Please select your home edition
Edition
Festival of Sails 2017

Kiwis assert early dominance in 12’ skiff Interdominions

by Sven Pannell on 6 Jan 2014
12ft Skiff Interdominions, Day 1, Worser Bay, Wellington, NZ Garrick Cameron © http://www.studio5.co.nz/

In spectacular racing, New Zealand established a convincing early lead on Day 3 of the 54th 12’ Skiff Interdominions.

A dominant display over three races on a blustery Wellington harbour sees the Kiwis carrying 71 points, clear ahead of the Australians on 123. However, NZ is a recently burned nation not entirely comfortable with calling sailing victories too soon, especially with Aussies at the rival helm. So optimism in the Kiwi camp remains muted.

The 2014 Interdominions are held over ten races with the top five boats from each of NZ and Australia vying for the class' most coveted Don Brooke trophy. A strong challenge has been laid down that will certainly be difficult for the Australian team to claw back over the remaining 7 outings.

After a 55 knot storm blew out the second day of racing, Wellington put on a more measured breeze in the early-20s with a healthy chop keeping crews honest. Conditions were testing across today’s three races, as the northerly intensified towards the 30 knot limit as the day wore on. But the very tight racing at the pointy end of the fleet was all Kiwi.

Race 1 saw, for the first time in recent memory, the entire Kiwi team (and then some) finishing ahead of the first Australian boat. After three windward-leewards, New Zealand’s top seed Alex Vallings, fresh from victory in the Nespresso 18' skiff Mark Foy regatta in San Francisco, found himself in the reasonably familiar position of leading through the finish line.


His work-mate at C-Tech and fellow New Zealander, Chris Reid, was tucked in just behind. Local Wellingtonian, Glen Armstrong also finished on the podium. The New Zealanders then occupied positions 4 through 6, with regatta favourite, Sydney's Nick Press, coming home in seventh, a place ahead of his father, Murray. Several of the visiting Australians under-rigged, perhaps a bit spooked by a week that only added to windy Wellington’s notoriety.

12' skiffs have a range of four rig options depending on the conditions. This adds a significant tactical element to one of yachting's most dynamic classes. Lunch saw the usual discussion between crews about whether to go with a rig change, as the forecast flirted with a wind build. Most stuck to their third rigs and sure enough, moments after hitting the water for Race 2 the northerly freshened. Many were well overpowered, and the bottom end of the fleet did their best to obey one of sailing's golden rules - keep your hull under your mast – but didn't. On a course well-littered with capsizes, results saw Auckland's Russell Davis bring home the single point, followed by Alex Vallings and a consistent Glen Armstrong in position 3.

The bulk of the fleet, except for the bulkiest amongst them, bolted for the beach after the second race, to put in a swift rig change before Race 3. Wind now teasing at the wind limit, fourth rigs were the preferred choice. But the start saw Alex Vallings On Course Side (OCS), and despite crossing the finish line neck and neck with Davis, the OCS is one result Vallings will presumably be dropping. Another victory sees Davis in the lead over night before racing resumes tomorrow morning.

One casualty of the day was Craig Anderson's aptly named 'skiff.org.nz'. Anderson nursed her home after a gusty turnover in the bear away ripped out part of the hull, broke prod stays and shredded a jib and kite at the top mark … a mark that came off second best in the incident and saw the race committee scrambling to replace it before the final lap. The team is working overnight to repair the damage in time for tomorrow.


But it is the Aussies who will need to do the re-grouping tonight over a cold beer if they are to take home the silverware from the Kiwi trophy cabinet. And Nick Press will be wanting a better set of results if he is to set a new historical record of 5 consecutive individual championships this year, and become the most winning sailor in the class' history.

The 12‘ Skiff Interdominions have been held between New Zealand and Australian teams since 1956. The 54th regatta is being hosted by Worser Bay Boating Club in Wellington, NZ from fourth to 11th January, 2014. Excellent sheltered viewing of all the action is available each day at the yacht club.

