Take-a- Break Aim For 4th Title
Take- a-Break plans to defy all odds to claim its fourth FIJI Water Round Malolo Classic Race title today.
The multihull vessel is captained by Dave Cull and has won titles in 2008,2010, and 2011.
“We’ve been looking forward to this race,” said Cull.
Take-a- Break settled for third spot behind winner Encore and Jig Saw in the Musket Cove to Beachcomber Fiji Regatta last Saturday.
Musket Cove Yacht Club supervisor Patrick Tuiqereqere said there would be tough competition to claim the FIJI Water Perpetual Trophy which has been competed since 1984.
“There are more faster yachts that have registered for the Round Malolo Classic,”Tuiqereqere said.
“Already 28 yachts have confirmed and we expect more before the race begins.”
Tuiqereqere confirmed the event is for all types of sailing boats.
“Yachts competing for line honours must turn engines off at the five minute signal and complete the race under sail, use of engines does not disqualify vessels from the handicap draw.”
He added all other boats that start and complete the course by any means go into the special Coconut Cup Handicap Draw at the final prize-giving dinner on Wednesday night.
Defending champions are Falshator (NZ) captained by John Colebourne (monohull) and Denarau’s Minnie Mouse skippered by Andrew Rhodes (multihull).
The multihull awards were presented for the first time in 2010.
Fiji’s Emotional Rescue (Graeme Woodroffe) still holds the record of many wins of six titles from 1997 – 99 then 2003 – 05.
Meanwhile, Doyle Sails (NZ) is top favourite for the Port Opua Hobie Cat Challenge 2016 in Musket Cove.
Doyle Sails (NZ) topped Sunday’s round one with Hanalei (NZ) second and Gipsy (Fiji) in third.
The final is scheduled for Wednesday.
Edited by Leone Cabenatabua