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Marlborough Sounds Marinas Spring Twilight Series

Twilight Racing Crew in Demand

The Marlborough Sounds Marinas Spring Twilight Series will herald the start of the Waikawa Boating Clubs twilight racing on Tuesday 3 October.  Huge voluntary support goes on behind the scenes to ensure a successful racing season and this year is no exception with the club being fortunate in having an experienced race management team headed up by boatmaster Mike Underwood on-board the start/committee boat “Girvan’.

Commodore, Chris Webb says partnering with Marlborough Sounds Marinas who sponsor not just this series but many other club initiatives is fantastic and the club is very grateful for their ospring-twilight-finalists-818x1024ngoing support.

With a fleet of up to 50 yachts spread over three divisions there is plenty of excitement on the water as the skippers in divisions one and two  vie for position at the start line and race marks offering ‘encouragement’ to their crew to gain maximum advantage over their fellow competitors. Division three utilises the Mark Foy handicapping system which sees the slower boats starting first then progressively the faster boats start.  This leads to exhilarating finishes with at times, the whole division approaching the finish line together – producing hectic moments on Girvan as the race management team identify and record individual finishing times.

Rear Commodore Racing, Anna Gibbs “over the last two seasons there have been several larger yachts brought into the fleet all requiring more crew to sail efficiently.  While fantastic to see under full sail mode, it has led to a shortage of crew on race days.  If anyone is interested in joining a yacht now is a great time to get involved.  Often experience is secondary to enthusiasm with many skippers more than happy to share their knowledge.”

Club Manager, Sue van Velzen encourages anyone who would like to know more to contact the club on 03 6573 6798 or email office@waikawaboatingclub.co.nz to be put in touch with the skippers.

Offering a spectacular sight for those interested in viewing the races Karaka Point offers the best lookout over the majority of the course (binoculars are advisable if the course leads the yachts into the distance). Division one start is at 1755hrs, Division two start and 1800hrs and division three start times are from 1800hrs.

 

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