Cam Horne with Brett Elliott and Nick Bastow of Slam Dunk have again comfortably won the 2012 NZ Elliott 5.9 National Championships. Sailed from Marsden Cove (near Whangarei) March 8-11th and run by the Onerahi Yacht Club, a great event was put on for nine boats in this highly competitive fleet.
“It was an awesome event, a lot of fun and tight racing as usual,” Cam said. “The event was just so well run.”
Despite trying conditions, Race Officer Paddy Simms managed to pull off a full series of twelve races. The regatta was kicked off on Friday with 16-
22 kn of breeze and big rolling swell while racing in Bream Bay. Saturday was expected to be worse, so racing was held inside Whangarei Harbour near Parua Bay. The final races on Sunday were sailed in more gentle conditions back out in Bream Bay with flatter water, so the regatta saw all sorts of conditions.
“In this fleet you have to be able to handle all conditions” Cam continued. “We just focused on staying clean on the race course and getting a good start”
Slam Dunk (RAYC + RNZYS) was a convincing winner with an assured performance. Rarely in trouble and never for long, Cam and his crew were able to recover from some mid fleet positions and never once finished a race outside the top three.