Kiwi was commissioned and campaigned by a group headed by Peter Walker, who sadly has recently passed away after a long illness. Walker had been an associate of Bruce Farr when his office was still in New Zealand, and who had been instrumental in earlier successes on other Farr boats such as Gunboat Rangiriri.
Kiwi was built by by Franklin yachts in Christchurch. Compared to other Farr boats of a similar size, such as Drake's Prayer, Kiwi was longer in rated length terms, heavier and had a much less distorted hull. She also had less freeboard and a noticeably less pronounced coachroof. Compared with her near sistership from Australia - Peter Kurts' new Madelines Daughter - Walker claimed his boat was heavier and stiffer, yet was pitched more towards reaching and running.
|Kiwi under construction at Ian Franklin's yard in Christchurch|
|Kiwi on her launching day - a smooth hull and showing the latest in Farr's thinking on appendage shapes|
|Kiwi preparing for a start during the 1987 Admiral's Cup trials|
|Kiwi rounds a leeward mark during the New Zealand Admiral's Cup trials|
|Racing in the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, 1987|
Kiwi sailed a 5/2/2/4/1/3/2 series, the features of which were her win in the long offshore race and second in the short offshore race where she had been able to stretch her legs and build a sufficient corrected time buffer over the tight group of the four One Tonners Goldcorp, Propaganda, Fair Share and Swuzzlebubble V. The fifth place in the first race was an aberration, a windless affair with Kiwi barely able to beat the One Tonners over the line, having found herself caught in a hole around Rangitoto.
|Kiwi leads Propaganda and Goldcorp off a startline during the 1987 Admiral's Cup trials|
|Kiwi powers upwind during the 1987 Admiral's Cup trials|
Kiwi had suffered in the Channel Race in which the results went according to rating, with the minimum-raters cleaning up. That apart however, Kiwi was a model of high consistency with inshore race results of 8/3/9. She enjoyed a titanic struggle with Britain's Indulgence, Denmark's Original Beckmann Pletfjerner and the superbly consistent US entry Sidewinder for big-boat honours.
|Kiwi chases the French 44 footer Corum downwind during the 1987 Admiral's Cup|
|Foredeck work on Kiwi during one of the inshore races of the 1987 Admiral's Cup|
|Kiwi approaches Fastnet Rock (photo K Soehata/NZ Yachting)|
|Kiwi tied up at the Queen Anne Battery marina after the Fastnet race, with team-mate Propaganda alongside (photo Shockwave40 blog)|
|Kiwi, sailing for Sweden in the 1989 Admiral's Cup, leaving Lymington Marina (photo Shockwave40 blog)|
|Kiwi, now Vincemus and located in Germany is for sale.|