Images of the Waitemata: Final of RNZYS Winter series at 30kts

V5 - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

The final of the RNZYS Winter series was sailed on Saturday afternoon in a very healthy breeze that topped 30 knots, with big seas - for Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.

David Nathan's TP52 V5 streaked around the course, others varied from taking things easy to pushing it a little too hard at times. There's a video shot via a GoPro from aboard V5, by Ben Gladwell, to give a taste of the onboard action.

Sail-World's camera captured some of the racing from our favorite place at the bottom of North Head, shooting from 300-1000 metres distant. There was plenty of wind and spray, plus camera shake in the strong wind - our apologies for the sharpness of some of the images.

Taeping crosses - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

Young 88 Panama Jack hits a big one - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

Playbuoy (Roy Dickson) cops a wet one - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

Playbuoy (Roy Dickson) handling it well after taking to clear the rough water of North Head - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

Systems cops a big one - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

Satellite Spy digs down into a big sea - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

Leaping out of a big sea - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

Buried in a big one - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

Beating along the lee shore - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

A controlled (?) gybe - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

Reaching for the mark - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012

RG150912 042 - RNZYS Winter Series - Final Race September 15, 2012