Another Squadron Weekend has come and gone, successfully providing bountiful laughs, excitement and plenty of great memories to take back to the mainland with us. There were a couple of spanners thrown in the works in preparation for the event kickoff, but not even a last-minute venue change and incoming cyclone could deter this hearty group of yachties and partygoers.
The Commodore’s Cup started off with a bang on Friday with weather conditions keeping everyone guessing. With a decent swell and headwind expected the competitors set sail to Kawau, anchoring up for the night at the beautiful Smelting House Bay.
The send back to Auckland the following morning kept everyone on their toes with the assistance of Cyclone Dovi contributing a strong tailwind. After a swift sail home, competitors wasted no time in preparing for the next competition – Best Dressed Under or On The Sea.
The Royal NZ Yacht Squadron Ballroom provided some much-appreciated shelter for those who couldn’t wait to dance the night away. This was easily accomplished with the phenomenal musical talents of Josh Lays providing us with an all-night groove-worthy performance. Competition prizes were awarded to race winners as well as our best dressed categories, which provided the crowd with entertaining showcases.
The event is always a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other likeminded boaties, attracting both Sail and Power lovers alike. 36 Degrees are always incredibly proud to support the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Commodore’s Cup and see the strength of the local boating community grow year on year.
A big congratulations once again to all participants. We can’t wait to see you all again for another weekend of magic next year!