by Greta Yeoman
It was a family affair in the placings of one section of the Timaru Age Group Regatta at the weekend.
The annual regatta at the Timaru Yacht and Power Boat Club attracted 68 competitors aged 8 to 18 – who travelled from around Canterbury, South Canterbury and Otago – for two days of sailing.
The competition was split into sections for the different classes of boats and it was a home-town and family success in the P-class section.
Timaru Yacht and Power Boat Club member Aylwen Berger (14) beat her brothers and fellow club members for first place in the section. Eran Berger (11) claimed second and Rowan Berger (13) placed third.
The 420 class was won by Christchurch-based Claude Southwick and Jayden Curry (both 15). Nathan Harbutt and Phoebe Harbutt (both 15), of the Timaru Yacht and Powerboat Club, came second in that class.
The Green Fleet Optimist section placings were all won by sailors from the Charteris Bay Yacht Club in Christchurch.
First place went to 11-year-old Jimmy Scobie, second to Mali Lloyd (9) and third place to Lucy Luxford (9).
The Optimist Open Fleet section was won by 12-year-old Charlotte Palmer, of the Charteris Bay Yacht Club, while fellow club members Ben Catton (10) and Miro Luxford (11) placed second and third, respectively.
The Starling class was won by 15-year-old Josh Schoorl, of the Charteris Bay Yacht Club, while fellow club member Niamh Shannon (13) placed second and 15-year-old Ella Willcox, of Naval Point Yacht Club in Lyttelton, placed third.
Less-common boats also raced in the event, including the Firebug sailed by Waimakariri Sailing and Power Boat Club member Alex Humphry (15).
Naval Point Yacht Club’s Hunter Wilkinson (13) joined in the sailing with his Open Bic boat, a model made by the Bic pen company and promoted by multi-America’s Cup-winning yachtsman Sir Russell Coutts.
The competition was hosted by the Timaru Yacht and Power Boat Club in Caroline Bay, just out from the club’s port-side base.