|Epiglass New Zealand competing in the New Zealand Admiral's Cup trials in 1981 (photo John Malitte/Sea Spray)|
|Epiglass New Zealand slides downwind to Westhaven, skipper Brentnall checks the opposition behind|
The New Zealand team put in an uneven and inconsistent performance to finish fifth overall, with the Cup going to the British team. While Swuzzlebubble III put in an impressive display to finish as top individual yacht in the series, Wee Willie Winkie had a disappointing regatta, finishing 25th overall.
|Wee Willie Winkie at the 1981 Admiral's Cup|
With Neville Crichton looking for team-mates for his Frers 43 Shockwave for a New Zealand challenge for the 1983 Admiral's Cup, Wee Willie Winkie was chartered by Ian Gibbs and renamed Swuzzlebubble IV. The team was completed with the addition of the French yacht Lady Be, chartered by Peter Blake. Although under charter, hopes were high for a solid placing by Swuzzlebubble IV given her pedigree and because she was sailed by the same crew that had taken Swuzzlebubble III to overall honours in 1981.
|Swuzzlebubble IV being prepared for racing before the start of the 1983 Admiral's Cup (photo One Ton Facebook page)|
|Swuzzlebubble IV during the 1983 Admiral's Cup, reaching to weather of French yachts Ossian and Passion (photo NZ Yachting/Sail-world)|
|About to cross behind Pro-motion (NED) and Black Topic (GBR) during the Channel Race (photo J Eastland/Sea Spray)|
|Swuzzlebubble IV sails downwind to 29th place in the second race of the 1983 Admiral's Cup (photo J Eastland/Sea Spray)|
|Swuzzlebubble IV crosses behind Locura (USA) and Bondi Tram (AUS) (photo Gibbs Family Collection)|