Friday, 4 March 2016
Yachting or a Disease of Overabundance.
And yachting was largely harbour sailing for me, except the times when I was allowed to take my board and sail to sea and had a whole empty ocean at times to play on, and yes, very alone. But as marriage and my myriad of sporting leisure's applied pressure and it was sailing that disappeared. But I remained a very keen follower of televised competition, and then I started to take note of other events, notably Olympic sailing and local(Auckland) harbour events. The skiff above was the start for me seeing the change of technology, and around the same time a lot of other classes changed shape/direction in build and performance.
But first a bit about going back in the past. Left pic is a standard weekend sailors cruising yacht. Many used for weekend sailing club regattas and coastal races. Very amateurish but superb. Before the year 2000ish, these were the standard shape and rigging and sizes the only differentiation. In fact around 2000 high end performance yachts changed, be them distance racers, regatta's or individual solo yachts. The poor mans high performance yachts stayed basically the same, the upper echelon are now stellar.
But it also begs a question. Eventually the dearth of these speed machines will mean a wider base of technology to those other than high performance sailors. Is there room for that many racing machines in harbour regattas given their pedigree?
Here are a series of "Yachts" that show how our marine fleet are developing. They are yachts but many sailors would call them super-yachts or luxury boats.