|Swuzzlebubble III on launching day at Westhaven, Auckland, December 1980 (Gibbs Family Collection)|
|Interior photo of galley area (Gibbs Family Collection)|
The Swuzzlebubble III campaign got off to a shaky start, however, when her Stearn (US) mast was delayed by a week and failed to arrive in time for launching day, and it later broke during windy conditions off Channel Island during the preliminary observation trials. A new section had to be flown in from the US which was sleeved locally. The mast was a bendy fractional set up, with triple in-line spreaders and sailed with a North wardrobe, including the new-style vertical cut headsails developed by Tom Schnackenburg.
|Downwind during the 1981 NZ trials|
|NZ Admirals Cup trials 1981 - Swuzzlebubble III, Spritzer and Feltex Roperunner (Gibbs Family Collection)|
Swuzzlebubble III went on to have an excellent series in the 1981 Admirals Cup, finishing with a flourish in the Fastnet Race finale to leap from seventh place to first overall on 315 points, just one point ahead of the English yacht, Peter de Savary's Victory of Burnham. This was, however, the only bright spot of an otherwise disappointing New Zealand team performance, with Wee Willie Winkie finishing in 25th place, and Inca even further back in 42nd.
Swuzzlebubble III was sold overseas and is presently for sale in Italy (refer photos below). She still looks to be in very good condition, and includes a more cruising-oriented interior.
|Swuzzlebubble III slides downwind during one of the offshore races in the 1981 New Zealand Admiral's Cup trials (photo P Montgomery/Sail-world)|
|Swuzzlebubble III leads Monique (middle) and Epiglass NZ (left) in fresh downwind conditions during the New Zealand Admiral's Cup trials (photo NZ Yachting/Sail-world)|
|Swuzzlebubble III in a strong position ahead of a pack of bigger boats during the 1981 Admiral's Cup|
|Swuzzlebubble III as seen recently for sale|