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Team Elliott 5.9 wins 2012 Champion of Champions

by Suellen Hurling on 13 May 2012
2012 Champion of Champions - Suellen Hurling Royal Akarana YC

Royal Akarana Yacht Club hosted the 2012 edition of the Champion of Champions regatta over the 11, 12 and 13th May in the Platu 25 keelboats.

Seven teams entered the three day regatta with 11 races started and finished across a variety of courses set on the Waitemata Harbour.

The Champion of Champions regatta has a long history at RAYC however hadn’t been raced for 20 years. Past winners include include Chris Dickson, Rod Davis and Russell Coutts.

The 2012 title went to the Team Elliott 5.9 skippered by Cameron Horne with the crew Grant McKinnon, Andrew Clarke, Phil Quinn and Andy Robertson. They had a very successful regatta with six bullets, four seconds and a DNS in the final race of the regatta.

'We had a fantastic regatta and I’m pretty happy to be the revived Champion of Champions but definitely couldn’t have done it without my awesome crew,' said Horne.

'It’s so good to be back at RAYC racing and although the Platus are a bit of a handful, the challenge was great.

'Everything about this regatta really made it a brilliant event. The breakfasts and huge crew lunch packs as well as the dinners and entertainment. It was awesome to socialise with all the crews before and after racing.

'We really hope to be back next year representing the Elliott 5.9 class again!' continued Horne.

Hot on their tails finishing second was team Flying Fifteen skippered by the 1991 Champion of Champions Craig Coulam with the crew Cody Banks, Sally Garrett, Roger Hall and Chris Field.

Wrapping up the podium places with third was team Young 88 skippered by Samantha Osbourne with a crew of Ross Masters, Grant Turnbull, Phil Yuill and John Kensington.

The teams were engaged at RAYC for the duration of the event and were the best fed sailors in Auckland! The entry included breakfast, lunch packs and dinner for the three days with entertainment on Saturday night in the club house.

2012 Final Results
1st Team Elliott 5.9 (Cameron Horne)
2nd Team Flying Fifteen (Craig Coulam)
3rd Team Young 88 (Samantha Osbourne)
4th Team Laser (Mike Keeton)
5th Team Farr 727 (Nathan Bonney)
6th Team Finn (Karl Purdie)
7th Team Platu 25 (Tristan Campbell)

Champion of Champions Honour Board
1981 Doug Elder
1982 Chris Dickson
1983 Chris Dickson
1984 Tom Dobson
1985 Rick Dobson
1986 Russell Coutts
1987 Rod Davis
1988 Rex Watson
1989 Ray Shearer
1990 Ray Shearer
1991 Craig Coulam
1992 Kelvin Harrap
2012 Cameron Horne

Champion of Champions will be scheduled in 2013 with class associations invited to nominate their representing skipper and crew. More information will be made available at the end of the year.

The next events on the RAYC program is the Offshore Category 1 race Sail Noumea starting on the 2nd June and then the autumn edition of Sail Akarana on the 16/17 June. For more information visit www.rayc.org.nz

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