NZ takes the Trans-Tasman trophy home

The Trans-Tasman Challenge returned once more, after a hiatus due to COVID-19. As the International borders have opened again, our friendly neighbours from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron flew in for the weekend, to join us for some competitive but fun racing, as well as the sharing of ideas between our Flag Officers.

The Flag Officers from RSYS battled the RNZYS Flag Officers for the Trans-Tasman trophy, as well as bragging rights. The teams used our fleet of Elliott 7s for the event.

Twelve races were completed on a sunny Sydney Harbour, paired with light breezes and very shifty conditions.

To set the scene; at the end of Race 11 the scores were even, 50 points to each club. This is when the Flag Officers’ competitive nature really came out. There were a few tussles on the start line and around the top mark RSYS was in the lead with RNZYS in 2nd and 3rd position and RSYS 4th.  As hard as each boat worked, the results were still even after the last race,  leaving teams to sail in and wait and see who would be awarded the trophy.

After much deep diving into the count back, RNZYS were crowned the winner by the smallest of margins.

Thank you to our Squadron Keelboat Program (SKP) volunteers, Gemma Burns, Jameson Prescott, Xavier McLachlan, Hugh Allen and Jade Gavin who assisted the Flag Officers on their boats. It was noted that the SKP sailors learnt a lot from their time on the water. Our thanks also to the race management team Rob Ridley, Nicholas Hogg, Wendy Payne, Charles Gay, Gaye Rosen,  Eric Duggin and Trish Stanley.

Lets hope that RSYS can win back the coveted Trans-Tasman trophy next time!
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Photo by Rene Chapman