The Rum race fleet continues to grow with 10 boats starting this week. A big welcome to Unitec and Flying Cloud who joined the fleet for the first time.

Conditions were light and tricky. The forecast was for a dying Southwester to swing South before later building to 15 knots as it continued to swing East.

The race was shortened at the Southern Channel markers and the fleet closed right up at Okiato for the final push to the finish line in an outgoing tide and dying breeze. Some did significantly better than others at navigating the channel as the wind swung back to the SSW and the tide punished those that fell into a hole.

Huge congratulations to Martin on Vertigo who sailed beautifully singlehanded to take the win in a tight finish from Unitec. Unitec passed Vertigo close to the line but Vertigo fought back to take the win. The fast-finishing Outlaw expertly kept the boat moving in less tide up the side of the Channel and finished close behind in 3rd place.

A great atmosphere once again in the club after racing with Peini and her team and Chloe behind the bar doing a fantastic job of getting everyone hydrated and fed. Well done team, those pork spare ribs are becoming a bit of a favourite!

Thanks also to Ian Templeman for running the race and our wonderful sponsors North Sails for backing this great new format.

Thanks also to Julie Kidman for the great shots in this video.

For any newcomers our Rum Race recipe is simple. Friendly, laid back 2 sail racing with friends at the end of the working week. The course is always the same but starting times are adjusted based on each boats placing in the previous race. This provides some great sailing and exciting finishes.

Contact our race Officer Buddha if you want to join in and don’t yet have a start time! The pursuit race format means that all designs have a chance of winning so cruising boats and classics are welcome.

We also have a growing list of people who would like to join in as crew for these Friday Rum races so skippers, if need a hand to get you out there please let us know.

We have now put forms up on the Race Notice Board in the club where crew and skippers can add their details to match boats up with people and visa versa.