Please select your home edition
Edition
Hella Marine - NZ - 728 - July

420 Junior Europeans- Wind, Calm and Torrential rain

by Rob Burn on 18 Aug 2012

With two races scheduled today and some refocusing needed, Taylor and Oscar had a productive session with our Austrian 'Technical advisor', Christophe Seebar, the Gold Medalist windsurfer from the Sydney Games.

The launching ramp again descended into anarchy as the Club volunteers didn't materialise and it wasn't a job for a good, keen man alone. Everyone eventually got away into a nice breeze, probably in the 12 knot range but quite unstable. Loads of cloud and high humidity looked like we were in for some challenging conditions on the race track.

The Gold Fleet finally got away after a General recall. The usual good British eyes and better binoculars were missing today so I was struggling to follow all the action.
A rush of blood to the head, a quick hire of a windsurfer to get onto the course seemed almost logical but didn't end well as the wind dropped out completely after my second tack. The wind swung 180 degrees and I started seeing boats heading for home. Lightning and thunder bounced off the surrounding hills as I ran back to the club to assist with getting our lads up the ramp. Torrential rain soaked us all to the skin and cleared out the huge 'seal colonies' of sun worshippers.

The Gold Fleet had their race finish early at the second windward mark ...which by then the boats were flying spinnakers going downwind. Taylor and Oscar were happy with their start, Christophe said they blitzed the Fleet from the Pin end but as luck, or lack of it, would have it, the wind shift caught them out. They made the best of it and finished pretty well at 15th, certainly a happier improvement.

The other two Fleets had their races abandoned. Twelve noon start tomorrow, two races for the Gold Fleet, maybe three for the others. Bring on the wind!

Last day tomorrow and pack up the charter boat, sort our stuff, might even have a drink at the party after the Closing Ceremony.

Visit the official website for the photos and 'official line' www.420sailing.org Junior Europeans

As always, a big thank you to all our supporters and sponsors, many thanks for al your good wishes.

Good sailing
Rob
Collinson and CoMondo Travel Americas Cup Tour - Catamaran 2855Pantaenius - Worldwide Support

Related Articles

Bayleys Laser Nationals - Day 3 - Down to the wire on penultimate day
Day 3 of the Bayleys Laser Nationals started as forecast with a light , and much warmer, northerly breeze Day 3 of the Bayleys Laser Nationals started as forecast with a light , and much warmer, northerly breeze but this quickly freshened through the day providing a challenging gusty ands shifty offshore breeze for the later races. The race committee, led by PRO Gerald Martin from Napier, again did a fantastic job in testing conditions to set fair but challenging courses.
Posted today at 11:28 am
Bayleys NZ Laser Nationals - A snowy backdrop to Day 2 at Taupo
In the Open there is a fantastic contest developing between the NZL and Chinese teams. Fresh snow overnight on the mountains at the southern end of Lake Taupo and a moderate SW breeze meant that sailors arriving at the yacht club this morning were greeted by bracing temperatures. In the Open there is a fantastic contest developing between the NZL and Chinese teams. New Zealand sailors are 1,3, 5 and 7 at the end of day 2 with the Chinese team 2, 4, 6 and eighth.
Posted on 20 Jan
RNZYS seek Sailing Coach - join the world's leading Youth Program
This new role has been created to assist in the improvement and expansion of the RNZYS training programmes. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is one of the most successful Yacht Clubs in the world and continues to be on the forefront of modern sailing. This new role has been created to assist in the improvement and expansion of the RNZYS training programmes. Reporting to the Sailing Director and Training Manager this role is critical to the core operations of the club.
Posted on 20 Jan
Preparation well under way for Two Handed Round North Island Race
With less than six weeks till they cross the start line, 29 boats have their preparation well underway With less than six weeks till they cross the start line, 29 boats have their preparation well underway for the 2017 SSANZ Two Handed Round North Island race. This 1200nm race starts Saturday February 25 at 1400hrs off Devonport Wharf and the boats will race Leg 1 to Mangonui, Leg 2 finishing in Wellington, Leg 3 to Napier and the final leg finishing back in Auckland approximately two weeks later.
Posted on 19 Jan
Bayleys NZ Laser Nationals - China shines on Day 1
Three Chinese crews are in the top five after Day 1 of the Open Laser division at the 2017 Bayleys Laser Nationals Three Chinese crews are in the top five overall after Day 1 of the Open Laser division at the 2017 Bayleys Laser NZ Nationals being held at Lake Taupo. Fresh winds from the westerly quarter provided ideal but challenging conditions for the first day.
Posted on 19 Jan
Record fleet for Bayleys NZ Laser Nationals, Lake Taupo Yacht Club
There is just over a week to go until the start of the 2017 Laser Nationals at Lake Taupo There is just over a week to go until the start of the 2017 Laser Nationals at Lake Taupo, which is shaping up to have a near record sized 120+ fleet. There are very strong Masters entries ahead of the upcoming World Masters Games, good Youth entries for the Radial and an interesting mix of NZL squad sailors, other kiwis aspirants and several overseas sailors due to compete in the Standard Open di
Posted on 13 Jan
Halberg Awards - Yachties to go head to head in Team award
Two top New Zealand Olympic crews have been pitted against each other in the Team category in the 2016 Halberg Awards. Two top New Zealand Olympic crews have been pitted against each other in the Team category in the 2016 Halberg Awards. Hamish Willcox is also nominated in the Coach category.
Posted on 11 Jan
Aleh looking for new partner for Tokyo Olympics
Jo Aleh is getting used to the fact Polly Powrie won’t be alongside her for the next Olympic campaign Jo Aleh is getting used to the fact Polly Powrie won’t be alongside her for the next Olympic campaign and admits it will be strange when she next jumps in a 470 dinghy and her long-time partner is missing. Powrie last week announced her retirement from Olympic sailing, ending a successful eight-year partnership with Aleh in the women’s 470. The pair won world and Olympic titles and in 2013 were
Posted on 11 Jan
Olympic medallists lining up for Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta
The Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta represents the first time the Olympic silver medallists will sailed the 49erFX For Molly Meech and Alex Maloney, next month’s Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta represents the first time the Olympic silver medallists will have jumped back in the 49erFX since the Rio Games. The pair took an extended break after finishing second at the Olympics, giving them time to reassess their last campaign and look ahead to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Posted on 11 Jan
Milestone Year for Bay of Islands Sailing Week
The year 2017 will be a special one for Bay of Islands Sailing Week, as the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand t The year 2017 will be a special one for Bay of Islands Sailing Week, as the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand turns 15 years old this month. The first ever Bay of Islands Sailing Week regatta was held in 2003, with 39 boats competing across four divisions.
Posted on 10 Jan