Tanner and Tauranga Cups and Starling nationals underway in Whangarei

Due to our Australian excursion, Sail-World has a little behind the Eight Ball with our coverage of the P and Starling Class Nationals (not that we were sent anything either, and don't have photos for the same reason.)

The following are the official reports from the regatta so far, along with the official results for the Starlings.

P class results are in a separate story.

Updates each day following, from now on (we hope).

Three championships are underway in Whangarei, Northland - the Tauranga Cup, the P Class National Championships, and the Starling National Champs.

The day started with a showery SW as the 54 P Class headed out on to the start line with the 120 Starlings. For the first time these two contests are being run at the same time on the same water. A spectacular confusion of boats. Both big and small, left a lot of people wondering how it would all be sorted out.

The P Class started their Invitation Race first. The boats that struck out to the right hand lay line came through to the windward mark. The two Starling fleet has been split into two 60 boat fleets and they started one after the other separated by 10 minutes. The competitors had it all sorted, and after only one general recall the fleet took off up the windward beat. The first of three big squalls to hit the fleets came through just as the P Class fleet was heading towards the finish. The best gust was 37 knots!!! (At least the patrol boat crews got a freshwater wash!!).

The P Class race had only eight finishers. Gareth Moore (Waimakariri) led the fleet home.

The P Class were then sent in as the Starlings kept still racing.

Race one of the Tauranga Cup was started a little later as the breeze settled in at 20 to 25 knots. Gareth Moore picked up from the practice race and lead from start to finish. Oscar Rorvik (Tauranga) chased him home for second, with Andrew McKenzie (Kohimaramara) third. The P Class were then sent to the beach as the third squall threatened on the horizon. The third race the P Class was the last start of the day. The breeze had settled down and the gusts were further between them. Gareth Moore once again lead the fleet for most of the race until the 25 knots and fatigue finally wore him down, along with several capsizes, to let Oscar in for a win, Andrew second, Erica Dawson (Murray's Bay) third and William Talbot (Naval Point 4th).

The Starlings had some amazing sailing as they continued to race through all of the wind. Chris Steele (Wakatere) dominated the blue fleet with 3 wins, often by a minute or so!!, Samuel Mackenzie (Kohimaramara) had a mortgage on second place not letting anyone else in, Kagen Weeks (Napier) showed some great skills with a 3,7,3 result for the day. In the Yellow Fleet there was a mix of winners. Leading on the first day was Marcus Hansen (Whangarei) with 1,2,1 results, Thom Saunders (Tauranga) had a bent mast in the first race but still managed a 5th, then followed this with a win and a 2nd. Scott Barnes (Murrays Bay) had a 3,3,6 day to hold third place in the yellow fleet. The fleets are now re-enginered for tomorrows racing.

There were several bent masts and a few ripped sails to show for a huge day on the water. Molly Meech (Tauranga) spotted a Moro Bar near the top mark in the first race, picked it up and had some extra sustenance for a 12, 4, 9 day and 11th after the first day.

Day 2

P Class and Starling Nationals.

Race day two dawned with NW rain blowing across the Parua Bay course. By start time of 11 am the rain had stopped but there was 15 to 20 knots of SW blowing and some spectacular sailing conditions. The P Class stared the first of their last three races. The four top boys relishing the fresh conditions. Sam Mackay (Hawkes Bay) lead the race from start to finish. Beating home Andrew Mackenzie (Auckland) and Gareth Moore (Canterbury).

BOP’s Oscar Rorvik had a broken vang and retired. The contest was now wide open. The second race started with 15 knots of SW again. On the second beat Auckland and Canterbury got a big left hand lift and left HawkesBay and BOP to battle it out for third. In an awesome capsize, (Caught on camera) Hawkes Bay ripped his sail but managed to slip in for 4th place. The third and final race for the day was started in 20 knots of SW.

Hawkes Bay had changed their sail and ended up off the pace. The same three boats battled around the course with the lead changing several times. BOP came through on the final down wind to win the race and the Tanner Cup. 1,1,2,3, DNF,3,1,23pts. Hawkes Bay was second with 2,2,1,DSQ,1,5,4 27pts. Canterbury also had 15 points but was third on countback with 4,3,6,1,2,2,3. The biggest gust of the day was just under 30 knots!!!

The starling match racing completed the round robins series in 15 to 20 knots. Thomas Saunders (Bay of Plenty) won the round robin 12 wins/0 losses. Chris Steele (North Harbour) 11/1, the ever improving Grant Hamilton (Northland) had 9/3 result and the final semi finalist was Josh Edmonds (Marlborough). The semi finals went to form in two races. BOP beat Marlborough and North Harbour ahead of Northland.

The finals races were two evenly matched races with very close racing and the lead changing during the race. The first finals race Chris Steele lead Thom Saunders around all the marks and then 50m from the finish Thom slipped through during a couple of gybes to 'Win by a whisker'. The next two races Thom cornered Chris on the starline and controlled the races from start to finish.

In the play off for third and fourth, the first two races went each way, with the boat off the startline controlling the race, including penalties being taken on the finish line!! Grant had a great start and lead from start to finish in the final race to take third place.

