Please select your home edition
Edition
GAC-Pindar-Sailing News 728 - 21.jpg

55 knots of wind, 26 windsurfers, 2 days of racing - priceless!

by Bruce Spedding on 3 Dec 2013
Downwind racing in Eastbourne, Wellington Isaac Spedding

With several of New Zealand's top racing windsurfers coming to Wellington to test themselves and their new equipment the capital had to deliver, and it didn’t disappoint.

26 sailors from Dunedin to Auckland arrived for 2 days of full-on slalom racing off Eastbourne, Wellington.

Saturday

Winds forecast to reach 50 knots were the drawcard for sailors who can reach speeds matching the Americas Cup yachts, but in a sport where sailors are not sailing a craft, they are the craft, their equipment is an extension of their bodies.

Saturday dawned with winds in excess of the predicted 50 knots - gusts of nearly 60 knots (over 100 kph) were recorded. Most sailors went out on their smallest wave sailing boards and sails to take advantage of the conditions, which were too extreme for the specialised racing gear they normally used. Spectacular sailing including loops were only eclipsed by the attempts of the rescue boat to come across the harbour, it managed to become completely airborne at times and race organisers eventually ordered it back to base until the conditions eased.

Several hours later the winds had eased to a more moderate 25-35 knots, the start/rescue boat was able to return, and a number of races were got underway before the day finished. Races were started from the beach because the conditions still made it difficult to operate from the boat, so windsurfers had to negotiate the surf break to get underway in a Le Mans style start.

Laurence Carey from Team 10 in Auckland showed why he is currently the top youth and overall number 2 slalom racer in New Zealand. His team mates Harry Reid and Luke Watson, fellow Aucklander Tim Wood, Paul Vliestra from Dunedin, and Wellingtonians Woo Norris, James Court, Dave Steele and William Novak vied for the next few places in challenging conditions.

An excellent evening in the local Eastbourne establishment on the Saturday night was followed by an announcement that racing would resume early the next day to take advantage of the remaining wind, which was due to change direction later in the day.


Sunday

A 10:30am start saw racing excellent conditions and boat starts made for some close racing, with a total of 10 races completed before the wind decided to drop below race minimum.

Laurence Carey continued to dominate, with the other Team 10 sailors taking control of second and third, and the remaining sailors sharing the next places equally. Wellington windsurfers continued to improve, with Dave Steele nailing his starts, and William showing impressive speed on borrowed slalom gear which had never used before.

Results were announced, prizes awarded and sponsors and event helpers, thanked before the sailors departed for home - some facing a long drive to Auckland.

Final results were:
First - Laurence Carey AWA) - Starboard/North, followed by Harry Reid (AWA), Luke Watson (AWA), Tim Wood (AWA), Dave Steele (WWA), William Novak (WWA), Darren Nicolas (TAU), Chris Bolt (AWA), Paul Vliestra (DWA) and Bernard Carey (AWA). are listed below.

The event proved a major success, creating a colourful spectacle on the Eastbourne waterfront over the two days of winds, from extreme to moderate. It bodes well for future events being staged, not the least as a result of the great support from the locals.

Special thanks to:

Brew’d Eastbourne who not only sponsored the event but also provided a great social venue - sure to be used again in future.
The Eastbourne Sports and Services Club who opened up their facilities for the event, Petone Pak’n’Save who provided the BBQ supplies,
Eastbourne Fruit Supply who arrived with a life saving stock of fruit
Oceans Sports who provided the boat and driver

The helpers were invaluable, no event without them! Marilyn Auton Wood, Catarina Gutierrez, Lyn Jowett, Will from Ocean Sports, and Alex Dean (AWA) who gave up a sailing weekend. Thanks also to Phil Benge for photos, and Isaac Spedding for photos and video.

There was also good support from industry with spot prizes from Watercooled Sports (Dunedin), A’nd - Gaastra (Auckland), Wild Winds (Wellington), Epic Surf and NZSailing.net.

Big thanks also to the guys from out of town who came to event and showed the locals what is possible, the National Slalom Competition in Dunedin in February should see some very tight competitive sailing again this year.

