On the weekend of the 21-22nd April, a fleet of highly competitive Flying 15’s will descend on Royal Akarana Yacht Club for the North Island Championship.
So far 11 boats have entered the regatta including the current National Champions Murray Gilbert and Jono Burgess, however they have a challenging regatta ahead of them with Nationals runners-up Hayden Percy and Scott Pederson from Wellington keen to knock the Auckland locals off their perch.
Percy, who recently won the Paper Tiger Interdominions in Melbourne, Australia, said that sailing in Auckland is a challenge.
“It would be great to get one on Murray and Jono, but they definitely have the home water advantage over us,” said Percy.
Teaming up with his National Championship crew, Scott Pederson, the pair are keen to get on the road on Friday and make their way from Napier to Auckland.
Sally Garrett, regular on the Flying 15 circuit and sailing with partner Neil Easteron, is very pleased with the line up of boats and crews for the regatta. Garrett, is just recently home from an expedition to the Southern Ocean, said that she hasn’t been in the FF15 since the Nationals.
“Neil and I haven’t sailed together for few months now, so I’m a bit nervous to get back out there! It’s a competitive fleet so regardless of how we go it should be a great weekend at the club,” said Sally Garrett, skipper of The Godffather.
Registration for the Flying 15’s is from 0800-0900 on Saturday 21st April, with briefing at 0830 hours. The first warning signal for three races back to back will be fired at 1000 hours.
Results will be available via the RAYC dedicated Flying 15 page – www.rayc.co.nz/flying15
- 3754 – Busineff » Hayden Percy & Scott Pederson
- 4003 – The Godffather » Sally Garrett & Neil Easton
- 3740 – Flying Cloud » Chris Field & Marty Yates
- 3087 – Iff » Jenny Price & Alison Howitt
- 3840 – Ffrenetic » Murray Gilbert & Jono Burgess
- 3841 – Ffenne » Fred Price & Dave McIntyre
- 3543 – Jaffa » Rob Ward & Bruce Yovich
- 3552 – Gust Buster » Roger & Jill Knightly
- 3091 – Fflorin » Nathan Percy & Selwyn Pederson
- 3169 – WTFF » Ollie Gimberg & Hilary McWhinnie
- 3839 – Graffiti » Andy Taylor & Greg Taylor