Jack Tar Auckland Regatta Saturday – Viento 2 on top in Division A after a day full of carnage, capsizing and champagne sailing

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Viento 2 leads Divison A - RNZYS Media

PRESS RELEASE: Jack Tar Auckland Regatta – Saturday 19th March 2016 – RNZYS & BBYC

Viento 2 on top in Division A after a day full of carnage, capsizing and champagne sailing

It was a windy day on both courses today as the Jack Tar Auckland Regatta got into full flight for all divisions, causing carnage for some and champagne sailing for the majority of the fleets.

Once again the A Division fleet had a spectacular day on the water in really blowy conditions, with nine 50+ footers taking to the water off Buckland’s Beach.   Viento 2 has taken the early lead after a superb day on the water for skipper Connell McLaren. After winning the first race of the day, they backed it up by winning the 2nd race and then claimed 3rd in the final race to finish the day on top of the PHRF standings.

Yesterday’s Southern Cross Sprint Series winners Beau Geste were also back out there showing their skills today, notching up a 3rd and two 2nd place finishes to end up 2nd on PHRF after the 4 races sailed today. David Nathans V5 were the other big winners in the top division, coming back from a slow first two races to snatch a 3rd and a 1st to finish the day in 3rd place on PHRF – a fantastic result for the V5 crew. Harry Dodsons Mayhem weren’t far off either, winning race 3 which has left them in 4th heading into Sundays racing. The line results see Beau Geste (1st), Viento 2 (2nd) and Mayhem (3rd) being rewarded for sailing the conditions beautifully.

Division B, also sailed on the PIC course off the Eastern Beaches, was dominated today by Steve Purtons Ice Breaker. Ice Breaker comfortably won 3 guns and nabbed one 2nd place finish, leaving them 1st overall on PHRF and Line, well and truly making them the team to beat on Sunday. Kaimai Express, helmed by Wayne Eaton from Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club, had a stellar day – winning one race and also taking out two 2nd place finishes which has placed them 2nd behind Ice Breaker in the handicap standings. Division B is rounded out by Sun Fast 3600 Racing helmed by Josh Tucker, with two 3rd places and one 2nd, they sit 3rd on PHRF.

The line results see Ice Breaker at the top, followed by Anarchy and then Bull Rush – both of whom are also very close to getting onto the PHRF podium and will be looking for some better finishes tomorrow to bump them up the order.

It was a tough day for the open multi hulls who shared the course with A & B Division, as only 3 of the entrants made it out to the course for today’s racing. Marwin Racing Team, a GC32 helmed by Fiavio Marazzi from the Bay of Islands Yacht Club, are the clear winners of the day with 3 wins and a 3rd place finish leaving them at the top. However the day was marred by an unfortunate capsize for Simon Hulls Team Vodafone GC32, causing serious damage to their rig and meaning they had to be towed back home upside down. Mike Drummonds Excess is 2nd after day one.

Dirty Deeds sailed by Clive Wright and his crew leads the 8.5 multihull division class championships after winning the first race, however they did drop off the pace a bit with a 3rd and two 4th place finishes. Freedom is in 2nd overall and Voom in 3rd – with everything to race for on Sunday.

Division C started with a bang, literally, after Revolution managed to collect the committee boat Te Kouma. Luckily they were able to continue and find themselves in 3rd spot after 4 races, with Rawhide in 2nd and Perfect Alibi the ones to beat in 1st.

The Pacific Keelboat Challenge fleet were back into again off Bean Rock in what was another extremely tight days racing. Sitting in first overnight, Chris Way (RPAYC) let his lead slip today allowing fellow Australian countryman Andy Kearnan (CYCA) to take the top spot before the last 4 races tomorrow. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadrons’ Matt Bouzaid sailed well again today on his home harbour, holding down his 3rd spot with two 3rd‘s, a 4th and then a gun in the final race of the day to cement his position.

The Sport Boat division is the largest at this year’s Jack Tar Auckland Regatta (and it also the Class Championships for this division), with 14 starters heading out to northern leading for what was an exciting day for spectators and sailors alike. The strong winds provided plenty of capsizes for these small little racers, but it’s Matt Gotards Badonkadonk who leads the day, with Sailing Gallery in 2nd and Chris Hirsts Enigma in 3rd.

With more wind forecast tomorrow and plenty of competition across all divisions, we’re set up for another screamer of a day here at the Jack Tar Auckland Regatta 2016.

The Jack Tar Auckland Regatta will resume tomorrow at 0955hrs.

Images and Video from today’s racing are on the RNZYS Facebook Page – www.rnzys.org.nz/rnzys

Results, Images and Press Releases will be posted on the RNZYS Facebook page throughout the weekend, and online at www.aucklandregatta.co.nz  or at www.rnzys.org.nz/rnzys-events/jack-tar-auckland-regatta

Andrew Delves – PR & Sponsorship Manager – RNZYS

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