It was a glorious Okareka summer’s day, warm with light steady breezes that provided scope for some yachtie competition and fun.
Special congratulations go to the first 3 place getters who all crossed the line within 2 minutes:
1st Place - Gary Vogels sailing a laser
2nd Place - Alex Daprini sailing a laser
3rd Place - Harry Lusk sailing a laser
For Gary it is his third time to win the race; first in 1990 and again in 1993. An old timer in the game!
Special prize for Sportsmanship was awarded to Aaron and Tirini Hemi – This father and son team had an unavoidable setback at the start and in keen spirit did not let it hold them back.
Special thanks go to Mike Smith and his support team for laying the race course and for retrieving the buoys and more - tasks that Mike has so willingly undertaken over many years.
Thanks also to Mike and Sandra Goodwin and to the Smith family for their essential race support, in providing standby rescue boats!
Appreciation also goes to Fernando Alves, timekeeper for the race.
Very particular thanks go to Grant and Shona Telfer, the owner/operators of:
Telfer Marine Ltd, 236 Te Ngae Road (cnr Hamiora Place) Rotorua Tel: 07-345-9854
Telfer Marine has supported the race over many years by donating the first prize - a top quality life jacket. This long-standing tradition is greatly appreciated.
We look forward to seeing everyone next year for the 44th yacht race.