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Bugger!

The Auckland chop caught Rodney and the team out on Wednesday Night. Looks like they were hankering after the old mono hull days as Ninja's mast became her keel.

 

Ninja Upsidedown

The conditions were not good with a 33 knot Westerly at Bean Rock and a 3.4 mtr tide coming up the harbour creating that nasty Auckland wind against tide chop.

 

Rodney reports that the bows were already under as a gust hit taking them over in a spectacular AC54 style pitchpole just past Princess Wharf. Punters on the wharf and the ferrys looked on in awe as their very own Americas Cup style racing unfolding right on their doorstep.

 

Ninja Getting A Tow

Katie O'Reilly was on her way home and saw all the action "Quite a drama and those guys must've been freezing in the water during the time it took them to right it, but I saw they were very well outfitted. I just thought the guys might like to see this event from a dry perspective."

 

Ninja Up The Mast

The forward planning is to be praised as all were wearing lifejackets, helmets and good wet weather gear. The one thing missing was the inflatable capsize capsule at the top of the mast as it is going through a redesign. Had it been there she could have continued with the race as she would not have inverted.  What you see on the picture is a fender.

 

Ninja Sail Coming Down

 

Team spirits were good with all the crew making it to the pontoon party for a well deserved beer.

 

Ninja is a big beach cat and is likewise designed to be retrievable too. This is why there was only minor damage to the main sail although next time the dagger boards will be secured to the boat. 

 

Ninja Above1

If anyone does happen to come across a nice carbon daggerboard drifting in the harbour please get in touch with us!

 

Thanks to Katie for the pictures.

 

Clive.

First Pier Party of the Summer

Today, 14th November after Squadron Wednesday night racing. 

NZMYC Pier Party/BBQ. Westhaven UVX pier (where the dinghys are) from 7pm onward.

Come down for a beer and sausage and check out the new launches: the Ninja and Agir which will be on hand. Possibly the extreme 40, XL will also make it. BYO beer/rum and something to BBQ.  Snarlers served by Matthew Flynn if you are early.