Please select your home edition

Biggest Women's Regatta Cancelled

by Lisa Delaveau - Waikawa Boating Club 6 Sep 2021 20:47 NZST
On Appro making a move © Karmyn Ingram - Waikawa Boating Club

Lockdown has had a massive impact on the Waikawa Boating Club inhouse racing and the nationally significant Evolution Sails Women’s Regatta. 195 registered crew have been told they won’t be racing in the 2021 edition of the highly regarded annual event.

David Grigg, Rear Commodore Sailing said, “It’s still difficult to grasp that the biggest ever version of the Women's Regatta has been hit by lockdown. But in the grand scheme of world events, it's easy to find some perspective”.

Women sailors, experienced and novice, from 11 regions, Fijordland to Northland were descending on Waikawa Boating Club for the annual Women’s Regatta in September this year. More than 80% of registrations were from out of region sailors.

Grigg said that, “Through the decision making process to cancel or postpone it has become very clear that the Evolution Sails Women's Regatta is firmly entrenched in September on the national sailing calendar and that's where we need it to stay, so cancelling is the best option.”

Club Development Officer, David Hancock observed the economic impact for the region, “That’s more than 500 guest nights Picton and Marlborough are going to see cancelled. Food and beverage orders are cancelled and the sailors certainly enjoy a wine and a gin. T-shirt sales won’t happen, donations to guest speaker organisations are off and the local juke box hire is also going to miss out.”

The two-day regatta had Olympians, global circumnavigators and Sydney to Hobart veterans as well as newcomers to sailing on the registration list. The weekend of yacht racing is a wonderful reason for two-hundred women to get together for a bit of fun and personal challenge.

Evolution Sails have said they’ll be there for September 2022 and the Waikawa Boating Club army of volunteers will get started early in the New Year to make it happen.

Next major events for the Waikawa Boating Club:

25 September – start of the Versatile Offshore Series

8-9 January 2022 – Giesen New Year Regatta

17-18 September 2022 – Evolution Sails Women’s Regatta

Related Articles

Giesen New Year Regatta ends in fireworks
Waikawa Boating Club's annual Giesen New Year Regatta finished with an explosive breeze on Sunday. Waikawa Boating Club's annual New Year Regatta enjoyed a wide range of breezes which gave every boat ample opportunity to put themselves forward as a contender for the regatta win. Posted on 10 Jan
Mana Island race record smashed
Waikawa Boating Club's race to Mana Island sees a new course record posted. Waikawa Boating Club's race to Mana Island, is not to be taken lightly. The second race in the four-race series leaves the top of Queen Charlotte Sound, across to Mana Island, rounding to starboard and back to Tory Channel. Posted on 2 Dec 2021
Waikawa's largest regatta ready to welcome in 2022
Waikawa Boating Club's annual New Year Regatta is scheduled and the Notice of Race is available Waikawa Boating Club's annual New Year Regatta is expected to draw the biggest fleet and sailor participation in the Marlborough calendar for the two-day regatta over the weekend of 8-9 January 2022. Posted on 13 Oct 2021
Waikawa's new Club Boat launched in great style
A spray of bubbles signaled the launch of MV Ray White the new club boat for Waikawa BC A well-aimed swing of a bottle of gold flecked champagnoise by Waikawa Boating Club Patron, Nicky Jenkins, onto the bow of the brand-new catamaran, signaled the beginning of a new era for the club. MV Ray White was launched! Posted on 5 Oct 2021
Learn to Sail returns to Waikawa
The Waikawa Boating Club is once again running its learn to sail program in summer 2022 Following Olympic, America's Cup and GP televised yacht racing, we've seen an upsurge in learn to sail enquiries. To meet that demand we're running our learn to sail programme to make the most of this interest for the region, club and sport. Posted on 2 Oct 2021
Waikawa switch course for Race 1 in Versatile
First race in the Versatile Series out of Waikawa has course change due to strong winds The first race in the Versatile Offshore Series had 12 boats register with one coming across from Wellington and flying the crew in the night before the race. Posted on 26 Sep 2021
Marlborough-Wellington Wine Race put on ice
Waikawa's Wine Race from Marlborough to Wellington has been withdrawn from the racing calendar. The Waikawa Boating Club's annual Wine Race from Marlborough to Wellington has been withdrawn from the racing calendar, due insufficient guaranteed overnight berths in Wellington. Posted on 13 Jul 2021
Waikawa recognizes old hands, new crew, volunteers
Waikawa Boating Club put the spotlight on the high performing sailors from the 2020- 2021 season. Waikawa Boating Club put the spotlight on the high performing sailors from the 2020- 2021 season and the up and coming crew and boats at the annual prize giving awards held at the club. Posted on 4 Jun 2021
Mud House Women's Regatta attracts large turnout
Over a hundred sailors delivered some stunning performances on the water on the weekend at Waikawa Over a hundred sailors delivered some stunning performances on the water over the weekend during the third Mud House Women's Regatta hosted by the Waikawa Boating Club. The best women sailors in the country competed in the four race event Posted on 16 Sep 2019
Lawson's Dry Hills New Year Regatta
Held at Waikawa Boating Club This year, the Lawson's Dry Hills New Year Regatta coincided with the Flying Fifteen national championships to see a record number of keel boats out of the water in for one of the racing event highlights in the Marlborough sailing calendar Posted on 16 Jan 2018
SOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomRS Quest 728x90 BottomPredictwind - Iridium BOTTOM