Please select your home edition
Edition
BandG Zeus3 NZ 728x90

Top Laser sailors win OKI 24-hr Race but just miss lap record

by Danielle Wright on 9 Feb 2014
Nicholas Heiner (L) Andy Maloney (R) winners of the 2014 OKI 24 Hour race Murrays Bay Sailing Club http://www.murraysbay.org/

The 2014 OKI 24-hr Race results are in, with Andy Maloney and Nicholas Heiner coming through on the winning boat, sailing for Mansons TCLM Ltd with 118 laps - almost as many as Chris Dickson's 120 lap record.

'These are true champions,' said Murray's Bay Sailing Club Commodore Dave Gunn. 'You can't just cruise around in this competition and this year we had very good but very tough sailing conditions.'

'Conditions were perfect,' agrees winner Andy Maloney from Murray’s Bay Sailing Club. 'It was great having wind all night with lots of hiking. It was very physical, but very fun.'

Maloney says the most challenging part was the lack of sleep, followed by the physical demands of the sailing due to the conditions.

'Campaigns are so expensive so the winnings will go towards that,' says Maloney, who will be heading to Europe in March to compete.

Partner Nicholas Heiner sailed the final lap. Coming off the water he said: 'I'm actually still feeling pretty fresh.'

To recover, he said it's important to eat well, drink enough and get some sleep. 'Then, we'll be back into it,' says Heiner.

Last year's winner, James Sandal won the solo category, racing through the night without breaks. He was passed dinner from the dock to eat on the way around and says: 'Now, I'll probably sleep for a week.'

He said his knees and hands hurt the most but he'd definitely attempt the solo event again and his advice to future solo competitors in the OKI 24-hr race is: 'Have a plan - warm clothes at night and plenty of food. It was really challenging, but exciting.'

First in the Youth category was Panasonic Toughbook's Trent Rippey and Cullen Le Roy on 114 laps. Women's winners were Olympians Sara Winther and Susannah Pyatt, with Laura Lowther, sailing on MacKay Boats with 109 laps.

Omani sailor Ahmed Alhasano was competing as part of his month-long training in New Zealand, he says: 'It was very windy, we're not normally used to that, but we loved it.'

The annual event is a fundraisers for Murray’s Bay Sailing Club to develop youth sailing and local business Comworth Technologies, distributor for OKI printers, has been sponsoring the race since Website and Comworth Systems
Kiwi Yachting - LewmarZhik HydrobaseTrue Kit BagtoWater

Related Articles

Encouraging outlook for O’pen BIC class and junior sailing in NZ
The New Zealand O’pen Bic class association has today launched a new website and online events calendar The NZ O’pen BIC class association has launched a new website and online events calendar to support the significant momentum that has been generated. The class is going from strength to strength in NZ and expecting a fleet of about 75 boats for the next event in July. The class gained official class status in NZ earlier this year and the 2017/18 season calendar already boasts 14 nationwide events.
Posted on 20 May
King of the Waitemata - Foiling Kites take on 18ft Skiffs over 34km
The inaugural King of the Waitemata Regatta was held today, based out of the Takapuna Yacht Club. The inaugural King of the Waitemata Regatta was held today, based out of the Takapuna Yacht Club. The regatta is a counter clockwise, 34 kilometre circumnavigation of Auckland’s Rangitoto and Mototapu Islands open to any wind powered vessel. A number of trials had been run over the past 12 months indicating that a time of less than 60 minutes on a foiling kite could be achieved with the right
Posted on 15 May
Auckland Grammar win NZ Secondary Schools Team Sailing Champs
A record thirty-six teams competed at the 2017 Secondary Schools Team Sailing National Championships A record thirty-six teams competed at the 2017 Secondary Schools Team Sailing National Championships held at Sandspit Yacht Club, Algies Bay, during the last week of April. Teams came from as far away as Wanaka and the Cook Islands.
Posted on 30 Apr
Sailing World Cup - Meech scores vital race win in Laser at Hyeres
Rio Olympic Bronze medalist, Sam Meech showed his class, collecting a win in the only Laser race sailed on Wednesday Rio Olympic Bronze medalist, Sam Meech showed his class, collecting a win in the only Laser race sailed on Wednesday at the World Cup regatta in Hyeres, France. He climbed from 11th to fourth overall with the result and is well placed
Posted on 26 Apr
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