Not only did ETNZ once again lead from wire to wire, the team managed to cross the finish line more than 2 minutes ahead of the Italians, despite losing their jib just before the race’s midpoint after a halyard shackle failed.
Honda Marine’s BF2.3hp four-stroke outboard weighs just 29.5lb and has a larger 0.29gal internal fuel tank that in combination with its improved fuel efficiency allows it to run for up to 60 minutes at full throttle. A centrifugal clutch makes switching into gear a snap, and the engine is air-cooled, so you never have to worry about a water pump getting plugged by sand or weeds in the shallows.
Johnson Marine’s splice line fittings allow you to easily and reliably splice Dyneema or Spectra line onto a variety of different lifeline terminals when swapping out high-modulus line for stainless steel wire lifelines. The fittings are machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and are anodized to ensure long service life.
The past year has been a good one for small boats and daysailers, but even in a crowded field, the Tartan Fantail stands out as something special—a boat that is elegant, practical and, best of all, a whole lot of fun.
What was supposed to have been a waterborne extravaganza celebrating all things AC, instead resulted in a single AC 72—Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ)—sailing what was essentially an uncontested practice race on Sunday for points.
Now North Sails is offering a limited edition “collection,” which is as fashionable as it is functional, and includes everything from windbreakers and sweat-wicking “tech shirts” to button-down dress shirts, towels and cashmere hoodies.