Dean's Blog

Happy Easter


Hope everyone had a great Easter break and enjoyed the fantastic weather.

We were very fortunate to take delivery of our new Southern Pacific inflatable on Thursday and get the chance to give it a good run over the Easter break.  We have purchased a Comrant 550 which we intend to use primarily for family water sports and the odd bit of bad fishing.  We have put a 90hp Suzuki on it.

With the age of the kids it is nice to have a boat which is easily managed with two people, and good enough to tow biscuits, wakeboards, waterskis etc to keep everyone entertained.  With the Suzuki engine and two adults we topped out at just over 40 knots which is plenty quick enough!!  The engine was incredibly quiet and very eficent with the four days of boating we had.  The boat was also very smooth riding in the small chop we encountered.

Dean's Cormorant 550

The plan is to have the boat at the Boat Show in May, and there are several nice features which makes the boat very practical for family boating.  Hope you have time to come and check it out.

A big thanks to Blair, Luke and the Team at SPI for getting the boat finished in time for Easter.


This is my first blog for quite some time.  In fact since September last year when I was still a part of Team NZ racing in Istanbul for the Extreme Sailing Series.  It is fair to say there has been a fiar bit that has happened since then, most of which has been incredibly disappointing.

But for the past two weeks I have been back doing what I love and that is racing.  I was very fortunate to join a Russian RC44 team, Team Nika, to compete in the first event of the 2015 series.  We raced in Malta which was the first time that I had been there, and a very interesting place.

It was very refreshing to get back out on the water having not raced the RC44's since 2009, and not really raced monohulls much since 2010.  Certainly pretty rusty at times and the boats do not quite have the top end performance of the AC72's!!

The RC44 racing is broken up into two parts.  Match racing on day 1, and then 4 days of fleet racing.  We ended up tied for first (2nd on countback) in the match race, and then 2nd in the fleet race so in the end it was a satisfying way to start the series.  As always it felt like we left a number of points out on the course, but I am sure everyone feels the same way.

Plenty of things to improve for the next event which is in June in Porto Cervo, and nice to be back out and enjoying some good racing again.

All for now


Today was another tough day. Great conditions with 18-23 kts and plenty of action. The race course in Istanbul was really open and allowed the opportunity for some big gains and losses. 

Today we knew if we put a solid day together we would have a chance to win the event. Going into the final double points race we were 6 behind The Wave and 12 ahead of Alinghi. We sailed a really strong race and pulled out a win. Knowing The Wave needed to be three boats behind us we were watching to see where they were. In the end they finished mid fleet. 

It is a great feeling to bounce back after the disappointing result in Cardiff. We debriefed hard and I think the result made you realise how hard you need to work to do well. 

The guys all did a great job on board all week and it felt like we made good gains in our performance. 

On the plane now heading home


Another really tight and action packed day on the water in Istanbul, and at the close of play we find ourselves 2 points out of the lead with a day to go.

It was a really cool day yesterday as we did a race down the Bosphorus early morning.  This is supposedly the busiest shipping channel in the World, is very narrow, and amazing architecture on both sides of the channel.

The afternoon was another three hours of stadium racing and again plenty happening.  We managed another good solid day, although as always there are little mistakes which cost a few points here and there.  

Today the plan will be another good solid day, try and avoid the little mistakes and see how the day finishes up.  With eight races to be sailed including a double point final race, there is still plenty of opportunity for gains and losses


Today was our second day of racing at the Extreme Sailing Series event in Istanbul.  the first two days have been very difficult sailing conditions with big vaiations in wind speed and large shifts.  The racing certainly keeps you on your toes with some big gains and losses.

After the disappointment of Cardiff where we failed to get going, at the halfway point in this event we are in 2nd place 3 points out of the lead.  With the venue being quite hard to read there is plenty of opportunity for things to change around so we need to keep pushing hard for some good results.

Forecast for tomorrow is for more of the same so we will be looking for another good solid day

All for now


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