Coffee and yachting to go
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.