We have just returned from the Interislander Regatta in Picton where we had 8 families and 12 sailors competing from Plimmerton. This is the first time we have attended this event as long as I can remember. The experience was fantastic and very enjoyable, especially for the young sailors and their families that sailed in the Green Fleet where the racing was so close to shore that you didn’t need binoculars to read the sail numbers. Parents enjoyed watching from very close quarters and the bar and café area that is positioned right by the start and finish line meant you could literally sit there and tell your child to pull their mainsheet or watch the sail with a drink in your hand while basking in the sun. This is a fantastic regatta for introducing the young sailors to national competition with out it being to intense.
We had some outstanding results - namely - James Bitchener who qualified in the gold fleet out of a 107 boats in this national ranking regatta. Phoebe Wood placed 10th in the Green Fleet and was 1st girl in a fleet of 42 boats. Lilah Smith placed 18th in the Green Fleet and was 4th girl overall.
I am extremely proud of all our Green Fleet Sailors because for them it was their first ever major regatta - and to spend that amount of time with that many boats in a small space of water, and in conditions that were, at times challenging is a real achievement. Congradulations to all of you and thank you for making the effort to attend.
Others that were attending in Green Fleet were Mathew Gaunt - Sabre Ostenberry - Catriona Mackay Freeman - Thomina Mackay freeman - Siobhen Mackay Freeman
The Starlings and Open fleet Opti’s sailed out a lot further into the Marlbourgh sounds, in most cases they were towed to the course area, there was a lot of on water support for these fleets (in the way of RIB’s) as they remained out on the course until their 3 races were completed each day. Our Starlings enjoyed the regatta and have gained some really good experience. For our Starling sailors this was a big step up from what they have been used to and will give them a platform to build from. Ollie, Finn, Darby, and Shania finished in the middle to rear of the fleet in the overall postions.
Starlings - Ollie Botha - Shania Ostenberry - Finn Georgeson - Darby Georgeson.
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