Royal Akarana Yacht Club is well represented in the 2015 SSANZ Triple Series with all our Flag Officers racing in the highly competitive two handed fleet.
Commodore Nathan Bonney and fellow member Colin Jensen race on Nathan’s Elliott 770 Faster Coyote and had some pretty awesome sends, and a spectacular wipeout during the race.
Battered and bruised and still recovering from the chilly conditions, Nathan said that he and Colin had a great race although they would have liked to place better in the results.
Vice Commodore Sally Garrett races on the Pied Piper Woodstock with Graeme Robbins. Woodstock is one of the smallest boats in the fleet, but Sally loves the racing and is a regular on the two handed circuit.
“We blew a kite during the race but as least we stayed in control!” said Sally.
Rear Commodore Leigh Miller, sailing with Wakatere Vice Commodore Simon Probert, was on his Young 88 Voodoo and was hit by the 35 knot squall that knocked down the fleet not long after the start. He was spotted looking rather focused as he tried to keep Voodoo from rolling over.
“It was messy!” said Leigh.
Club Captain Mark Taylor owns and skippers the modified Stewart 34 Pahi with fellow member Mike Smith. These two had an awesome day with the double wins for their division, however Mark did have to climb the mast at Gannet Rock to release their kite which was wrapped around everything!
“It was fun and games up until then!” said Mark. “We had a great little battle with Brett Hampson (RAYC) on Promise after the start as well.
Club sponsor Hamish Milne raced Moody Blue in the “caravan division” and was all smiles before the race.
Sailing Committee member Simon Manning and his boat partner and fellow member Andy Robertson on Provincial Cowboy had a blinder off the start but then were taken out by the squall as well.
“A few little issues here and there and we did lose a sailbag but that’s all that really happened to us! I think we got off lightly!”said Simon
Chris Skinner, also on the RAYC Sailing Committee, drove his boat Truxton hard and said he had some of the best rides of his life!
Another Sailing Committee member, Lanny Walker was on the trimaran Dragon.
“We had a mean send to Waiheke and just two sailed to Black Rock then came the upwind haul put Dragon in second gear with the rig canted and went into battle with big waves and big squalls.”
Congratulations to all the RAYC members who raced on Saturday! Check out the action in the official video of the day.