CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week has long been known in sailing circles as New Zealand’s most fun regatta. Many participants love the event for its family-friendly, holiday feel, as much as for the competitive element. It’s an inclusive event, where families often sail together, and a whole spectrum of boats and people converge to enjoy three days of colourful, scenic and competitive racing.
High pressure to the west of Northland over the E Tasman Sea – a ridge from the high to the east across Northland.
Rather soft SW-SE winds early morning with a left thermal shift to NE-N in the afternoons.
An early sea breeze filled sails this morning for the first day of CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week. Calm conditions initially delayed racing, but a light breeze filled in from the north east around 11am, allowing racing to get underway, much to competitors' and organisers' delight.