A team of Alloy Yachts apprentices achieved an impressive overall result at the Trans Tasman Boat Building Challenge 2013, held last weekend at the Sydney International Boat Show. Having won the Marine Trades Challenge in Auckland in February 2013, the team were representing New Zealand and more than gave their Australian neighbours a run for their money, achieving first place in the ‘Best Built Boat’ category, and second place for the on water race.
The Alloy team (Jac Hebson, Luc Whitehouse, Travis Page and Theo Finlayson, with team leader Tim Rattray)
The four apprentices – Jac Hebson, Luc Whitehouse, Travis Page and Theo Finlayson, lead by team leader Tim Rattray – were divided into teams of two, with both teams representing Alloy Yachts and New Zealand. Competing against 12 other teams, many of whom were significantly older, the Alloy teams held their own, as demonstrated by the overall end result. Competitors were given two hours to construct a boat, and then race it out on the water.
Out on the water, both the Alloy boats performed well, achieving second place on the water, and narrowly missing first place by just four metres off the finish line. “It was a great result overall and the boys did so well,” said Rattray. “Winning the building section was the main objective but to do so well on the water as well was fantastic. We were really grateful for all the support we received, particularly from Tony Hambrook, Managing Director of Alloy Yachts, and from Noel Huggard of the NZ Marine IndustryTraining Organisation”.
The team had plenty of encouragement from well-wishers throughout the event, with Tony Hambrook, wife Kristin, and project co-ordinators Chris Brown and Simon Pierpoint all travelling to Sydney to exhibit and watch the competition. “Alloy Yachts has not been to the Sydney Boat Show for many years but we went over to support our team of apprentices,” said Tony Hambrook, Managing Director of Alloy Yachts. “We think they did an excellent job and we are very proud of them.”
Noel Huggard, who was also in attendance, was delighted with how the two teams from Alloy performed. “Both of our teams performed above their own expectations,” said Huggard. “It was fantastic to be there and enjoy the comradeship of fellow boat builders and participate in such a great event. Everyone from New Zealand that attended the Boat Building Challenge and Boat Show wish to thank organiser Paul Burgess and his fantastic team of supporters, for their outstanding efforts and support to our teams.”