Wednesday, 25 November 2020

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"Double Trouble" regatta a team effort from start to finish

Last weekend’s second “Double Trouble” multi-hull regatta hosted by the Mercury Bay Boating Club featured 34 boats from as far as Christchurch, Picton and Kerikeri. “It’s actually quite astonishing,” says Jonathan Kline, Boating Club commodore. “Last year we’ve had 13 boats in our first regatta, but the word started to spread around New Zealand and the competitors didn’t seem to mind towing their boats over the Kopu-Hikuai Road because of what they knew were was waiting for them this side.

“Our beautiful Mercury Bay is genuinely one of the best sailing destinations in New Zealand and with our clubhouse perfectly located on the water, the out-of-town competitors couldn’t stop talking about how fortunate we are to call Whitianga home.”

The regatta featured three classes - Hobie Cats, A-class boats and Tornadoes. A dozen Mercury Bay Boating Club members were in action, including some of the older and more experienced youth sailors.

Four races were sailed on Saturday and two on Sunday. “The number of races allowed the competitors to drop their worst race,” says Jonathan. “It’s an arrangement everyone liked and kept the competition very tight.”

The course for each race was in the shape of a triangle and was set by veteran club member, Russell Chaney, who took on the role of principal race officer. “The shifty winds we know the Bay can throw up meant that it was easy to go from zero to hero and also from hero to zero in a very short period of time,” says Jonathan. “We’ve seen some very close and exciting sailing over the course of the weekend.”

The regatta was a team effort from start to finish. “Our club members went out of their way to make the weekend a success,” says Jonathan. “Our juniors and their parents helped on the beach and in the clubhouse, and our committee and adult members made sure everything happened when it was supposed to happen, and that everyone was safe on the water and on shore.

“Everything worked like clockwork. We served lunch to the competitors on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner in our clubhouse on Saturday evening was legendary. With more than 70 people attending, the energy was something extraordinary.

“All the place-getters received prizes sponsored by local businesses. We appreciate their support very much.

“After everything was done and dusted on Sunday, the convenors of all three classes asked if we could host their national championships next year. That tells me that we aren’t only a fantastic sailing destination, we are also a well-organised, well-functioning club. Our members should be very proud of what all of us have achieved over the weekend.”

See the Sport Results on page … for the results of the regatta.

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