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The P Class yacht celebrates its 90th birthday this year. This book gives an insight into why this, midget yacht has survived for so long. The P Class is a phenomenon. Our Secret Weapon looks at the history of the P Class using a mix of anecdotal stories and technical detail. It shows the resourcefulness of the young sailors and the fun they had with this demanding little boat. Changes were made to the P Class over the years in order for it to survive as a competitive class. Yet it never lost its recognisable features or its quirky characteristics. This tiny yacht has added to the richness of New Zealand family life over the years and helped forge the characters of many young New Zealanders. Many became famous national and international sailors. The stories collected are from all types of sailors. “All hell broke loose” is how Chris Bouzaid recalls an incident while sailing his P Class from Great Barrier to Coromandel. Ray Davies tells how he rescued Dean Barker in his P Class and Jo Aleh describes the difficulties she and her family had to overcome in order for her to sail a P Class. Four inches of yellow ooze dribbling from scabs above his ankles was what Heather Burling remembers when Peter sailed in Tanner Cup Trials. Each story reflects the special place the P Class has in the hearts of the sailors. Our Secret Weapon is an engaging read for anybody whether they are interested in sailing or not.
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Gun Caundle has been sailing on and off for most of his life, mainly in centreboard yachts. He became involved with junior sailing when his children began sailing and he has been a member of the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club (the home of the P Class) for ten years. Gun joined ‘Tauranga Writers’ when he started writing Our Secret Weapon in 2009. During that time he has written several non-fiction short stories, two of which won competitions at regional and national level. In 2010 he published ‘X-rated’ a small book about the youngsters sailing P Class on Tauranga Harbour.
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Book Description Oceanbooks, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1927265258
Book Description Oceanbooks, 2014. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1.1 edition. 264 pages. 8.27x5.83x0.60 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1927265258