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Matakana Raid 2016

Matakana Raid 2016

The Matakana raid kicked off on Thursday 10th of March with the newly created ‘ice cream race’ which was a quick circuit around the Tauranga end of the harbour with highlights being an ice cream eating competition at Pilot Bay and then sailing over to and jumping off the wharf at Matakana Island.

On Friday morning four local boats and three boats from Auckland set off from the yacht club for a quick sprint up to Omokoroa. Surrounded by at least 3 schools having activities at the beach a Le Mans start was then completed and with gennakers up the fleet was off and racing North towards Bowentown.


One of the out of town Hobies took a big gamble and sailed around the east side of the mangroves going through the middle however it paid off and finished some distance ahead of the rest of the fleet who had to put up with very light winds and having to sail a much longer distance to get around. Once everyone had finished the fleet made its way to Athenree campground where we quickly disassembled and made our way to the refreshments and hot pools. After a fantastic barbecue and wind down the traditional quiz was taken upon and was won by Team fuel fast fibres.

On Saturday morning the fleet made it's way towards the Bowen Town entrance. Light winds looked to destroy a chance of going around the outside, but the wind filled in just in time for a start and fighting the tide the fleet made it's way out the entrance and then down Matakana Island in wonderful conditions. Bill and Tom took a huge lead down the island but slowly the rest of the fleet reeled them in and in the end only a few minutes separated the first few boats.

The top 3 results are as follows first Bill Caunce and Tom Maidment on Stoney Broke second Jason Mara and Bruce Beca on Relentless, third was Malcolm Lambert and Igor in Cool running’s (one of the Auckland Hobies). It was also an excellent effort by Lance and Cory to have their recently refurbished tornado ready on the start line and I'm sure we'll see a lot more of the bright orange blur racing around the harbour in the near future.

Everyone had lots of fun, and a special thanks to Colin and Megan Harris for help us run the event.

Winston Ordish-Benner

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