Farr 6000 Nationals 2005, Port Chalmers

Unexpectedly light conditions and sea fog were the order of the day at the Farr 6000 NZ Champs held at Port Chalmers, Otago this year. [SinglePic not found]

Conditions were no obstacle however to Peter Millar from Gisborne, winner of the previous Nationals in Napier. Sailing borrowed boat “Last of the Summer Wine” he showed convincing form winning four of the ten races and finishing in the top three in all races completed.

Aphrodite (Rob English) ably assisted by his very experienced Otago crew set the pace in the first two races picking the shifts well and by the end of the first day appeared to have a good chance of winning despite a unfortunate 6th placing in race three.

Day two however showed the strength and consistency of Peter Millar’s sailing ability with three firsts putting him in unassailable lead.

Ceol Mara sailed by veterans Jim Mears and Brian Chalmers, R class sailors of 30 years ago, showed the Alan Sutherland “Hot C Air’ and Richard Hawkins from the Noelex Association made a tremendous effort to organize this event and we were impressed with the standard of organisation on and off the water.

Combining classes contributed to the success of the event and helped make the it possible to have a larger and more cost effective organisation.
Something to consider for the future.

In the light conditions and the course set for day one this did bring its frustrations with the N25s tending to run down the F6 fleet on the downwind finishing legs blanketing the smaller boats wind with their spinnakers. The modified course set for day 2 and 3 seemed to resolve this problem.

Social activity was hosted by Principal sponsor, Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel. This is a wonderful little pub restored to its former glory just around the corner from the Port. It has a great atmosphere and is well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

One incident needing mention was an accident caused by one of the bungee securing hooks on the hatch slides. Read our safety note on this later in this edition

Finally our grateful thanks to all those involved in the organization of the event. Our thanks also to Careys Bay Historic Hotel, Doyle Sailmakers and all the other sponsors for their generosity in making the event possible.

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