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

Fourteen teams at NZ Match Racing Championships

by RNZYS on 13 Nov 2013
Preview - New Zealand Match Racing Championships - November 2013 RNZYS Media©
Fourteen World Class Teams will do battle on the water this week at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, including an abundance of raw kiwi talent & internationally renowned sailors, all striving to be crowned the 2013 New Zealand Match Racing Champions.

The main draw card this week is Olympic Silver Medallist and Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (RBYAC) winning skipper Peter Burling. Burling will be on Main for the combined Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club/Kerikeri Cruising Club team. Fellow kiwi Olympian Andrew Murdoch (laser 2008 & 2012, fifth both times) is helmsman for this all-star team. The other crew members are Ash Hammond who came second in RBYAC with Full Metal Jacket Racing and Brad Farrand another Full Metal Jacket crew.

Nine of the fourteen teams are Kiwis with 4 of those flying the RNZYS Squadron burgee, including the highest ranked competitor Adam Minoprio, currently ranked 21st in the ISAF Open Rankings and who competes in the famous Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Minoprio enters this competition on the back of competing in the recent Volvo Ocean Race on-board Camper Emirates Team New Zealand.


RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme (YTP) member Chris Steele has just jumped up the ISAF rankings to 22nd (one behind Minoprio), setting up a great competition between the two locals as they carry the favourites tag pre-regatta. Fellow YTP skipper Claudia Pierce, who is ranked 17th in the ISAF Women’s rankings and 176th in Open rankings, will also be flying the Squadron Burgee with her all female crew - and YTP grad David Hazard #88 will round out the RNZYS teams

There are plenty of female NZ Olympic sailors present, with two of the crew from the 2012 London Olympic NZ Women’s Match Racing team competing this week, with Susannah Pyatt & Jenna Hansen joining forces. Completing the entry list are teams from Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club and Murrays Bay Sailing Club.

The line-up also includes a strong presentation of overseas teams: Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s David Chapman, Korea Sailing Federation’s Gunwoo Park, Singapore Sailing Federation’s Justin Liu and two teams from New Caledonia, Tugdual Pirou and Alan Quere who both competed against Steele in the recent New Caledonia Match Race Regatta and who will all be hoping to make their mark in New Zealand waters.


Racing will take place in the RNZYS Lion Foundation YTP Elliott 7’s on Auckland Harbour right outside the Squadron, making the regatta ideal for up close spectator viewing.

This regatta is renowned for turning up fresh kiwi talent and was won last year by Full Metal Jacket Racing skipper and YTP graduate Will Tiller who finished second behind Burling at the RBYAC in San Francisco.

The Squadron Website (www.rnzys.org.nz) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RNZYS) will feature the latest results and photos; be sure to follow the Website and ‘Like’ our Facebook page to stay up to date with the on the water action!

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignHall Spars - BoomGAC Pindar Freight

Related Articles

The Interislander Optimist Challenge hits record numbers in Picton
The annual Interislander Optimist Challenge is still going from strength-to-strength. The annual Interislander Optimist Challenge is still going from strength-to-strength. In its ninth year it beat last year’s records again. Last weekend the Picton waters were the race course for 114 Open Fleet Optimist sailors, a 38 strong Starling fleet and 50 Optimists in the Green and Rainbow fleet.
Posted on 21 Feb
Harken Young 88 Nationals step forward to early March
Young 88 National Championships will take place on 4-5 March 2017 with the continued support of Harken. The ever evergreen Young 88 National Championships will take place at the earlier date of fourth and 5th March 2017 with the continued support of Harken. After several years of light conditions in April, the aim is to have a better chance of moderate sea breezes for this battle of New Zealand’s largest keelboat class.
Posted on 21 Feb
Light Winds forecast for Leg 1 of SSANZ Round North Island Race
Sailors in the Shorthanded Sailing Association of NZs Round North Island are keeping an eye on the long range forecast Amid the last days of boat preparation, competitors in the Shorthanded Sailing Association of New Zealand’s Round North Island are keeping an eye on the long range forecast for the first leg to Mangonui. 25 boats will cross the start line at 1400 hours Saturday 25 February, when the MetService is forecasting light winds for at least the first 24 hours of the race.
Posted on 21 Feb
3.7 Radial Sail – New Development
At the recent NZ Championships the 3.7 class trialled a smaller Radial sail for lighter weight sailors At the recent NZ Championships the 3.7 class trialled a smaller Radial sail for lighter weight sailors and this proved successful with positive feedback on the concept. This allows sailors in the 50+kg bracket to contemplate sailing a 3.7 whereas previously they would struggle with the full sail, especially in a stronger breeze
Posted on 18 Feb
Nespresso Youth International - Australia make the running on Day 1
Day 1 of the Nespresso Youth International Match Race Cup saw lead changes, wind shifts and the unwelcome rain! Day 1 of the Nespresso Youth International Match Race Cup saw lead changes, wind shifts and the unwelcome rain! The early regatta leaders are the Australia teams Thomas Grimes (CYCA) 4 wins & 0 loses with Will Boulden (RFBYC/Alpha Racing) with 3 wins & 0 losses.
Posted on 16 Feb
Don't delay - be a World Masters Games competitor in sailing
Your last chance to enter the World Master Games sailed out of Torbay Sailing Club in Auckland Your last chance to enter the World Master Games sailed out of Torbay Sailing Club in Auckland, the site of the 2016 World Youth Sailing Championship. Join some of the legends of yachting that have already entered; Mark Orams, Dan Slater, Bob Blakey, Peter Lester, Sir Stephen Tindall, Mark Littlejohn, Garry Lock, Rohan Lord, Rex Sellers, Scott Leith.
Posted on 15 Feb
Russ Evans wins NZ Moth title vacant for nine years
Russ Evans has won the 2017 Moth New Zealand Championship, the first time the trophy has been awarded since 2008 Russ Evans has won the 2017 Moth New Zealand Championship, the first time the trophy has been awarded since 2008.
Posted on 14 Feb
Wellington O’pen BIC Fleet Launch a massive success at Evans Bay
The Wellington weather pulled one out of the bag for the official launch of the brand new O’pen BIC Fleet at Evans Bay The Wellington weather pulled one out of the bag for the official launch of the brand new O’pen BIC Fleet at the Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club in Wellington. With perfect blue skies and a gentle southerly breeze, the only downfall to the weather was forgetting that you can actually get sunburnt in Wellington
Posted on 13 Feb
NZL Oceanbridge results predict an interesting season for the 29er’s
Fifteen 29ers competed over Auckland’s anniversary weekend in a range of conditions Fifteen 29ers competed over Auckland’s anniversary weekend in a range of conditions that ended in a light shuffle round the track. Since the NZ Youth trials and Youth Worlds held at the end 2016 uncertainty as to the next Youth Worlds has prompted several crews to reform bringing some newcomers to this exciting class.
Posted on 13 Feb
Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club to launch new Junior Fleet
Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club to launch new Junior Fleet – This Saturday @ 11am The Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club (EBYMBC) is excited to announce the launch of a fleet of six brand new O’pen BIC Sailing Dinghies. The launch will take place along with a family fun day hosted by EBYMBC on 11 February 2017, starting at 11am.
Posted on 10 Feb