Napier Skiff Open Ruled by Manly Clubmates


The sailing fans from New Zealand have written down the names of Finn Pye and Ben Tapper and they are confident that they are going to hear a lot about them in the future. It was simply unimaginable to see how the clubmates from the Manly Sailing Club hailing from Auckland’s Whangaparaoa have performed both on and off the water in the last three days at the skiff nationals of the Property Brokers Open taking place at Napier. Nobody could be better at winning the title than them.

Ben Tapper who is just fourteen years old has been competing for only two years now in the class. He has won the title for Under 17 regatta among 61 participants. He managed to beat Jack White who is from the South Island’s Marakura Yacht Club by four points for winning the title. He secured two firsts, one-sixth, one second, one fourth and a fifth to triumph over Jack. All of these positions are for his very first nationals at the Open Skiff competition. Tapper even competed in the European Championships that took place in Germany in 2019 where he secured the third position. In the month of July 2020, he will be traveling to Italy’s Sardinia for participating in the World Championship.

Black Jack Is The One Out Of Bluewater Classic Race Sydney Harbour

Black Jack, the Australian super-maxi was the first one claiming to take the lead in the 74th edition of yacht race Blue-water classic. The race started on Wednesday between Sydney to Hobart. The skipper of Black Jack, Mark Bradford took the benefit of a drop and breeze shift when the leading yachts came near to harbour entrance, with Wild Oats XI race favourite virtually stuck after it gets stuck at the channel eastern end.

Mark Richards, who is skipper of Wild Oats XI, made the early lead the beginning of the race but, then Black Jack overhaul it ahead of the first turning mark. The Infotrack became the second to touch the mark, which was very close to Black Jack. Vessel Wild Oats was on the fourth position and Scallywag is the fifth super-maxis to take the turn in the race.

St Francis Yacht Club Wins 2018 Morgan Cup

St Francis yacht club team, San Francisco with Michael Menniger as captain is the winner of the 2018 Morgan Cup. Apart from thanking the crew members, the captain gave the credit for the victory to all the members who made the practices possible for the team and couldn’t attend the regatta.

Menninger said that the three on three practice sessions made them work as a team and were able to race in a natural way at the competition. Morgan Cup is one of the highly competitive keelboat racing regattas in the country. This was the 16th edition of the racing competition.

Pica’s Grand Show At Sandbanks

The Sandbanks is a popular venue for fleet race and this year too it has attracted sailors and crew from far and wide. The 18 ft Skiff fleet is making its sixth appearance at Sandbanks and the event here is held from 1st to 4th September 2016. The European crew is also making a visit to Sandbanks and this makes it even more special race event.

Three races were held on the first day and the breeze started to pick up after each race. The newer crews at Sandbanks were able to settle into the thick of things in the first race, because of the light breeze. It was Pica, who won the first race and had to rig off tough challenges from Be Light, Chameleonl and Original Chia. (more…)