Wills Leads on Day One of the Coast New Zealand International Etchell Class Championships
2016 RNZYS Coast New Zealand International Etchell Class Championships & Women’s Keel Boat Nationals
Media Release: Saturday 2 April 2016
The Coast New Zealand International Etchell Class Championships started today, with the fleet of twelve one design etchell 22’s racing windward leeward courses near the Bean Rock area.
One the same race trace track was the New Zealand Women’s Keel Boat Championships held in the Farr MRX one design yachts with their fleet of three local and one International team women’s team from Blairgowie Yacht Squadron in Victoria helmed by Tracey De Poi.
Both classes completed one race today due to light and shifty wind conditions. Leading the Etchell’s fleet is FENG SHUI, helmed by Andrew Wills and his crew of Anatole Masfen and Matthew Kelway, second placed is ECHELON helmed by Hugh Rebbeck, third placed is ALLIANCE helmed by Lincoln Fraser.
Leading the women’s fleet is Sarah Macky-Dunn representing the Lake Pupuke Boating Club with her crew of Anna Molloy, Sarah Reynolds, Jane Ashbury, Sarah Ell, Julia Hamiton and Robin Hilton. Second overall is Melinda Henshaw and third Karleen Dixon both representing the RNZYS.
Due to only one race being completed today race Officer Megan Kensington has amended the sailing instructions brining the start time forward an hour in line with daylight savings. Giving the sailors maximum opportunity to compete the required four races tomorrow. Megan Kensington commented that “while today was a very difficult day, we are hoping that tomorrow will improve. We will aim to get five races completed.”