by Tim Sandall
85th Sanders Cup Winners - Manawatu represented by David Brown and Graham Roberts on Flying Circus - 85th Sanders Cup & Kingham Trophy
The 85th Sanders Cup and Kingham Trophy contested in the Javelin Class concluded on Easter Sunday in Gisborne. The Gisborne Yacht Club hosted event was a great contest with taxing conditions, including an interesting mix of 5 metre swells, some great sunny weather, warm mornings, afternoon east south east breezes for sailing, and fantastic hospitality at night.
After three days of racing in moderate to light wind conditions, the Sanders Cup came down to the last race between Manawatu and Bay of Plenty. Manawatu represented by David Brown and Graham Roberts on Flying Circus took charge of the race from the start and lead the fleet around all marks to a very tight finish, taking the gun and the 2009 85th Sanders Cup.
5 metre swells and light winds made for tricky sailing conditions on day 2 of the Sanders Cup - 85th Sanders Cup & Kingham Trophy
While the fight for first was tight, the struggle between second and third as well as fourth and fifth was even tighter.Bay of Plenty’s Ben Bax and Adam Scott-Mackie on Bay Nissan took second place on countback from Northland’s Craig Gilbert and Antje Muller sailing Bungholio.
Defending & consecutive Sanders Cup winner East Coast (Ross and Colin Shanks on Riders on the Storm) had a great performance on the last day to take fourth place on countback from the young North Harbour team of Stuart Goodes and Ollie Scott-Mackie on Havoc.
Rounding out the results, 6th went to Zac Lam and Kez Cameron sailing for Auckland on Bad Blood, and 7th was Todd Gilbert who made great to effort to travel up all the way from Wellington even though his crew abandoned him on short notice, so he sailed together with his father Peter.
1st Manawatu David Brown Graham Roberts Javelin HSC 374 2 1 3 3 (5) 1 1 16 11
2nd Bay of Plenty Ben Bax Adam Scott-Mackie Javelin TYPBC 368 1 2 (5) 2 2 4 5 21 16
3rd Northland Craig Gilberd Antje Muller Javelin BOIYC 376 (4) 3 2 4 1 3 3 20 16
4th North Harbour Stuart Goodes Ollie Scott-Mackie Javelin ASC 372 (5) 5 1 1 3 5 4 24 19
5th East Coast Ross Shanks Colin Shanks Javelin Gisborne YC 380 3 4 4 (5) 4 2 2 24 19
6th Auckland Zac Lamb Kez Cameron Javelin LPBC 318 6 (8 DNC) 6 6 6 6 6 44 36
7th Wellington Todd Gilbert Mike Van Wyk Javelin HBC 375 (8 DNC) 8 DNC 7 7 8 DNS 8 DNC 8 DNC 54 46
2009 Kingham Trophy Winners - Bay of Plenty’s Ben Bax and Adam Scott-Mackie on Bay Nissan - 85th Sanders Cup & Kingham Trophy
After trialling East Coast for most of the Invitation Race, Bay of Plenty’s Ben Bax and Adam Scott-Mackie on Bay Nissan, were able to soak lower on the gybing angles on the final run to the finish to take the gun and the 2009 Kingham Trophy.
1st Bay of Plenty Ben Bax Adam Scott-Mackie Javelin TYPBC 368 1 1 1
2nd East Coast Ross Shanks Colin Shnaks Javelin Gisborne YC 380 2 2 2
3rd Manawatu David Brown Graham Roberts Javelin HSC 374 3 3 3
4th North Harbour Stuart Goodes Ollie Scott-Mackie Javelin ASC 372 4 4 4
5th Northland Craig Gilberd Antje Muller Javelin BOIYC 376 5 5 5
6th Auckland Zac Allen Kez Cameron Javelin LPBC 318 6 6 6
7th Wellington Todd Gilbert Mike Van Wyk Javelin HBC 375 7 7 7