Awaiting the wind, boats of all shapes and sizes were rigged, the Matson barbeque tent was erected, safety boats launched, lifejackets donned and tactics discussed for the big picnic sail down to Titikaveka. However, the wind god had the day off!
A breeze did eventuate later and boats chugged around the lagoon at a sedate pace with fun and water games being the order of the day.
Sausages, salads and cake were devoured mid-morning and a farewell presentation was made to retiring vice-commodore Stella Neale and her daughter Elizabeth (national Optimist champion).
They are both leaving this week for Palmerston Island and Auckland respectively. The club will miss their enthusiasm and skills.
The afternoon offered more wind and the sailing vaka vigorously competed for the Matson/Island Hopper Trophy, eventually won by Staffan Johnassen and George Newman-Holt with Barry Warner and Dave Holt in second place.
The Matson flags were flown and a special vote of gratitude made for their ongoing support of the Rarotonga Sailing Club and the children of Rarotonga.
All in all, a fitting windup to 2017. - PH/RSC