Ruth Meo writes about her experience with this great opportunity for youth sailors, attended by Ruth, Alex Mitchell-Barker, Thomas Rodgers and Josh Watson.
Well where do I even start. What a roller coaster of a week; I guess the beginning is probably the best place to start.
We all arrived at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, as asked, for a ‘bus’ trip to Sandspit where we would catch the ferry over to Kawau Island. However the bus was more of a mini van thing with about 21 seats including the driver, no room for our bags. All 20 of us (one team from Sandspit Yacht Club met us at the ferry) packed into the van like sardines and then our bags were packed on top of us, which made a for a hilarious hour long trip to Sandspit.
Once at Sandspit we were able to see how bad the wind really was, only 30 knots gusting 40; causing the sea to splash over the road. Something that we consider normal but was an extreme event for everyone else. The ferry trip over was a rough one. One person was sick and I wasn’t far off. Once there we carted all our gear off the ferry and to the tents. The boys’ tent had survived the storm however the girls’ tent was another story. In the middle of the night before it had collapsed on the girls sailing in the previous week, meaning us girls were piled into the lounge of Lidgard House for the night.
Tribute to Tom Blackaller, Bay Area Sailing Legend
A wave from Lisa Blackaller-Williams on TOMCAT
This past weekend a special event on San Francisco Bay commemorated the anniversary of the 25-year passing of Tom Blackaller one of the Bay Area’s most celebrated sailors.
ACSailingSF, operated by Brad and Karen Webb, celebrated the occasion by taking Tom’s family for a spin on TOMCAT, a performance racing Prosail 40 catamaran which has served as a platform and inspiration for multi-hull America’s Cup sailing.
TOMCAT, the latest addition to ACSailingSF’s charter fleet, is named after Blackaller who began campaigning a Formula 40 catamaran with the same name in the ProSail Professional Sailing Series in 1988, and was leading the 1989 series at the time of his passing.
Norah affectionately known as the Matriarch of Muritai Yacht Club sadly passed away on 6th February. A service to celebrate her life was held at the club on 12th February.
The Yacht club was a major part of Norah’s and the Stagg family’s (Ray, Norah, Geoff, Andy and Susie) life for more than 70 years. And their contribution to the club has been enormous.
Norah’s husband Ray was a foundation member of the club and our longest serving Commodore. He was made a life member in 1970 and sadly died in 1973 aged only 50. Norah has continued a very close relationship with the club since then and was made a Vice President in 1985.
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At the start of this sailing season she again officially opened the club by raising the flag on opening day.
Two races completed on day 1 before lunch but high winds forced abandonment of racing for the remainder of the day.
Four races completed on day 2. Races 3 to 5 were run in moderate to strong winds, and after the lunch breack the wind had moderated to about 15 knots. Ten minutes before the start of race 6 - around 3 pm - the wind strengthened again and the race was shortened due to the conditions and high attrition rate. Conditions have been testing of sailors and gear - especially masts! Three races to go on day three.
All nine scheduled races now complete (1:00pm Monday). North Island Starling Class Champion for 2013 is Arkady Edmunds of Glendowie Club. CONGRATULATIONS Arkady!!!
Winners: 1st - Arkady Edmunds, Glendowie (centre), 2nd - Alex Wotton Kohimarama (second from left), 3rd Liam Closey, Murrays Bay (second from right), with Vicki Trudgen, MYC organising committee Chair, and Dave Molen of Seaview Sails and Rigging. (Click photo for bigger version)