New Plymouth yachtie Alan Holdt has waited a while for a second national title.
However, the long wait was worth it when he claimed the national Hartley 16 title with crewman Roger Fawcett off Port Taranaki on Saturday.
"It's been a while. Years ago, I won a title with my brother, Dennis. It was the Idalong class in Rotorua, Dennis was the skip, I was the crewman."
Holdt, 64, said he had been the "bridesmaid" on at least two occasions at the nationals.
"I've been racing since I was 12. Most years I've been away to the nationals . . . I've competed in at least five different classes over the years. It's a lifetime passion," Holdt said.
"I went to the worlds in the OK dinghies in Adelaide in 1974, finishing 37th out of 75."
Holdt's latest victory was all about consistency. He won one race over the three days of racing but, more importantly, had a second, two thirds and two fourths, dropping his worst result - 14th in the sixth race.
Even so, it all came down to the last race on Saturday, with cousin Simon Holdt having a chance to snatch victory. Simon Holdt won the final event. However, Alan Holdt's fourth placing was enough to take the title.
Holdt finished on 17 points, with his cousin and the crewman, Nathan McArthur, on 19 after they dropped their worst race - a 10th in the third race. Simon Holdt's other results included two wins, two seconds, a fourth and a ninth.
Third on 28 points was Manukau's Michael Insley and his son, Gareth.
Next up is the New Plymouth Yacht Club regatta and the Western Districts championships on February 16 and 17.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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