Lake Rotoroa provided contrasting conditions over the two days with strong sou'westerlies on Friday testing the skippers strength and control in survival mode conditions, and light and variable conditions testing their mental agility on the Saturday. Needless to say I struggled on both days. Our local numbers were bolstered by sailors from Ngaroto, Rotorua, and Panmure Lagoon. The Laser fleet had the most boats on the water (13 Standard, 3 Radial, 3 Four point seven rigs).
HYC turned on the hospitality with the kitchen crew providing lunches and a dinner on Friday for all the sailors and supporters. The team in the tower (Brokey and Hutcho) did a fine job with the courses. The regatta was notable for an absence of boat starts. Unfortunately the visiting skippers seemed to adapt well to the HYC tower start and the locals did not seem to have any advantage. Thanks to the commodore for leading the rescue boat team. They had a bit of heat on the Friday, but probably less than might have been predicted. Most skippers were able to avoid getting their masts stuck in the mud and there were few breakages.
There were some nice match ups across the fleets but probably the most intense battle was in the small Laser Radial fleet. Werner and Jason enjoyed 6 match races with a whole pile of other boats to play cat and mouse around. Victory to the young gun. Meanwhile in the Standard rig Arthur F weathered the storm on Friday and then enjoyed his relative lack of kilograms on Saturday to come out on top. Annie and Julia had a good battle in the Starlings with Julia winning and Charlotte sneaking into third on count back. Rob won a tight tussle with Jack in the Zephyrs, John E won the 3.7, Lochie M first in the P Class, and Lucas H first in the Optimist. Looking through the results the race wins were shared around and final scores were very close. A few more boats to fill out some of the fleets would have been ideal but all in all a fine regatta.
WTYA 2015 Regatta results
(apologies to Blake, I have not corrected his DSQ result. In fact he should probably be given an extra reward for reminding half the Laser fleet to put the yellow mark to starboard)