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).

These numbers are from before the extra 90kg added to bulb in 2019
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
Race record 2018 Catherine Cove 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,
Brothers Islands Race 2017, Catherine Cove Race 2018, Wellington-Lyttleton 2018

11 February 2014

Exciting Racing

Blink has covered just over a third of the way to Wellington (200 odd miles) according to the rhumb line but we know that with a southerly, there are more miles than just over 500 and the rhumb line is a bit of a moot point!  We are all glued to the tracker with hourly updates.  All credit to SSANZ and YellowBrick for having the trackers on board keeping the boys safe and also providing friends, family and colleagues with updates of their trip to Wellington.

As I flew back to Wellington, plane cam reported the sea state just like the forecast - a south westerly looking swell.  A usual welcome home to Wellington northerly blowing on arrival causing a bit of confusion by yours truly given southerly forecast and the plane landing to the north. I figured the pilots had it right and I should stop worrying.

Blink is doing well upwind with 9-10 knots reported boat speed from the trackers fitting with what we know she is capable of and is doing.

Sarah Ell (Mrs Shaw) is updating Shaw Yacht Design's Facebook page see:

and also see the updated version of Shaw Yacht's own website:

A good little article is also on Sailing Anarchy's front page...

And thanks Dean of RPNYC for posting an article as well on the club website:

At this rate, I'm thinking that the boys will be in on Thursday sometime.

Go Blink!


  1. Michelle Berriman11 February 2014 at 21:00

    Loving the tracker and the blog :)

    Go team Blink ! (and Vesna your doing a marvelous job of ground support/reporter ! )