Nelson Leader : January 29th 2015
THE NELSON LEADER, JANUARY 29, 2015 Already in line for next year’s race By TAM HAZAN The Nelson Regatta, organised by the Tasman Bay Cruising Club, is an annual event which has become so popular that entries have now been limited to 40 yachts. More than half of the competi- tors come from other clubs such as those in Wellington, Waikawa and Mana, each boat carrying a crew of between six and eight members. This year the feeder race from Wellington had to be postponed and then cancelled due to high winds and uncomfortable seas in Cook Strait. Nevertheless most boats came over a little later to take part in the Nelson four-day event. Day One saw a series of three races held a little out to sea from the Boulder Bank. Beautiful conditions and a course of ‘‘round the buoys’’ ensured all enjoyed a great day on the water. The second day involves a much longer course – from Nelson to Torrent Bay, where the racing fleet with its two motor launch support vessels anchor for the night. The regatta fleet for handicap- ping purposes is split into two groups, dependent on factors such as size, rig, past success, etcetera – to provide fun and competition for the skippers and their crews: these groups are designated Romeo for the fastest and Juliet for the not-so-quick. Now firmly in the Abel Tasman region, there are two races on Day Three: the courses are designed to run up and down the stunning coastline and around the islands, finishing in Port Tarakohe – a sightseeing tour in itself. In the late afternoon the Pohara Boat Club entertains the racers with ‘‘fun’’ races in tiny Optimist dinghies on the sheltered waters near the clubhouse, and lays on a wonderful meal in the evening. Finally Day Four, and the long race home to Nelson with the final prizegiving ceremony that evening. This was when the ever faithful afternoon breezes failed to materialise this year in their usual strength: the boats did made it back, but in some cases only just before dusk! Overall winner of the Romeo division was Non Stop (Young 99) with owners Peter Gray and Ellen Bailey of the Tasman Bay Cruising Club. The Juliet Division winner was Acquiesce (Farr 1020) with Paul Tredinnick of the Waikawa Boating Club. Such is the enjoyment of sailing in this amazing part of New Zealand that entries have already been received for the 2016 regatta! ❚ More photos and information on the Facebook page – ‘‘Tasman Bay Cruising Club’’, with full results on the club website – http:/ /tasmanbaycc.co.nz/racing. 35 Flying: Non Stop, of the Tasman Bay Club, won overall honours in the Romeo class. Photos: DAVIDWAYNE Stunning: The fleet saw plenty of the provincial coastline on day three. Homewinners: Non Stop owners Peter Gray and Ellen Bailey with their trophy. In the background isTam Hazan, commodore of the Tasman Bay Cruising Club. Fun day: Thrills and the odd spill off Pohara to end day three.
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