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Chew and crew victorious at NCYC Etchells Offshore Regatta!

14 October 2012 Richard Howard

The last race is done and it is time to head back in

"The last race is done and it is time to head back in"

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John Curnow

The NCYC Etchells Offshore regatta was sailed off Newcastle over the Labour Day long weekend. Matt Chew, skippering Gen XY from RQYS, sailed an impressive regatta to win convincingly from Viken of RSYS and Tango of RBYC, resulting in podium place representation from three different States.

The PRO, Phil Collyer, abandoned racing on Day One of the regatta, with strong and gusty Nor'westerly winds of up to 35 knots plaguing the racecourse off Newcastle. Luckily, days two and three saw more benign weather conditions of predominantly 8 to 14 knot Sou'easterlies making for some tight racing and also allowing for an eight race series to be achieved.

Albeit competitor numbers were lower than expected, representation from a variety of clubs, including some Kiwi's, made for an interesting event, with the regatta being considered a success. As usual, the berthing and crane facilities, along with the hospitality displayed by NCYC to visiting Interstate and overseas sailors was also welcomed and helped make for a successful regatta, which will be held again in 2013.

Results

Small fleet returning home from offshore, once the day and regatta were done

"Small fleet returning home from offshore, once the day and regatta were done"

Photo by:
John Curnow









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