Wow, back at work after a day off to recover from the Nth Island Finn Champs.
What a great venue and well run regatta. The wind was right up there, but again the cream sailors came through after some amazing races.
Day one had the fleet sent home when the wind gusts were recorded at 38 knots. A good call. When you looked across the harbour and saw a white wall of wind and rain heading your way, the beach was a good option.
NZL 13 wasn’t so lucky and ended upside down for a good 3 hours. The rescue crew had to unrig her at sea before she sank. Thanks to Andrew Murdoch and the rescue team, they managed to beach her on a sand bar and drain her out before towing her home. She will live to fight another day.
The fishing club hosted us Sat night for a few drinks. We sat around the table and listened to many Finn hints from Rafa. He is positive and approachable and willing to share his knowledge on the finer points of Finn sailing. Thanks Rafa.
Sundays forecast had the fleet sailing in 20-28 knots. Slowly the older boys started heading home as the races progressed. But those that stuck it out all deserved medals. On shore those watching Rafa and Andrew go toe to toe experienced Finn sailing at its best. Upwind Rafa was quickest, but on the runs Andrew was a rocket and impressed us all with his fearless approach in those conditions.
I was standing with former NZ Finn mentor Jonty Farmer and he was impressed with the power pack the Finn has developed into.
Most first beats were hotly contested by all sailing over the two days, but the flat runs sorted the placings out. Karl, Ray, Dave, Dennis, Tom and I all had our moments with Karl finishing 3rd overall.
Greg Farmer, son of Jonty used NZL13 and basically ran out of time to get her ready for Sunday sailing. But 3 hours of swimming Saturday was a damn good effort so maybe a blessing in the end.
Illia ventured out both days for a brief look at the course, but maybe played the right card by returning to shore with no damage and ready to fight another day.
A nice piece of water to sail on, awesome race committee and a fabulous clubhouse. What more do we need. Tauranga hosted us well and thanks for letting the boys stay at the club.
My little mate Tane Mahuta smiled all the way home and talked about his experiences out with the race officers, and can’t wait till next year so he can teach the boat operators a little bit more on skippering their boats.
The new North Island champ is Andrew Murdoch after winning a close battle with Rafa. A well sailed 3rd for Karl Purdie.
Great to see Dennis and Tom travel from CHCH and Napier respectively to join the fleet. Both had good speed and their Devotis looked the part.
I was talking to Dirch last night after his 3 weeks holidaying in the Philippines. He’s put a bottle of rum up as a challenge this weekend at Waiuku. So come join us and have a sail and a debrief.
Well some more Finn racing this weekend at Waiuku, so hope to see you all then.