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Wakatere takes home the silverware in the MRX Youth Pathways Regatta

'Wakatere No 1 prepares for a start - MRX Youth Pathways Regatta'    Tom Macky

Five crews from Wakatere Boating Club, Kohimarama Yacht Club and French Bay Yacht Club contested the inaugural MRX Youth Pathways Regatta.

The regatta has been introduced to suggest a fun and practical pathway from youth to adult sailing for our young sailors, so many of whom drop out of sailing after graduating from the youth classes.

To aid the step up, crews first took part in a practice twilight race to help them adjust to keel boats. For the main event, teams were briefed on kite work ashore and were accompanied by a MRX 'helper'. They were also encouraged to include an adult sailor in their crews.

The young sailors who adapted brilliantly from dinghy to close keel boat racing and thelight westerly conditions and unfamiliar waters above the harbour bridge provided a great test. Congratulations go to the Wakatere Boating Club No 2 crew on their win. Very little separated the crews on the water - just 3 points separated the top 3 places.

From all accounts the crews enjoyed the experience - as French Bay’s Fergus Thomson commented, 'Our team was buzzing last night, notwithstanding our poor starting, and a few unlucky decisions over the day'.

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Wakatere Boating Club No 1 crew sailed consistently with the aid of MRX “Helper” Matt Bouzaid to finish second. - MRX Youth Pathways Regatta -  Tom Macky  

Race organisers watch on……. Thanks to Paul Wotton and Kohimarama Yacht Club for a well-run regatta in tricky conditions! - MRX Youth Pathways Regatta -  Tom Macky   Click Here to view large photo

MRX Yachting’s Phil Douglas sharing a few tips with his crew before heading out. - MRX Youth Pathways Regatta -  Tom Macky  

French Bay all action! - MRX Youth Pathways Regatta -  Tom Macky  

French Bay Yacht Club changed harbour to show the locals how, winning the harbour race. - MRX Youth Pathways Regatta -  Tom Macky  

Kohimarama 1 looks out for the next puff. - MRX Youth Pathways Regatta -  Tom Macky  

Kohimarama Yacht Club No 1 team were always in the hunt - MRX Youth Pathways Regatta -  Tom Macky   Click Here to view large photo

Kohimarama No 2 goes into a tack - MRX Youth Pathways Regatta -  Tom Macky  

But for a DNF in the light in race 2 Kohimarama Yacht Club No 2 crew would have been in the money finishing instead just 1 point behind Wakatere 1 - MRX Youth Pathways Regatta -  Tom Macky  

by Tom Macky


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