McMather wins annual pirate race

Chris McMather won the first event of the Fiji Regatta Race at Musket Cove and Marina over the weekend.

CHRIS McMather won the first event of the Fiji Regatta Race at Musket Cove and Marina over the weekend.

The Kiwi won the Musket to Beachcomber Pirate Race and stamped his mark as one of the top contenders to win the main Malolo Round the Island Race scheduled for tomorrow.

McMather, who is the skipper of the yacht Amici, won the monohull category while Adrian Percival of Lady Nada won the multi category.

McMather said he loved the race and commended the pristine blue waters and beautiful scenery of the Mamanuca Group.

He said he would try to win the main Malolo Round the Island Race.

“It is one of the best yacht races in the world and it is good to meet other sailors from around the world,” McMather said.

Meanwhile, more than 200 participants have registered for this year’s regatta race – the biggest ever in the history of the race since its humble beginning some 35 years ago.

These participants not only participated at the yacht races but other exciting events had been organised during the weeklong event.

“For more than three decades the Musket Cove Fiji Regatta has been famous for its traditional, warm hospitality, excellent racing and a fun factor that remains on high from start to finish,” said regatta’s co-ordinator, Jack Hargraves.

“This year will be no different – sail by day and party by night”.

The signature event at Musket Cove Fiji Regatta is the 20-nautical mile Round Malolo Lailai Race, which starts and finishes off Musket Cove Resort.

On shore the party agenda will include the fancy dress Pirates’ Day, the Musket Island Rum Run and the off-the-beach Hobie Cat round robin.

“Party Central” for all participants post-racing will be based around Musket Cove Yacht Club’s Island Bar.”

The races end tomorrow.

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