In the 1980s RAYC were racing separate divisions for Young 88s. The Young 99 came into production and it was considered that it would have as much appeal. RAYC member and a great help in setting up the Archives, Bill Glen, went into partnership with the maker, for the 99s, a 32ft (10m) yacht. In spite of being an excellent boat, a downturn in boat building due to a recession meant that the new design did not take on. Bill thinks that only four boats were built for New Zealand use. One was Ninety Nine, owned by Roger Land, shown in photo. It shows Bill Glen’s son Bob at the helm and it was owned by him at the time. Both Bill and Jenny Glen are in the cockpit. It was the first 99 to be built and Bob also went into partnership with Roger Land to promote the class.
Jim Young used to sail often on a Young 88 with his daughter Janine and did so in Ladies Races when it was usual to have a token man on board “for verbal assistance only”.
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