Queen Charlotte Yacht Club sailors, members and volunteers will have their hands full next weekend when the club hosts several championship events across a wide number of boat classes.
On December 14-15, Picton will be the base for four events – the Marlborough Nelson centreboard sailing regionals, the 2019 Zephyr South Island Championships, the Regional Open Skiff Regatta and the A Class South Island Championships.
The two-day regatta will involve over 80 sailors and around 15 boat classes. They include Optimist rainbow (green and open), open skiff, Starling, Splash, Laser radial and full, Finn, Farr 3.7, Paper Tiger, A class, 420, Flying Dutchman and 29er with the possibility of some foiling yachts being in attendance, as entries continue to arrive.
Races will be run on several courses, both in the inner and outer harbours.
The new yacht club building is still under construction but, once that impressive facility is complete, more water-related events are expected to make their way to Picton, starting with the Zephyr nationals in early February 2020 and the ranking Optimist regatta a couple of weeks later.