For Ben Beasley and Nick Gardiner, the start of the 2020 Short Handed Sailing Association Round North Island Yacht Race can’t come soon enough. As the youngest competitors in the race, on the smallest boat in the fleet, Beasley (19) and Gardiner (20) are keen to get out there and prove they can take on this epic adventure.
Their yacht, Moving Violation, is an Elliott 7.9 designed by Greg Elliott. At just 7.0m on the waterline Beasley and Gardiner will have plenty of work to do to keep Moving Violation at the front of the pack in what will be a diverse division including Coppelia and Arbitare, both Farr 11.6’s, Duty Free, a Farr 1220, Fifth Dimension, a Beneteau First 36.7 and Distraction, a Farr 1020. Also, in this division, we have Am Meer, a Bavaria 38, Start Me Up, a Ross 930, Pelagian II, a Stewart 34 and the fleets second smallest boat, C U Later, a Ross 8m. Read on.