Written by Suellen Davies from Live Sail Die
After a slight delay, racing finally started for the 17th edition of Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2019. The lack of breeze toyed with the sailors as they waited patiently in the hot Kiwi sun, but after what may have felt like hours, but was really only about one and a bit, the start guns were fired, for the Sports Boats, Wetas and Young 88’s anyway! Eventually everyone else got to taste the sweet goodness of Bay Week sailing, with all scheduled races for Day 1 in the bag.
Now it would be rad to be able to tell you everything that happened across the three courses with all 120 boats, however one can’t be everywhere at once! But what we can tell you, is that everyone looked exceptionally fantastic with their crew outfits, new sail wardrobes, stylish hiking and damn fine looking vessels. We did however ask a couple of sailors how their day went.
Rachael Willison – Provincial Cowboy (Island Racing A)
“We had a few shockers, but was all good fun! The best part was that we had our lamb roasting in the oven during the race, and we got to eat that and drink some beer when we got back which was quite good. Bay Week is the best!”
AJ Reid – Anarchy (B Division)
"The hard part of the day for us started with our first practice tack, when both of our primary winches exploded internally, leaving us to sail in close quarters against a very competitive fleet using our pit winches as primaries. Needless to say, it made things interesting particularly during gybes, drops, peels, tacks and every other manoeuvre necessary to whip around a very short W/L course. In the end, we got things mostly right, most of the time and managed some pretty good results on the water – 2,4,2 on line, from clean starts and sound tactics. A decisive factor in the longer Bay race was our early deployment of the Doyle’s Cableless Zero, allowing us to pass one of the Ker 40’s to finish second only to the very well sailed Icebreaker, who took three bullets from 3. Fortunately our mates at Doyle’s sent a couple of winches up today to be fitted tonight. Along with the very very welcome boom tent to block out that sun! Another stunning day racing in the Bay of Islands, looking forward to tomorrow’s contest.”
The Bay of Islands is a magical place like no other, and that’s because everyone is sooooo happy when they get here! The sailing is goooooooooood, the social banter is gooooooooooood and did we mention how good the sailing is?! If you haven’t spent anytime in New Zealand, especially in the Bay of Islands, then you’re missing out.
Today the Live Sail Die team hit the race courses to snap some action. We also did some video and that will all be compiled at the end of the event to tell the story of what unfolded.
The results team were working frantically this afternoon to ensure everyone was ranked correctly, so you can check out the results here »
Sailors are encouraged to hit the marquee after racing to check out the results and take part in the post-race banter with competitors. If you’re at the event, don’t just sit on your boat and socialise with your crew, get yourself to the marquee and support the event and their sponsors!
Live Sail Die is at Bay Week for Doyle Sails, and each day of the regatta we will be on board racing with a team and following along the RIB with cameras and drones to capture the action. We will also be updating the Doyle Sails Instagram and Facebook stories so tune in to see what’s going on! Of course everything will also be on our social pages as well.
Even if you don’t have Doyle Sails on board, we will still be snapping, so if you’re at the event and we fly by, then give us a wave, hike harder (if there is breeze) and show the world what they’re missing by not being in New Zealand in January.
You can get all the official race news and updates via the dedicated website
Bring on Day 2!