Sunshine wins Townson 32 Altex Marine Paints Burnsco Class Champs

Sunlight, the 2009 Townson 32 NZ Champion
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Tony Kendall, original owner and helmsman of Sunlight for 35 years won the 2009 Townson 32 Altex Marine Paints/Burnsco Class Championships in a 6 race series off the Tamaki River entrance over last weekend.

Sunlight with 8 points broke a three regatta winning streak from Tony Evans on Team Grenada which placed second this year with 11 points. Sunlight risked using her Doyle furler headsail for the Regatta and had good hull speed but this was offset by a slight lack of pointing ability against the fleet using their number 1 genoas.

The Regatta was considered by most to be the best held for many years with winds between 12 and 20 knots from a consistent 085 degrees with very little noticeable tide influence over 4 races on Saturday and 2 races on Sunday. The racing throughout was very close and the conduct over the series was very fair with no collisions or strife leading to protests.

All Townson 32’s are skippered by their owners with friends and family as crew. Some still have old sails, carry dodgers, boarding ladders and radar arches and speaks volumes for the respect that everyone has for their yachts and reinforced the strong spirit within the fleet.

Part of the fleet at the Townson 32 Altex Marine Paints Burnsco Class Championships
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11 Townson 32’s entered with five absences from our usual numbers due to weddings, family birthdays, work and business meetings.

Bucklands Beach Yacht Club ran the event with Teresa Tootill doing her usual excellent work as Race Officer. She has the respect and confidence from the fleet in her very good judgment and calls.

She observed that the racing in the fleet was extremely tight during the whole Regatta and that the last start was as perfect as you could get with all boats there on the line and traveling fast.

The Townson 32 Class Annual dinner and prize giving will be held from 7.30pm on Friday 24 April at the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club


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