For a variety of reasons the Committee has decided to move the Closing Regatta scheduled this Saturday (11/04) to the following Saturday (18/04). The format of the regatta will not be changed and we will try and complete four races starting around 10am. Further details on the Regatta will be provided next week.
This coming Saturday (11/04) two races are offered as usual starting about 13:30. While this racing won’t count towards any specific trophies (other than potentially for the P Class), Saturday is an opportunity to further sharpen skills before other regional events start across the winter period and it would be good to see a reasonable turnout.
Plenty of close finishes but much of the regatta was a slow motion affair with light winds mostly from the northerly quarter (never a popular direction on the lake). The Race Officer had only half the lake to play with as the wind in the south east end of the lake was largely non-existent.
Many thanks to our major sponsor Burnsco Marine and Leisure. Due to their generous support we had a fine selection of prizes.
I am beginning to think we need to make some sort of offering to the swamp spirits as our season has been notable for very light winds, gales, and winds that just kick in as the sailors are packing up. Today was no different with a nice N'wester filling in about 1600hr. Trouble is I am not entirely sure what offering would appease a swamp spirit. Our club has certainly donated enough hats, sunglasses, wind-indicators, battens, and the occasion rudder but clearly these items are not what is wanted.
Regatta results below. Congratulations to all the winners and to all the sailors making a go of it in difficult conditions. Many thanks to all the volunteers who made the event possible.
The WTYA Interschool Regatta for the Burgess Trophy was sailed today (or mostly drifted). Waikato Diocesan have had to pass the baton on for champion school to Hillcrest High School. So well done to the Hillcrest team - Brodie, Janey(c), Joeke, Lucas, and Justin. Our spin of the weather lottery wheel wasn't ideal but at least there was no rain. Thank you to the schools for recognising what a cool sport sailing is, and letting the sailors have a day out of the classroom. Thanks to Hutcho and his team in the tower, and to all those who helped on shore duties, and especially the galley hands who kept the sailors and volunteers fed.
We had 8 different schools represented and 4 of the teams had 5 or 6 sailors. Any of these schools with bigger teams had a reasonable chance of taking out the regatta, but the Hillcrest team managed to string the best set of results together.
Even more sailors would be great. So for you sailing captains the challenge is to unearth some new sailing talent in your respective schools.
Four races sailed and the results are tight in many of the fleets. The P Class have an equal opportunity thing happening with Brodie and Annie both on 7 points, each has two 1sts, one 2nd, and one 3rd, with Brodie winning the last race so ahead on countback. Three more races are scheduled for tomorrow. Results after the 4 races on day 1 attached below.