Design 65 was a big Half Tonner, with 380mm more length, 200mm more beam and a rig nearly a metre taller than Farr's previous Half Ton design, the Farr 920. This design was 110kg heavier, but benefitted from cleaner hull lines in the stern area, and these yachts still look fast even today. Although it was often beneficial to place the engine for'ard of the mast on light displacement yachts of this size for rating purposes, Farr opted to place the engine in the centre of the boat in order to optimise the design for better performance in the big waves expected in Sydney.
|Engine placement and driveshaft (Peter Morton photo)|
|Above and below - 1977 Half Ton Cup trials (J Malitte)|
The finish of the fourth race was even closer, with Waverider winning by only 11 seconds from Gunboat Rangiriri and Swuzzlebubble, who dead-heated for second. In the 260 mile final ocean race, Gunboat Rangiriri and Swuzzlebubble tussled between themselves for the lead after Waverider retired with a broken rudder. It was a long race, but incredibly Swuzzlebubble led Gunboat Rangiriri home by just 32 seconds, which gave her the overall series win.
|Gunboat Rangiriri being loaded aboard a ship to Sydney (J Malitte)|
|Gunboat Rangiriri slides downwind in the 1977 Half Ton Cup|
|Interior photo, centrecase still evident (Peter Morton)|
The yacht is now located in Italy and is maintained in near original condition by her current owner Claudio Massucci. She races in the Italian Half Ton Cup series held each June, and has a recent IRC rating of 0.945.
|Gunboat Rangiriri - still sporting her original livery, seen here in Italy (Peter Morton photo)|
Competing in the Italian Half Ton series (courtesy Claudio Massucci)