Karleen Dixon wins 2018 Line 7 Women’s Keelboat National Championships
Karleen Dixon wins 2018 RNZYS Line 7 Women’s Keelboat National Championships
RNZYS Ladies Racing stalwart Karleen Dixon has beaten out her main rival and the entire eleven strong fleet to win the 2018 Line 7 Women’s Keelboat National Championships in Auckland.
This is not the first time Dixon has taken out this regatta, and by the way she was sailing it surely won’t be her last. Leading the fleet in the majority of the 10 races sailed, Dixon’s worst result was a 3rd place which she was able to drop, leaving her with five wins and four second place finishes on the board.
It has been a good few weeks for Dixon who also took the overall win the RNZYS Dufour Tuesday Night Ladies Series in fine style.
Hot on her heels for the entire weekend was last year’s champion Melinda Henshaw who ended up finishing second overall – but this was not these two fine female sailors first rodeo together.
Last year it was Henshaw who beat out Dixon to claim the title, so this is a great role reversal win for Dixon and a great way to exact a little bit of revenge. However, the plot thickens because it was also the same story in 2016 with Dixon beating Henshaw to claim the title, and in 2015 Henshaw pipped Dixon for the honours of NZ’s best female keelboat racer. This means for the last four years this event has only seen Dixon and Henshaw in the top two, and going back to 2014 when Kylie Jamieson won the event – guess who was second and third? Karleen Dixon and Melinda Henshaw.
This is a fantastic rivalry that has been in effect for years before the events mentioned above, and one that is sure to continue for years to come. It is now up to the rest of the fleet to step up and see if they can knock these two off their perch – consider the gauntlet laid down!
The final spot on the podium went to Sarah Reynolds from the Ponsonby Cruising Club, a fantastic result for Reynolds who will be looking to go one or two better in 2019.
The racing we experienced over the past two days was superb, with fantastic sunny/breezy conditions and a bumper fleet of female keelboat sailors.
We would like to thank main sponsors Line 7 and the outstanding Race Management team on the water this weekend, and especially all of the other teams who took part and made this such a large competitive regatta. We look forward to another great event in 2019.