Please select your home edition
Edition
Sailing Raceboats 2016/17 RS Feva 728x90

NZ National Match racing Championships- Will Tiller wins tight final

by Mel Benton on 11 Nov 2012
Will Tiller and the FMJ crew with the New Zealand National Match Racing Championships Trophy RNZYS Media©

Will Tiller wins the RNZYS 2012 New Zealand Match Racing Championships beating fellow RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Graduate Gavin Brady 3-2.

In what was a nail biting finish Skipper Will Tiller, Brad Farrand, Harry Thurston and Shaun Mason from Full Metal Jacket Racing have taken out Gavin Brady and his crack crew of Ryan Houston, Rob Salthouse and John Cutler to win the title.

The final race was full of umpire whistles, fast and furious tacking duels and crucial gennaker hoists right down to the wire. It was all about the start and all about who had the quicker crew manoeuvres.

The battle could have gone to either competitor right until the final few meters.

In the petite final for third and fourth placing Laurie Jury who is fifth on the ISAF world ranking for Match Racing ahead of Tiller, cleaned up with a two nil drubbing of Francesco Bruni. The scores, unfortunately, don’t show how tight the racing really was and these two match racing giants certainly never gave any quarter. Jury however prevailed in the end when Bruni took a penalty that he just couldn’t complete. This placed Laurie Jury third and Francesco Bruni fourth in the final tally.

The Semi-finals this morning were a mix with Will Tiller easily beating Laurie Jury three zip but Brady and Bruni took right to the bitter end. It took Gavin Brady all five flights until he finally beat Bruni by 52 seconds in the final flight to go through into the final round.

The calibre of sailors in this regatta was astounding. With Laurie Jury and Will Tiller both in the World Match Racing Tour, Francesco Bruni and Rod Davis with America’s Cup teams, Chris Steele, Dave Hazard and Adam Middleton all top contenders in the Youth Match Racing Circuit some of whom having just competed in New Caledonia against Tugdual Piriou at the New Caledonia Match Racing, Scott Dickson, Dave Wood and Sam Osborne all who regularly compete in the Match Racing circuit new comers Mike Bullot and Hampus Appelgren, the competition was always set to be tough.


Final Placings

1st Will Tiller
2nd Gavin Brady
3rd Laurie Jury (NZL RNZYS)
4th Francesco Bruni (ITA Luna Rossa)
5th David Hazard (NZL RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme)
6th Chris Steele (NZL 36 Below / RNZYS)
7th Scott Dickson (USA Long Beach Yacht Club)
8th Rod Davis (NZL RNZYS)
9th David Wood (NZL RNZYS)
10th Mike Bullot (NZL MBSC)
11th Sam Osborne (NZL RNZYS)
12th Hampus Appelgren (SWE)
13th Tugdual Piriou (CNC Noumea)
14th Adam Middleton (RPNYC)


