Fiji Water Malolo Classic Race Winners
Defending champion Minnie Mouse, skippered by Andrew Rhodes, retained the Fiji Water Round Malolo race title yesterday.
The Port Denarau based- multihull yacht recorded a time of 2 hours, 36 minutes and 49 seconds.
New Zealand’s Moody Blue captained by Hamish Milne finished in first spot in the monohull category with a time of 2 hours, 32 minutes and 45s.
“All the sailors on board Moody Blue are experienced New Zealand sailors which gave them an edge,” said Musket Cove Yacht Club supervisor Patrick Tuiqereqere.
He said the signature event is part of the 33rd Musket Cove Sailing Regatta which ends today.
“There was not much wind out there as the yachts did struggled but congratulations to Minnie Mouse and Moody Blue for winning their respective categories,” he said.
Tuiqereqere said more than 20 yachts competed in the event. These yachts are from New Zealand, Australia, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Fiji, Brazil, Cook Islands and South Africa.
“The regatta brings in yachts and sailors from all over the world to participate here for six days,” he said.
“The regatta which continued on after it first started in 1984 is meeting all its objectives to enure that all seafaring adventurers choose Fiji as their sailing destination,” he said.
However, the record set by Isis, a mulithull in 2009 with a breathtaking time of 1 hour, 29 minutes and 47 seconds still stands.
Caro Vita (NZ) skippered by Don Salthouse finished second in the monohull while Roger Incledon skippered Phantom Mist (Aust) finished third.
Out of the Bag skippered by Bill Webb (Aust) finished in second spot ahead of Jig Saw’s Phil Atkinson (NZ) in the multihull category.
Meanwhile, the Port Opua Hobie Cat finals are on this morning with the event awards night in the evening.
- Moody Blue- Hamish Milne (NZ) 2hr.32.45
- Caro Vita- Don Salthouse (NZ) 2hr.40.57
- Phantom Mist- Roger Incledon (Aust) 2hr.46.21
- Minnie Mouse-Andrew Rhodes( Fiji) 2hr.36.49)
- Out Of The Bag- Bill Webb (Aust) 2hr.38.00
- Jigsaw- Phil Atkinson (NZ) 2hr.38.10
Edited by Leone Cabenatabua