2013 Patent Cup

Patent Attorneys and their families and friends from all around the world descended on Auckland at the beginning of April for their annual Patent Cup sailing regatta. The regatta has been going for 25 years and has never been held in the same place twice.

Seven crews competed for the coveted Patent Cup Trophy and every crew had their moment of glory during the 3 day regatta. Auckland turned on great weather with a brisk Southerly on the Thursday and then light Easterleys on Friday and Saturday.

 

Regatta organiser Logan O'Callahan all concentration on sailing this time!

Andrew Knowles, from New Zealand, signalled his intentions on the first day by winning both harbour races.

Friday brought a light Easterly and with increased points at stake Jens Koch, (Germany), won the Harbour race out to Northern Leading buoy and then the first windward leeward race. Mark Robinson, (UK), & Claude Bournot, (Germany), then won the next windward leeward race in style. Andrew Knowles sailed consistently and won the race back up the harbour to Westhaven maintaining his lead in the regatta.

Light Easterlies persisted on Saturday. James Cherry, (Australia) and Peter Treloar, (USA), made their bid for glory with a second in the harbour race out to Northern Leading and wins in both windward leeward races but it all came too late with Andrew Knowles and his team winning both harbour races and securing the title.


 The crews were delighted with the competitive racing and the quality of the fleet.

As Australian Peter Huntsman commented "We greatly enjoyed the sailing,  especially such standardised high quality boats."

Peter we enjoyed having you all!

Photo Galleries of the Regatta can be seen by clicking the following links: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

Andrew Knowles and crew enjoyed the harbour races