Zhik Dinghy 660x82BandG AUS Triton2 660x82Sail Port Stephens 2017 660x82

Related Articles

470 class - Double Olympic medalist announces retirement
Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting. Powrie and Jo Aleh, colloquially known as Team Jolly, first teamed up in the women’s 470 in 2009 and established an impressive record in their time together, winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics and backing that up with silver at last year's Rio Games.
Posted on 6 Jan
New sail gives Knight Frank the upper hand
A brand new North Sails main was hoisted on the 18' Skiff, Knight Frank, for the final two races of RAYC racing for 2016 A brand new North Sails main was hoisted on the 18' Skiff, Knight Frank, for the final two races of Royal Akarana Yacht Club racing for 2016. Riley Dean and his Knight Frank crew, Tim Snedden and Luke Stevenson, have been absent for most of the season to date, but pulled out a brand new secret weapon which gave them two bullets for both harbour course races.
Posted on 19 Dec 2016
Sydney supermaxi sets monohull record in White Island Race
The Sydney based supermaxi CQS has set a new record for monohulls in the 320nm White Island Race. The Sydney based supermaxi CQS has set a new record for monohulls, but missed the allcomers record by less than an hour, in the 320nm White Island Race. After the race start just after 10.00am on Friday, CQS reported she was about to round White Island around 6.30pm having taken 8hrs 30 minutes for the 160nm leg or an average speed of around 19kts.
Posted on 26 Nov 2016
Images of radical supermaxi CQS sailing on the Waitemata
Ludde Ingvall’s revamped supermaxi, CQS, was trialling on the Waitemata Harbour today Ludde Ingvall’s revamped supermaxi, CQS, was trialling on the Waitemata Harbour today in a moderate south westerly breeze and sunshine - a welcome break from the strong winds that have plagued Auckland for the past few days. The supermaxi which started life as the 90ft Nicorette has been stretched to 98ft in a design project led by Bakewell-White Yacht Design
Posted on 18 Nov 2016
YDL NZ Match Racing - Chris Steele defends title
Chris Steele and his crew of Harry Hull, Josh Salthouse and Harry Thurston retain their title for the second year Chris Steele and his crew of Harry Hull, Josh Salthouse and Harry Thurston retain their title for the second year after defeating Graeme Sutherland and crew in three straight matches. The action all kicked off at 10am with the start of the Semi Finals. The top ranked Graeme Sutherland chose to sail Sam Meech whom he beat 3 – nil.
Posted on 16 Oct 2016
YDL NZ Match Racing - Semi-Finalists selected at the end of Day 3
Graeme Sutherland, Sam Meech, David Chapman and Chris Steele all advance into the semi-finals which begin Sunday Graeme Sutherland, Sam Meech, David Chapman and Chris Steele advance to the semi-finals on Sunday. Graeme Sutherland and his crew of David Hazard, Tim Snedden and Mike Bullot were the last to qualify for the semi-finals with a scoreline of 2 – 1 after losing his first quarter final race to David Wood. Sutherland then came back to take the next two races and his spot in the semi-finals.
Posted on 15 Oct 2016
YDL NZ Match Racing - Fleet racing completed on Day 2
Day 2 has seen the completion of the fleet racing stages, with the top 13 teams booking their place in the Top 16 Day 2 has seen the completion of the fleet racing stages, with the top 13 teams booking their place in the Top 16 knock-outs. The remaining six teams went on to sail in a repechage round, consisting of three knock-out pairs, with the winner of each also advancing to the Top 16 which will be held tomorrow.
Posted on 14 Oct 2016
YDL NZ Match Racing - NZ's Sutherland leads after Day 1
Nineteen teams started the YDL NZ Match Race Championship with NZ's Graeme Sutherland taking an early lead. Nineteen teams from Australia, Asia and New Zealand started the Yachting Developments New Zealand Match Race Championship today with Graeme Sutherland taking an early lead. The change of format has seen the regatta double in size from eight teams in last year’s event to nineteen teams this year.
Posted on 13 Oct 2016
NZL Sailing Team - Kiwi Sailors relish the Rio breeze
NZ’s Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have returned a storming day in big, bold conditions outside Rio Bay to take the lead New Zealand’s Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have returned a storming day in big, bold conditions outside Rio Bay to take the lead after day two in the Women’s 470 event. Elsewhere Gemma Jones and Saunders sailed four good races today and have moved up to fourth overall after six races in the Nacra multihull, and Josh Junior found form.
Posted on 12 Aug 2016
Gladwell's Line - Oh, and by the way we won a million dollars
Sailing history has been made by a New Zealand crew in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing July 11, 2016 - Sailing history has been made by the New Zealand crew of Phil Robertson, Stu Dodson, Will Tiller and James Wierzbowski in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing - $US1million (NZD $1.37m), with their nail-biting win in the World Match Racing Championships in Sweden.
Posted on 14 Jul 2016