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America's Cup-quality marine rigging

 

Established in 1998, Kiwi Rigging Limited provides a mobile yacht rigging service in Kerikeri, Opua and the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

 

Grant Jenkins is also available for contracts and overseas rigging work.

 

About Grant Jenkins

 

Sailing has been Grant's passion since he first started sailing P-Class dinghies at Torbay Sailing Club on Auckland's North Shore. Since then, Grant has made sailing his career as well as his hobby working on many high profile yachts and race campaigns. He has over 30 years of yacht rigging experience.

 

Career highlights to date

 

Whitbread round the world race

 

Grant was a member of the sailing crew and shore crew on board Digby Taylor's NZI Enterprise in the 1985-1986 Whitbread round the world ocean race. Click here to view the official movie archives.

 

NZI Enterprise

Fast and furious on the NZI Enterprise in the 1985-1986 Whitbread round the world ocean race

 

America's Cup campaigns

  • One World (2003 campaign): shore crew based in Auckland and Seattle.

  • Prada (2000 campaign): shore crew for Luna Rossa, based in Italy and Auckland. Prada won the prestigious Louis Vuitton Cup in this contest.

  • New Zealand Challenge (1992 campaign): shore crew  based in San Diego.

  • New Zealand Challenge (1986/1987 campaign): sailing crew (navigator) based in Fremantle.

In 2007 Grant contracted to Team New Zealand to set up NZL81 and NZL82: the boats had been sold to Cabo Adventures, a tourist charter operator in Mexico. Grant's role was to reassemble the yachts so they were ready to sail.

 

Prada Challenge shore crew

The Prada Challenge shore crew: Grant Jenkins is in the back row, third from the right

 

Superyacht and maxi yacht work

  • Windward Passage (Alan Gurney-designed 73-footer): working on the refit of the yacht and the rig, including sea trials.

  • Spy 102 (Holland Ketch): new build and sea trials.

  • Condor of Bermuda: delivery to Tahiti.

  • Hotspur (Deerfoot 63): delivery to Detroit.

  • Espada (Dubois 108 built by Alloy Yachts): delivery to Fort Lauderdale.

  • Imagine (Dubois 110 built by Alloy Yachts): delivery to Tahiti.

  • Corinthian (Dubois 114 built by Alloy Yachts): new build and sea trials.

  • Zana (Bakewell-White 30 metre ORC maxi yacht - now called Konica Minolta): new build and sea trials.

Personal racing and cruising interests

 

Grant is a regular club sailor. He spent many years racing on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf as a member of Ponsonby Cruising Club and Richmond Yacht Club. He now enjoys crewing in Opua Cruising Club and Kerikeri Cruising Club races in the Bay of Islands.

 

A keen Ross 930 sailor, Grant built Grunt Machine in the mid-1980s and owned and raced her for 15 years.

 

Grant Jenkins launches Grunt Machine

Grant (left) launching the Ross 930 he built, Grunt Machine, in 1984

 

Grant then co-owned an Elliott 7.9, FX, for 11 years and won the following race series in that time:

  • 2005 PCC LK Lindauer Women's Winter Series - Division 1 - 1st on handicap
  • 2005 PCC Volvo Round Rangitoto Race - Division 2 - 1st on handicap: winner of Giddens Cup
  • 2006 PCC LK Lindauer Women's Winter Series - Division 1 - 1st on handicap
  • 2007 RYC Winter Series - Division B - 3rd on handicap
  • 2008 PCC Women's Summer Series - Division 3 - 1st on handicap: winner of McWilliams Rosebowl trophy
  • 2008-9 RYC Wednesday Night Series - Division R - 2nd on handicap
  • 2009 PCC Women's Spring Series - Division 3 - 1st on handicap
  • 2009-10 RYC Wednesday Night Series - Division E - 3rd on handicap
  • 2010 PCC Women's Summer Series - Division 3 - 2nd on handicap
  • 2010 PCC Women's Spring Series - 2nd on handicap
  • 2011 PCC Women's Summer Series - 1st on line and 1st on handicap
  • 2011-2 PCC Women's Series - Division 2 - 3rd on handicap
  • 2012 RYC Winter Series - Division B - 3rd on handicap
  • 2013 RYC Winter Series - Division C - 1st on line
  • 2013 SSANZ Triple Series - Smallboat Divisions - Fastest overall elapsed time
  • 2013-4 RYC Wednesday Night Series - Division D - 1st on line, 2nd on handicap
  • 2014 RYC Winter Series - Division C - 1st on line
  • 2014 SSANZ Triple Series - Smallboat Division 2 - 2nd on handicap
  • 2014 SSANZ Triple Series - Smallboat Divisions - Fastest overall elapsed time.
 

Grant Jenkins at work at Westhaven Marina, Auckland

Grant at work

 

 

Grant Jenkins on NZI Enterprise

Grant crossing the equator on NZI Enterprise in the Whitbread round the world race in 1985-1986

 

 

Yacht delivery

Delivering Imagine, a Dubois 110, to Tahiti

 

 

Grant Jenkins tuning Zana's rig

Grant tuning Zana's rig during sea trials in Wellington's Cook Strait. The mast is an impressive 38 metres tall

 

 

FX on a Wednesday Night Race

FX racing on a Wednesday night race

 

 

Grant with Minnie the dog

Grant is often assisted in his work by his rigger dog, Minnie!

 

 

 

Can we help you? Please do contact us to discuss your rigging job!

 

       

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