Such challenges included the need to place her 12hp engine not just for'ard of the mast, but actually in the bow. This provided sufficient bow down trim to gain a critical rating benefit, but as can be imagined it made the boat particularly cranky downwind.
|Howzat on launching day, Westhaven Auckland (photo Allen Walbridge Collection)|
|Profile drawing of Howzat (courtesy demi-coques website)|
|Howzat during the 1977-78 season (photo Allen Walbridge Collection)|
|Howzat alongside the Paul brothers' Farcical off the now-demolished Hobson Bay dinghy lockers sometime in the late 1970s (photo Allen Walbridge collection)|
|Mast reinforcements after withdrawing from the Tonga Race 1978|
She nearly made the Southern Cross Cup team in 1979, but after leading the series she was forced to withdraw from the final race after failing to find Groper Rock in fading light, big seas and high winds, and finished the series in fourth place overall.
|Above and below - Howzat has been part of the racing scene in Tauranga before being recently transported back to Auckland|
Walbridge has recently found his former charge in Tauranga and she has just been transported back to Auckland for a full refit. This will include repainting the yacht in her original colour scheme, and the fitting of a new keel and rig, in a similar manner to her earlier sistership Candu II. I will be following Howzat's refit with interest and will post updates on her progress here.
|Howzat on arrival at the Okahu Bay boatyard, August 2013 (photo Heath Walbridge)|
|Later in August, the keel and rudder are off, the skeg has been cut out and the hull has been stripped back (photo RB Sailing)|