Pacific Keel Boat Challenge Goes Offshore For The First Time

A great fleet contested the MRX Pacific keel Boat Challenge this year with four teams from Australia including: Chris Way, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Andy Kearnan, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Simon Grain, Sandringham Yacht Club and Dave McKay, Cronulla Sailing Club and one team from Cercle Nautique Caledonien, led by Jean-Louis Chabaud. There was some serious yachting expertise amongst the crews with ex Olympians, Australian and NZ Champions in various classes and Sydney Hobart veterans.

After 3 days tight racing Chris Way & his Royal Prince Alfred crew get their hands on the coveted Pacific Keel Boat Challenge Trophy

The fleet enjoyed three days of windward leewards in 20 to 25knots of breeze, with close racing throughout. Going into the last day Andy Kearnan's crew had a narrow lead which Chris Way managed to whittle down and finally pass in the last race of the regatta. The top two NZ crews led by Matt Bouzaid and Tom Macky kept the leading Australian crews honest finishing third and forth respectively.

Andy Kearnan's Cruising Yacht Club of Australia crew happy after comfortably winning Day 2

Jean-Louis Chabaud's, "third time lucky", Cercle Nautique Caledonien crew enjoy NZ MRX hospitality!

A good time was had by all on and off the water.

Final Results