Smooth sailing for Pegasus regatta

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South Island Champion and highest-placed host club ‘‘Local Hero’’ Trophy winner from the Pegasus...
South Island Champion and highest-placed host club ‘‘Local Hero’’ Trophy winner from the Pegasus club. Photos: Supplied
Camaraderie was to the fore at the South Island Regatta for International One Metre Yachts, hosted by the Pegasus Radio Sailing Club at Lake Pegasus last weekend.

Friendships rose to the fore when one of the yachts sank, minus its vital hatch — still in the sailor’s pocket.

Skippers and volunteers did everything they could to locate the yacht.

Local skipper Laurie McArthur proved to be the lifesaver, hooking it with a 30-metre line towed from his kayak.

The skipper and friends spent the evening preparing the yacht for racing the next day.

The club brought 28 radio sailors and 30 volunteers together from within the club, around the district and from Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland for the regatta. It also created spectator interest, with more than 30 people turning out on both days to watch.

Radio-controlled yachts race in the South Island One Metre Regatta.
Radio-controlled yachts race in the South Island One Metre Regatta.
Friday was used for registration, to check measurements and practice sessions.

The weather was perfect for sailing, and Saturday dawned with light airs for the briefing led by the principal race officer.

Racing finally began around 11am.

Laurie McArthur was awarded the Good Sport Medal for his expertise, and sportsmanship, in...
Laurie McArthur was awarded the Good Sport Medal for his expertise, and sportsmanship, in salvaging a yacht which sunk.
The 28 entries were split into two heats for each race and a system of mixing yachts by placings meant that different groups of skippers met from one race to the next.

By 5.30pm, 26 heats had been run without a hitch.

A bunch of 32 tired skippers, volunteers and partners met at the Flat White Cafe and Bar for a relaxed evening buffet meal.

Club Commodore Paul Johnson welcomed everyone and admitted they were lucky to be able to hold the regatta, with the Covid-19 restrictions just around the corner.

Results from Saturday were processed to create a Gold Fleet and a Silver fleet for Sunday.

Each fleet raced nine times. Overall prize winners, after the total of 22 races for each skipper over the two days, were:

■Gold Fleet – South Island Champion and highest-placed host club ‘‘Local Hero’’ Trophy: Paul Johnson (NZL 104 PRSC) 1, Alex Bruce (NZL 31 Otago RYC) 2, Graham Parratt (NZL 77 PRSC) 3.

■Silver Fleet: Phil Wynands (NZL 84 PRSC), 1, Peter Jensen (NZL 41 RYS Nelson), 2, Ron Bedyn (NZL 221 PRSC), 3.

Medals were also presented to four age-group winners: ‘‘Youth’’ Ben Koskela (NZL 00 PRSC), ‘‘Adult’’ John McPherson (NZL 42 Wellington RYC), ‘‘Master’’ Graham Parratt (NZL 77 PRSC) and ‘‘Grand Master’’ Paul Johnson (NZL 104 PRSC).

The ‘‘Good Sport’’ Medal went to Laurie McArthur for his salvage expertise and good sportsmanship.

The Pegasus club won the

Inter Club Trophy thanks to the high standard of its skippers, admittedly enjoying racing on their home water.

Peter Jensen also won a C rig mainsail and jib donated by Vickers Racing.

The club is grateful to Ian Vickers, and the club’s other sponsors, including the Rata Foundation, Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA), Riccarton High School, Indevin Ltd, Farmlands and Mitre 10 Mega in Rangiora, Argus Fire Protection and The Good Home Pegasus.

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