Breeze dominates regatta
High winds played a large part in the Waikawa Boating Club's abbreviated Lawson's Dry Hills New Year Regatta which wrapped up on Sunday.
Racing on Friday was delayed twice before eventually being called off with wind speeds in excess of 48 knots recorded in Waikawa Bay.
Saturday proved better with a tightly packed schedule of five races, but a damp grey morning greeted sailors and their crews on Sunday and race officers delayed the first start. However, the breeze built steadily and the fleet managed to sail two of the scheduled three races in shifty north-west conditions before racing was called off due to winds of over 30 knots.
Champion and regatta line honours winner in division one was Jive Talkin, skippered by Dave Anderson from Navel Point Yacht Club in Lyttleton. Craig Edwards and Flying Machine were second, followed by Clive Ballett on Slingshot.
Division two was taken out by Tom Hutchison and Resolve, with line honours going to the Doug Avery-skippered Blue Velvet II, which was second overall. Terry Allen and Imagine It prevailed in division four, Mike Vining on Cashmere III bagging line honours.
Waikawa Boating Club manager Sue van Velzen said the challenging shifty wind conditions the Marlborough Sounds are known for did not disappoint and made for exciting racing and many lead changes.
Yachts from Wellington and Lyttleton sailed in the annual regatta, which is in its sixth year under the flag of Lawson's Dry Hills Wines.
Division one: 1st: Dave Anderson (Navel Point YC), Jive Talkin. 2nd: Craig Edwards, Flying Machine. 3rd: Clive Ballett, Slingshot.
Division two: 1st: Tom Hutchison, Resolve. 2nd: Doug Avery, Blue Velvet II. 3rd: Paul Tredinnick, Acquiesce.
Division four: 1st: Terry Allen, Imagine It. 2nd: Maurice Carter, Key Largo. 3rd: Steve Anderson, Bedouin.
The Marlborough Express