Who are we talking about?
We are currently building 3 boats,
with another 3 potential boats later in the year.
We have a pretty big team, with the 3 owners and assorted
helpers and crews.
David is the designer of these boats,
and is also working on the construction. He is a full time student
completing a Phd in Mechanical Engineering at the University
of Auckland. His thesis is on "The modelling and identification
of friction in mechanical systems".
David owned his first Javelin when he
was 14, but had a break for a few years and brought his current
boat 2 years ago.
Pete has been sailing Javelins for about
3 years now, previously sailing Lasers and other stupid boats.
Pete placed third in the 2000 NZ Javelin Nationals. He owns a
boat built to the Spencer Mk IV design, which he is currently
modifying after chopping the back 1/2 off with a skillsaw to
form a Precey special...
Pete was a boatbuilder in his past,
so will be providing a bit of technical advice, and will be popping
around to help when he has his own boat 14 feet long again.
Rob brought his first Javelin for $500
as a poor university student and sailed on the mighty Manawatu
River. Later upon joining the Navy he purchased "Night Nurse"
which he has owned for the last 6 years.
Rob is a Software Engineer working for
Motherwell Information Systems. His tool of choice for boatbuilding
is an Angle Grinder, the skill saw being a close second. Has
not built a boat before, but has repaired plenty. Rob is the
unofficial record holder for breaking the most Javelin Masts,
at last count around 7 or 8 masts.
He is the current Auckland Javelin Squadron
commodore and also gets to play with the Web Site.
Aside from the Moeraki Boulders Photo,
Grant is a very reserved, and discrete young gentleman, and has
never done a foolish thing in his life. Has been sailing with
Rob for about 2 years now in the position of "pointy end
regional manager". Grant likes coffee, lots of it, I mean
Grant was a crew on the NZ Champion
18 foot skiff, and has played around on most forms of racing
yacht in his time. Has built quite a few boats, including an
18ft skiff, and 21ft Mini-Transat Single hander which he is still
Definitely a lot of fun to have crewing
on the boat, and creator of the infamous "Flying Macduff"
boat destruction manouvere. Grant is the "Head Cheese"
at MacDuff Industries, the place to go for Anchors, Chain, Mooring
Bouys and a good chat.
Graham has been campaigning a 12ft skiff
until recently re-discovering the Javelin. Graham has built a
strip planked Cedar Javelin, as well as a number of 12ft skiffs.
He is a mad keen land-yachty racing down the Ohope Beach.
Graham works for Wormald doing electrical
tricky stuff, and in his spare time runs a hire business out
of Ohope, and coaching juniors at the Whakatane yacht club.
Has had his faith in young people seriously
eroded by "Alex the Baby faced assassin" after developing
a "flip top foot" during the 2000 Nationals in Otago.
David has recently rebuilt the "Tupperware
Taxi" after inheriting it from his step father. Unfortunately
the Tupperware Taxi is no more having been patched up beyond
repair at the 1998/1999 Taupo Nationals, David has brought a
second hand boat in the interim as he goes about working on a
David works for the Kiwi Dairy Company
in Hawera, and still does most of his sailing in the Manawatu
/ Horowhenua region. David has built a Phoenix (or two) in Plywood
in the past so will be adding lots of good input to the project.
David and Rob grew up sailing together
at the Manawatu Sailing Club in Optimists and P-Class.
Christina is Rob's girlfriend and is
definitely a linch-pin in the project. Anyone that would put
up with a boatbuilding workshop in their garage has got to be
a crucial team member.
A good sport who always has a go, Christina
has helmed the mighty "Night Nurse" and gone for a
Trapeze just to see what all the fuss is about. Christina is
best known for looking after the boys stomachs by arranging for
big feeds of Fish and Chips to dilute the effects of serious
after match entertainment.
And she drinks "Speights"...