Paulien Chamberlain sailed consistently well to take out the Hansa 303 North Island championships at the Ngaroto Sailing Club recently.
The Tauranga sailor finished ahead of local Max Hayes (Ngaroto) and Dave Allerton (Waitara Boating Club) in the nine-boat fleet. The race committee managed to get nine races away across the two days, which was a great result given the forecast earlier in the week that suggested interruptions were likely.
The planned coaching on the Friday afternoon was held indoors as the rain and lack of wind did not allow the sailors to get on the water but Saturday was bright and sunny with 10 knots on the lake.
Five competitors made the trek from Taranaki with two each from Tauranga and the host club Ngaroto.
"It was great to see the five sailors from Taranaki and two from Tauranga towing their boats to the regatta," Yachting New Zealand regional support officer Wayne Holdt said. "While there are some logistical hurdles to overcome, all these sailors didn’t depend on their Sailability group to get their boats to the regatta. They took the bull by the horns, got towbars fitted borrowed trailers and got to the regatta themselves.
"Well done to those who made the effort. The experience gained and meeting other sailors is why we attend events outside our own pond. The Hansa nationals in Tauranga might be the opportunity you need to get on the road and go sailing."
There were no Liberty boats at the regatta and Holdt said the plan now is to incorporate their North Island championships with the Waller Cup later in the season.
Results from the Hansa 303 North Island Championships sailed at the Ngaroto Sailing Club recently:
1st: Paulien Chamberlain (Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club)
2nd: Max Hayes (Ngaroto Sailing Club)
3rd: Dave Allerton (Waitara Boating Club)
4th: Mel Mason (Waitara)
5th: Richard Chamberlain (Tauranga)
6th: John Pease (Waitara)
7th: Mike Maloney (Ngaroto)
8th: Daryl Wary (Waitara)
9th: Brody Williams-Jury (Waitara)