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Scrutineering at the Targa

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Targa SuitsToday was scrutineering for the Targa which starts in the morning (Thursday).  It was hosted by Kim Dotcom at what he calls the Kim Dotcom mansion.  A fair description.  The scrutineering processes went very smoothly thanks to Robbie (Francevic) who is such a big name in the car racing world that doors opened and then closed smoothly.  In the meantime, while he was taking the car through all the technical inspections, Rhonda and Jim were in the queue for registration.  This was a very long queue and it took a long time to get to the front where they learned that they had been in the wrong queue – for the Targa Tour.  The Targa proper desk had no queue at all.  Read more

Coastal Classic 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Weather predictions during the week were for strong, gale-force north-westerlies, swinging to the west up the coast and either on the wind or tight reaching all the way.  Though the winds were never much above 20 knots, it was pretty well as predicted with lumpy seas from Cape Rodney north until entering the Bay at Cape Brett.  With Jim Delegat’s new acquisition, GIACOMO (the Volvo 70 foot round-the-world winner GROUPAMA with a full professional crew) and a fleet of 4 52’s (GEORGIA, V-5, WIRED and KIA KAHA) plus AKATEA (Cookson 50) and EQUILIBRIUM (Botin and Carkeek 55), the monohull racing was predicted to be close after the Volvo 70.  And so it proved to be.  Read more

Getting ready for the Targa Rally

Monday, October 21, 2013

Rally Car2After 20 years of high end yacht racing, Georgia Racing shortly starts its first venture into motor racing on 30 March when the 2013 Targa Rally starts in Auckland.   Drivers Jim Farmer and Rhonda McCrea, husband and wife in their normal moments, will be driving a specially prepared 2009 BMW 135i Coupe, purchased by Georgia Racing last year with this event in mind.  Read more

America's Cup Wrap Up

Friday, October 04, 2013

In my preview of the 34th America’s Cup, published on 1 July 2013, I predicted that the Match between the Defender and the Winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup would be likely to become a procession which would turn people off long before the end because one boat would inevitably, with a radical new boat class, be significantly faster.   I was wrong!  The combination of spectacular, foiling, fast boats and the drama of the Oracle Team USA “come back” leading to a 9-8 score line had New Zealanders glued to their television sets morning after morning for the best part of 3 weeks and excitement aplenty in San Francisco.  Read more