November 12, 2012

auckland sailing club - alex vallings' c-tech 18' skiff

Ever since Raivo saw Christophe Favreau's images from the 2012 Nespresso 18' Skiff Regatta in San Francisco on the web, he has been asking James and I to get him an 18' skiff!

We visited our friends & sponsors Alex Vallings and Lyn Holland at the beautiful C-TECH factory in Auckland.  Raivo & Tormentina got their experiential education lesson on the art of creating high-performance composite products.  The C-Tech battens on Anasazi Girl have made it more than once around the world, and are still going strong.

At the factory, the kids also got a nice close-up look at the winning 2012 Nespresso Kiwi boat, C-Tech: skippered by Alex Vallings and crewed by Chris Kitchen and Joshua McCormack.

We went to the Auckland Sailing Club in Okahu Bay and watched all the Auckland Skiff League sailors rig up for the weekend's races.  We met Alex's bad-ass weekend crew:  Josh McCormack and Olympic silver medalist & America's Cup skipper Peter Burling.

When they launched the boat, Raivo was ready to take off the with C-Tech boys.  We had to wipe away a few tears when we took him off the boat and he realized he wasn't going out for the regatta.  Maybe next year, when he's 3 and has his action suit on like the guys.

Alex's radical sailing machine.

Peter Burling (left) and Alex Vallings (right).

Joshua McCormack

James & Raivo learning from the Kiwis how old men and little kids need to go fast on the water.

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