by John Weston
Platu 25 racing off Royal Akarana YC
The Royal Akarana Yacht Club (RAYC) Champion of Champions regatta held just a month ago and sailed in the club’s International Platu 25 Class keelboats was a great success and attracted crews of quality, all current and ex National Champion sailors. Many of those entrants will soon, again step up for another event in the same boats for more close and exciting racing.
The Gulf Harbour and Royal Akarana Yacht Clubs have teamed up and to run the inaugural Platu 25 Peninsula Championship, 2012 series beginning on Saturday 21st July from Gulf Harbour Yacht Club. Up to five races on the Saturday will be followed by another three to five windward/leeward courses the following day, Sunday 22nd to provide a winner of The 'Yacht Racing Unlimited Ltd' Act 1 in the two Act series.
The Entry List for Act 1 already includes the names of Craig Coulam (winner C’ of C’ 2006 and second 2012), Kerry Davies, Simon Manning, Nathan Bonney, Matt Woodley and John Weston. The GHYC organisers expect a fleet of ten yachts to race over the weekend under the Race management of National Race Officer Fendall Halliburton and his experienced race management team. There are still three places available to sail in this event so if you’d like to see your name on the Trophy for the first time please contact Suellen at RAYC to book a boat.
The International Platu25 fleet, normally sailed from the Orakei Marina and RAYC will be towed north to Gulf Harbour Marina where it’ll be based for the weekend in the Gulf Harbour Marina. A huge thanks goes to the Gulf Harbour Marina Company for all their assistance. The fleet will be boosted by another Platu that is resident there. The crews will race what is likely to be one of the hardest fought keelboat series held in the area since the Etchells 22 World Championships of some ten years ago.
Prizes for the Gulf Harbour Yacht Club (GHYC) Act 1 regatta include free entry for the winning crew to the Thai National Platu 25 Championship in August this year and a heavily subsidised charter of the yacht in which to sail. The trophy for the double Act series, the second part of which will be held on November 17th and 18th by RAYC, has been donated by Nicky Weston of Yacht Racing Unlimited Ltd (YRU, a sailing coaching business) and is to be presented annually to the lowest points scoring crew from both Acts.
It is intended a close relationship with the Thai Platu fleet will be developed over time and that sailors be given the opportunity to sail this international class in its birthplace, Thailand, in a series of regattas against other Internationals. Sailors may then wish to progress to the World Championships in Europe where the class is particularly strong.
The GHYC, Act 1 will be supported by a great social program of dinners, a live band and open bar with all families and crew supporters welcome. It’ll be a fun, competitive weekend.