Karleen Dixon Wins the Baltic Lifejackets 2013 New Zealand Women’s Keelboat Champs

Exciting racing prevailed, just 5 points separated 2nd to 5th place

What a fabulous event sailed on the Waitemata Harbour in the Farr MRX fleet this has been! Karleen Dixon won with a convincing score, four 1st places on day one in blustery conditions and a tougher day with a 2nd, 5th, 4th & 1st today, a fantastic day to be out on the water! Karleen is a founding Women’s Keelboat competitor starting in 1990 when the competition was won by Leslie Egnot.

Karlene and her crew

Day one was marked by gusts of 35knots and rain squalls. Day two proved to be a perfect day with 10-15knots from the south-west. 

Karlene's crew in action in perfect sailing conditions on day 2

Claudia Pierce and her RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme crew came back from a disappointing first day to second on day two with a 3rd, two 2nds and a 1st.

In third place was 2012 winner Samantha Osborne. Although Sam had a regatta of ups and downs they still finished in third position overall.

Joy Adams from Bucklands Beach Yacht Club came 4th in the tough battle for the podium places.

In fifth Pace was Emanuelle from Cercle Nautique Caledonien. Luarence Bouchet, Sailing Manager at CNC, said “We are happy to be here, we are really enjoying the sailing and competition. It is good to have this level and we will definitely be here next year.”

Melinda Henshaw finished 6th and commented: “The results never show how close the racing was. At times there were only seconds between the crews but small timing and learning errors cost us. We really enjoyed ourselves though. It is such a great regatta”

Leslie Goddard and her WOW crew from Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club improved as the regatta went on and commented: “we have had so much fun”.

Final Results

Thankyou to Jonathan Gravit, Safety at Sea and Baltic Life Jackets for their sponsorship and great prizes