After the morning display craft there was the usual Parade/Race for the sailors starting at the bottom of the lake from the start boat Mapu skippered by Paul Pritchett, one of the larger trailer boats launched that day. The wind was a patchy northerly but enough to make sailing pleasant. The slim double ender of Sandy Powell made the most of it and slipped around the first mark with a Wagstaff/Pururi Moth in close attendance. It was a fairly short course so the RO sent everyone round again and after that many headed to the lake bankside for a spot of afternoon tea.
Participants had come from all over Canterbury but the most travelled were Ian and Alison Milne from Dunedin as well as Russell Cloake from Mossburn in Southland with his interesting small classic inboard motor boat.
Thanks to all the faithful and new for attending, it is so different sailing on a freshwater lake. Also our thanks to the Ashburton Sailing Club for hosting our event, providing buoys and barbecue facilities for the day.