Sailing yacht Tawera has claimed the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta trophy after four days of racing on the Haruki Gulf.
The Ron Holland-designed ketch, which dominated the regatta from day one, swept to victory on Barfoot & Thompson race day, which included one 16.5 nautical mile action-packed final race.
There were hard-fought battles between yachts including Miss Silver and Sassafras, who pushed each other to the limit. But it was Silvertip who claimed the day’s winning honours, picking up its third win of the regatta.
Captain Tom Kinver said: “It was great, just a completely different atmosphere sailing here on the Hauraki Gulf with its incredible backdrop.
“It’s been a long time since the boat has had any wins so it’s good to change that, hopefully we can now move forward from those wins and make something happen in the overall sense.”
The overall standings saw Tawera take the trophy with 10 points, followed by Miss Silver in second with 19 points and Silvertip in third with 20.
Tawera owner Mike Mahoney said the week’s racing had been “unbelievable”.
“Given the climate we are operating under now, it shouldn’t have happened, but thanks to the squadron, to get this regatta underway was just unbelievable.
“Everyone’s had a wonderful time, the races were fantastic, the courses were brilliant, and we are really happy to come out with a good result.”