Photographer's Note

Murrays Bay Sailing Regatta

This is one of the Optimist races held yesterday at the annual Winter Championshipsbeing sailed over the weekend at Auckland's Murrays Bay Sailing Club.

The Winter Champs regatta attracted a fleet of around 300 boats and 350 sailors this year, and marks the transition from the Winter to Summer sailing programs. Optimists, P-Class, Starlings, Laser Radials, 420’s, and a few other classes, all one-man youth boats, are all racing.

This camera was hand-held, and taken from the beach and I am using my Canon 70-300mm lens, and I cannot get any closer.

The third boat is going around the red buoy*, and the second boat is just in front of him. Number 3796 is in the lead – you can see him sailing left, to the very left of the photo.

These boats now have to sail / tack to the other red buoy* that you can see in the background just above no 3798’s sail. Sailing is a mixture of straight runs, but many other twists and turns – it can be quite frustrating following the boats from the shore.

* In New Zealand the word BUOY is pronounced BOY, while in America it is pronounced BOO-EE. Naturally, BOY is the correct way to say it:))

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