sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Greg Elliott: From Sports boats to record holders and cruising tourers

Greg Elliott: From Sports boats to record holders and cruising tourers

'Elliott’s cruising designs are designed to be sailed by just a single crew.'    Elliott Marine    Click Here to view large photo

Latterly top New Zealand designer Greg Elliott has been better known as the creator of the Elliott 6, the Womens Keelboat to be used for the 2012 Olympics.

Designing the Olympic keelboat is another tick in a list of many boxes for Elliott - who began designing in his teens.

He started out as a boat building apprentice - a five year exercise which included a design stint at Auckland Technical Institute. His first design was a 26fter named Outsider, which was very successful, and the commissions flowed from there.

Elliott's name has become synonymous with the sports boat match race genre. The first in that line was the Elliott 5.9 - a very quick little boat which paved the way for the development of club racing fleets.

Elliott 6Metre - Day 3 of the Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma -    

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron led the way with their project to built a fleet of 10 of the Elliott designs, and use those to create its highly respected Youth Program. Led initially by multiple America's Cup PRO, Harold Bennett, the program offered a great option for youth sailors to receive two or three years of solid training, and many top match racers and America's Cup sailors and helmsmen came through its ranks.

Elliott expanded his thinking in that area, producing several editions of the quick sportsboat cum youth trainer in the 5.9 to 7 metre length range including the Olympic Elliott 6 Metre.

Elliott 7 Launch - RNZYS 30 May 2010 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=83835   Click Here to view large photo

He's got a simple design philosophy: 'I'm an enthusiast - it's been the racing side of things that has kept me in there. And naturally fast hull shapes has been a big thing for me.'

He's not big on rating rules - the way he pronounces the acronyms IOR, IMS and IRC is the give-away. Like biting a sour apple.

Elliott Tourer’s use racing technology to make for easy cruising -  Elliott Marine?nid=83835   Click Here to view large photo

'During all this time, I just been designing fast boats', he adds. He admits to doing a couple of designs aimed at the IMS rule. 'They were pretty competitive, actually. I had about six of the 40fters like Sassy, which represented New Zealand in the Kenwood Cup - we won that year - the first time for a while.'

'They were fast boats, but at the end of it all the rule wasn't fast enough for me.'

The Coastal Classic has been long regarded as the drag race of New Zealand sailing - at 120nm it is a good speed test. At one stage Elliott designs held the records at all overall length levels. Enough said.

'Now I hold only one record - with a 30fter which also has the 35 and 40ft record as well', he notes.

Mari-Cha IV, Elliott Marine had a five year involvement in this project which set a TransAtlantic Speed Record -    
Jumping up to the 140ft Trans Atlantic record holder, Mari-Cha IV, Elliott says the principles remain the same. 'I've always been in the lightweight monohull camp'. A 50ft schooner Elliott Marine was the forerunner for the Mari-Cha project. 'And if you look at them - the 50fter and 140fter - they are essentially the same boat'.

'We did all the testing at 50ft, and it scaled up very well.'

Elliott was involved for five years on that project - being the first designer signed, and did all the conceptual design, deck layouts, wind tunnel testing (five weeks ) and tank testing (two weeks). All told there were five involved in the design process.

'But in the end we got the result for the owner - the TransAtlantic record for manually (winch) powered yachts. I struggle to think that her record will be broken,' he adds. 'We also hold the Pacific Cup record of five and a half days from San Francisco to Honolulu.'

The focus on easily driven designs transfers well into Elliott's cruisers. 'Cruising boats to me are about safety, comfort and speed. Once you have sailed what I call the Tourer version, you'll never go back.'

Elliott’s cruising interiors lead from the cockpit to the living area. -  Elliott Marine?nid=83835   Click Here to view large photo

Here it is about layout which marks the distinction of the Elliott design stable. Instead of climbing down into the 'bear-pit' a feature of so many cruising boats, Elliott likes to keep people high in the boat - so you can walk through from the cockpit into the cabin, and keep involved with what is happening outside, from the comfort of within.

