Over the weekend, the town of Auckland, New Zealand held its 170th Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta fleet, and it kicked off with some difficulties due to strong winds on the water affecting the performance of vessels and their crews. The flagship for this year’s event was the frigate HMNZS Te Mana.
Unlike last year’s regatta, where a beautiful day with crystal clear waters and warm weather gave crews and spectators a perfect day, this year’s weather conditions caused the Mahurangi to Princes Wharf race to be canceled due to safety reasons. Spectator numbers were much lower this year because of the conditions. Two or more crews traveled from Australia across the Tasman in order to compete in this year’s event.
A strong fleet of a variety of around 500 vessels raced in the challenging event. Vessels included classic yachts, dinghies, tall ships, and racing keelers. Larger vessels like the giant tugboats had no problems with the rough conditions, but smaller vessels suffered.
No reports of injuries were made, however capsizes and failing gears were reported as affects of the weather conditions.
Next year, the organizers hope to attract more vessels from Australia, to create a more balanced competition.
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