Red Light means go for the Gold Cup

In our new world, red light means go !! This meant that the organized regattas could finally take place. After 4 months of absence from competition, all the teams jostled each other to get out on the water and test their speed. The weather really put it in the spotlight for a good show with 15-20 knots from the North-East and wind against the current.

The first Gold Cup race was supposed to take place on September 25, but due to blockages teams had to embark on the series in Race 4, the Percy Jones Memorial which takes the teams around Waiheke and finishes the Royal Akarana Yacht Club. .

It was a close end between Sassinate, V5 and Menace, with Sassinate ultimately winning Line Honors and Zephyrus winning PHRF. Fat Freddy the modified Formula 40 won a multihull first to start the season.

Photo: Adam Mustill – Live Sail Die

It was described as “the perfect conditions to start the season” and judging by the smiling faces perched along the rails, all of the sailors were just happy to finally compete and regain a sense of normalcy as New Zealand is heading for summer. How great to have Waitemata Harbor alive again.

The rain held up for most of the day, with only a few showers behind Waiheke as the wind calmed down a bit. The fleet didn’t quite get the conditions to “send it”, but it was arguably what they call “the champagne sail” with cloud cover.

BW40 owner Anarchy said “I made some gains but not enough to wind up the hard charging Zephyrus (congratulations to the team for a well-deserved victory) and the very fast fleet of Melges. So good to be back on the water – it felt like we had the band reunited after centuries – and fingers crossed for some summer ‘normalcy’. Thanks to the Akarana team for bringing us all back to the best sport on the planet.

Photo: Adam Mustill – Live Sail Die

This is the first time back on the water for many crews and with a short start line the rust from a long winter has made a slight appearance! For the most part, everyone was just there to have a good time and get back on track. The season is generally well started now!

“It’s great to be on the water again, sailing with a great team and competing against 28 other yachts. The V5 managed to take a very practical lead from Motutapu, but a technical problem on board slowed us down for 20 minutes, seeing our lead evaporate. Nevertheless, a very pleasant day! ” said crew of the TP52 V5.

Photo: Adam Mustill – Live Sail Die

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Wednesday Night Series kicks off this week and we’ll see a lot more crews clearing the lockdown rust and getting started!

The original Gold Cup schedule has been moved, please find the new one here. We look forward to seeing everyone on the water this summer!


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