Unfortunately I could not attend this years Centreboard Cup regatta as it clashed with the finish of the Rudder Cup Motor-boat race. Woody Andrew Mason very kindly sent me the report below & the photos above.
“Despite a poor forecast, the day was perfect without even a drop of rain. The wind was a consistent easterly, making for great sailing for the old mullet boats in this year’s Centreboard Cup. The racing got underway off Sloanes Beach, Herne Bay, at 1pm, with Nick from Hopetoun Brown (and ex Supergroove) providing the start signals on his horn. The mullet boats were then individually serenaded by Nick as they crossed the finish line. After fun and games on the beach, the crowd was fed by a Hawke Sea Scout sausage sizzle, and then entertained by the Hopetoun Brown duo. Thanks to Hopetoun Brown, Hawke, the Ponsonby Cruising Club, the Richmond Yacht Club and the Herne Bay Cruising Club for supporting this 2018 Centreboard Cup.
Hopefully someone will send in the race results 🙂
We were out walking the dog yesterday morning & spotted Prize sitting pn the Devonport Yacht Club slipway waiting on the tide for a re-launch after a winter hauled out getting some serious TCL.
I have a mate that really knows how to wind me up – the photo below of his bach fridge after a morning dive is just too much – looks like his Christmas dinner will be a goodie 🙂
2017 Centreboard Cup at the Herne Bay Yacht Club, Sloanes Beach
Raindance got a big 24hr workout at the weekend – Friday was the old mates lunch cruise to the Riverhead Pub, then back to Bayswater to drop the crew off & straight down to Waiheke Island for another mates dinner at the Oyster Inn. The nor-west puff put paid to anchoring in Oneroa so a quick call to Stephen Langton secured Kailua’s mooring at Matiatia for the night.
The Oyster Inn was like a CYA gathering with several woodys there as well enjoying the late avo> evening sun on the deck – great to see Waimiga back in the water after some TLC, looking very sharp.
Up early & back to Auckland to catch the start of the Centreboard Cup. A good breeze ensured some lively racing. I was land based so could only focus on the pre-start > start. But I was perfectly placed to capture Corona’s rather embarrassing oops at the start with a boat-shed – they were over the line at the start (by a country mile) & came back, then it all went pear shaped – check out the slideshow below.
Hopefully someone captured some on-the-water racing photos that we can share on WW?
This is the start of the oops, I suspect the skipper under estimated the length of the ramp, that was well submerged by a very high tide