Northern News : November 2nd 2011
21 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 2, 2011 NEWS Club to hold blessing of fleet The Bay of Islands Swordfish Club is holding a Blessing of the Fleet in the Paihia Clubrooms from 5.30pm on November 4. The blessing will be performed by Bishop Ben Te Haara and is to wish all the marine-related tourism operators and visitors to the Bay a safe, enjoyable and prosperous summer season on or about the water. Pupils from Opua Primary School will provide a performance and there will be an art com- petition for kids with the theme of Why I love living in the Bay of Islands''. All club members and guests areinvited to attend the Blessing of the Fleet with full bar facilities and special bistro meals available. Children's artwork winners will be announced at the Blessing of the Fleet with some great prizes for the kids. Coastal Classic six-hour barrier broken Capsized: Lucifer towed by Coastguard. Well under way: The fleet heads north. Photo: ROB WEBB It seemed almost too much to hope that a sub-six hours record would finally be set in the 119-nautical mile NZMYC Coastal Classic on Friday, October 21. But that's exactly what TeamVodafoneSailing did when they crossed the finish line in five hours, 44 minutes and 31 seconds, breaking the six-hour barrier for the first time in this challenging and spectacular yacht race's 30-year history. Conditions were perfect at the race start. Blue skies and south-westerly breezes enabled the fleet to quickly bear away and depart Auck- land in good time. A potential tsunami warning had fleet and race management on guard, but it was cancelled within an hour. The 60-foot trimaran took air from the start, pushing ahead of the fleet and disap- pearing into the horizon before many of them had rounded North Head. It peaked at 34.8 knots and averaged a speed of around 20 knots for the duration of the race. TeamVodafoneSailing crossed the line right in front of my house, I could not believe her speed, it was utterly amazing,'' John Fielding of Russell said. The race was not without incident. Red trimaran Luci- fer capsized at Cape Brett, but was later righted by Coastguard. Exodus was dis- masted and a number of mul- tihulls withdrew with gear damage, leading to 15 retirees from 151 starters, the penalty of a hard and fast race. TeamVodafoneSailing was followed into Russell by Roger Pagani's 50-foot cata- maran Triple 888. This wasn't an easy race by any means, but it was a fast and exciting one for many boats,'' event spokes- man Jon Vincent said. Results can be viewed at www.coastalclassic.co.nz. Roaring start for super saloons Taiapa speedway: Terry Grigg wins all-in. Super and limited saloon drivers provided big action beginning at the first green flag drop in race one at Taipa on Sunday, October 23. Max Andresen and Geordie Inglis had their super saloons out among the limited saloon drivers, John Hussey, Terry Grigg, Ray Dare and Tony Cree. Dare and Inglis had a rub in the first corner, then Inglis and Cree had a coming together on the last lap, resulting in the retirement of Cree for the day. Hussey gained the win followed by Grigg and Dare. Carole Teix- eira had a hat trick of wins in Ladies C Grade. The feature and final race of the day, the Shell Taipa All-in, saw an early spin from Hussey. Superb driving from Grigg saw him seize the opportunity for the win on the last lap. Taipa Speedway's next race meet will be held on Novem- ber 13 at 1pm. Fun for all: The State Paihia Classic's multi-distance swimming races allow swimmers of all ages and abilities to join in the fun. Aussie champ in ocean swim A world champion, long- distance swimmer from Australia will compete in this year's State Russell to Paihia Ocean Swim on December 10. Melissa Gorman, 25, will swim in three of the six events that make up the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series as part of her preparation for the Olympic Games in London next July. Gorman won a gold medal in the 5km open water event at the 2009 World Swimming Championships and silver and bronze medals in the 800m freestyle at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. Having a world-class swimmer compete in the 3.3km swim can only boost media interest in the event, Far North District Council economic develop- ment adviser Gary Gab- bitas says. It gives the Bay of Islands favourable tele- vision exposure as a tourist destination which the coun- cil couldn't afford to buy.'' Mr Gabbitas says the coun- cil is happy to be sponsoring the State Paihia Classic for a third year. About 65 percent of the 700 swimmers who take part each year come from outside the Far North and most of those are from Auckland, so there is a dir- ect economic benefit to motels, cafes and other retail businesses,'' State New Zealand Swim Series director Scott Rice says. We're trying to encourage people to stay the week- end.'' The start time is earlier this year due to tides. People competing in the 3.3km swim need to be at Russell at 7.25am for an 8am start. Visit www.oceanswim for details and to register.
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