What Me! - A Champion? HELL YES!!!  

NiceGuyMush 48M
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4/25/2006 3:31 pm

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What Me! - A Champion? HELL YES!!!

Well after a long drive to our capital city on Friday avo/evening, I dropped the boat off at the yacht club, picked my 'rock star' crew up at the airport - lucky bugger not having to drive! and headed back to Thorndon (suburb in central Wellington) to find our mates place and a bed for the weekend.

Satuday morning the forcast was for a building northerly to 30knots, so little (4th) rigs for a 12ft Skiff. So the fleet went a mix of 3rd and 4th rigs and the breeze did not build, rather the opposite. So we sucked a big lemon with the 4th rig on and had a shocker...

Race 2 in the afternoon was great fun, really tight racing with 3rd rigs in 20knots +. The top 4 boats finished within 18 seconds of each other, the lead changed 4 times on the last leg alone! Sadly we were 4th!

Race 3 on Sunday am, blowing 20-25 knots, forcast to ease to 15knts. We made big call and went two the rig beleiveing the forecast. Instead of easing the wind freshened, needless to say we were badly over rigged and had a bit on! We lead for a lap before nose diving the boat in a big wave doing a full cart wheel. Spectacular stuff! By the time we sorted our selves out and got going again we 4th.

Race 4 that afternoon was plenty fresh, 30 gusting 35 knots. Solid 4th rig conditions, some great rides, scary how fast these boats can go! We sailed away for a comfortable win leaving the others a big distance back.

Monday morning the sun was back and the northerly was easing 18 - 20 knots for race 5. 2nd rig was the call and after a good tussle with the leader of the regatta, we came away with a win of around half a minute.

The breeze continued to lighten - as forecast for the afternoon's final two race. We changed up again to the no 1 rig, our 8.4m long mast is the biggest in the fleet and an absolute weapon - its fast as! None of the other boats changed electing to stay 2nd rig. The breeze freshened a little then died and we had two walk away wins, by nearly a leg of the course in each!

So with the final flurry of four wins on the trott, we won the National Champs in 12ft Skiffs for 2006! In the words of the immortal Freddy Mercury - "we are the champions"

And I am stoked!


velvethandsNZ 69M

4/25/2006 3:55 pm

CONGRATUlations

I bet there aren't many National Champions of ANYTHING here in AFFLand - so you can hold your head up, beat your chest (borrow one from Weta if you need to (a beat not a chest)) and below out the song usually reserved for the All Blacks to your hearts content!

You deserve it.


NiceGuyMush 48M

4/25/2006 6:22 pm

Thanks guys

I still feel more than a little excited about it!

Cheers

Mush


Peche85 32F

4/25/2006 8:19 pm

Wow congratulations!

Sounds like it would've been a lot of fun too


MSsaasha 60F

4/26/2006 3:20 am

once again.....YAAAAYYYY!!!!!!!

Congratulations!!
well done!!


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