Racing on the final day of the Mark Foy Regatta, for 18ft skiffs started in a light to moderate S/E breeze with a forecast to increase significantly. The breeze did not rise as expected which left the conditions ripe for a low end two rig day.
Mark Foy Regatta 2011
15 boats from three countries, New Zealand, Australia and USA competed in the series held in conjunction with the 12ft Skiff Interdominion.
C-Tech (Alex vallings) held a one point lead overall over DeLongi Rabbitohs with a further three points back to CST.
C-Tech lead out from the start followed by CST with a tight group of DeLongi Rabbitohs,Yamaha, The Kitchen Maker close behind. Maersk Line was recalled at the start and trailed the front group at the first mark. C-Tech and CST battled for the lead and the Maersk Line caught the second group to join a very close race for third place. On the last upwind CST tacked inside C-Tech and with a slight left hand shift lifted over C-Tech to round the final upwind mark slightly ahead and held on to finish first.
Maersk Line got through Yamaha and DeLongi Rabbitohs to take third place. Second place for C-Tech was good enough to win the overall championship and CST's win in the heat with DeLongi Rabbitohs in fourth place in the heat moved CST to second place overall. C-Tech's overall win in the regatta is a great outcome for the NZ fleet and augurs well for NZ's participation in the JJ Giltinan championship in Sydney next month.