Waikato Radio Yacht Club
Waikato IOM Championships
The weekend forecast for our inaugural IOM Club Champs was not looking very flash a couple of days out from the kick off on Saturday morning.
However on the day the Sunshine poked through and the event commenced with a field of 17 skippers and they all were duly rewarded with a crisp and fine Autumns Day.
Sailing conditions varied across the spectrum from morning conditions being very light and flat then building as the day progressed to strong gusting Westerly’s at top of A rig .
Sailing as a single fleet, the first few races saw a packed leading bunch converging on the first mark and the unmistakable sound of “clangs” revealing any boats touching the marks with visiting skippers soon realising that those bouys really are metal !
Races were over two laps of the course and many skippers found dealing with the pressure waves ( Jobble ) around our car park bouy and back to the finish a whole new experience.
The racing produced varied finishes but most races producing close finishes among the leading boats.
Graham Cross leads the field at the end of the first day:
First day’s results at completion of racing:
On the second day we decided to shift the racing to the far side of the lake to the Sailing clubs facilities as the weather predictions were for heavy rain building as the day progressed.
The day started to overcast but clear conditions and an ideal steady mid A rig Northwest breeze across the course.
Once again the racing was close with Graham Cross having to work hard to hold off the mounting challenge being thrown by Rob Nelson with Karl Stachel and Graham Roberts also right in the mix at the completion of most races.
8 further races were run on Sunday before rain caused an early finish to the racing.
Rob Nelson was unable to hold out Graham Cross who with a very consistent display of sailing over the whole weekend, piped Rob for the overall honors.
Congratulations to Graham for taking out the event and also to all the competitors who travelled to support our event and added to atmosphere
and competitive spirit that made for a great regatta.
Regatta Final Results