The 2013 Pacific Keel Boat Challenge was sailed in great weather - sunshine and 5 to 15 knot tricky North Easterlys prevailed for the regatta. Close racing resulted in a new crew in the lead at the end of each day.

Three windward leewards were sailed on the first day and Rob Hick from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria showed the way with a 1, 3 & 4 with Harry Dodson close on his tail with a 5,2 & 2.

Harry Dodson, (1992), leads a tight bunch in to the top mark

No room for mistakes in this fleet!

Day 2 was all Pete Waters, 2012 winner - with a 1,  5, 1 & 1. The day finished with a harbour race to Motuihe followed by a Barbque and sail home into the sunset.

Complimentary RIB Sealeg transport ashore to the BBQ on Motuihe Island Saturday evening - no need to get feet wet!

Some of the MRX crews ashore on Motuihe Island

Rob Hick in the groove on Day 1

It was all on between Pete Waters and Harry Dodson for the top position on the podium day 3. In the end Harry made it through with a 1, 1 & 2 to Pete's 2, 2, & 4.Perhaps Pete will take it easier on Saturday night next time!

A happy Harry Dodson and crew with the Pacific Keel Boat Challenge Trophy

2013 Pacific Keel Boat Challenge Results

 

For an Aussie viewpoint on the regatta click here to see Simon Grain's report ......