Just over a year from Tamaki West carnival in January 1923 the final races for the 1923-24
Yachting season were held on Saturday 19 April . The Akarana Yacht Club held three races for the championships in the M, T and Jellicoe classes. Victoria Cruising Club held a race for the Y class for the Honour Cup. The Auckland Star, 28 April 1924 reports:
“The races were sailed in a hard, squally, northerly breeze which lightened up a little towards the finish. But the competitors got a rare dusting during the worst of the squall, several having to lower away all sail until the worst of it passed over.
The chief interest centred in the race for the 14-foot one-design (Jellicoe) class, the prize for which was a valuable oil painting presented to the Akarana Club by Captain Tom Ryan of the Great Barrier. Rona, Iron Duke and Idler competed and, from a good start Iron Duke, sailed by Glad Bailey, led all the way, beating the Sanders Cup winner, Rona,by 11 seconds. Iron Duke thus takes the trophy and the champion flag for her class for the season.”
The photo of Rona was taken during the Sanders Cup Trials of December 1922, She won the Cup that year.
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