North Sails Retains the NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge Trophy

The 2012 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge was sailed in a fickle light Easterly breeze which had the fleet struggling to make headway against a strong incoming tide. Owen Rutter's Events Clothing team joined the regular competitors and we welcomed back Yachting Developments after a break last year.

North Sails Paul Murray and crew sneak along the wharves out of the tide

From the start Brin Wilson Boatbuilders, Touch of Gloss and Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders struggled to make the starting line whilst North Sails lead by Paul Murray took the early lead being first to the Westhaven breakwater and out of the tide.

Chris Steele and Owen Rutter's Events Clothing crew struggle to get Harken past Stanley Point

A tacking duel up the wharves followed with Mat Mason and Ryan Houston on Ovlov Marine chasing hard, closely followed by Ian Cook’s Yachting Development’s team and Peter Busfield, NZ Marine and guests.

Starting on the North side of the harbour did not pay this time for Sanya's Cameron Dunn and his Club Marine crew.

Meanwhile Cameron Dunn on Club Marine went looking for the Sanya lift on the northern side of the harbour without any joy. Later Events Clothing with Chris Steele on the helm tried to work North from Stanley Point with a similar result.

Mat Mason and Ryan Houston, (Sanya), give the boys from Ovlov Marine a helping hand

In the end North Sails were in front when time ran out and held on to the NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge Trophy for another year and Events Clothing won the Perseverance Trophy for their persistence at Stanley Point and making the most ground North in the fleet.

Ian Cook's Yachting Developments team took every opportunity to catch the leaders

Race stalwart Nick Saull and his Brin Wilson team refused to give up!

It wasn't Southern Spars day even with regular MRX sailor Russell Wood on the helm

Peter Busfield's crew on Hall Spars chasing North Sails

Touch of Gloss / International Paints led the charge to the Prize Giving / Bar

Simon Morely lead his Lloyd Stephensons crew in hot pursuit of their boss on Hall Spars