I found this photograph on the Zephyr Instagram site. I (on the left) am talking to a fellow Zepherite on the beach at Manly (A beach on the Whangaparoa Peninsula slightly north of Auckland New Zealand) while my yellow Zephyr 'Slipstream' looks on - on the occasion of the 2021 National contest.
This comment from the Instagram site sums up the spirit of sailing a Zephyr - and I say amen to all this:
Next month I head south again to Worser Bay Wellington for the 2022 National Zephyr Championships. I hope to improve on my placings at the other two Nationals I have raced in (60th Worser Bay 2018 and 46th Manly 2021). At 70 years of age a placing in the top half of the fleet will be very pleasing indeed.
What the weather will be like at this years Nationals in Wellington is anybodies guess - but one thing we all know in New Zealand is that if it blows in Wellington - it BLOWS!
So shipmates I'll soon be hitching up the mellow yellow Slippy and heading south - can't wait.
Call me strange but I'd much rather be the guy doing well in the $4k old boat that I'd restored and ahead of the $25k newbie - double win
My thoughts entirely Max, but like magpies we are attracted to new shiny things and the $25k boat is rather sexy. But no! I shall stay strong and financially solvent.
What Max said as well - there is something inherently contrary that appeals about doing well in older/cheaper kit.. :o) Break a leg in the racing, and fair winds...
Thanks Steve - unfortunately because of Covid the Nationals have been cancelled until next year - see more recent postings.
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