Sunny blue skies for a trifecta of Veterans, Classics and At Home Races


Full race results here: RPNYC Race Results

The rescheduled Veterans Race and Classics Race as well as the At Home Race were greeted by a beautiful calm sunny morning which was in stark contrast to the 40knot Southerly and 5metre plus waves in Cook Strait that had kept the offshore fleet at home on the Friday evening.

The veterans fleet included Gray McKenzie on After Midnight, Richard Nottage on Maranui, Michael Rylan on 88% Proof, Godfrey Geismer on Marangi, Kelvin Weir on Titus Canby and Jack Ayres on Montego Bay III. A very experienced fleet with a hundred plus years of yachting between them.

The start of the race was delayed till the breeze built to something slightly more than a zephyr and the combined fleet set off on a great course set by Race Officer Kate Beckett. Once around Pt Jerningham the fleet enjoyed a 10-15knot Southerly up into Evans Bay followed by a short downhill run to a laid mark just off the container terminal, another downhill run towards Soames and a short beat home in an easing Southerly.

Conditions could only be described as perfect for the 17 boats out for the day and centurion Jack Ayres masterfully helmed the big Montego Bay III to third on line in the Veterans race. Apparently Jack was heard to offer some very experienced advice on sail trim to keep the big boat moving in the dying breeze.
A number of the clubs honorary life members were on hand for the results and prize giving in the Wardroom. Results for the day were:

Classics Race Marangi 1st Line and 1st Club , this is corrected from the provisional result read on Saturday.

At Home Race 1st Line – Revs, 1st Club – CU, 1st PHRF – CU

And in the hotly contested Veterans Race it was 1st Club and winner of the Maxwell Cup – Maranui , 1st on Line After Midnight and 1st PHRF 88% Proof.

RPNYC President Arthur Stewart presented the Maxwell Cup to Maranui who were the winners of this year’s Veterans Race. Well done to them and all the Veterans that came out racing for the day.


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