Although Covid 19 caused the cancellation of a few races, it did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of club members, friends and sponsors who gathered at the Gulf Harbour Yacht Club on July 18 for prizegiving. The event, normally held in May, was delayed by the lockdown.
Team Memphis made several trips to the podium after a brilliant season last summer. Father and son Warren and Sam Henderson have raced in the Two Handed series over the past three years gaining third place, then second. They went all out this year for the top prize, which they won. Warren and his crew also walked away with most of the other major prizes, including the Fairway Bay Gulf Series.
Other winners included Ladies Twilight Series – Jocelyn Allemann on Glory Days; Gulf Harbour Marina Twilight Series – Keith Browne on Whirinaki IV; and Cruising Series – Richard Endean on Southern Comfort.
Many races are held in conjunction with Weiti Boating Club and a friendly rivalry exists between the two clubs for the Waka Trophy, which this year was won by Gulf Harbour.
Committee member Mike Pignéguy says there has been no shortage of yachts competing for the 55 races that were run over the past year.
A full racing programme is in place for summer.