Sailors from around Wellington converged on Worser Bay Boating Club for the Wellington 'Sail the World' day. Despite the forecast of gale-force winds seven boats lined up for the first event for the day which was the Wellington 'Sail the World' Keelboat Race.
Pretty Boy Floyd jumped the start and had to come back, giving Andiamo an early lead from the start line at Worser Bay. The course took the boats around Somes Island and back down to the Leading Light before finishing off Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in the inner Wellington harbour.
PBF was close behind Andiamo after rounding Somes Island, but seemed to be taking a hotter line to the bottom mark. However Andiamo rounded the leading light marginally ahead and stayed ahead to take the gun just 95 seconds ahead of Pretty Boy Floyd.
Erazer broached south of Somes Island but made a swift recovery and held on to beat Blue Magic and Esprit across the line. Marishka finished ahead of Marangi, who just sneaked in 5 seconds before the time limit.
It was then the turn of the dinghy sailors to take to the water. Wellington and Worser Bay sailors in particular, have been successful in the international scene in recent months, with Josh JUNIOR and Karl PURDIE achieving podium finishes in the ISAF Youth Laser World Championships in Canada and OK Dinghy World Championships in Poland respectively. Matthew STEVEN won the CORK Youth Fest Regatta in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
These sailors were on the start line along with 30 others for annual Mumford Holiday Trophy race. This race features an all in start where skiffs, monos and other two handed classes race together and the winner is determined using the yardstick system.
With the breeze gusting over 35 knots some spectacular downwind racing took place in full view of the club rooms. The upwind legs were also entertaining to watch with boats being blown flat at times. In the end it was the sunburst team of Glenn STANLEY and Greg WRIGHT who won the day with a faultless performance including some spectacular down wind spinnaker rides.
After the racing Commodore Andrew PATERSON read out a message from Goran PETERSSON, President, International Sailing Federation. Peterson said 'Sailing is a life time's sport: a sport we can start at any time in our lives and a sport we can enjoy throughout our lives.' The activities at Worser Bay Boating Club over the past eighty-one years certainly support these values.
Next it was the turn of Olympic Sailor Hugh PAUL from Wellington to tell some tails of his experiences as a member of the New Zealand Olympic team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Hugh was followed by Barry MAISTER, Secretary-General New Zealand Olympic Committee who talked about the importance of sport to New Zealand. It was interesting to hear that New Zealand has had slightly less than 1000 athletes compete in all the Olympic games and of those 147 have been sailors. Also sailing is New Zealand's second most successful sport behind athletics in terms of success at the games.
Barry then formally opened the season at Worser Bay which was a fitting end to the Sail the World day on Wellington Harbour.
1. Glenn STANLEY & Greg WRIGHT (Sunburst)
2. Mike HOOD (Laser Radial)
3. Dean STANLEY (Laser)
1. Jackson MacFARLANE (Starling)
2. Oliver STAUB (Starling)
Keelboats - Corrected times:
2. Blue Magic
3. Pretty Boy Floyd
Keelboats PHRF Inshore:
1. Blue Magic
Thank you again for helping ISAF celebrate 100 years of sailing - let's get out there and Sail the World!
"I am very proud to be President of the International Sailing Federation as we celebrate 100 years. What is evident is that the past one hundred years mark a period of vibrant and exciting growth for sailing. A period when the spirit of solidarity, friendship and passion for sailing has prevailed over borders, religions, genders and cultures. This weekend of 1-2 September, the "Sail the World" celebrations capture the very spirit of sailing. I am delighted at the number of events, clubs and classes all over the world partnering with ISAF as we join together to "Sail the World."' Göran PETERSSON
Formed in 1907, ISAF will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary throughout 2007.
Amongst the highlights of ISAF Centenary celebrations will the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the Sail the World weekend from 1-2 September. ISAF will also be publishing a 100 Years of Sailing commemorative book and launching the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame, which will take place at at a spectacular dinner hosted by the City of Estoril at Estoril Casino on 5 November.
Every ISAF event throughout 2007 will be an integral part of the Centenary celebrations. Whether a local regatta, or a World Championship event, everyone counts. ISAF would like your event to remember what a special year it is, so welcomes everyone to use the specially commissioned Centenary logo.
Find out more on about the calendar of Centennial Celebrations, relive our Highlights from 100 Years of Sailing and keep up to date with the latest news on the Centenary Celebrations at www.sailing.org/centenary.