Absolut Leisure

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SkipperHamish Archer
Home PortRNZYS
Length Overall12.9 M
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Hamish previously campaigned the highly modified Young 11 “Fineline” out of Westhaven in Auckland. During five years of ownership Hamish and crew took on countless harbour and coastal races, ultimately winning their division in the summer series with both the RNZYS and the Richmond Yacht Club in 2012/2013. Hamish also regularly competed in shorthanded sailing events including the 2010 Two-handed Round North Island race. Unfortunately Fineline was dismasted in 40kts and big seas south of Cape Egmont. While that race was cut-short Hamish and crew managed to cutaway the remains of the rig and get to Nelson under their own steam. Fineline was sold after Hamish returned to New Plymouth in 2013 and attempted to go “cold turkey” on yacht racing…. but the pull of the ocean was too strong.


Absolut Leisure was purchased in 2015 as a compromise between family cruising and shorthanded sailing. The boat was designed by Alex Simonis and built by Leisure Yachts in South Africa in 2003. Absolut Leisure is well suited to shorthanded sailing as it has a relatively simple sail plan and it performs well without requiring a small army sitting on the rail. Preparations are underway to optimise Absolut Leisure for single handed sailing. A new autopilot system has already been installed and a number of systems and sail handling upgrades are planned. Despite it’s ample displacement “the big white bus” is still capable of ticking off many miles a day providing the wind doesn’t get too light.


Hamish Archer