The newly revived Champion of Champions regatta trophy was claimed by Team Elliott 5.9 skippered by Cameron Horne with crew Grant McKinnon, Andrew Clarke, Phil Quinn and Andy Robertson. This team had a very successful regatta with six bullets, four seconds and a DNS in the final race of the regatta.
“We had a fantastic regatta and our team is pretty happy to be the Champion of Champions,” said Horne. “It’s good to be back at RAYC racing and although the Platus are a bit of a handful, the challenge was great.”
Hot on their tails finishing second was team Flying Fifteen skippered by the 1991 Champion of Champions Craig Coulam with the crew Cody Banks, Sally Garrett, Roger Hall and Chris Field.
Wrapping up the podium places with third was team Young 88 skippered by Samantha Osbourne with a crew of Ross Masters, Grant Turnbull, Phil Yuill and John Kensington.
Royal Akarana Yacht Club hosted the 2012 edition of the Champion of Champions regatta over three days 11, 12 and 13th May in the Platu 25 keelboats. Seven teams entered with 11 races started and finished across a variety of courses on Waitemata Harbour.
“Everything about this regatta really made it a brilliant event. The breakfasts and huge crew lunch packs as well as the dinners and entertainment. It was awesome to socialise with all the crews before and after racing” said Horne.
The terms were engaged at RAYC for the duration of the event and were the best fed sailors in Auckland! The entry included breakfast, lunch packs and dinner for the three days with entertainment on Saturday night in the club house.
2012 Final Results
1st Team Elliott 5.9 (Cameron Horne)
2nd Team Flying Fifteen (Craig Coulam)
3rd Team Young 88 (Samantha Osbourne)
The Champion of Champions regatta has a long history at RAYC however hadn’t been raced for 20 years. Past winners include names like Chris Dickson, Rod Davis, and Russell Coutts.
Champion of Champions will be scheduled in 2013 with class associations invited to nominate their representing skipper and crew.