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Girl power took out last weekend's inaugural RS Feva Winter Champs at Maraetai SC

by Michael Brown, Yachting NZ 30 Jun 18:07 PDT 30 June 2022
RS Feva Winter Championships, Maraetai Sailing Club, June 2022 © Maraetai Sailing Club

Girl power took out last weekend's inaugural RS Feva Winter Champs, which included racing across three classes.

The regatta was staged at the Maraetai Sailing Club.

Locals Kate Rasmussen and Madi Russell took out the RS Feva class, which was a good reward for the time they've spent in the boat lately as they build up to the world championships in Weymouth in a few weeks.

The pair finished ahead of Wakatere's Tessa Clinton and Nicholas Wong, with Tim McCulloch and Lauchy Wills from Howick third.

The regatta was the first one to include the RS Quest, which Northcote sailors Andrew Goldfinch and Merv Hunter won. They finished ahead of a local team made up of Carter Robson, Jono Lowe and Luke Ropers.

In the Aero class, Marco Canegallo proved his experience, finishing ahead of Yachting New Zealand regional development manager Hayden Whitburn and Dave West, who can often be found at regattas in a race officials capacity.

Commodore Geoff Rassmussen and his team did a fantastic job organising the event, which included sponsorship from Burnsco and NZ Sailcraft.

The conditions played ball, with eight races over two days in mainly light to moderate conditions, and it's expected fleet sizes will increase next year as word spreads.

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