Yachties pray for wind for big event

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By CHE BAKER

Lake Wanaka will be dot­ted with ri­val sail boats this week as rac­ing is set to be­gin as part of the Wanaka Yacht Club’s ma­jor an­nual re­gatta. The Mitre 10 Wanaka Rob Roys Re­gatta and In­land En­durance Race events start on Fri­day and will run un­til Sun­day. Club sec­re­tary Steve Dickey said about 20 boats, from trailer sailors to keel­ers used in etchell rac­ing, would take part in the event. Most of those par­tic­i­pat­ing were from Otago and South­land, Mr Dickey said. ‘‘We are hop­ing for favourable winds,’’ he said. The event would in­clude ju­nior, un­der 18, and open events and as well as rac­ing on Roys Bay a round Ruby Is­land race will be held. ‘‘It’s a great spec­ta­cle,’’ Mr Dickey said. The event also dou­bled as an ideal set­ting for those keen to take a photo of the lake, he said. On Sun­day in­land rac­ing events would be held be­fore a prize­giv­ing at the yacht club.

Win­ning wind: Wanaka sailors Jeff Mercer and Kevin King, win­ners of the 2013 Etchells di­vi­sion of the Wanaka Yacht Club re­gatta, dur­ing the event.

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