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Roger Rushton

Owner of Lambert 36’, ‘Frenzy’
In 2011, Dibley Marine designed a new keel and bulb for ‘Frenzy’. The following came from her owner, Roger Rushton.
"I have known Kevin Dibley since 2002 when I purchased one of his designs second hand, a 7.5 metre Sports Boat called “Carbon”. I happily campaigned her in Tauranga and competed in 1 Auckland to Tauranga race. This race was the downwind 40 knotter where Carbon almost flew from Channel Island to Tauranga. During the time of ownership of Carbon, I found Kevin to be a very friendly sounding board as he helped the crew and I to extract the best we could out of her when we were usually competing with much bigger keelers.

After 3 years of competitive racing with Carbon in the TYPBC Division 1 fleet I decided to buy a bigger and faster yacht and purchased the Gary Lambert designed “Frenzy”, a well known, New Zealand coastal racer and Carbon was sold to North America.

Over the years since I have kept in touch with Kevin and sought his counsel of several matters relating to Frenzy and how to make her go faster. These discussions led this year (2011) to a redesign project being undertaken, designed and supervised by Kevin  with a new bulb and keel fitted to Frenzy.

The promise from Kevin was for more speed than a new set of sails and I am very pleased to say he has delivered. Frenzy finished 8 minutes ahead of her old rival “Extreme” in her first outing in a harbour race, demonstrating significantly improved upwind speed and overall improved performance. Frenzy has very rapidly acquired the top handicap in the TYPBC Keeler fleet and finished 2
nd this year in Div 2 in the Coastal Classic on line to water ballasted Truxton by 19 seconds and 2nd on Hcp in a very creditable performance despite Frenzy’s PHRF going up .020 for the race.

Kevin managed the project while I was overseas and kept me fully informed throughout of progress or holdups.
I would like to personally thank Kevin Dibley, for his very professional contribution to the design and build of Frenzy’s keel and the marked improvement in speed as a result."

Roger Rushton.
Owner / Skipper of Frenzy

Mike Elley

Owner of White-40, ‘Nosaka’

In 2011, Dibley Marine designed a new keel and bulb. The following from Mike Elley:

“Just a quick note to report on the first race we have done with the new keel under Nosaka.

Obviously we placed well but what was great to see was the transformation in the boats performance.

The keel certainly has less drag as confirmed by motor trials but that wasn’t the best thing.

It was really nice to sail downwind and pull away from the leading A division boats in our family cruiser doing 10 knots in 15 knots of wind but that wasn’t the best thing.

The gain in lift upwind means we can now defend our position and hold height with the rest of the 40 foot fleet but still not the best thing.

The best thing was how quickly and efficiently the project went working with you under such a high pressure timeframe. All of the issues got dealt with quickly and it seemed an easy process to arrive at a practical design that meets both our cruising and racing objectives. Without that help we simply wouldn’t have made the start line!

Thanks and regards, Mike Elley

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