2014-15 North Island Championships - Taupo

Out of town boats again dominated the North Island Championships held on Saturday & Sunday of the Easter weekend at Taupo.   In conditions that included challenging 15 - 18 knot south westerlies on Saturday and a 5- 8 knot southerly on Sunday, Wellington and Auckland boats again proved too good for the small fleet of local competitors.   The conditions on Saturday also produced a confused sea state with a short half metre chop, while Sunday was glass smooth at the scheduled start time, delaying the start for 11/2 hours.  The weekend was thankfully free of major incidents with the most notable event being a major raft up in the A Division fleet at the top mark in the Sunday race.

Many thanks to Lake Taupo Yacht Club which, as usual, ran a good and fair regatta.   With 6 races on the Saturday, all competitors slept well on Saturday night.

The results are:

A Division (Noelex 25 & above)
1st Rip On Bye Elliott 5.9 Callum Pritchard Private Member (Plimmerton Boating Club)
2nd Black Mamba Gazelle MkII Daryl McGee Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club
3rd Liquid Asset Williams 7 Mike Dunlop Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club

B Division
1st Aqua Flyte Noelex 22 Anthony Gibbs Manukau Yacht & Motor Boat Club
2nd Pure Magic II Noelex 22 Ric Turner Manukau Yacht & Motor Boat Club
3rd Bender Hartley 16 Andrew May Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club

Posted: Mon 06 Apr 2015