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

 

Island Racing swells as entries roll in for Sailing Week

The Island Racing divisions at CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week have attracted so many entries, organisers have had to create an extra division to accommodate the number of boats.

The new Island Racing F division has been created to reduce the number of boats in each fleet. Some divisions were approaching 30 boats, creating potential headaches for organisers and competitors.

Organiser Andrew Riddell explains: “With too many boats in a division, it makes it a big pain starting, and a lot more chaotic.”

Andrew says the change will also mean closer racing in each fleet. “We’re trying to even it up a bit, because some of the divisions were getting too large to provide everyone with fair racing. Going to fewer boats in a division, the difference between the fastest and slowest boats is a lot less."

Boats sailing in the Island Racing divisions sail one longer race around the Bay of Islands each day. Boats in other divisions sail several races each day, including two windward leeward races and a shorter bay race.

“Island Racing is always popular” says regatta Chairperson Manuela Gmuer-Hornell. “A lot of people see Bay Week as a fun, holiday regatta, some are here with their family, so Island Racing is great for that.”

Australian sailor Robert McLelland, whose boat First Picasso is a regular entrant in the Island Racing divisions, enjoys the scenic side of it, but says it’s no less challenging than other divisions.

“It’s nice to sail around the islands, it’s a beautiful backdrop when you’re sailing. And it's challenging in it own way, because you’ve got headlands to go around, you get affected by currents and wind, so that makes it challenging in a different way to the windward leewards.”

The total number of entries for the regatta currently stands at 116. More entries may yet come in, as entries remain open until registration on Tuesday 22 January. Those entered in the Island Racing divisions account for two thirds of entries.

CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week takes place from 22 to 25 January 2019. It is widely regarded as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier sailing events. Now in its 17th year, the regatta is made possible thanks to the support of over 60 volunteers, and its sponsors CRC, NZL Sailing Foundation, North Sails, Explore, Mount Gay Rum, Luxury Real Estate, KZ Marine and Bay of Islands Marina.
www.bayofislandssailingweek.org.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ellen Rykers on The Dig: Community Conservation – The Solution To The Biodiversity Crisis?

There are backyard trapping networks doing their bit for Predator Free 2050, farmers planting native trees along their waterways, and iwi protecting whenua rāhui. There are 62 biodiversity sanctuaries across 56,000 hectares, with around two-thirds of them community-led. There are citizen scientists counting birds in their backyards and landowners conserving habitat in 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenants.

It’s increasingly clear that a government agency alone cannot combat the biodiversity crisis successfully. These grass-roots initiatives are a growing resource in the conservation toolbox. More>>

Closing This Weekend! Have Your Say On The Issues For NZ's New Biodiversity Strategy

Scoop and PEP invite you to help decide how we should protect and restore our biodiversity over the next 50 years using Scoop’s online engagement platform, HiveMind. HAVE YOUR SAY HERE>>

Biodiversity HiveMind Preliminary Progress Report
Open data report summarising preliminary findings of the Biodiversity HiveMind. Read Progress Report Here>>

 

PM In Japan: Jacinda Ardern’s Remarks Following Abe Summit

Today we discussed a wide range of topics. Broadly the themes were: a deeper, high-value trade and investment relationship, greater cooperation in the Pacific; and strengthening our security partnership. More>>

ALSO:

Replacing All But Chair: Twyford Appoints Five NZTA Board Members

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board... There remain two vacancies on the NZTA Board which will be filled in due course. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Adaptation And Risk Assessment Framework Released

“We are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate such as coastal inundation and increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods, fires and storms. This framework is an acknowledgement that we must start adapting”, James Shaw said today. More>>

ALSO:

Ihumātao: Mana Whenua Reach Decision On Land

Māori King Tūheitia says mana whenua have finally reached consensus over what to do with Ihumātao - they want it back. More>>

ALSO:

PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels