Congratulations John Truscott & crew on Hanse 415 Good Chanse – winner of Div 8
And to Kevin Stone who – single handed- on Hanse 400 Golden Pond took out 3rd place in same division
The Coastal Classic is a 119nm race from Auckland to the Bay of Islands. Often described as a Drag Race as it can be a sprint for some or a challenging marathon for others….
Wayne Ormandy describes himself as a novice in sailing but he seemed pretty relaxed when we met for a sail at the Tasman Bay Cruising Club, Nelson. His new yacht Phantasea, the first Hanse 315 in New Zealand, is near the marina ramp, prime spot, and moored stern-to so that stepping aboard on the lowered transom is easy.
“It’s proving to be a nice easy boat to learn,” Wayne says. “There’s nothing complicated about it. For people who want to become proficient sailors, it’s ideal because it’s easy to handle but there’s enough performance there to practice with and improve your skills.”
Remember the fun we had at the 10th Pittwater Windcraft Owners’ rally in April? There was an extra special lucky door prize this year, kindly donated by North Sails and one very happy winner – Mike Barry. Mike was presented with the new headsail and wasted no time testing it out on his Hanse 385, Elara. Here’s what he said,
“The weather on Sunday turned out great for our first family sail of the season and I had all these available crew to assist with the headsail change after we had lunch.. There was not much wind when we were heading home & it was all down-wind sailing. It is a very nice looking sail and, if it performs as well as it looks, it will be a great improvement. Looking forward to our first sail in a good nor’easter.”
Want some new sailing gear at a great price?
One of Team Windcraft’s generous sponsors Helly Hansen are running a sample sale 29th and 30th April in North Manly.
Be quick to get the best bargains.
In the Med this year and next. Caribbean end of next year, Bermuda for Americas Cup, eventually NZ.
With my wife and two daughters wanted a well built, reliable and safe, modern family cruiser that sails well and is suitable for shorthanded ocean passages to eventually make its way back to the South Pacific…
Dreaming of cruising around Europe on a top spec Hanse 575 yacht? Well now you can… with a fantastic offer from Yacht Share Mediterranean (part of the hugely successful Mariner Boating Group). You can own a 1/6th of a Hanse 575 for just $176,000.
Commissioned by Team Windcraft, this yacht has a top end specification with ‘essential’ luxuries like a washing machine, air conditioning and coffee maker. It’s based in a superb location with full service marina and walk-on walk-off service.
Exciting news… the new Hanse 675 is rigged and ready to sail in Germany. The new flagship model from Hanse is already breaking records as the biggest ship ever built by Hanse and Germany’s largest yacht build in series production.
The Hanse 675 combines luxury, style and indulgence on water. Dr Jens Gerhardt, CEO of Hanse Yachts AG calls the new model “a milestone in series yacht building”. We are looking forward to seeing her Downunder soon!
More awards for the new Hanse 315. This time “Sailboat of the Year 2016” at HISWA – the largest boat show in the Netherlands.
Here’s what the independent jury had to say…
‘The new Hanse 315 is a yacht with a good finish, a spacious cockpit, much comfort and surprisingly good sailing characteristics. In short, it’s a hit!”
It was the perfect way to wrap up the Summer as 14 boats ranging from sizes 35 to 54 ft headed down to Safety Beach in the Mornington Peninsula to compete in the second Melbourne Owners’ Rally.
There was an impressive turn out of Hanses, Dehlers and Moodys competing but the main focus of the event was having fun on the water and enjoying the weekend. You can see all the photos and read about the event here.
There were a record 36 boats entered for the NZ Owners’ Rally on 20th Feb. A fabulous collection of Hanses in all sizes competed, as well as 3 Dehlers and 3 Moodys.
It was a beautiful day and there was lots of fun on the water as the boats made their way from South Rangitoto to Smelting House Bay, Kawai. Sundowners, dinner and prizes took place in the Windcraft marquee, set up on the lawn with great views back over the harbour to the owners’ yachts.
You can read all the stories from the event in the Rally Round Up here.
The dates are set for the 2017 Croatia Hanse Rally – 23rd June – 9th July 2017. That’s 17 awesome days to enjoy the benefits of sailing with company while exploring on your own. Choose from a fleet of current Hanse models – 415, 455, 505 and 575. And there’s a new itinerary – sail to Dubrovnik!
Save the date! The weekend of the 5th and 6th March 2016 is the 5th Annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo .It’s a fun family day out held at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on the beautiful Pittwater, Sydney. And best of all it’s FREE!
Windcraft will be showcasing two Dehlers here – the Dehler 38 and Dehler 46. Plus the glorious Hanse 505. This is your chance to get ahead of the game and check out these popular new models in a beautiful location. Any questions? Just chat to our friendly Windcraft team – we’ll be there to help! Find out more here.
Judged by 11 journalists from 11 European nations. Here’s what they had to say…
“A family-friendly pocket cruiser the Hanse 315 has a seductive hull shape that proves a delight to sail and has the beam for a cockpit and aft cabin space. The 315 stimulates the small end of the new yacht market admirably. Space is apportioned wisely, with standing headroom and a great aft cabin. The Hanse 315 is a highly versatile and impressive new compact cruiser.”
According to the Judges
“The Hanse had a lot going on in 31 feet, starting with two good cabins, one forward and one aft,” said Tim Murphy. “There’s also a full head with a larger separate shower; space in the forepeak not only with a good berth, but also an area where you can sit down and change your clothes; and a full working galley.
And it was a fun boat to sail. So you have a complete package for a couple to sleep comfortably, cook fine meals and even live aboard for stretches at a time.” Read more
Great video of Wayne and Lyn Mc Master’s new Hanse 385 on it’s maiden sail. The name “Roller Coaster” reflects the journey to the final decision to “go for it” and buy the yacht of their dreams.
Port Phillip Bay laid it on with perfect conditions and we love Lyns’ smile as she tacks a boat for the very first time. Our Melbourne Branch Manager – Nick Jones – helped them fly the gennaker during the terrific sail to Martha Cove where Roller Coaster will live.