'I've borrowed all the good things from racing boats, they have good keels and rudders and right through to the rigs. It might not be as big a market as some of the other caravans that get sold, but I like to have good things.'

The Tourer range starts at a 1250 (12.5metes long) and goes up through the sizes, until the 1750 and bigger which are pretty well one off's. Production moulds exist for some of the smaller sizes.

When questioned as to the target crew size for one of the Tourers, we didn't think we heard right. 'One' is the repeated reply.

'They are designed to be sailed by one person. All the controls lead down aft, and can be handled from the wheel. With a decent auto-pilot you can sail by yourself. that's what you do when you are cruising - even with a family.

High visibility coach roof Elliott 1350 Tourer -  Elliott Marine?nid=83835   Click Here to view large photo

'The gear is angled and set up to sailed single handed or with two people. But they are not race boats and are not designed to be sailed off the rail.'

A benefit of the Elliott layout is that all the big items - engine and tankage - are located under the cockpit floor and are central in the boat - for optimum weigh distribution and ease of access.

'It gives the boat a much better motion at sea. We have started to bring water ballast into it - the 1350 has two 900ltr tanks built into either side. Normally you'd only fill one tank and then take it across. Having 900kg of water on one side of the boat works well', he adds.

A 1350 Tourer is currently being finished and will be on display at the Auckland International Boat Show later in September this year.

On the racing side a new 57ft fast cruiser/racer is under construction in Germany. She is a canting keelboat and is due to launch in August. There's a new project about to get underway - a 30ft racer.


In the second part of this series we talk about the Olympic keelboat decision, the Elliott 6 and other aspects of the sailing scene.

For more on Elliott designs and projects see: www.elliott-marine.com


Women´s Match Race EC-qualifier heavy weather video from MAXsport.tv on Vimeo.





Friction an Elliott 1350 Tourer racing in Auckland. -  Elliott Marine?nid=83835   Click Here to view large photo




by Richard Gladwell

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=83835

10:19 PM Mon 23 May 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011 Elliott Marine Cruising

Related News Stories:

31 Aug 2011  The Blurr is third winner at 2011 Elliott 5.9 Series at Marsden Cove
13 Aug 2011  Pre-Olympics: Skipper overboard but hangs on to take the Gold medal
10 Aug 2011  Bronze for USA at Weymouth and Portland International Regatta + Video
04 Aug 2011  Weymouth and Portland International Regatta – GBR girls fight back
03 Aug 2011  Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Opening day Match Racing
02 Aug 2011  Women's Match Racing event first to set sail at Olympic test event
07 Jul 2011  Stena Cup: France victorious in Olympic Womens Match Race run up
06 Jul 2011  Stena Match Cup Sweden - World’s best Women Match Racers + Video
25 Jun 2011  Tension high in Elliott 6m Finals at Kieler Week
31 May 2011  Designer Greg Elliott on the eviction of the Olympic Keelboat in 2016
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

New Ragamuffin 100 emerges from the hull build in Nowra *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Ragamuffin 100, which started out as a modified Elliott design, Maximus, is another supermaxi undergoing a major rebuild or retrofit. Across the Tasman, the new Ragamuffin 100 will be virtually a new boat with a a new hull design by Andy Dovell / Syd Fischer / David Witt. The hull mould and shell was built by Innovation Composites at the Nowra facility. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the French Riveria , and provided this gallery of images of the classics and other yachts racing on Day 2 ... [more]  

Southern Spars ships the world's tallest masts by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Leading world sparmaker, Southern Spars, has shipped two spars for a new 85 metre ketch. The superyacht will carry two 93metre masts which will be the world’s tallest rigs on one gigantic yacht. ... [more]  

After being graced with plenty of late summer sunshine during the opening days of the event, more autumnal weather moved in on the fifth day of the DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam with grey skies and infrequent showers. Unfortunately though the light winds continued as the sailors endured another lay day. ... [more]  

In a move that is expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. ... [more]  

