Blackfun was launched just in time for the 1977 Quarter Ton national championships, leaving little time before the regatta for tuning. In fact, 20 minutes before the start of the first race the crew (lead by Roy Dickson and including Barry Thom, Herb Tremaine, the yacht's builder, and Peter Jordan) were still screwing down fittings, and the boat featured a white 'primer only' paintjob. Nevertheless, the boat finished that race with a third place, and then went on to win the remaining four races to take the New Zealand title in emphatic fashion. Although she displayed better boat speed than her competitors, it was only on the final race that the crew felt that the boat was finally ready to race.
|Blackfun competing in the 1977 New Zealand Quarter Ton series (DB Yachting Annual 1977)|
|Sailing downwind in the 1980 Quarter Ton Cup (Sea Spray)|
|In PHRF mode|
Blackfun was eventually bought by a Wellington group, headed by Brett Linton and Jamie McDowell, who were keen to have a crack at the Quarter Ton Cup that had seen something of a revival in Europe. Davidson guided the new modifications, with the stern sections faired out, a new rig with non-overlapping headsail, and a bulb keel. The yacht was optimised to sail at the maximum IRC rating under which the regatta is now sailed (TCF of 0.920). So the yacht finally made her European debut 34 years on for the 2011 Quarter Ton Cup where she finished in tenth place against a fleet of highly competitive Quarter Tonners.
|Blackfun in her new IRC configuration before being shipped to England for the 2011 Quarter Ton Cup|
|Blackfun rounding a weather mark during the 2011 Quarter Ton Cup|
|Changes in 2012 included a new keel and a rudder placed well aft (photo Fiona Brown)|
|Blackfun on her way to second place in the last race of the 2013 Quarter Ton Cup (photo Jonathan Hoare)|