Design 136 was pitched to excel in the lumpy and windy Australian and New Zealand conditions, with less sail area and more length than boats intended for Northern Hemisphere racing, but it went on to do well everywhere. The boat was considered to be extremely stiff, with small straightforward trapezoidal keels. The design proved a phenomenal performer upwind, and in their day were fast reaching and OK running.
|Pacific Sundance during the 1983 Southern Cross Cup trials (photo Diana Littler/Sea Spray)|
As noted in an earlier post on Geronimo, the three yachts all benefited from the one-design nature of their tuning programme, and were able to edge out the only other real threat in the Hitachi-sponsored trials, from Neville Crichton's Frers 43 Shockwave. Pacific Sundance was the top performer, and Geronimo and Exador finished second equal, and thus the New Zealand team for the Southern Cross Cup in 1983 was comprised of three Farr One Tonners.
|Spinnaker hoist at a top mark during the 1983 Southern Cross Cup series (above and below)|
|Pacific Sundance heads off on a reaching leg, team-mate Geronimo behind and approaching the top mark|
|Pacific Sundance leads team-mate Geronimo during the 1983 Southern Cross Cup (photo Diana Littler/Sea Spray)|
Geronimo and Exador finished the series in second and fourth place overall, cementing a solid win by the New Zealand team, by a massive 100 points over second-placed New South Wales. This was an even more dominant performance than 1977, and on a par with New Zealand's first win in 1971.
|Pacific Sundance sails on a flat run during the 1983 Southern Cross Cup series|
|Pacific Sundance during the 1984 Clipper Cup (photo John Mallitte/Sea Spray)|
|Pacific Sundance on a reaching leg during the 1984 Clipper Cup (photo NZ Yachting)|
|Pacific Sundance works her way upwind during the 1984 Clipper Cup|
|Sundance (as she was known for a while) during the 1986 San Francisco Big Boat Series|
|Pacific Sundance in a broach during the windy conditions of the 1988 One Ton Cup in San Francisco|
Pacific Sundance now races actively in Auckland, and featured in the 2013 Three Kings offshore classic and competed in the 2015 One Ton Revisited regatta in Auckland.
|Pacific Sundance during a RNZYS winter series race in May 2014 (photo Ginger Photography)|
|Pacific Sundance finishing the 25 November 2016 White Island Race (photo Suellen Hurling)|