Kate Nota and her team onboard the J/111 Odyssey won the Ripple Effect Short Video Contest, which was part of the Ida Lewis Distance Race this summer (August 15). ... [more]  

The largest Laser World Championship in history will be taking place on the south coast of France when 515 sailors, representing 36 different countries, begin racing on October 5 to open the 2014 Audi Laser Masters’ World Championships. The Laser remains one of the best and most popular boats worldwide in which to enjoy the sport of sailing. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was back on the water for day two at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

It has been an interesting journey so far for the Chinese team in the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng Race Team. Approximately 10 months ago this team set out on a mission to select and train Chinese recruits in the hope that they would be ‘race ready’ for the start of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race fans can now carry the world’s toughest ocean race in their pocket, thanks to the launch of a new official mobile app. Developed for both iOS and Android systems, the app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play now – and boasts a host of exciting features which will allow users to be closer to the on-water adventure than ever before. ... [more]  

Race teams planning next season’s calendar could do worse than sign up for the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2015 which runs from 16-24 January. This event, which kick starts the Caribbean race season, was re-launched in 2014 with a new race format and plenty of record-breaking opportunities. It proved such a success that an even bigger entry is expected in 2015. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the French Riveria , and provided this gallery of images of the classics and other yachts racing ... [more]  

Sunset+Vine|APP, the Oxford-based unit of the multi-award winning UK independent TV sports production and media company Sunset+Vine, has helped ISAF smash all previous broadcaster records for the recent Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. ... [more]  

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Don’t forget to enter the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne. There are only two days left to take advantage of the discounted entry price offer. ... [more]  

2014 12 Metre North American Championships - Two days of a northerly (first strong, then light) and one day of a building southwesterly put six 12 Metre yachts to the test at their North American Championships, which were held off Newport, R.I. over September 26-28. Gunther Buerman’s (Newport, R.I.) KZ-3 and Dennis Williams’ (Hobe Sound, Fla.) Victory ’83 defended their titles ... [more]  

The waiting game continued on day four of the DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam as the light winds continued. Over the course of the day a few sailors took the opportunity to make the most of the small waves on offer, either surfing or SUPping. After spending the day on hold the sailors were released at 4:30pm. ... [more]  

After Gmunden, Austria, in 2011 and Cala de' Medici, Italy, in 2012 and after a pained second place, same points with the Portogues 'Credite Egs' in Portosin, Spain, last year, the Italian crew coming from Puglia 'Euz II Monella Vagabonda', with Sandro Montefusco at the helm and his brother Paolo as a tactician, confirms for the third time the Platu 25 World Championship title. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was on deck for the first day of competition at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on site for day one of racing at the 2014 Les Voiles de Saint Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

The final day of the 2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship ended up being a half day of sailing due to a complete shutdown of the wind. However, the fleet completed enough races to count Gold Round Robin 3 and crown Ladies and Gentlemen as the back-to-back Team Racing Champions. ... [more]  

Michigan, the Great Lakes State, was a fitting location as The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) gathered for the fourth time in the organization’s history to fulfill its mission to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing. ... [more]  

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published guidelines for candidates bidding to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship. Bids to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds must be received by Friday 24 October 2014. ... [more]  

The onboard medic-sailors competing in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race have completed their last medical training. More than a basic first aid refresher course, the mandatory medical training each Volvo Ocean Race team had to carry out in the last few months and days are key to survival while at sea. ... [more]  

Erik Simonson was on the water at 2014 Melges 20 Pacific Coast Championship to capture these images. ... [more]  

2014 J/105 North American Championship - Light air ruled the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada—and so did Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin on Mandate. ... [more]  

The Extreme Sailing Series event in Istanbul seems to have only just finished, but already the containers are in the Ville de Nice set to gear up for this weeks penultimate regatta. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are back onboard this week, fresh from their 49er World Championship win and looking to make it two wins from two events for Emirates Team New Zealand on the ?Extreme Sailing Series ... [more]  

