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Perfect conditions headline milestone regatta (+video)

13 Feb 2017 09:24 am

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Around 30 launches joined the 96 competing boats in the Mahurangi Harbour the night before the race.
Sailors set a fast pace in what were ideal conditions for the Mahurangi Regatta held in the Mahurangi Harbour on January 28.

A total of 96 wooden boats competed, navigating their way once or twice around the course, with Auckland’s Corona setting the fastest time of two hours, 27 minutes and 48 seconds.

Although the regatta has been going for over 100 years, this was the 40th anniversary of it being run as the Mahurangi Regatta, under the banner of the Mahurangi Action Plan.

Outgoing Commodore Stephen Horsley says a south-easterly breeze of 18 knots made for exciting starts with a bit of commotion when some in the Mahurangi Cup were recalled.

He says feedback has been really positive this year but some comments have been made about the congested start, which will be discussed in the debrief.

The course started and finished at the Jane Gifford, moored off Sullivan’s Bay, going around Saddle Island and to a marker off Scott’s Landing in the Mahurangi Harbour.

Boats competed in three categories with those under seven metres starting first and doing a single lap. Second up was the main race for the Mahurangi Cup for traditional and pre-1955 boats.

Last to start were boats from between 1955 to 1985 with a few more modern exceptions in the mix.

One boat, Thelma A10, has competed in the regatta for over 100 years.

The Mahurangi Cup and Minerva Cup were both taken out by Corona, while Achenar won the Mahurangi ‘A Class’ Handicap Trophy.

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