A good breeze and excellent weather saw a record number of boats participate in the 2020 Mahurangi Regatta.
Around 115 boats of all types and classes participated in the regatta held at Sullivans Bay, marking the 43rd regatta since the event, which goes back more than 150 years, was revived by environmental group Mahurangi Action. The number of boats represents a 20 per cent increase on last year.
Organiser Cimino Cole says some of the older, heavier boats might have preferred a bit more wind, but there was enough for all the sail boats to complete the course. He says a highlight was the Classic Launch Parade, featuring large wooden ocean-going yachts sailing close to the shore while children swam nearby.
“It was just perfect,” he says.
The day ended with a prizegiving and dance at Scotts Landing, which also broke attendance records.
Meanwhile, scores of anchor lights from participating boats illuminated Mahurangi Harbour.
“The day was absolutely magnificent,” Cole says.