pay for going fast and grinning a lot.
Heads with sink and shower/tap fitting

A few out-of-the-boat pics.  First the keel retention bolt... the yard guys have a different name for it, vaguely to do with retention, but not repeatable in polite company.

Here's the retracting prod, made at C-tech in Auckland.  It's currently 4.7m long, but most of that stays inside the fixed prod and front of the boat.  Apparently it needs to be quite strong.  Glamorous assistants: Dave Roberts and Rob.


And lastly, from the Department of Strangely Compelling:  I had a go at using photosynth to make some panoramas.  There was lots going on with sorting out electronics and having to get out of the way for painting prep, so I didn't spend lots of time on them (and it shows) but they are still pretty interesting ...

Cockpit :

Saloon, from just in front of mast

Interior from bottom of companionway steps.  That's Bob Evans, electrician, sitting in the companionway.

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