This was the 5th Annual Tucks Bay Classic. The fleet love getting away to the Coromandel over Waitangi weekend for a few days of casual sailing mixed with a good bunch of people and many good laughs!
Seven boats made the piligrimage but due to a short coming of crew a sixth team was created from a composite of “12 Gauge” and “Ugly Stick” running a two boat program and revolving crew list.
Day 1 saw what appeared to be a solid easterly from shore. The call was made for 3rd rigs all around.
Many good rides were had but the breeze wasn’t as consistent as hoped and many times we found ourselves underpowered. Some of the boats took to calling the race course Tea Bag Central.
Windward-Leewards starting with downwind starts were very entertaining for the fleet and race committee.
Day 2 started with a roaring easterly and torrential rain which tested the tents and the pegs of the pop up yacht club (marque).
The ominous weather spooked the herd and the fourth rigs were pulled off the trailers. Tim Bartlett (“Frankenskiff”) ran his 3rd rig which proved to be as effective on the water as the smaller fourth rigs. This sparked a long overdue, rum fuelled discussion back on shore about why we choose to have so many rigs that appear to do the same thing!!!
Two windward-leewards and an around the island race on day 2 saw “Mr Scruff” slip into the coveted 3rd place (As laid down in the Tucks Bay Handbook 3rd is the position that takes the overall win)
“Ugly Stick/12 Gauge” were in 1st and “One and In” were in 2nd place.
Day 3 and the weather had cleared and the sun was out. There were many dusty heads around the campsite as the 1 rigs were setup.
The composite team of “Ugly Stick/12 Gauge” took 2 convincing bullets and slid into 1st overall on the water.
This wasn’t to last in the overall standings as the “special race” held on Saturday night which required teams to wear silly hats and moustaches for the evenings festivities saw “It’s Not OK” (Jono Clough and Andrea Hawtin) take the win due to their effort and enthusiasm. “One and In” took second giving them the edge in the overall standings.
1st “One and In” – Ben de Fluiter and Matty Steven/Mairead Ross
2nd “12 Gauge/ Ugly Stick” – Leon Oliver and Simon Ganly/Oliver Scott-Mackie
3rd “It’s Not OK” – Jono Clough and Andrea Hawtin
4th “Mr Scruff” – Thomas Olds and English Ben
5th “Liquid” – Mike Rhodes and Shane Young
6th “Frankenskiff” – Tim Bartlett and Matt Hix
As mentioned the Trophy went to Jono and Andi in 3rd place.
Overall it was a fantastic weekend with a lot of great sailing and many shore based laughs!
Many rum buckets were consumed under the pop up yacht club. Shore based antics worth a mention include Oldies tent going for a trip down the beach whilst being setup and Jono Clough’s relentless rum fuelled giggling.
Special thanks to Russell Davis for his efforts as RO and head of the grievance council. Also special mention to Ayumi Tsukuda for the great photos.
By: Ollie Scott-Mackie