Day 3

Harken Interprovincial P Class champs.

Day One Tanner Cup.

A fantastic hot sunny day greeted the 11 competitors as they hit the water.

15Knot Sw moved through to a 5 to 7 knot Southerly by the end of the day.

Oscar Rorvik (BOP) lead the first race of the day, and stayed clear of the fleet. He was chased home by Sam Mackay (Hawkes Bay). The second race and the breeze dropped a little but produced the same result as race one. Race three saw the fleet split two ways and a southerly change, the top boats were caught and sent tumbling down the fleet. The three lap format saw BOP and HB come back to lead again. The wind went light for the final race. Canterbury’s Gareth Moore, one of the heaviest competitors showed his class by coming through to win the race. With Taylor Burn (Marlborough) finishing second.

Results after 4 races. There are three more races scheduled for tomorrow.

Oscar Rorvik BOP 1,1,2,3 (7 Points)

Gareth Moore Cant 4,3,6,1 (14 points)

Taylor Burn Marl 5,5,3,2 (15 points)

Starling Match Racing.

Defending champion Thomas Saunders has had a great start to his contest. After 10 rounds of 13 to be sailed he has not lost a race. Local Northland sailor Grant Hamilton , sailing a boat he built himself over the winter, is on 8 wins. Chris Steele from North Harbour has also had a great day on 7 wins. Gye Simkin (Taranaki) has come from nowhere and has had a blinder of a day also on 7 wins.

They have three more rounds tomorrow before the fleet heads into semi finals.

