Four years ago, New Zealander Roy Kum joined schooner Mariette as a temporary worker after working previously on schooners Spirit of New Zealand and R. Tucker Thompson. Now he is first mate onboard under Captain Charlie Wroe, embracing the job's changeability day to day and keeping traditional techniques alive. Mariette, the steel riveted schooner was drawn by the renowned design Nathanael Greene Herreshoff and officially launched in 1915 in Bristol Rhode Island. The 138ft gaff rigged schooner was born into a archive which had countless records for defending the America's Cup. We talked to Roy at the Westward Cup 2012 about why sailing a schooner is world's apart from sailing other classic yachts. Mariette's Queen and Gollywobbler sails are amongst the 28 sails stowed away onboard - ready for the crew to decipher which combination will suit the day's racing or sailing to generate maximum power, of which 16 knots was achieved in the 2010 Pendennis Cup!
The Westward Cup was initiated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the launch of the schooner Westward in 1910, by the owner of the Westward replica 'Eleonora' who features in this film. The Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) and the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) run the biennial regatta in Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Westward Cup's second event this year saw typical low pressure dominating the week, as have most major regattas in the UK. The overall results closed with Mariquita in third place, Eleonora in second place, Mariette, helmed by her wonderful owner alongside Captain Charlie Wroe, picked up the 2012 Westward Cup.
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