Fickle winds make vaka regatta a real cliff-hanger

Thursday August 17, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports
There was some spectacular action during the 2017 National Regatta for Tangaroa Class vakas on Saturday. 17081607 There was some spectacular action during the 2017 National Regatta for Tangaroa Class vakas on Saturday. 17081607

The long-awaited 2017 National Regatta for Tangaroa Class Vakas was completed on Muri Lagoon last Saturday in fickle winds which ensured the result was not known until the very last race.

 

Club captain Peter Heays said 10 sailors and seven race officials plus supporters and family were on the water to witness the exciting, tactical racing and a host of visitors on the Sailing Club Deck enjoyed lunch and cocktails whilst watching the action.

 Thomas Koteka, who designed the Tangaroa Class Outrigger Canoe to be a beast to sail in strong winds, travelled from Aitutaki to oversee the event and Rick Hickling was the official officer of the day.

Cook Islands Olympians Taua Elisa and Teau McKenzie were on hand as umpires.

The lighter winds meant there was none of the usual gear damage but lots of close racing meant plenty of heart stopping moments were still experienced.         - Release

A full day of racing resulted in the following top five results.

5th Fran Kirkham and Elizabeth Kenyon - 26 points, 4th Craig Bennet and Hamish Wylie - 16 points, 3rd Barry Warner and Teakuao Framhein - 14.1 points, 2nd Staffan Johannsen and Jan Kristensson - 14 points, 1st Tony Heays and Peter Heays - 12 points.

 

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