Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Day One

We’re racing

TeamVodafoneSailing: ahead by a very long way! Image copyright Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2011.

by Lesley Haslar

10-15 knot winds – gusting to 20, was a great start to the Bay Regatta, January 19,2011., especially after Tuesday night’s rain and stormy winds. One hundred and thirty three boats started in twelve divisions – including the 22 Flying 15 National Championships as part of the Regatta. Close racing, close finishing for the Flying 15s, all results are on the website.


Team Vodafone, as the biggest multihull was miles ahead in every race; Triple 8 had a tough day missing some marks. Wired (Division A) got the gun in three races – with Orbit B Division, finishing first in race one as a wake-up call for the A boats.

Playbuoy (B Division) had a Port & Starboard confrontation with Multi Hull ‘This Way Up’, the latter boat unfortunately out of the regatta. This incident goes to Protest and the result will be advised tomorrow – Race Day 2.

We have a couple of very young sailors bidding for ‘youngest crew member’. Horima Neville on Luxury Liner (Elliot 5.9/Opua Yacht Club) 11 years old in his second major race, his first was 2010 Coastal Classic on Cotton Blossom. Kriselda in Passage Division 2 has put her hand up with crew member James aged 12, sailing now for two and a half years as a general-hand. There will be more names – more bidding over the three days of racing.

The North Sails Tent is a mass of happy yachties telling stories of their first day on the water at Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2011.

Bay of Islands Sailing Week