Matt Bouzaid & Crew Retain the Pacific Keel Boat Trophy

The 2015 Pacific Keel Boat Challenge was sailed in perfect 8 to 20kn North Easterlys. The short Windward Leeward courses and shifty conditions challenged the crews and provided very tight one design racing. After 3 days of racing just 4 points separated the top 3 boats. Consistency paid off with Matt Bouzaid's Club Marine crew deserved winners, Sean Wallis from Western Australia and his J24 hot shots was 2nd and Tom Macky's Hall Spars crew 3rd.

Matt Bouzaid, Andrew Barron & crew happy with their win

The overseas crews ready to go sailing on practice day

The Welcome dinner provided an opportunity to size up the competition

Sean Wallis & his J24 hotshots looking like they might be the first crew to take the trophy offshore

Ray Waldron and Andrew Whitbourne's skiff sailors from Lake MacQuarie leading the bunch at the top mark

Jean Louis Chabaud's crew from New Caledonia added colour to the regatta and looked more & more dangerous as the regatta progressed

The Jack Tarr Party in the Winyard Quarter provided a welcome opportunity to relax the nerves before the final day's racing

Chris Morgan's crew from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron adapted well to windward leeward racing - unusual preparation for an ocean race to Noumea!

Mike Bain's crew from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria relax before the prize giving at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron

Racing on the Waitemata harbour against the backdrop of downtown Auckland city

Final Results

Many new friendhips made

A good time sailing and ashore for all!