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Sun shines on regatta

GILL ALCOCK
Last updated 05:00 09/01/2013
Rocky Bay Regatta

SPECIAL DAY: This year’s Rocky Bay regatta marked the 65th anniversary of the formation of the Rocky Bay Memorial Cruising Club. The beach was full of families celebrating the occasion.

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PRIZE SPONSORS: Waiheke Local Board members Jim Hannan, Jo Holmes, Faye Storer and Don McKenzie flank Commodore Mark Stratton of the Rocky Bay Memorial Club.

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Sun, sea and sailing vessels of all shapes and sizes combined to ensure the Rocky Bay Memorial Cruising Club's 65th anniversary regatta was one to remember.

Sailors on board keelers, kayaks, yachts and power boats along with jolly boats, centreboards and lasers competed for line honours throughout the day.

While onshore, family members of all ages took part in beach races, sand sculpture competitions and treasure hunts.

Swimmers aged from under 5 to over 55 were also catered for.

Families filled the beachfront below the Rocky Bay Hall to make the most of the weather and all the activities.

Mums, dads, grandparents and grandchildren were quick to sign up for the land and sea-based events - many of which have been included in the day since it first took place in 1948. The club was established in 1947.

The sausage sizzle proved popular, with volunteers selling more than 550 sausages to a crowd of about 400.

While Bernard Rhodes was first home in the keeler sailing competition in his vessel Klis II, Tom Hunt in Songbird took home the regatta's prestigious FFYNROC trophy as the first Rocky Bay resident, on handicap, to finish.

Verve, skippered by Norman Sharpe, was placed first in the power boat race and James McNally took line honours in the Laser competition.

Commodore Mark Stratton of the Rocky Bay Memorial Club says the weather played its part in making the day such a success.

"It was great to see so many families on the beach.

"We gave out 350 prizes to everyone from tiny tots to veterans and 250 bags of lollies to children.

"Special thanks to the Waiheke Local Board and local sponsors and helpers for their support."

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