Boaty McBoatface

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“In the next election, I think it should be Pete for PM.” This was the reaction of Gary Smith the treasurer of Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club after watching Team NZ Peter Burling and the former member of the club and brings home the America’s Cup.

He said, “I have watched him from Olympic sailing to this point. Winning the America’s Cup, this is the step he has taken.” Out of eight races, the team NZ won seven races and Oracle just one and created the final score of 7-1. It was ridiculous, and they made it look they were on a Yacht Charter Croatia at times!

Smith said the day was magical not only for the team New Zealand, Burling, but also for his fans. Smith had helped the young Burling in teaching the rules of sailing. But, now he says, I think Burling has ended up teaching me some rules and tricks of sailing,” saying this, he laughed profoundly.

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Are you eager to see historic vessels that have been used back in the twenties and have been restored to their old glory?


Then you should not miss the historic vessels parade being planned to be part of the 25th anniversary regatta event of Glandore Classic Boat Regatta. This regatta will be hosted in July 2017 and will have several races as well as a parade of historic vessels as part of the club’s anniversary celebrations.

A sail trader, the only remaining specimen that has been restored, called Lien, would be gracing the waters which were originally made in 1926 after which it had been used as a trading vessel in the South Atlantic waters. There would be other classic boats restored and put up for this parade such as Big Momma, Spirit of Oysterhaven, Peggy Bawn, Celtic Mist and others, each vessel having a unique history of its own dating back decades. The Naomh Lua would be another interesting vessel that would be brought in for participation, having served as a lifeboat which had rescued about 120 passengers in the fifties and sailed the Shannon estuary region for thirty years.

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