The Elliott 5.9 fleet travelled to Turangi to sail the North Island Champs, the final event in the 2012 Traveller Series.
RAYC’s Simon Manning, Andy Robertson and bowman Hayden Whitburn have been on a roll all year sailing The Blurr but have faced increasingly stiff competition as the fleet is growing quickly.
RAYC was also represented by Ewok (Craig Coulam, Phil Quinn and Cody Banks) and Blownaway (Bill Caunce) while Cameron Horne’s Slam Dunk was sailed by Stu Clarke.
Fresh from winning the NZ Match Racing Champs Will Tiller and his FMJ Racing Team borrowed Mike Sanderson’s Icebreaker and made a huge impression; immediately on the pace and always near the front.
The Blurr and Icebreaker had a tight tussle all regatta, with the RAYC crew eventually coming out on top to retain their North Island Title and also win the 2012 Traveller Series overall. Craig Coulam’s crew had a great regatta to finish third on count back ahead of Slam Dunk and Zoot Allures from Whangarei.
The next event for the RAYC E5.9’s is the Events Clothing Sail Akarana regatta – December 15/16.