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World’s largest billfish tournament right here

The Champion team prize is as yet undetermined as that is self-determined from the jackpots but all rational calculations seem to make it as high as $600,000-$700,000. Then there are four overseas trips and a variety of other product and machinery prizes that would dazzle any angler. The one man behind the success of this tournament is Tom Maxwell. “He has enabled its success to the level that it is,” says Manager, John East. “He is the Director of the Billfish Tournament and it is clearly his vision and drive that has led the team to making it such a success. The Mercury Bay Game Fishing...

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Coromandel locals out and about as far as Dunedin

With SH25A back up and running and a hot summer on offer to welcome visitors back to the beautiful Coromandel to enjoy their summer break, the diehard locals are well and truly back believing they do really live in a slice of New Zealand paradise.  Some no doubt even wonder why they would ever think about moving too far away when everything is already on their doorstep. For others however, the Coromandel is still a long way away especially those wanting to compete in national sporting competitions which they have trained and prepared hard for in their home environment. Many of them are...

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Club with no home still going strong

The upstart club was frowned upon in international yachting circles, the moreso when it became known that Mercury Bay didn’t even boast a clubhouse.   In those days the yacht races were started with flags from Carol Moyes’ Ford parked on the beach.  They were heady, exciting days. American tourists and news reporters flocked to Mercury Bay to see the beach with no clubhouse. The media coverage went worldwide. History is repeating itself.  Again, the club has no home.  The beautiful clubhouse that was eventually built is now in limbo, standing on piles after the beach washed away...

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AON Female Sailor of the Year Award

The Women’s World Match Racing Tour required the teams, including the Kiwi team (Edge Women’s Match), to compete in four events around the world. The first two were in USA, in San Francisco and Annapolis: then on to Le Havre, France and the fourth was in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Kiwi girls came second. At the recent 2023 Aon Yachting Excellence Awards held in late November 4 Edge Women’s Match won the Aon Female Sailor of the Year Award for their excellent performances on the Women’s World Match Racing Tour. Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition...

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