The Ross 780 2022 Nationals were held at the Charteris Bay Yacht Club,  Canterbury 21 -23rdthof January in what was a very successful Regatta. This is the first time CBYC have run and hosted a Trailer Yacht regatta as they are predominately known as a Dingy club and have recently hosted the P class Nationals and Paper Tiger Nationals

Originally it was expected that there would be a record number of boats for the regatta with SailGP the following weekend. Unfortunately the GPs were postponed to next year but there was still a good fleet of 7. Three from Dunedin , three from Canterbury and “Bush Shirt” from Napier which was a tremendous achievement considering the current environment.

The race conditions were perfect on the first day with a light Southerly on a flat sea. Saturday was a big day with an extra 4th race added. From the previous day the wind had swung around to the East, again with flattish water and great sailing as the fleet started to close up. On the last day, Sunday one of the two scheduled races was held due to the wind dropping off but still an enjoyable race in different conditions

The Regatta was a great event thanks in no small part to the Charteris Bay Yacht Club which provide a great facility in such a beautiful setting. Also the volunteers, who made themselves available, especially Brett Willcock who was the Race Officer for the Regatta.

Results – Richard Hawkins with Menace convincingly won the regatta with 7 wins out of 8. Hot on Richard’s heels was Tristin Ornsby on Ghost Train, third Steve Rushbrook Aqua Taxi . As the regatta progressed the racing got closer which made for exciting racing.

We look forward to next year’s Nationals which will be hosted by Napier.