Sailors open 90th sea­son

Northern Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JONATHAN LEASK

The Waimak Sail­ing Club has opened their 90th sea­son on the Waimakariri River.

Open­ing day wasn’t ideal con­di­tions, a South West wind of around 10 knots with holes and gusts up to 19kts, and the odd shower, but helped the rac­ing pass quickly.

The fleet of 23 boats, which in­cluded vis­i­tors from the Christchurch and Pleas­ant Point Yacht clubs, com­peted for the North­ern Out­look Ju­nior and Se­nior Open­ing Day Cups. Crews com­peted un­der Mark Foy hand­i­cap rules, where each boat starts at their al­lo­cated time.

The Ju­nior North­ern Out­look Cup was won by Do­minic Pul­ley who beat home Waimak club mates Katy But­tle and Ben Lowrey.

Hannes Hille col­lected the se­nior cup with Daniel Smith in sec­ond and Christchurch’s Richard Ine­son third.

The ori­gins of the Waimakariri club were formed in De­cem­ber 1927, orig­i­nally as a Power Boat Club. A sail­ing club later formed in 1931 and a few years later as the Power Boat Club mem­bers dwin­dled the two clubs merged in Septem­ber 1934.

The club has a rich his­tory from their 90 years which Com­modore Kerry O’Brien said would be cel­e­brated with a 90th ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions and re­gatta, in­clud­ing the Ze­phyr Class and Hol­land Tro­phy race, on March 10 and 11.

RON FINCH

The Waimak Sail­ing Club has opened their 90th sea­son on the Waimakariri River.

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