|The fast and clean stern sections of Ceramco|
|The Ceramco half-model published on www.demi-coques.fr|
|Ceramco during initial sailing trials (photo Auckland Star/Sea Spray)|
|Ceramco makes a foray into the Southern Ocean on her way back to New Zealand after the Sydney-Hobart Race (photo Lidgard Sails)|
|Ceramco enters the Marlborough Sounds in the South Island as part of her New Zealand tour following her victory in the Sydney-Hobart race|
Ceramco's initial shake down was the 1980 Sydney-Hobart race, which she won. As further preparation for the 1981-82 Whitbread, she contested the Seahorse Maxi series sailed on the English Solent. While off the pace in the light, she gave a good account of herself on reaching legs and in any breeze.
|Ceramco New Zealand during the 1981 Seahorse Maxi series in the English Channel (photo Seahorse magazine)|
Although a strong favourite for the Whitbread itself, her dismasting on the first leg to Cape Town put paid to any chance of overall victory. But her finish of the first leg under jury rig was a feat of seamanship and perseverance in itself, and the design philosophy of the yacht was vindicated when she went on to win the next leg to Auckland, with a sixth in the second leg and another win on the leg to Portsmouth. Ceramco finished the Whitbread in 11th place overall.
|Ceramco nears Cape Town towards the end of her epic 4,000 mile journey under jury rig|
|Ceramco sails triumphantly into Auckland Harbour in the next leg, second on line and first on corrected time|
The official film of the 1981-82 race is here:
Ceramco was sold to a Californian surgeon after the Whitbread race, and was based for a decade at Marina del Rey in Los Angeles. Its sparse racing interior was refitted by the owner for cruising, who renamed her Winterhawk and raced her with a professional crew for 20 years, first out of California and later from Newport, Rhode Island.
|Winterhawk during the 1984 Clipper Cup (photo John Malitte/Sea Spray)|
|Ceramco sailing in the 2013 Rolex Big Boat Series (photo Ingrid Abery)|
|Another photo of Ceramco during the 2013 Rolex series|
|Ceramco in Florida awaiting sale to a new owner, 2015 (GSA Auctions website)|
Update (March 2018): Information received in late March 2018 is that Ceramco appears to have been saved, and is on her way downunder, with a stop in Tahiti before sailing onwards to Bundaberg, Australia.