Age-group regatta ‘special’

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Young sailors from across the South Island converged on Timaru for a junior sailing regatta last weekend.

The regatta was held by the Timaru Yacht and Powerboat Club. More than 60 boats were out on the water over two days.

Event co-organiser Heather Berger said the event was “so special” because it did not showcase one particular sponsor, sailor, class of boat or organiser.

“[It] was a compilation of community support.”

She was thankful for the support of both Timaru and national participants who came from locations including Nelson, Picton, Christchurch and Wanaka.

Aside from the sailing, the host sailors and their families had served almost 200 people at a sit-down meal on the Saturday night, cooked by a chef father of one of the participating children, and his wife, Mrs Berger said.

During the meal each competitor got to choose a spot prize off a table full of items donated by sponsors, she said.

“We wowed the visiting sailors by our team effort and hospitality, which made it a unique event.”