Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: At anchor in 60 knot winds: "Kiwi Roa" visiting South Georgia Island
We met Peter in Namibia last year. Kiwi Roa is a gorgeous boat, incredibly set up for serious cruising in potentially nasty places like this. They were rolled going from the Falklands to Cape Town with the only breakage being one 3/8" shackle.
Some people responding seemed not aware that Peter is the inventor of the Rocna anchor so it is pretty easy to guess what he was using. We talked over a beer or two about the anchor world. He said the problem with the Chinese Rocnas was not the metal but the manufacturing. The anchors were designed to be welded up from plate steel. The ones made in China that had problems were cast instead.
He had a small prototype of a new anchor that was going to be coming out as a West Marine branded product. Don't know if it there yet.
Kiwi Roa was intending to be in Greenland this summer with the plant to return to South Africa before continuing its west around circumnavigation in high latitudes. Peter had not worked out the timing but thought he could not get back to the south this year so would probably need to wait out a season in Europe. He and his girlfriend don't like warm places and prefer the cold remote spots like South Georgia, Patagonia, and the Falklands. I think he said he had five winters in the last two spots.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.