Four crews from Muritai took part in this very enjoyable event involving 52 boats in the main fleet.
Our best performance came from Wal and Colin (20th) but most impressively they won the line honours for veteran award. Jeremy and Judy, Rudi and Penny, Chris and Mary Clare made up the other 3 MYC crews.
Fourteen boats came from Wellington in total, 9 from Dunedin (great effort) and 3 from Christchurch and one crew who sail near Hokitika.
Wakatere Boating Club certainly did a very fine job of hosting this 50th anniversary event at their magnificent facilities between Devonport and Takapuna. The social barbecues were done very well at prices on the light side for Auckland. The host club made everyone very welcome and helped out in every which way they could, including finding and delivering your boat trailer to you at the end of racing.
The event was sailed in light (and sometimes very light) conditions in the tidal Rangitoto channel. The tidal run meant laying bouys - especially the windward mark - was tricky. In the conditions that prevailed there were for key points to get right in the big fleet in these light and tidal conditions.
1. Be on the front line at the start
2. Strive hard to get clear air
3. Avoid colliding with other boats
4. Lay the top mark with a bit to spare
As so often happens the best sailing breeze just got up in the second half of the last race. The race officer did very well to get 8 races in over the 3 days.
Overall the event proved a big boost for the class and we look forward to hosting this event at MYC on Waitangi weekend 2015.