The Royal Akarana Yacht Club Hansa Liberty sailors have arrived in Hiroshima, Japan for the World Championship which begins in just two days time.
Club Captain Jenny Price is at the event assisting Royal Akarana Yacht Club Volunteer Coordinator Helena Horswell with her boat set up, and just generally keeping her focused on the job at hand – to reclaim the World Championship for her division.
“Registration and measurement is underway along with a lot of reunions!” said Jenny from the rigging area at the regatta site. “So far we have been extremely impressed with the precision of Japanese organisation with getting everyone signed off and ready to race. There is a small army of volunteers to assist with everything and they have set up a temporary HQ for sailor amenities in a large tent village.”
Helena, along with fellow Royal Akarana Yacht Club team members Brendan Tourelle, Tony Vaka and John Buchanan are hoping for breeze when the regatta gets underway.
“So far there hasn’t been a breath of wind but this afternoon there was finally a nice sailing breeze. We’re hoping this stays in for the week as we all prefer a bit of breeze,” said Helena.
Of course you can’t have a regatta without some drama. Luckily it’s been minimal so far for the team with the only breakage being a flat trailer tyre. However luckily there are a lot of wheelchairs around, so finding a pump to rectify the issue with pretty easy.
Team Royal Akarana Yacht Club
- Brendan Tourelle – Liberty Single
- Tony Vaka – Liberty Single
- Helena Horswell – Liberty Single Servo
- John Buchanan – Liberty Single Servo