Members of the Beneteau Owners Club New Zealand gathered at beautiful Man O’ War Bay for the annual Owners Rally hosted by 36 Degrees and PIC Insurance. Socializing, beach games, wine tasting and good fun was had by all in a day celebrating all things Beneteau.
Defying Saturday’s early morning strong easterlies, crew set off to Man O’ War bay full steam. On arrival the Man O War bay turned on its finest, making for a stunning afternoon ashore and sunset sail home.
The rally over to Waiheke welcomed a record turnout of owners from both the Power and Sail Beneteau range. Spotted amoungst the fleet was the latest release Swift Trawler 47 and new generation Oceanis 51.1. Competitions underway were well-received with some hilarious entries for the best photo competition, and best fish caught.
Once ashore, beach games and socialising were enjoyed by all followed by a wine tasting session hosted by the wonderful team at Man O’ War. After compiling the best winners of the day, prizes were soon issued out to the winning entrants of the day.
Winners took all including an array of prizes from the very generous Prize Sponsors. Included were some impressive vouchers for maintenance and service, Fusion speakers, 70/100L Chili bins and much more.
Last but not least was a grand prize event courtesy of Beneteau. The lucky crew on SV Jasper II - won an incredible prize trip for two for The Sydney Boat Show including two nights’ accommodation and VIP passes to the show. The Jasper crew have done some very daring travel throughout the Pacific region to date onboard their much loved Oceanis 41. Their journey onboard their Beneteau has been fun to watch- we look forward to seeing where they go next!
The Beneteau group have steadily grown year on year, welcoming a great network of new boats and Beneteau loyalists. We are very happy to have seen the club grow and welcome any new owners to join in.
A huge thank you to prize sponsors for their support; Boating NZ, Fusion Entertainment, Family Boats, Beacon Marine, Gloss Boats, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, AES Auckland Engineering Supplies, Power Equipment, Compass Marine Services, Safety at Sea, Navico, Ovlov, and Chalmers Marine.. We encourage you all to get and support their businesses.