Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Tactics produced a win for Savvy Sailors carrying Tohu

Tactics produced a win for Savvy Sailors carrying Tohu

Over one hundred hardy sailors braved the elements in the Cook Strait yesterday to deliver and release the new vintage 2012 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to the capital.


The Westerly wind was gusting up to 29 knots on the start line which was situated outside the Tory Channel entrance. The air was intense and the yachts were eager to start. With many over the line too early, they returned and all crossed the start line without disqualification. The wind decreased to a near stationary 2 knots half way across the strait. It built up again allowing the winning yacht ‘Nefertiti’, skippered by Mike Vining, carrying Tohu Sauvignon Blanc 2012 to take out the Line Honours and Handicap of this year’s race in 5 hours 34 minutes. 2nd on Handicap was Slingshot, skippered by Clive Ballett, carrying Lake Chalice. ‘Real Deal’ was 3rd on handicap carrying Nautilus.

Committee chairperson Juliet Abbott, reported that the fleet divided into two as tacticians decided to direct their yachts to sail either a northerly or southerly passage across the Strait. “The breeze died down and waters were glassy, wind indicators were reading zero off Island Bay! Research of the tides paid off for some however the race finish cut off time was 1630. Unfortunately 5 yachts were unable to reach the finish line in time, scoring a ‘Did not finish’.”

Each of the seventeen yachts carried on board a bottle of 2012 Sauvignon Blanc in a padlocked wooden wine box. The nineteen wineries participating this year were: Lawson’s Dry Hills, Cloudy Bay, Spy Valley, Saint Clair, Mud House, Waipara Hills, Fairhall Downs, Villa Maria, Yealands, Stanley Estates, Lake Chalice, Nautilus Estate, Alan Scott, Whitehaven, Ara, Giesen, Two Rivers, Staete Landt and Tohu.

Representatives for Wine Marlborough and Destination Marlborough co-ordinated a tasting of the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc for media, event managers and wine aficionados onboard the luxurious super yacht, Pacific Eagle at Queens Wharf. Kate Cameron, from Wine Marlborough, said “This event has huge potential and there are many opportunities for its development with restaurant, trade and media in Wellington. With all the focus on yachting next year with the America’s Cup, this is a great opportunity to take the event to the next level”.

The race, named WineWorks Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race, began in 2001. It marks the official launch and release of the Marlborough regions new vintage Sauvignon Blanc wines. Sponsors include WineWorks Marlborough, Indevin, Label Professionals, Harcourts Rural, Amcor Glass, Oddies Marine, Vintech Pacific and Mediasuite. Sponsors, media and committee sailed to Wellington on the luxurious super yacht ‘Pacific Eagle’ while sampling some of the best wine and food Marlborough has to offer.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And
Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the Resource Management Act.

Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing, which happens to be another of the government’s most contentious, most ideologically-driven policy packages. Presumably, Key will be trying not to double down on the rhetoric, and thereby leave room for Labour leader Andrew Little to sound like the centrist voice of reason.

Key will have his work cut out, though. More>>

 

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Ian Apperley: $10m Or $100m For New Wellington Council IT System?

I feel a Tui Billboard coming on. I commented the other day that it looked like the Council’s Ninth big project was a potential $100 million plus... The Mayor has responded: “I am reassured by the Chief Executive and by Anthony Wilson that the proposed budget is in the region of $10 million.” More>>

ALSO:

Southern Ocean:
Navy Intercepts Illegal Fishing Vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today put illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean on notice and vowed to take action against their owners. “As part of a multi-agency operation, the HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted two vessels claiming to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea, fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.” Mr McCully says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news