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White Island Race 2020

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WHANGAMATA RACE 8th of February 2020

Entries for the Whangamata race are now open.

Entries are open for the 2020 Whangamata Race hosted by the Mount Maunganui Yacht Club.

The race will be held on Saturday 8th February 2020.This time the direction is from Tauranga to Whangamata, where entrants will be hosted by the Whangamata Yacht Club for prizegiving and dinner.

The high tide for deep draft boats to enter the harbour is early evening around 6.00pm.

The notice of race and entry form can be found on the MMYC website here:

Entry Form 2020

Notice of Race – Triple series 2019/2020

 

 

 

 

White Island Race report

The White Island race was held on Saturday November 16.  6 

6 boats entered with one withdrawing shortly after the start.

The forecast for the day was for the breeze to be almost non existent at the scheduled start of 8.00am, so the start was delayed until 10.00 when a light westerly was blowing.

Most of the boats made the best of the conditions flying spinnakers for the first 1/2 hour.  The exception was Formula One which reports that they only used their code zero and no1 jib for the whole trip.  Unlike Truxton and Pork Chop which both made continuous changes as conditions changed from the light westerly to a solid 20 knot North westerly and then back to a strong westerly.

The result was that all boats had a fast trip to White Island but a slow return.  Open Country and Rimfire were arriving at White Island as Pork Chop and Truxton were leaving.  The trailing boats suffered as the breeze slowly backed to the west and then all but died as they attempted to get past Motiti.

Formula One had the best of the conditions finishing around 11. pm for a 13 hour trip, Truxton an hour later and Pork an hour or so behind them.  Open Country finished before the was up but Rimfire had the worst of conditions and crawled to the line well after breakfast.

All in all it was a great race with Truxton picking up the win on handicap.  Only 9 minutes covered the first 4 boats on adjusted time so it was a great effort for everyone.

Mount Maunganui Yacht Club are pleased with the event and are keen to hold it regulalry.  They have even inaugurated (recycled) a new cup which was first donated in 1946.  It will be awarded for each of the Coastal Series races.  The next of which is Whangamata race on 7 February 2020.

The next club event is the Christmas Raft up on sunday afternoon 15th December.

See you there (details to come later).

 

White Island Race – Amendment to Sailing Instructions

The race committee has amended the Sailing Instructions for White Island Race.

Section 4 stated the race was on 15th November.  This is incorrect.  The race is to be held on SATURDAY 16th November starting at 0800.

New Sailing instructions are found here: Sailing Instructions White Island Race  V2.

 

 

 

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