These were held at Taylors Mistake SLC Christchurch in simply atrocious
conditions. The South Island had beautiful weather all week but
deteriorated over night on the Friday. We arrived at Auckland
hear the tail end of a message that said if we couldn't land at
we will fly back to Auckland. Great! The captain made an
we neared Christchurch say that there was fog and we would go into a
pattern for 45 minutes and if it had not cleared we would fly back to
Auckland. About 40 minutes into the holding pattern the captain
and said we would keep trying and if there was no success we would land
Wellington and get link flights from there. However magically a
appeared and we landed. By that time we were over an hour
late but when we
got to the beach one race had been completed and they had put things on
hold. Although there was a break behind the surf and the buoys had
laid the conditions were seriously bad. We meanwhile went to Mark
house where we were staying and had breakfast and added several more
of clothes and returned to the beach. This was the one time when
have been good to have had the video camera but thinking it was going to
flat water racing we just took the ordinary camera. Whilst we were
milling around Spencer Park ordered a boat which was the bright spot of
morning. Team Managers' meetings were being held at frequent
after lunch a vote was taken to give it another go. Peter
carnival controller, with the backing of Mark Weatherall, Dave Hickey
Brett Wilson, was emphatic that great care must be taken - no heroics -
off and wait. The competitors consisted of teams from Brighton,
Brighton (who went home), Spencer Park, Sumner, St Clair, St Kilda and
End - Andrew Cronin was doing a course in Dunedin and borrowed a boat
engine and crew so that he could compete. The first sets of races
Senior Single Rescue from the heats to the finals. All went well
women's race. The race started and in not very big surf the girl
crew in the Spencer Park team was seen to take off inside the boat - no
in the foot straps or holding onto the crew handle - just the bow line.
boat returned to shore and it turned out that the crew person suffered a
broken tibia. She is only 15 and I have to say she would be one of
bravest people I have seen. No crying, screaming anything.
We heard later
she had to have pins and screws put in and was operated on that night.
After this the decision was made to abandon the whole meeting.
The prize giving was held in the Salty Dog bar at Sumner and although
were not many medals to present there were lots of spot prizes and
was in good heart.