AWA - Auckland Windsurfing Association - awa.org.nz
WWA - Wellington Windsurfing Association - wwa.org.nz
DWA - Dunedin Windsports Association - dwa.windsurfingnz.org
TAU - Tauranga Windsurfers

Windsurfing NZ - windsurfingnz.org

Contact: Bruce Spedding - president @windsurfingnz.org, 02102974741

PredictWind.comLancer Inflatables - BJNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Twice Whitbread Round the World Race skipper Digby Taylor dies
Digby Taylor who master-minded, built and skippered two Whitbread Round the World Racers has died of a heart attack. Digby Taylor who master-minded, built and skippered two Whitbread Round the World Race campaigns, has died of a heart attack. He was in his early 70's. Taylor was the leading force behind two Whitbread Round the World race campaigns.
Posted on 20 Apr
NZ Optimist Nationals - Murrays Bay's Seb Menzies wins in fine style
Murrays Bay sailor sailor Seb Menzies has convincingly won the 2017 Toyota Optimist Nationals sailed over Easter Murrays Bay sailor sailor Seb Menzies has convincingly won the 2017 Toyota Optimist Nationals sailed over Easter in Napier. Only two races were able to be sailed on the Final day due to light winds and a general recall, delaying the final start beyond the allowed time limit.
Posted on 19 Apr
Starling Nationals - Sean Herbert takes series win on final day
Only one race was able to be sailed on the final day of the 2017 Starling Nationals at Wakatere BC Only one race was able to be sailed on the final day of the 2017 Starling Nationals at Wakatere BC, on Auckland's Narrow Neck Beach. A light southerly breeze of 6kts prevailed for the day and unusually was spread right across the east and west coasts of Auckland.Series winner, Sean Herbert (Torbay).
Posted on 19 Apr
Starling Nationals - Locals dominate first two days racing at Wakatere
Host Wakatere Boating Club has two sailors in the top four after two days of racing in the 2017 Starling Nationals Host Wakatere Boating Club has two sailors in the top four after two days of racing in the 2017 Starling National Championships. The club has three sailors in the top ten overall, with Bay of Islands Yacht Club and Murray's Bay Sailing Club holding two spots each, with sailors from Torbay, Worser Bay and Royal Akarana rounding out the top bracket.
Posted on 16 Apr
Toyota Optimist Nationals - Teams and Adventure racing on Day 3
The Toyota Opti Nats held their Teams Racing Day on Day 3, while the Green Fleet had a terrific Adventure Race The Toyota Opti Nats held their Teams Racing Day on Day 3, while the Green Fleet had a terrific Adventure Race off Hardinge Road, Napier. After Day 2, Sunday April 16, Murrays Bay sailor Seb Menzies stamped his dominance during the qualifying series at the 2017 Optimist National Sailing Championship in Napier on Sunday.
Posted on 16 Apr
Toyota Optimist Nationals - Menzies has handy lead after Day 2
Murrays Bay sailor Seb Menzies has made an early break on the leaderboard after two days of racing Murrays Bay sailor Seb Menzies has made an early break on the leaderboard after two days of racing at the Toyota Optimist Nationals being sailed at the Napier Sailing Club. The five day event has attracted a fleet of 177 from four countries in the Open Fleet and a further 67 sailors in the Green Fleet for first year Optimist sailors.
Posted on 15 Apr
NZ Toyota Optimist Nationals sail away on on Friday at Napier
On Friday 14th April 177 Optimist sailors will be on the start line for the beginning of the 2017 Toyota Optimist Nation On Friday 14th April 177 Optimist sailors will be on the start line for the beginning of the Toyota Optimist National Championship to be held in Napier and hosted by the Napier Sailing Club. The event welcomes visitors from all over New Zealand, but also New Caledonia, Australia and Tahiti.
Posted on 10 Apr
MRX Ladies Keelboat Nationals and Etchells International - Day 1
It was a slow drifting start to the 2017 Etchells Internationals and NZ Women’s Keelboat Championship It was a slow drifting start to the 2017 Etchells Internationals and NZ Women’s Keelboat Championship with racing able to get underway at 1pm when the wind filled in, and we were able to get 3 really tight and competitive races in. RNZYS has a six-team strong fleet competing for the coveted title of the 2017 Line 7 NZ Women’s Keelboat Champion this year.
Posted on 1 Apr
Jack Tar Regatta - Wet and windy makes for champagne sailing on Day 3
Centre piece on Day 3 of the Jack Tar Regatta were the Division A TP52’s If you were out on the course for Day 3 of the Jack Tar Regatta, it would have been hard to take your eye off the Division A TP52’s battling out off Browns Island, with the supreme conditions ensuring these guys were sending it up and down the course in spectacular fashion.
Posted on 26 Mar
Olympic sailing team return to form 2017 NZL Sailing Team
The majority of one of the most successful sailing teams in NZ Olympic history have been named in the NZL Sailing Team. The majority of one of the most successful sailing teams in New Zealand Olympic history have been named in the 2017 NZL Sailing Team. Eleven of the 12 who competed last year in Rio have been named in the high performance squad, including Olympic 49er champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
Posted on 25 Mar