The Black Pearls were chomping at the bit get their race face’s on, after a solid month since their last competition. All of that eagerness quickly evaporated after arriving at the beach to see that conditions were going to be similar to lasts years Waihi Thriller. Credit to the ladies, they got on with business and should be incredibly proud of their efforts. They were by far one of the tidiest women’s crews racing on Saturday, with a full weekend training in the surf at Whangamata last weekend proving very beneficial. The first race was always going to be a test with conditions unknown but a clean out saw the girls turn first. After a wee broach at the last minute, the girls managed to sneak home in first place. The second race did not go totally to plan; bashing out to the can, and chasing some huge runners home, out of nowhere a wave breaking into the back of the boat, flipped them straight over. However they managed to pick up enough points from that one and another flying first in Heat 3 to put them easily in the final. They got off to an unreal start and just as they thought they were out safely, a decent set rolled through throwing the girls straight in the danger zone; leaving no choice but to step up the game. As one of only three crews to make it out safely, the Black Pearls were guaranteed a medal, however after gassing past the lead boat, sitting neck and neck with Orewa the girls snaked the silver wear. An incredibly brave outing from the ladies sees them sitting in First Place going into the last round of the Surf Boat Series at Omaha in two weeks’ time.