Wineworks Wine Race 2019
A quality fleet faced the starter for the eighteenth Wineworks Marlborough Wine race across Cook Strait to Wellington. For the first time the fleet was divided into two divisions, Division 2 enjoying an earlier start and slightly shorter course, Division 1 starting an hour later and rounding some extra marks in Wellington harbour prior to the finish off Seaview Marina. Conditions were favourable for racing although some boats were caught out through conservative sail choices when wind strength failed to match that which had been forecast for the day.
Andrew Wilson’s Farr 1104 Rapport carrying the wine of Clos Marguerite sailed a superb race to take line honours in Division 2 from the twin Farr 1020’s Prime Suspect skippered by David Gillies (carrying Mud House) with Clive Ballett’s Coup d’ Etat carrying Cloudy Bay third on line. With handicaps applied Family Affair took the division and ‘wine honours’ for Whitehaven, the Lotus 9.2 skippered by Dave Roberts, Rapport second on handicap less than a minute clear of Andrew Kiddle’s Whiting 40 Warrior bringing their cargo of Spy Valley in third.
Division 1 was hotly contested, line honours going to Satellite Spy, reversing the 2018 line result against rivals Code Breaker, Gary Craig’s Thompson 38 finishing just over two minutes behind Matt Kerr’s Ross 40 with David McGill bringing Voila home third, the Beneteau 54 performing well in the mixed conditions. Nautilus, Hello Sailor and Cloudy Bay were the featured wines on the line honours boats.
Once the handicappers had finalised their calculations the celebrations began for race stalwart Chris Williams, his Farr 38 Flying Fox taking the win and carrying their wine from The Ned to victory. It was just reward for a skipper who has supported the race since its inception and has finally reached the top of the podium after 18 attempts. Second just over a minute back was Oldsmobile the Young Rocket handling the conditions well despite a lack of functioning wind gear. Skipper Aaron Blackmore sailed a fine race to bring Villa Maria home three minutes clear of The Delta wine aboard Khamsin, Dave Kelway’s Beneteau First 456 revelling in the conditions.
Club Development Office Duncan Mackenzie said “despite a number of hurdles encountered by the organising committee the changed format has been well received by skippers and crew and has been given a vote of confidence from our major sponsors Wineworks, Indevin and Crown Sheet Metal through their continued support of the event. With plenty of lead time prior to the 2020 event we’re looking forward to making even more advances with this iconic race”.
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Waikawa Boating Club
Phone: 03 573 6798