Waipu Cove - 6 December 2008 – North Island BP IRB Champs

 

We arrived at Waipu just after the start of the heats for the Tube Rescue to find that contrary to what we expected there was surf, and with 22 clubs competing, which could well be a record, we were in for a great days racing.  

Also great to see clubs who do not normally participate in IRB competitions competing and gaining experience.  

 

The competition in all events and divisions was extremely close especially in the Premier events.   Muriwai who won the Arancia Trophy at the Nationals was determined to put up a good defence and the main contenders were East End and Fitzroy and right down to the last event we were told there was only five points separating the top two clubs.  Fitzroy did not have as many crews as Muriwai and East End but Chris Scott and Jaron Mumby were scintillating and set an extremely high standard for everyone else.  So Fitzroy were missing for the Teams event , always an event to produce exciting action especially with an offshore wind for the return to the beach with driver only.

 

The Women’s teams continue to improve and competition was close with East End wining the Tube Rescue with St Clair second and Muriwai Third.  In the Mass Rescue it was Muriwai 1, East End 2; the Assembly Muriwai followed by Kariotahi and St Clair.  The Single Rescue was won by St Clair with East End second and Spencer Park third.

 

As always the Officials worked tirelessly to make the event run smoothly and this year we had Bart Wilson as starter having to fill the large boots of  Russell Sagar and an excellent job he did too.  A big thanks go to them and Waipu SLSC for such an enjoyable Championship round.

Another no equipment damaged  or injuries day.  Perfect.

 

 

Chris Speight