The Royal Air Force (aka)Design Source (GBR) fly a mission during Race 7, 12ft Interdominion Championships, Worser Bay
Alex Vallings and Jeremy Smith (Nuplex - NZL) have wrapped up the 12 Foot Skiff Interdominions Silasec Trophy for individual honours with a day and two races to spare.
Vallings said there was no single aspect to his and Smiths campaign that led to their dominance of this year’s regatta, but a culmination of a number. 'We sailed using simple tactics, had no breakages and were fortunate to make the right rig calls. Over the winter I made some changes to the boat (a bit wider under the water) which has made us faster and given us a ‘low and fast’ option. Jeremy also spent time in the gym bulking up (now 98kg), that extra power combined with the changes to the boat has really helped our pace.'
New Zealand has also sewn up the John Brooke Memorial trophy for another year. With 126 possible points available in for the winning team in any race New Zealand’s 837 to 510 lead is now unassailable.
New Zealand team captain Steve Hogg put the victory down to technology. 'The development of technologies that have filtered through the Kiwi team is well ahead of what I see on the Australian skiffs, which has given us a real edge and a depth to our team the Australians haven’t been able to match.'
The real interest in tomorrow’s final two races will be determining the minor placings with a real interest on fifth to ninth where the five skiffs (Gizmo, Dimension Polyant, MGS, Inspire Group and Romulus) are only separated by five points.
|Sailed:8, Discards:1, To count:7, Entries:25, Scoring system:My scoring system|
|1st||NZL||Nuplex||NZL||Alex Vallings||Jeremy Smith||-4||1||1||1||1||1||3||1||13||9|
|2nd||AUS||Garde||AUS||Brett Hobson||Alex Johnson||2||4||-9||2||2||7||2||2||30||21|
|3rd||NZL||Martin Hughes||NZL||Chris Skinner||David Healey||1||2||-11||7||11||2||1||6||41||30|
|4th||AUS||Gobsmacked Dwarves(POM)||AUS||Paul O'Malley Jones||Richard Billet||5||-11||6||3||3||3||11||7||49||38|
|5th||NZL||Dimension Polyant (NZ)||NZL||Simon Ganley||Rod Chave||-14||5||4||6||8||8||9||5||59||45|
|6th||AUS||Gizmo||AUS||Michael Bochner||Tim Barraclough||-17||13||3||8||9||4||5||4||63||46|
|7th||NZL||MGS||NZL||Russel Davis||Tim Christenson||-15||9||8||4||5||5||7||8||61||46|
|8th||NZL||Inspire Group||NZL||Shaun Sheldrake||Craig Anderson||3||-12||7||11||12||9||4||3||61||49|
|9th||NZL||Romulus||NZL||Stephen Hogg||Roger Barnes||10||8||2||5||7||6||12||-18||68||50|
|10th||NZL||Nice Action Too||NZL||Hamish Hey||Mike Candy||8||3||10||-15||4||14||10||14||78||63|
|11th||NZL||As Good As it Gets||NZL||Glen Armstrong||Tim Faulkner||9||7||5||-16||10||12||14||10||83||67|
|12th||AUS||Thistle Hill Wines||AUS||Matthew Killoran||Richard Jones||12||-16||13||9||6||11||15||13||95||79|
|13th||Design Source NZ (K&M)||NZL||Paul Macintosh||Ken Fyfe||11||14||15||17||(26.0 DNF)||10||6||9||108||82|
|14th||NZL||Carbon Sequestration||NZL||Te Guru||Dan Leach||7||6||16||10||(26.0 DNF)||26.0 DNC||8||12||111||85|
|15th||The Diamond||NZL||Jason Parkin||Mel Hargreaves||6||17||12||12||(26.0 DNF)||15||13||11||112||86|
|16th||AUS||Maersk Line||AUS||Edward Cox||Peter Bevis||16||10||(26.0 DNF)||13||14||17||16||16||128||102|
|17th||AUS||Dipolar Software||AUS||Ed Blackman||Paul Carpenter||13||15||(26.0 DNF)||26.0 DNF||13||13||18||15||139||113|
|18th||AUS||AtCall Powered by Bainbridge Internation||AUS||Andrew Stevenson||Brad Greenrod||18||18||14||14||(26.0 DNF)||16||17||17||140||114|
|19th||AMI||NZL||James Gordon||Julian Payne||19||21||19||(26.0 DNF)||26.0 DNF||26.0 DNF||19||23||179||153|
|20th||AUS||Pink Bits||AUS||Nicholas Bernard||Andrew Obrien||20||20||(26.0 DNF)||26.0 DNF||26.0 DNF||19||21||21||179||153|
|21st||Design Source UK||GBR||Bob Clements||Alan Atterbury||22||(26.0 DNF)||17||26.0 DNF||26.0 DNS||26.0 DNF||20||20||183||157|
|22nd||Bulley Hayes||NZL||Dan Falter||Stuart Tinner||(26.0 DNF)||19||18||26.0 DNF||26.0 DNS||18||26.0 DNS||26.0 DNS||185||159|
|23rd||This Way Up||NZL||Graham Roberts||Josh Bahlman||(26.0 DNS)||26.0 DNF||20||26.0 DNF||26.0 DNS||20||22||22||188||162|
|24th||CRC / Lost in Supermarket||NZL||Billy Wright||William Wright||21||22||(26.0 DNF)||26.0 DNF||26.0 DNS||26.0 DNF||24||19||190||164|
|25th||AUS||The Wing man||AUS||James Fleming||Daniel Hayes||23||(26.0 DNF)||26.0 DNC||26.0 DNF||26.0 DNS||26.0 DNS||23||26.0 DNS||202||176|
|Scoring codes used|
|DNC||Did not come to the starting area||26|
|DNF||Started but did not finish||26|
|DNS||Came to the start area but did not start||26|
Race 7, 12ft Interdominion Championships, Worser Bay
The 12 Foot Skiff is a high performance skiff sailed in New Zealand and Australia with an emerging fleet in England.
The major regatta is the Interdominion Championships which alternates between Australia and New Zealand. Previous regattas have been close and tightly fought contests with last year’s regatta having seven different winners over the eight races sailed.
There are minimal hull measurement rules basically restricting length, width and weight giving freedom for people to design and build their own boats. Hulls are made from carbon fibre and foam sandwich to achieve the minimum weight of only 45kgs.
The majority of skiffs have two or three carbon masts to choose from with a combination of sails giving up to five rig combinations. This allows the skiffs to race in 5 - 35 knots of wind.