End of another season
By Zoe Allan
The Waiuku Yacht Club season has ended and the water has turned cold. We had another great season and here’s some of the highlights.
The start of the season greeted us with harsh conditions, wind and rain—one day we even had waves! As we neared Christmas the weather evened out and we had some great sailing days.
We had our annual “Up the Creek” race late in November, receiving a good number of competitors and a decent wind for us to zip up the creek. Next up some of our juniors competed in the Sir Peter Blake Regatta. They were faced with trying conditions of little or no wind—great for the parents to lie in the sun on the beach! At the regatta, they met Sir Russell Coutts, which was a very cool experience!
To end the Learn to Sail programme our new Opti sailors embarked on an overnight adventure to Clarks beach. The wind gave us all a helping hand—making it to Clarks in good time. Once we arrived the juniors whizzed around on the sea biscuit and played spotlight until the moon was high! The sail back was just as good, getting back quickly with plenty of wind.
Two of our girls were lucky enough to attend a 'Girls sail day' at Murrays Bay, sailing on the 49er FX with some of the best, including Olympic medallists Molly Meech and Alex Maloney. As expected, they came back asking for a 49er to sail at the club.
Last but not least, the Finn Masters were held at the club at the beginning of April. It was another great weekend, with competitors from all around traveling to compete in the event.
CAPTION: A dab from members of the Waiuku Yacht Club to mark the end of the season.