Cof­fee and yachting to go

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The Royal Port Ni­chol­son Yacht Club’s Port Nic Pop Up Cafe will be the fo­cal point of the club’s an­nual re­gatta this week­end, which has at­tracted yachts rang­ing from one me­tre to more than 11 me­tres in length, from around Welling­ton Har­bour and as far away as Christchurch.

The re­gatta is de­signed to en­gage pub­lic in­ter­est and in­volve­ment. The cafe, on the club­house deck over­look­ing the Clyde Quay Boat Har­bour, will be open to the pub­lic from 9am till 4pm, Satur­day and Sun­day and is a great spot to watch the yachts cross­ing the in­ner har­bour start-fin­ish line.

The club’s sail­ing academy is of­fer­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic a chance to try their hand at crew­ing on a rac­ing yacht. And on Sun­day a fleet of In­ter­na­tional One Me­tre model yachts will con­verge on the boat har­bour while the larger yachts are out rac­ing around Welling­ton Har­bour.

The re­gatta fea­tures seven races for full-sized yachts, from Fri­day to Sun­day.

Royal Port Ni­chol­son Yacht Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Dean Stan­ley said en­tries in­clude an eclec­tic mix of boats, sail­ing un­der well-es­tab­lished hand­i­cap­ping sys­tems.

One of the new­est boats is Black­fun, a 7.3 me­tre ‘‘quar­ter-ton­ner’’ built on a low-bud­get ap­proach to high-per­for­mance yacht rac­ing.

Black­fun fea­tures a new mast, sails and keel fit­ted to a re­fur­bished hull. It has proven com­pet­i­tive with larger, more ex­pen­sive, yachts.

High-speed thrills and spills will be pro­vided by two 6.5-me­tre sport­boats, ca­pa­ble of more than 30kmh which are al­ways ready to cap­size when their crews slip up.

On Sun­day, from 11am till 4.30pm, mem­bers of the Welling­ton Ra­dio Yacht Club will be rac­ing In­ter- na­tional One Me­tre yachts in front of the Pop Up Cafe. Model yacht rac­ing de­mands light­ning-fast re­ac­tions and clair­voy­ant de­ci­sion­mak­ing.

Peo­ple want­ing ac­tion can book a place on a rac­ing yacht through the Royal Port Ni­chol­son Yacht Club web­site, rp­nyc.org.nz.

The re­gatta is based at the Royal Port Ni­chol­son Yacht Club club­house, on Ori­en­tal Pde, 160 me­tres north of Wai­tangi Park.

Side­line skip­pers: In­ter­na­tional One Me­tre yachts rac­ing on Clyde Quay Boat Har­bour.

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