Vim, a 34ft C class keeler, built and skippered by Peter Nelson (Club member), was launched in 1960.
Life Member Ian McRobie had a hand in building her. She started racing fairly soon after, with the RNZYS and with RAYC.
She became the scratch boat with Akarana and once beat five A Class boats. But she didn’t win that race because of the handicapping at that time.
She was sold to Neville Thom and then to Gary Hyde. Gary says: “She was a beautiful boat to sail and the design was ahead of its time. There were five skins of varnished mahogany on the hull but it was later painted. It was a fin keel and bulb. She had no inboard motor, only a small outboard, so we mostly had to just wait for the wind to kick in when cruising. Yes, she is still around, looking good and based in Keri Keri.”
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