How a small class beat the big boats!

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How a small class beat the big boats!

A “David and many Goliaths” win for the small C class Gale in the Balokovic Cup in February 1950 was a triumph win of 1m 35s on corrected time.  It was a gruelling contest as seven out of the 14 starters (including A and B class keelers) withdrew. With gusts of between 33 and 38mph speed of the yachts increased to 42-45 mph across the Firth of Thames.  Rawhiti, Rainbow, Gale and Westwind all completed the course in record time. But it was a race of wet ships and crews, sea sickness, broken or list spinnaker booms and torn sails.

So wee Gale overcame all this as well as winning over the bigger boats.  Gale, C4,  was

Built by the McDonald brothers of Tititrangi.  The crew were Howard and Jim McDonald, brothers Graham and Des Paice and Ron Connell and the team were from Blockhouse Bay Yacht Club.

A full record of this event has been saved by the Archives.  If you have anything to contribute to the Archives please contact Marian Harkness on (09) 524-4968 or

January 15th, 2016|Categories: All News, Archives|

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