C-Quip on podium in Sydney

Spring 2012

(as published in the Spring 2012 edition of NZ Marine News)

When a team of apprentices from equipment manufacture C-Quip won the NZ Marine Trades Challenge at Westhaven Marina in April this year, they clinched the right to compete in the Australian Boatbuilding competition.

The Australian Boatbuilding competition runs on Darling Harbour, Sydney in conjunction with the Sydney Boat Show.

It differs from the New Zealand Marine Trades Challenge by having teams of two, not four; monohulls, not catamarans, and racing under paddle power only, unlike the New Zealand event in which teams paddle, sail and motor.

However the format was similar: teams received materials to build a boat within two hours before stopping for lunch while the sealant cured.

There were some unusual boats, including a duck and a dory hull which looked light and responsive but lacked speed on the water. The C-Quip teams continued their polished work during the build process and set high standards in health and safety.

On the water, C-Quip 1 team of Ian McLean and Fraser Stephens positioned themselves away from the heavy traffic at the pin end on the line.

This tactic worked, allowing them to round the top mark in second place closely followed by C-Quip 2, paddled by Jay-Evans Paskell and Te-Wiki Wright, who made his first overseas trip to compete. Midcoast Boatyard from Sydney was fourth.

The tight course suited the smaller boats and Midcoast Boatyard’s craft eventually crossed the line in first place followed by C-Quip 1 in second and C-Quip 2 in third. While there were a few crashes and bangs, the real cheer occurred with a sinking, bringing back memories of Australia One in the America’s Cup.

The lads from C-Quip have acquired a taste for international competition but if they want to return to Sydney, they first have to win next year’s NZ Marine Trades Challenge.