All posts by TW Admin

Athair Adventurers

OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS TAKE TO THE OCEAN ON A HANSE Jeremy and Anne Thatcher’s 415 ‘Athair’, has become a central part of their active and adventurous lifestyle. After meeting in Las Vegas while mountain biking, US born Anne moved to Jeremy’s homeland of New Zealand, the perfect country to pursue a shared love of the outdoors …

THE HANSE 385 – A PERFECT FIT FOR SAILING CONDITIONS IN NEW ZEALAND

Nicki Jenkins and Paul Skelton saw the Hanse 385 at Windcraft in Auckland and instantly fell in love with her. Since taking ownership she has exceeded expectations and proven her strength and reliability in all conditions from the challenges of Cook Straight to competitive racing from Waikawa Bay, in the Marlborough Sound South Island NZ. …

A FAMILY AFFAIR WITH SAILING

‘Audacious’ by name, this Hanse 370 loving family are also audacious by nature. Kirk, Melissa, and Gemma Watson have put themselves through their yachting paces over the years conquering challenging and changing priorities along the way. Kirk has spent most of his life in and around boats. Growing up on Scotland Island he went to …

Hamilton Island Race Week 2018

DO YOU WANT TO SAIL ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING REGATTAS IN THE WORLD? Seriously, you have to sail in the Hamilton Island Race Week (HIRW) once in your life, but be warned, once you do, you’ll be back for more! Whether you are a yacht owner or crew, this regatta with over 200 boats …

Solaris Day 2018

So who would want to fly to Sardinia in May and spend a week sailing Solaris yachts? It is a long way to travel for a week of sailing and with the busy lives that people lead it is unlikely that anyone would have the time – or so we thought. Costa Smeralda is the …

A Rally for Every Sailor

Everyone loves a sailing rally especially Windcraft yacht owners who are snapping up the opportunity to join these annual events where the comradery outweighs the competition. 80 yachts and 350 guests spread across Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland came together on the spectacular waterways of their cities for a common purpose, to sail with a community …

New Zealand’s Top Model – Hanse 455

  Hanse’s most popular model is certainly striking, stunning and stylish. But it takes a certain something to reach top model status and hit the popularity stakes big time! With over 200 sold worldwide (8 sold in NZ alone) in just 18 months. New Zealand is a current hot spot, so we asked Windcraft NZ Branch …

Anthony’s Report from the Dealer Meeting

Windcraft owner Anthony Bishop recently returned from his first Dealer Meeting at the Hanse Factory in north eastern Germany. July 1st marks the beginning of the new production year for the factory and is when they announce the new models being released in the coming year. It’s summer time in Greifswald, the river that runs …

Headsail Footlines

7 out of 10 people l sail with don’t know that foot lines exist – let alone why ! A Foot line as the name suggests is the tensioning line that runs along the foot of the sail from the tack to the clew and works just like the leech line. In stronger airs you …

VISITING LAKE MACQUARIE BY YACHT

Revised & Updated May, 2018 as many items in my original blog have changed with time plus it has become necessary to totally revise the whole issue relating to the negotiating of Swansea Channel. Lake Macquarie is the largest coastal salt water lake in Australia. Its area is approximately 100 sq kms – four and …

Why Is My Sail Flapping?

How often do we hear this question! It can be really annoying if you think you have trimmed the headsail properly but the leech (the outer edge between top and clew) is still fluttering at best or flapping at worst… And it definitely spoils the photo’s… Ric Hawkins – Windcrafts sailing guru- reckons that leech …