by Tom Macky
MRX Patrons John Street left and Kim McDell right, with Peter Walker
The Inaugural MRX Patron's Christmas Rum Race and Dinner gave the MRX Owners and supporters the opportunity to recognise the role the MRX Patrons, John Street and Kim McDell played in the development and management of this world class match racing fleet and the catalyst it has been for the international success of our sailors, marine industry and country in the yachting world.
Noted yachting commentators PJ Montgomery and Richard Gladwell comment:
'Without the vision, courage and foresight of John and Kim, Auckland and New Zealand sailing would not have had such a fantastic asset. The MRX fleet has been the key factor to improve the standard of NZ sailors and increase the reservoir of talent that has brought so much success to NZ sailing and sailors'. PJ Montgomery
'I sincerely wish you all the best, the fleet has done great service and has set the benchmark for this style of operation around the world'. Richard Gladwell
The hard fought Rum race featured Kim McDell and the crew that conceived the MRX - Bill Howlett (Gen Manager of McDell Marine and MRX Fleet manager for first phase), Peter Walker (MRX Project Manager), Colin Wrightson (McDell Marine New projects Manager responsible for build of MRXs), Terry McDell (Legal adviser).
The race was won by Yachting Developments with Pete Waters on the helm followed by Touch of Gloss skippered by Jack Hansen and Harken skippered by Garry Lock.
A Buffet Dinner attended by the MRX Patrons, Owners, Crews, Sponsors at and Partners at the Quarterdeck, RNZYS, followed. Pete Waters MC'd the night which featured an entertaining trip down memory lane from Peter Walker and replies from Kim McDell and Ross Masters, Vice Comodore RNZYS.Kim emphasised the part all parties involved with the MRX fleet had played in their success!
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