Why has Golden Pond got 3 people onboard ?
13 Jul 2012
Gareth Cooke approached SSANZ before the series with the idea of including a competitor of the B&G Simrad Series in a article/video. This article is one of a series whose theme is "Weekend Warriors - salt in their veins" there will also be a short video.
SSANZ immediately said yes then tried to work out how as Gareth wanted to hop onboard a boat for Race 1. We didn't want to make a big performance impact so this eliminated the smallest boats. The series isn't about the fastest boats either. Finally we had the complication of the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions having already been published and entries received, so to be fair we needed to select a division where EVERY skipper agreed that one boat could sail the first race with one extra person who was solely there to video and take pictures.
At this point the Hanse fleet came to mind. A quick call to Tony Newmarch (fleet coordinator and Hanse salesman) and it was all arranged. The skippers were persuaded with the positive effect it would have for promotion of Hanse's and the SSANZ B&G Simrad Series
Look forward to seeing a video and article on www.stuff.co.nz and also an article in Boating New Zealand.