It was a glamour weekend for the final races of the 2017 18′ Skiff Skiff Auckland Championship with the fleet getting good use of their number one and number two rigs.
Saturday saw the bottom end for the number 2 rig with a building breeze throughout the day. This gave everyone a chance to check in with each other and tune up their rigs which have hardly been used this season due to the large amounts of light air.
Sunday was a very tough rig call for the competing boats. All teams left it to the very last minute to eventually choose the big rig and then launching in 20knots which provided for some exciting pre-start warm up. However it proved to be the right call as the breeze quickly died to a very tricky and shifty 5 to 12 knot breeze. There were several lead changes with Honda Marine getting ahead in the third run to take the win.
Honda Marine was stoked with the win and to see their two new main sails working well. C-Tech are coming together quickily with the new crew combination. Knight Frank are looking forward to getting stuck in to some good training in the new year. ASCC’s Murray England said “had one of the best days sailing he’s ever had”. Maersk Line unfortunately lost crew member Hamish McGill with a broken foot when he got flung around the forestay on day one. He should see a quick recovery and they’ll be fired up in the new year.
The Kiwi team heading to the JJ’s in 2018 are pumped with training sessions planned from now until the day the container gets packed.