by New Zealand Marine Artist Jim Bolland
It’s very nearly April but today it sure feels like mid summer at 24 degrees celcius, rather than the official period of Autumn (or as you refer to it in the US, fall).
On the sailing front, we’ve continued our affair with 60 foot ocean greyhounds, with the arrival of the Sol Oceans pathfinder ‘BOSTIK’ on Thursday 6th of March. Charles Caudrelier and Liz Wardley had experienced some healthy doses of Southern Ocean conditions but they arrived in good spirits and full of praise for the first of a long line of one design yachts due to start competing in a bi-annual race, the first of which starts in France on Sunday October 25 2009.
‘BOSTIK’ was due to leave Wellington later in March and continue with her pathfinder cruise of the proposed course but a previous un-planned stop in Cape Town, South Africa had eaten into the timetable. Information regarding icebergs well North near Cape Horn, forced the decision to cancel the second leg to France.
For the complete article, including discussions on ‘Bostik’, the TP-52 class, 'AudiQ8', 'Ragtime' and more, click here.
Visit Jim's website to see his paintings of the America's Cup as well as Commissioned works he has painted.