Over last weekend, Adams 10 crews from RBYC, RYCV and RMYS raced against crews from Middle Harbour Yacht Club, on Sydney Harbour, for the prestigious Waitangi Cup.
The Adams X Waitangi Challenge began in 2000, when the Commodores of MHYC and RYCV agreed on an interstate teams racing regatta. Alternating between MHYC and one of the Port Phillip yacht clubs, teams from each club are given an Adams 10 from the host club, in a blind draw out of the cup.
On Saturday, in fresh to heavy conditions, with plenty of swell and a few Manly ferries, 4 windward-leeward races were conducted on The Sound. Racing was challenging and very competitive; however the NSW team out-classed the Victorians, and ended the day leading 4 – Nil.
Saturday evening meant magnificent hospitability shown by the locals, with an excellent meal, some great stories and just a few refreshments. Racing in the regatta was abandoned on the final day and the trophy awarded the NSW team. Some crews from both states did sail two ‘friendly’ match-races on Sunday. This time Victoria dominated.
The Waitangi Cup will remain in NSW for another year, and the event will be next hosted on Port Phillip in 2019.
Photo Credit: Marg Fraser-Martin MHYC