2012 Marblehead Nationals Report

Marblehead Nationals
Lake Rotoroa
Hamilton 29th-30th October

A few days out from the starters gun saw weather predictions that were looking decidedly dodgy to say the least….. Rain and 25knot winds.
But come Saturday morning the weather Gods smiled on our part of the world and we had nice conditions for sailing.

This year saw one of the best RM fields assemble in recent times with 17 competitors entered.
Entries were received from far and wide… South Island, Tauranga and a large contingent from Auckland and the host club Hamilton.

It must be said that the quality of the fleet and standard of racing was superb which made for some fun racing and which all bodes well for the class in general.
Saturday saw mid A rig conditions with the guys running swing rigs featuring prominently in the results. Ten races were run with 7 different boats crossing the line in Ist place showing a very even field.

Sunday dawned to very light breezes which continued to swing and shift from every direction making RO Bill Boons job a nightmare in trying to set a true course. Several attempts were made to get racing under way but the breeze would just not settle or die right away so a decision was made to abandon racing after lunch…… and wouldn’t you know it, as competitors were driving off, the breeze came in…mid to top a rig and anyone with their boat still rigged got in some great informal practice runs.

Full compliments to Keith May who traveled up from the South Island to take the event out with a consistent display of racing and showing the Starker’s design to be such a very good boat.

Anthony Sisson sailed into 2nd place with a borrowed yacht….. a great display considering he had only had an afternoon with the boat prior to the event and Carl Smith coming 3rd with a new combination also.

Hard luck story goes to Tony Parker who with a leak in his boat, fried the electrics. Some help from fellow sailors and great perseverance saw him continue to sail the whole weekend.

Despite no racing on Sunday, the event was a huge success and displays the class is alive and well. More fun events will see the class continue to prosper.

A huge thank you goes out to the Sponsors of the event who fronted up with many fantastic prizes and for supporting the class, which in turn made for a successful event.

Also to all the competitors for attending and for the way the racing was conducted. Good clean fun racing…. Top stuff guys!

A huge amount of thanks to:

NZRYA For Supporting the event
Badboy RC Supplying Futaba Radio Prizes
Radio Yacht Supplies Gift voucher spot Prizes
Dibley Boats Sponsoring the Barbeque
Ultralite Radio Yachting Bottle of Rum Spot Prize
Bill Boon &John Hyde Ro’s of the event
Team Tauranga Endless assistance with the event
Sharon Edge Camp Mum organizing the feed
Neil Wood Tireless worker for the event
Allan Pearson
Peter Harrow } Scorers and assisting with the meals
Gordon West

Regards
Nigel Clements
Commodore
Waikato Radio Yacht Club

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