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Inclement weather has brought the pre-Christmas series to a close, with 7 of 8 scheduled flights raced. However, the results show that victory for Valsheda II (950) was a virtual certainty, notwithstanding the early bath. Al Gair and crew sailed an impressive series, taking 1st or 2nd place in every flight, bar one (when Al was absent).
Impressive, too, was the fact that they sailed every flight. On the race course, only Feng Shui (1348) seriously threatened their domination, but in this fleet, any mistake - or any absence - is invariably punished. Accordingly, Willzy and crew will have to settle for 3rd place, behind Hayden Whitburn and his crew on Upfront, who also demonstrated consistency in both performance and attendance.
Many thanks as always to everyone who contributed to an excellent series, including (but not limited to) Warwick and Theresa Gair, John and Megan Kensington, Melanie Best and the RNZYS, John Waters, Peter Steele and the crane crew, Craig Greenwood, Hayden Whitburn, Anatole Masfen and Andrew Wills.
We look forward to seeing more crews out on the race course in the New Year, including newcomers Patch Graham, Nick Hazard and Simon Judd.
The post-Christmas series commences on 27th January. Please check the calendar here for other important dates - including the Auckland and National Champs.
All that remains is to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Results for the series are here.
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