|Southern Raider during the 1982 Southern Cup trials (J Malitte)|
Southern Raider was a member of the New Zealand team for the 1981 Southern Cross Cup, joining the Farr design Feltex Roperunner and the S&S Ngaruru, but their performance underscored something of a demise in New Zealand's offshore prowess at the time, with the team finishing sixth overall. The team's effort was not helped by Southern Raider's retirement on the first night of the Sydney-Hobart race following structural problems.
|Celebrating their trials result (D Christie Collection)|
The yacht joined the Lidgard 40s Dictator and Defiance in New Zealand's 'small boat' Green team. All three yachts were designed and moded for lighter airs than perhaps would be expected in Hawaii, but the signs looked promising when Southern Raider won the Sauza Cup warm-up regatta by one point from another Davidson design Sweet Caroline (Australia).
|Well reefed during the gale-afflicted 1982 Clipper Cup series, with US yacht Checkmate heading off downwind (photo J Malitte)|
|Southern Raider on a fast reach (photo A Sefton)|
|Southern Raider during the 1982 Clipper Cup series (photo J Malitte)|
|Southern Raider leaving New Zealand for the last time at the start of the 1983 Auckland to Suva race (7 May 1983)|
|The moment of impact between Southern Raider and the rescue ship which trapped one of the crewmembers (photo RNZAF Orion)|
|The last photo of Southern Raider - abandoned and sinking by the bow (photo RNZAF Orion)|