Mud House Women’s Regatta
2018 Waikawa Boating Club

Bump n Grind took top honours for the second year running at the Mud House Wines Women’s Regatta, held in the Marlborough Sound’s Waikawa on September 22 and 23.

More than 70 women gathered at the Waikawa Boating Club to take part in the two day regatta, and if things keep going in this direction, this regatta will soon be the largest sailing event for women in New Zealand.

A fleet of 13 boats housed the sailors from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson and locally.

There were three races held over the two days, during which the weather played ball and served purpose for excellent sailing conditions.

“There was some really tight racing, with a few different boats gracing the podium,” said Duncan Mackenzie, Waikawa Boating Club Development Officer.

He remarked on the high level of sailing.

“There was a high calibre of sailors out there. They really knew how to get the most out of their boat,” adding that although the initial banter was for a ‘fun and social weekend’ once the race was on, things got serious!

“The weekend was a real buzz, it really was.”

For those who were having a go at sailing for the first time, the level of encouragement and inspiration was massive.

One individual who really added the inspiration factor was guest speaker on the Saturday night dinner at Waikawa Boating Club, Keryn McMaster.

Very well renowned in the sailing and sports world, she is most known as the weather forecaster Predict Wind, the woman who has sailed around the world twice, and completed in three Sydney-Hobart races. Keryn is also one of seven other women sailors who recently won the New Zealand women’s keelboat championships.

“There was a wonderful mix of really solid stuff about the world yacht races, and a good measure of humour in there as well,” said Duncan.

There was a special treat particularly for the ‘out of towners’ who travelled down on the Friday; a superb afternoon at the home of Mud House Wines – the Woolshed. A ‘street food style’ lunch, a vineyard tour with Mud House vineyard manager Nev Gane, and a wine tasting with Mud House winemaker Cleighten Cornelius, featuring the Mud House Sub Region Series.

“It was great to be able to show off the soils where the journey starts, and the views of the region are just awesome, everyone is always so impressed,” said Nev.

With the Richmond Ranges and the coast line in the background, Cleighten told the story of the sub regions of Marlborough, and how each patch of soil provided a unique factor to the five varieties within the Mud House Sub Region Series.

“What a perfect way to kick off a great weekend,” said Cleighten.

Duncan said local Waikawa residents are looking forward to getting involved in some local series in preparation for next year’s event, and the Aucklanders are already asking about next year’s Regatta.

“The weekend was a huge success, a brilliant platform for what’s going to potentially be the biggest women’s regatta in the country.”



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