Brilliant sailing marks women’s regatta

Division 1 start, from left, Kaimai Flyer, Global, High Voltage, Khamsin, Satellite Spy and Oldsmobile. Photo Karmyn Ingram.

Over 100 sailors delivered some stunning performances on the water during the third Mud House Women’s Regatta hosted by the Waikawa Boating Club at the weekend.

Racing in a wide range of conditions over four races, the regatta was contested by a record turnout of 17 boats, with crews ranging from relative racing novices to current and former national champions.

Racing got underway late on Saturday due to a lack of wind, however the programmed two races were able to be completed.

Sunday dawned drier than Saturday, with extremely light winds testing the crews.

As the breeze filled in later in the day Race Officer Viv Butcher was able to set a tight and testing windward-leeward course as the final act of the regatta.

Division 2 start. Left to right, Sequin, Abracadabra, Freaky and On Appro. Photo: Supplied.
Division 2 start. Left to right, Sequin, Abracadabra, Freaky and On Appro. Photo: Karmyn Ingram.

Close racing in Division 2 saw Lyttleton skipper Karen Selway score a fine double with her Young 88 Abracadabra.

Selway sailed a near-perfect regatta, taking line honours in all four races as well as winning three of the four races on handicap.

The Division 2 podium was rounded out by Waikawa boat ‘Freaky’, the Farr 727 helmed by experienced ocean sailor Jill Bethell, with Waikawa’s Nicky Jenkins sailing the Hanse 385 ‘On Appro’ third.

Division 1 delivered some top racing from many of the best women sailors in the country.

Double Olympic medallist Jo Aleh took to the water aboard Satellite Spy, helmed by Carla Bennet, and contributed to a perfect four-from-four for line honours to the Ross 40.

Current national women’s keelboat champion Sally Garrett brought her crack crew from Auckland and despite stepping aboard less than 24 hours before the regatta began, Garrett and her crew sailed an immaculate regatta, winning four-from-four on handicap aboard the David and Jo Grigg-owned Beneteau 36.7 ‘Global’.

Showing exceptional multi-tasking ability, regatta co-ordinator Juliet Abbott helmed the Young Rocket ‘Oldsmobile’ to second place in the regatta, the racing so close that the final result was decided on countback with ‘Satellite Spy’ third, one point clear of New Year regatta champion ‘Kaimai Flyer’.

With dates for the 2020 event set and visiting crews committing to the event, the regatta looks to have a strong future.

Regatta spokesperson Duncan Mackenzie said, “the event is rapidly becoming a ‘must do’ on the calendar of top women sailors nationwide. We’re looking forward to growing the event alongside our foundation sponsors Mud House Wines”.

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