Pleasant Point Yacht Club’s Classic Yacht Race on Sunday October the 5th was thwarted by the weather when, after starting in a light easterly, the predicted Nor-wester arrived during the race, and for the sake of the 12 Classic yachts and their classic crews, racing was curtailed when the Race Officer abandoned the race about half way through the event, flying code flag N and sounding three blasts on the horn.
As it was abandoned, there were no results and accordingly, the trophy will not be awarded this season, unless the Club can fit a re-sail day into its calendar. Even though the race didn’t achieve a result, the Classic Boat day at the Club was a great success.
The Club really appreciated the support of the members of the Canterbury Classic and Traditional Boating Association in supporting the afternoon and while some of their members competed in the abandoned race, many provided display boats on the shore for members of the public to look over.
On display were sail, motor and rowboats, including a large replica American powerboat (Vanquish) and a similar sized, elderly clinker hulled steam powered craft (Billy Boy), beautifully restored.
Complementing the classic boats were a handful of classic cars, some towing the classic boats.
The original Classic Yacht Race was first run at the Club’s 75th Jubilee in 1995, and had been an annual event until the earthquakes disrupted the Club’s sailing programme, however in their second season at their new location in the South New Brighton Park, the club re-introduced it to their programme and with the success of the day, it will again feature in their annual programme in the coming years.
Pleasant Point Yacht Club, originally located beside the South Brighton Bridge, lost all its facilities in the early earthquakes and is now focused on building new facilities in the South New Brighton Park.
Members of the Canterbury Classic and Traditional Boating Association are welcome to call in to the Club on any day that they have an event on and join in the racing or simply go for a sail in the best waters on the Estuary.
Two members of the Canterbury Classic and Traditional Boating Association are already members of Pleasant Point Yacht Club.
For information about sailing and the Club’s activities,
contact Nigel or Jocelyn Humphreys on 349 2422.