sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Two Handed Round NZ Race: Stewart Island Stopover
Two Handed Round NZ Race: Stewart Island Stopover

'Children on the wharf at Stewart Island - Two man Round New Zealand race'   
The Stewart Island stopover lived up to it's reputation of being the highlight of the race so far with the locals turning out enforce with their warmth and hospitality to make all the competitors feel at home within the community.

All yachts were welcomed into Half Moon Bay and allocate moorings. The Danaide crew received a welcome from their support crew who sung their hearts out to a theme along the lines of desperately needing a cuddle. All crews were billeted ashore with the exception of the Sunstone crew who preferred to stay aboard their own home.

Evening get togethers at the South Seas Hotel were the norm with the exception of a crew welcoming banquet at the local Pavillion and a farewell prizegiving at the Community Hall. Both functions were outstanding with abundant freshly caught Paua, Oysters, Mussels and Blue Cod.

The golf day was unfortunately cancelled by the only real day of rain so a day fishing on Garry Neave's fishing boat 'Arun' was scheduled instead. This was a real shame as the committee having arrived early with a day to spare managed a fantastic 3 rounds of the 6-hole course and to say that the views were spectacular would be a grand understatement!

We all learnt how to catch cod by both line and pot. Also the correct way of filleting was perfected by Charles off Vingilot who spent about two hours reducing his 'inferior product' percentage and amassed about 10kg of fine fillets with the rest of the 20 odd kilos being produced by the expert hand of Garry in a fraction of the time.

Apart from the fishing day the weather was remarkably good with generally clear skies and light winds though temperatures had a distinct hint of winter in them.

The Stewart Island school has been actively following the race and came own to the wharf and looked over both Surreal and REVS. The Surreal and Sunstone crews also gave talks at the school and the children came out on one of the local fishing boats to watch the start.

The Island presently has no active yacht club so our usual donation to the stopover clubs to help cover expenses posed a small problem, but with the keen interest shown by the local School we all agreed that our donation should go tot he school which we hope may kick-start a building program for Optimists or Firebugs and get a learn-to-sail program going. Then perhaps next time we visit we may find an active club at Half Moon Bay.

The restart at 1400 on Tuesday went relatively smoothly with Truxton and Expedition Coppelia charging over the line first with Genneker and Spinnaker, respectively, with a tail wind of around 12 knots.

An armada of local fishing boats and spectators followed for about an hour to farewell them on their way. In many ways it was a sad day having to leave all the wonderful new friends we'd all met but the memories we've gained we'll cherish for a lifetime and Im' sure come the next race some serious consideration will be given to participating once again if only to revisit the Island and those wonderfully warm people.

The committee, upon returning from seeing the fleet off, were given one final treat. We hauled up an oyster dredge, stored on the sea bed in Half Moon Bay and motored out to catch an oyster. Two short dredges later we had about 70 of the most delicious large oysters and after a few samples we headed in to finish shucking them on the lawn of Gwen and Garry's overlooking the spectacular bay with a few cold ones.

As we promised them in 1990, so did we again - that we would be back but this time not to wait 22 years!


by Aston Garrett

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94916

8:01 PM Thu 15 Mar 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

14 Mar 2012  Kiwis going well at half way mark of Laser Master Worlds
13 Mar 2012  Splash Nationals Bay of Islands: Age limit change for Splash Class
12 Mar 2012  Harken Schools Regatta 2012 Champions St.Kentigern College
12 Mar 2012  2012 Sanders Cup: Closely contested challenge fought out in Taupo
12 Mar 2012  Competition fierce at 2012 Knight Frank Young 88 South Island Champs
11 Mar 2012  Harken Schools Regatta - 14 teams, 10 races completed on Day 1
10 Mar 2012  Two Handed Around New Zealand Race: Update from Stewart Island
08 Mar 2012  Knight Frank South Island Young88 Champs - Rebuilding In Canterbury
07 Mar 2012  Will Tiller and crew win the 2012 NZ Keel Boat Championships.
06 Mar 2012  Serious Fun - 2012 Quayside Marine Elliott 5.9 Nationals, Marsden Cove
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,














Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




















New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT