BlackMatch Racing wins 2013 N Z Keelboat Championship

Adam Minoprio and his team of BlackMatch Racing have taken out the 2013 New Zealand National Keelboat Championship after two days of racing on the Waitamata Harbour.

Adam Minoprio, KPMG, leads Dave Wood in North Sails (Photo Suellen Hurling, Royal Akarana Yacht Club)

Racing was conducted by Royal Akarana Yacht Club and this year. Five elite teams registered to race in the prestige event, with the big guns of the New Zealand and International sailing scene taking part.

Adam Minoprio and his Black Match crew with their spoils

Winner and past World Match Racing Champion, Adam Minoprio said that his teams win didn’t come easy.

“David Wood and the Killer Racing team really gave us a hard time. They were leading after day one and we had to fight back hard to secure the lead.

“It was incredibly tight racing and the conditions were tricky, but it was a great weekend overall,” said Minoprio.

Dave Wood held the regatta lead right up to the last race

The National Keelboat Championship has been running for 22 years and attracts the best keel boat sailors from around New Zealand. Adam Minoprio will be added to the honours board that includes names such as Russell Coutts, Rod Davis, Ray Davies, Grant Turnbull and Dean Barker.

Stefan Goldwater leads Chris Funnell with Matt Bouzaid in the background

Results for the Series