Legends Regatta. Great Mercury Island.
The 10th Anniversary.
Labour Weekend 2013
It’s never a dream run……..well hardly ever. You’re likely to get a “pasting” going up or coming back from Great Mercury Island. This year it was for those boats that left on Friday in stiff winds right on the nose. A hand full of “cunning” skippers departed on Thursday, travelling thru the night with no wind and maxing out the motoring clause. It was worth it, tucked up in the Cove on Friday resting up while news trickled in of those less fortunate battling wind, tide and broken gear….only to find themselves heading for Mayor Island instead of the Coromandel.
Hat’s off to the little guys like Manhattan (actually…not so little) with novice crew that hid at Mayor Island until it was only half bad. There was an all important netball game that delayed their departure….yes….the chosen sport of the Skipper…that’s “Netball”, not “Basketball”. Go figure!
The “seasoned” sailors (and Steely) off Not Negotiable, also waited to poke their noses out from behind Mayor Island. This crew was also conspicuous by their absence at the Saturday Island gathering. I believe they made an appearance for 5 minutes then retreated…..for a nap perhaps……..or maybe they were too bloated with scallops to endure the party.
There is a trophy awarded each year to the boat that finds itself involuntarily “Up on the Hard”! Foxy Lady’s crew jumped ship on the Saturday to complete the round the island race and came back to their boat ungraciously leaning over baring all. Every year it happened to someone. This year was your turn Dora!
The regatta’s most noisy boat award must go to “Marbles” this year whose soundz were blasting as the gathering wound up on the island at midnight. I believe one of their crew was appointed “Cleaner” part way thru the night. Hate to see what ended up in their bilge but it was enough to send Murray scurrying back to Bluebird Free.
The “Stewarts” made a presence again this year…Princesses and Princes alike. These sturdy vessels had a much nicer ride in from Auckland and dotted themselves throughout the anchored fleet. They’re a proud little bunch….flying their “Big S’s”….but their presence was surpassed by another make of Boat………..
“Beneteau”…..6 of them…..one could have been fooled into believing it was a “Beneteau Regatta” with their over 40’s hulls muscling for room in the Cove.
The round the island race on Saturday was supported by a good number of the fleet. Winds were light at the top end of the island but gathered strength and posed a challenge down the bottom end.
The return trip home began for some boats on Sunday. A mini fleet gathered at Boat Harbour on Sunday evening. All weekend a procession of tenders could be seem coming and going from Instigator 3’s transom but on Sunday evening the skipper himself manned his tender along with that of Jade Lady. Together they were seen slipping off into the twilight in pursuit of dinner using a long line. I believe the result was NOT a feast!
Not entirely sure why Santana wound in her
genoa…”Self Handicapping” maybe?…but she soon recovered, zipping around the
outside of On Y Va.
On Y Va came perilously close to Bluebird Free but scampered away after having her gennaker collapsed by a true pirate skipper!
Congratulations to Persuader, the Race winners of the Regatta and also to Gannet who drew the major prize and generously donated it.
The Committee, Skippers and Crew of this regatta would like to thank the sponsors and in particular PowerCo for their generous support. We hope the PowerCo employees enjoyed this event.
Attachment C2013 Legends Regatta 25th -28th October
2013 Entry Form Entry & Prize conditions
Sailing instructions and Notice of Race Sailing Instructions Legends Regatta 2013
|Steve Livingstone||Tango||Beneteau 461||1226||MMYC|
|Andy Kennedy||Jade Lady||Noelex 30||5810||TYPBC|
|Barry Farr||Candidus||Chico 30||4551||MMYC|
|Doug Harrison||Wizzard||TC 12.5||7565||MMYC|
|Mike Way||Summer Magic||Witchcraft||T 3754||BOPTYS|
|Arthur Elworthy||Hanse Free||Hanse 371||8871||MMYC|
|Colin Davidson||On Y Va||Beneteau||8448||MMYC|
|Terry Spitz||Sea Beagle||Bavaria||8830||TYPBC|
|Euan Armstrong||Marbles||Farr 1020||57||Kawau Island YC|
|Bill van der Vlerk||Brubeck||Lotus 920||3769||MMYC|
|Shane Buxton||Persuader||Lotus 10.6||5007||MMYC|
|Adam Yates||Jetstream||Challenger 29||119||MMYC|
|Jim McCrone||Gillian||Wright 10||6533||MMYC|
|J Berrington||Chelsea Hotel||Crowther 12.5||7588||MMYC|
|Gary Urwin||Not Negotiable||Young 9.9||6609||MMYC|
|Bryan Jenkins||Calumet||Gulf 30||3387||MMYC|
|Neil Heath||Precedent||Stewart 34||1880||RNYS|
|Stu Clark||Gannet||Wright 36||3410||MMYC|
|Brian Jones||Santana||Bavaria 38||8952||MMYC|
|Wayne Eaton||Kaimai Express||Beneteau First 40||9289||TYPBC|
|Dave Peet||Instigator III||Wright 43||8719||TYPBC|
|Murray Rhodes||Bluebird Free||Beneteau||1||MMYC|
|Tom Wheeler||Force 10||Wright 10||5480||MMYC|
|Jim McCracken||Johanna||Chico 30||5778||TYPBC|
|Pete Linde||Manhattan||Challenge 29||4751||TYPBC|
|Sally Clark||Ghia||Davidson 35||6025||MMYC|
|Roy Petch||Code Zero||Lotus 10.6||4960||MMYC|
|Mike Evans||Vino||Genisis 400 Launch||TYPBC|
|Rick Murrell||Sea Change||Hanse 415||9334||TYPBC|
|Zane Edlin||Happy Hour||Flannagan||TYPBC|
|Nicole Harris||Tiare Iti||Compass H28||9363||TYPBC|
|Brett Henshaw||Prince Hal||Stewart 34||41||RNYS|
|Les McDonald||Aurora||Stewart 34||1044||RNYS, RPNYC,TYPBC|
|Ray Carter||Déjà vu||Baltic 42||950||TYPBC|
|Chad Heads||Foxy Lady||Spencer 28|
|Bill Falconer||Princess||Stewart 34||809|
The Legends Regatta is made possible by the generous support of the following companies: