The annual Bay of Islands Regatta was the biggest in nearly a decade with 104 entries across 13 divisions!
Light airs did delay the start for much of the fleet, although the sun was out and many crews were seen swimming for a few hours before racing began.
It was a hotly contested affair across the divisions, with Beau Geste narrowly pipping Frank Racing with 5 wins out of 8 to claim bragging rights between these two powerhouse trimarans.
Georgia was fortunate enough to have former Americas cup sailor Brad Butterworth on board, who led the team to victory in a very successful campaign, winning A division on PHRF with 5 race wins.
It was on in the hotly contested affair in B division; with new Aussie import Clockwork coming a close second in its maiden Bay of Islands Regatta. However, it was Anarchy who dominated the week, finishing with 6 race wins out of a possible 8.
An all-round success for organizers and crew, although, it’s safe to say the party was a little dormant compared to most other years… Maybe we are seeing a bigger emphasis on the avoidance of hangovers for these very professional crews.
And lastly, a refreshing change in the makeup in many of the crews. Olympic sailor Sharon Ferris-Coat believing that the sport has been taking on a huge influx of women.
Great news all round and well done to all the winners!