372 Derek Scott and 375 Rhys Johnston coming off the start line - 3.7 Class National Championship
Rhys Johnston won the 3.7 Nationals at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club over Easter with a clear points advantage. In second place was Derek Scott, defending champion, and in third place was Ben de Fluiter.
Sailing conditions were quite difficult for Friday and Saturday, with only three light air races completed out of the five scheduled, and one race abandoned. This was a trying time for Race Officer Tony Brown and the BoI
volunteers. Generally, the wind died off as soon as a start sequence was begun.
Rhys Johnston winner of the 2009 3.7 Class National Championship, bay of Islands
However, a more reliable but shifty breeze of up to 12 knots came in on the Sunday, allowing four more races to be completed. Lance O'Connell won the Veterans prize, and, only a few weeks into sailing the 3-7 class, Katie de
Lange stood out by taking both the Ladies and the Under 21 prizes.
The Class is looking forward to visiting Tauranga again over the winter series. The Auckland Champs will be at Takapuna over the weekend of April 25 (Anzac), and Wellington was confirmed as the first choice location for the Nationals in 2010 (Easter).
Provisional Results - 3.7 Class National Champs
The Class website is: www.3-7Class.org.nz
375 Rhys Johnston event winner - 3.7 Class National Championship
375, 123 and 191 tacking upwind in light breezes - 3.7 Class National Championship
381 Katie de Lange of Hamilton, Ladies winner and U-21 winner - 3.7 Class National Championship
123 Phil Ash 5th placegetter - 3.7 Class National Championship
216 David Cook eldest competitor (65) - 3.7 Class National Championship
Part of the fleet gathered pre-start - 3.7 Class National Championship
216 David Cook in Freddy Flipperfeet - 3.7 Class National Championship