For full results click here

Naiad/Oracle SupplierHall Spars - BattenHella Marine - July 2016

Related Articles

Sir Peter Blake Regatta - Sean Herbert wins Sir Peter Blake Trophy
Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta has wrapped up for another year, finishing off with an outstanding day The annual Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta has wrapped up for another year, finishing off with an outstanding day on the water. Torbay Sailing Club put on a great show for visiting sailors who travelled from Samoa, Australia, Singapore and across New Zealand to attend the annual event. Over 450 boats entered the regatta with racing taking place across three courses.
Posted today at 10:04 am
Iain Jensen wins MS Amlin 'Dash for Cash'
Some crashes were spectacular, with the skipper being launched from the boat in a cloud of spray. Jensen is the longtime crew for Nathan Outteridge, the helmsman for Artemis Racing. As a team they won the Olympic Gold medal in the 49er Class at the 2012 London Olympics.
Posted on 3 Dec
Sir Peter Blake Regatta - Light airs for Day 1 at Torbay
The annual Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta got off to a slow start this morning with fleets forced to stay ashore The annual Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta got off to a slow start this morning with fleets forced to stay ashore as they waited for the sea breeze to kick in. It was a perfect summers day at Torbay Sailing Club on Auckland's East Coast Bays.
Posted on 3 Dec
Hotting up at the Star Sailors League Finals
Three light airs races were held for the penultimate day of the Qualifying Rounds in Montagu Bay Nassau. Three light airs races were held for the penultimate day of the Qualifying Rounds in Montagu Bay Nassau. Getting a good start and having the boat speed to hold a lane was paramount today.
Posted on 2 Dec
MS Amlin International Moth Regatta attracts podium finishers
A fleet of 52 sailors, including two of the top three from last regatta, is set to contest the second annual regatta. Last year Rob Greenhalgh and Paul Goodison made British sailing proud when they finished first and third. Greenhalgh trailed by one point heading into the final day and then went out and won all three races in dominant fashion to stamp an eight-point victory. Goodison, a member of Artemis Racing for the America’s Cup, placed third.
Posted on 1 Dec
Sailing World Cup Final brings the best to St Kilda
Thirty-six nations have registered sailors across a combined 22 Olympic and Invited classes for next week’s World Cup Competitor numbers are predicted to reach 800 across the two competitions - the final stage of the international body World Sailing’s six-part Olympic class international circuit that will come to a head at St Kilda for the 11 classes, and the 11 Invited classes.
Posted on 1 Dec
Bid process reopened for new venue for the 2017 Youth Worlds
The Bid process has been reopened after the Israel Sailing Assoc withdrew from hosting the 2017 Youth Sailing World The Bid process has been reopened after the Israel Sailing Association (ISA) withdrew from hosting the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships which were due to take place in Akko, Israel in July 2017. World Sailing will accept bids from MNAs interested in hosting the event in July or December of 2017.
Posted on 30 Nov
Battle commences at Star Sailors League Finals
The early exchanges confirmed the amazing quality and depth in fleet, which contains no less than 16 Olympic medallist The early exchanges confirmed the amazing quality and depth in the fleet, which contains no less than 16 Olympic medallist among the skippers alone.
Posted on 30 Nov
Boat owners - a good insurance policy and broker can be your savior
Neil Bailey gives some sound advice from both a broker's and boatie's perspective. Too frequently boat-owners only find out how good their insurance policy is, and their insurer, after they make a claim. Neil Bailey is the principal of an Insurance Brokerage that bears his name. He is also a boat owner and life-long sailor and boat-owner. Here he gives some sound advice from both a broker's and boatie's perspective.
Posted on 30 Nov
World Sailing lead the conversation at the Yacht Racing Forum
Sailing - sport, technology and nature in perfect harmony was the message delivered by World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt Sailing - sport, technology and nature in perfect harmony. This was the message delivered by World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt at the opening session of the Yacht Racing Forum in Valletta, Malta that provided the backbone to much of the day's conversations and presentations.
Posted on 29 Nov