Hamilton sailor wins Tanner and Tauranga Cup P class double
by Sail-World on 17 Jan 2012
Isaac McHardie (Hamilton Yacht Club) has achieved a mark made by only a few young New Zealand sailors, winning the P class double, after he secured a very well deserved victory in the Tauranga Cup, for open fleet competition.
Isaac McHardie sailing in the Final Race, 2012 Stack P class Tauranga Cup, Murray’s Bay © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz
Both events were sailed off Murray's Bay Sailing Club, on the North Shore of Auckland. The events were sponsored by Stack Interiors, and are notable as a talent identifier, with many of New Zealand's top sailors, including Russell Coutts, Dean Barker, Chris Dickson and many others having their names on one, or in a few cases, both trophies.
McHardie was was kept honest throughout the regatta by George Gautry (Muritai Yacht Club) and Jayvee Buchanan (Charteris Bay Yacht Club). The regatta was sailed in a variety of conditions with a little bit of something to suit everyone. The sailors had a great time and are looking forward to the next event for the mighty P-class.
Earlier Isaac McHardie (Waikato-Thames) successfully defended the Tanner Cup, for inter-provincial competition. After being locked almost neck and neck with Nick Egnot-Johnson (North Harbour) on the penultimate day, Isaac put a third and a win (his third win from six races) to take a clear first place overall with Jayvee Buchanan (Canterbury) edging past Nick Egnot-Johnson by the smallest of margins to take second place by a single point.
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