Howick Sailing Club hosted the first leg of the 2017/18 Junior East Auckland Series over the weekend.
More than 40 sailors took to the water from Howick Sailing Club, Maraetai Sailing Club, Glendowie Boating Club and Bucklands Beach Yacht Club to compete for individual and a coveted club trophy.
The regatta was sailed over 3 races off Howick beach in Starlings, Optimists, P-Class and Open BICs. The 11-13 knot North Easterly breeze kicked up steep waves that made for some challenging downwind sailing conditions for the competitors. Sailors were awarded 1 point for first, 2 for coming second etc.
Callum McRae from Maraetai Sailing Club won the Starling Class with 4 points overall with two wins and one second places. William Beachchamp from Glendowie won the P-Class with 3 bullets. Jonathan Lowe from Maraetai won the Optimist Green division with 6 points and Nicholas Drummond from Bucklands Beach won the Optimist Open division also with 6 points.
Overall, Glendowie Sailing club won the Club trophy, beating Howick Sailing Club by just 2 points. The second leg of the regatta will be sailed at Glendowie Boating Club on Sunday December 10.