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 2nd 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."
Owner / Skipper of Frenzy