2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - In Sunday’s final matches in the Buddy Melges Challenge, Stephanie Roble and Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen showed the crowds on the bluffs of Lake Michigan how top class match racing should be sailed. It took five absolutely thrilling matches for the Danish crew to secure their first WIM Series event victory since last summer’s Danish Open. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC72 takes to the streets by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Oracle Team USA's winning AC72 takes to the streets of San Francisco, one year on from the Team's successful Defence of the America's Cup. This week the AC72 catamaran Oracle Team USA raced to victory is going to be a special guest at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco. ... [more]  

Matches between the world’s top two match racing skippers are always aggressive affairs on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). In the pre-start of the first match, Canfield stuck two penalties on Williams, leaving the British boat playing catch-up. ... [more]  

Pantaenius, the world’s leading specialist yacht insurance company, has been at the forefront of yacht insurance for more than 40 years, earning a reputation for transparency and commitment to customer service that provides round-the-clock international support and reliable, speedy claims settlement. ... [more]  

What a great day for kiting at Kite Foil Gold Cup Australia 2014! 10-15 knot North Easterly and slight seas. Kites zooming around like supersonic mosquitoes but mosquitoes buzz whereas foiling kites are completely silent! ... [more]  

At the time that we are writing this, it is almost exactly a week since the first race took place at Wakatere Boating Club in New Zealand, followed by hundreds of races across the globe that we have been told attracted record numbers of sailors to your clubs ... [more]  

2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - It was a picturesque day on Marblehead Harbor with plenty of sunshine for the second day of the U.S. Team Racing Championship. Once again, a lack of consistent breeze made for a challenging day for the Race Committee, umpires and competitors. Nevertheless, PRO Susie Schneider and her team were able to complete Round Robin One ... [more]  

2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - USA leads Denmark in Sheboygan final
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Benz Faget wins third mallory
J/105 North American Champ - Wilmer/McLaughlin team maintain advantage
Images from Cannes: Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai
Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai: Cannes at its best
Dutch Match Cup - Gilmour keeps clean sheet in Lelystad
Dutch Match Cup - GAC Pindar through to fifth consecutive semi-final
Hobie 16 Open North Americans and 2015 Pan Am Games qualifier overall
Volvo Ocean Race - Frostad on Boat Design and final changes (Part II) *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race 10 days to go – Frostad on cultural change (Part I) *Feature
2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race on NBC Sports Network in the U.S.
2014 J/24 World Championship - Will Welles’ Cougar clinches
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Meldgaard and Le Berre ready for semis
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 3
2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Day 1 + Video
America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue
Byte CII World Sailing Championship comes to Royal Varuna, Thailand
Dutch Match Cup: Canfield wins Qualifying, six set for Quarters battle
12 Metre North Americans - A blast from the America’s Cup past
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup qualification system published
Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre named as Spanish team sponsor + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series returns to Nice for the penultimate Act of 2014   
ISAF invites bids for 2016 Women's Match Racing World Championship   
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne - Teaming up   
Mascalzone Latino Jr. named 2014 Melges 20 European Ranking Champion   
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Le Berre keeps winning in Sheboygan   
Hobie 16 Open North American Champ and Pan Am Games Qualifier - Day 4   
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 2   
J/105 North Americans - Wilmer and McLaughlin master light conditions   
J/24 World Championship - Will Welles hangs on going into last day   
Open 2.4mR World Championship on the horizon   
Bart's Bash - Top photographers gain special entry   
Platu 25 Worlds - EUZ II Monella Vagabonda is still leading in France   
St. Barth Cata Cup - Olympic duel on the island   
Dutch Match Cup - High winds and big wipeouts in Lelystad   
Route du Rhum - Yann Guichard to sail Spindrift 2 solo   
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image - Best sailing photo of the year sought   
Volvo Ocean Race - Yann Riou, getting you up close and personal   
Marseille One Design concludes GC32 racing season + Video   
World Yacht Racing Forum - Seventh edition to take place in Barcelona   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT