Tauranga to Whangamata Yacht Race
Saturday 20th February 20146
Briefing & BBQ at upstairs at MOSC, The Mall, Mount Maunganui
7.00pm Friday 19th February, 2016
NOR and details to follow
Great start to the Summer with Karewa race 1, conditions favoured the bigger of the 12 boats that came out for a fantastic afternoons sailing in very pleasant conditions. Next Race on the 29th of November followed by a prize giving/Christmas drinks.
Winter Open series 2015 – Season summary
By Tom Wheeler
The ten races, spanning from May to September, produced some exciting racing in a wide range of conditions – the light air days at times had boats moving backwards with the tide, with anchors ready to be deployed, while the windy days had some boats over on their ears and their crews struggling to control spinnakers or shortening sail. The Mark Foy system of staggered start-times, a feature of the series, reduced pre-start stress for skippers and crews, leaving them only to stay out of the sandbanks and stay on board their vessels for the duration of the race. The races encompassed a variety of courses, with the western arm of the harbour being much frequented, but also taking in a couple of visits to A beacon or Karewa. Many thanks should go to the starters for setting some interesting courses. Almost all the participating boats had podium finishes at some point during the series and the final overall placings were contested right up until the final race, which attests to the accuracy of the handicapping. The overall Division A winner was Not Negotiable, with Rocky and Persuader taking second and third place. The overall winner of B division was Candidus, followed by the combination of Invincible and Force 10 (the crew swapped boats mid-season) and Nelani taking third place.
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