Ray Hasler launches new 42fter in Auckland

Rikki - Ray and Lesley Haslar
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Former New Zealand Sailor of the Year, and one of the outstanding off shore sailors - who has been a major force for now five decades - Ray Hasler - has launched a new racer.

His new Reichel Pugh 42 – 'Rikki' was launched at at Pier 21 in Auckland New Zealand June 25.

The lady-in-red is now a reality. Yes – and light and bright on the water with an eager crew ready to learn all her idiosyncrasies.

Haslar plans to race her in Auckland for a few weeks, then sail up the coast to her home in the Bay of Islands.

The Coastal Classic will be their first major event starting in October 2011.