|Newspaper Taxi on launching day - Westhaven, Auckland|
The most obvious difference from Candu II was that Newspaper Taxi was a centreboarder. The advantages of this concept had been demonstrated by Resolute Salmon in the 1976 One Ton Cup, and Fun had provided more evidence of this at the Quarter Ton Cup as well. The centreboard weighed only 92kg, and the boat otherwise relied on internal ballast and crew weight for stability.
The engine was also designed for rating advantage - the 12hp diesel was positioned for'ard of the mast and slightly to port so that the shaft could clear the centrecase.
While Whiting chased everything possible regarding hull shape and appendages, Murray Ross pursued rig developments and new handling techniques and gear, with the same careful attention to detail that Ross had employed so successfully on the Quarter Tonner Magic Bus.
|Showing her windward form in light airs, Half Ton Championship, Auckland 1977 (J Malitte)|
|A clear lead at the wing mark in the NZ 1977 series (J Green)|
While Newspaper Taxi had been designed and built with the Half Ton Cup in mind, the Whiting/Ross team elected to contest the One Ton Cup to be held in Auckland in November 1977. Newspaper Taxi was sold to an Australian yachtsman and is thought to have finished in ninth place in the Half Ton Cup.
|At the Half Ton Cup - Sydney, Australia (December 1977)|