Starling Nationals 2009 Results as of Starling Nationals Overall
Sailed:3, Discards:0, To count:3, Entries:120, Scoring system:Appendix A
MWakatereNZ1st1146Chris Steeleblueb 1b 1b 133 
MWCC/MBSCNZ2nd2100Marcus Hansenyellowy 1y 2y 144 
MKohimaramaNZ3rd1282Samuel McKenzieblueb 2b 2b 266 
MTauranga YPBCNZL4th1297Thomas Saundersyellowy 5y 1y 288 
MMBSC 5th1033Scott Barnesyellowy 3y 3y 61212 
MNapier Sailing ClubNZ6th1237Kagan Weeksblueb 3b 7b 31313 
MNapier Sailing ClubNZ7th1306Jake Weeksblueb 5b 5b 81818 
MKohimaramaNZ8th1184James Rountreeblueb 7b 6b 61919 
MTYPBCNZ9th1251Luke Stevensonyellowy 4y 11y 52020 
MWakere Boating ClubNZ10th2101Logan Dunning Beckblueb 4b 13b 42121 
FTauranga YPBCNZL11th1144Molly Meechblueb 13b 4b 92525 
MMurrays BayNZ12th1199Jamie Dawsonblueb 11b 3b 132626 
MBBYCNZ13th1310Tyler Russellyellowy 9y 10y 82727 
MMacandrew Bay Boating ClubNZL13th758Alex Morrisyellowy 11y 6y 102727 
MHowickNZ15th1168Michael Rodgersblueb 16b 9b 52929 
MNaval Point ClubNZL15th1063Daniel Philpottyellowy 10y 4y 152929 
MHowick/KohiNZL17th1174Hamish Chaddertonyellowy 6y 8y 173131 
MVauxhallNZL18th1112Peter Siseblueb 10b 12b 123333 
MNew PlymouthNZ18th1224Paul Moriartyyellowy 7y 12y 143333 
MQCYC/MBSCNZL18th427Declan Burnblueb 9b 15b 103333 
MSYCNZ21st1025Callum Jonesblueb 14b 11b 153939 
MBucklandsNZ22nd1049Trent Jonesyellowy 15y 13y 134141 
MNew PlymouthNZL23rd1309Gye Simkinblueb 12b 19b 144444 
MTimaru Yacht & Power Boat ClubNZL24th1312Tom Charterisyellowy 17y 16y 124545 
MKohimaramaNZL25th1198Henry Wilkinsonyellowy 16y 7y 244747 
MNapierNZL26th1080Ollie Steineryellowy 8y 14y 274949 
MQCYC/MBSCNZL27th1183Scott Fyfeyellowy 13y 18y 205151 
MWorser BayNZL27th2019Oliver Staubyellowy 18y 17y 165151 
MTorbayNZL29th1235Alex Dyetyellowy 12y 19y 225353 
FTYPBCNZ30th1147Claudia Pierceblueb 20b 20b 165555 
MTaupo/NapierNZL31st2104Darren Inglisblueb 22b 17b 195757 
MMBSCNZL31st1283Matthew Leeblueb 27b 14b 175757 
FMount Pleasant Yacht ClubNZ33rd1296Brittany Wornallyellowy 19y 20y 216060 
MTorbayNZL34th1256Josh Salthouseblueb 26b 18b 186161 
MBBYCNZL35th1134Aaron Turnbullyellowy 30y 15y 196464 
MGBCNZ36th1304Hamish Andrewblueb 23b 21b 226565 
MMBSCNZ37th2103William Cobbblueb 18b 16b 356868 
MNaval Point ClubNZL37th1054Sam Herronblueb 19b 23b 276868 
MWakatereNZL37th2011Sam Schofieldblueb 21b 27b 216868 
MQueen Charlotte YCNZL37th1285Josh Edmondsyellowy 2y DNFy 36868 
MTYPBCNZ41st1315Phillip Smithblueb 24b 28b 247575 
FNapier Sailing ClubNZL41st1308Briar Manneringyellowy DNFy 5y 77575 
MNaval Point ClubNZL43rd1244Morgyn Cowanblueb 6b DNFb 117676 
MTimaru Yacht & Power Boat ClubNZL43rd1311Hayden Whiteblueb OCSb 10b 77676 
FChristshurch Yacht ClubNZL43rd1266Emma Reevesyellowy 28y 22y 267676 
FMBSCNZL46th1178Yelena Leeyellowy 33y 21y 257979 
MHamiltonNZL47th1082Nicholas Oxborrowyellowy 26y 23y 318080 
MNaval Point ClubNZL48th1171Brendon Campbellblueb 17b 24b 418181 
MTorbayNZ Maori48th1281Byron Peardblueb 29b 25b 288181 
MNapier Sailing ClubNZ48th1305Matt Broomeyellowy DNFy 9y 98181 
MTorbayNZL51st1303Ollie Andrewyellowy 32y 24y 288484 
MWorser BayNZL51st1259Adam Middletonyellowy 24y 30y 308484 
FNapierNZL53rd1294Vicky Callinicosblueb 33b 29b 268787 
FWakere Boating ClubNZL54th1065Lucy Hawkinsblueb 28b 31b 329090 
FNew PlymouthNZL55th1229Michele Lochheadyellowy 29y 28y 349191 
FWorser BayNZ56th1278Shelley Pearsonblueb 15b DNFb 209393 
MSandspitNZ57th1316Grant Hamiltonyellowy 20y DNFy 119494 
FNapiernzl57th1070Sophie Pantonblueb 31b 34b 309494 
MVauxhall Yacht ClubNZL59th1055Andrew Sheareryellowy 23y 34y 389595 
FTorbayNZ60th1236Janelle Peatyellowy 37y 27y 329696 
FMBYCGER61st2009Isabel Thomablueb 39b 30b 299797 
FMBSCNZL61st1185Vicky Francisblueb 35b 32b 319797 
MNaval Point ClubUSA63rd1117Todd Wellsyellowy 34y 26y 40100100 
MMPYC / NPCLNZL64th1227Layton Hernblueb 32b 35b 36102102 
MWorser BayNZL65th1245James De Lisleblueb 41b 26b 37103103 
MBBYCNZL66th1133Clark Hepworthblueb 30b 37b 38104104 
FNapierNZ67th1295Emma Goodwinyellowy 25y DNFy 18106106 
MGBCNZ67th1307Thomas Elmoreblueb DNFb 22b 25106106 
FTaurangaNZ69th1211Annalise Nixonyellowy 21y DNFy 23107107 
MNelsonNZL70th1189Daniel Foley-Loganblueb 40b 36b 34109109 
FChristshurch Yacht ClubNZL70th1239Hannah Reevesblueb 38b 33b 39109109 
FSandspitNZL72nd1206Donna Hamiltonblueb 34b DNSb 23115115 
FMBSCNZ73rd1075Georgia Craiesyellowy 22y 31y DNF116116 
MMBSCNZL73rd1274Brad Mossblueb 25b DNSb 33116116 
MMBSC/LTYCNZ75th1233James Turneryellowy DNFy 25y 29117117 
MTorbayNZ Samoan76th919Eroni Leiluayellowy 27y 29y DNC119119 
MGlendowie Boating clubNZL77th2014Michael Boucherblueb 42b 38b 42121121 
MWakere Boating ClubNZL78th1290James Robertsyellowy 35y 42y 45122122 
MMuritaiNZL79th1267James Mcleanyellowy 44y 37y 43124124 
FTorbayAUS80th1200Fiona Blincoeblueb 44b 40b 43126126 
FMuritaiNZL80th1120Anita Trudgenyellowy 40y 40y 46126126 
MTaurangaNZL80th1193Sam Bullockblueb DNFb 8b DNF126126 
Fqueen Charlotte YCNZL83rd1246Rachael Clarkyellowy 36y 44y 48128128 
FMBSCNZL84th2026Sylvie Admoreyellowy 31y DNFy 35129129 
MNelsonNZL85th1099Hyatt Brownyellowy DNFy RAFy 4130130 
FTorbayNZL86th1180Hannah Osborneyellowy DNFy 35y 33131131 
FMBYCNZ87th1301Elise Beavisyellowy 38y 32y DNC133133 
MTorbayENG87th1254Matthew Edsonyellowy 43y 43y 47133133 
MKohimaramaNZL89th1182George Anyonyellowy DNFy 33y 42138138 
MMuritaiNZL90th1228Basil Connoryellowy DNFy 36y 41140140 
MTimaru Yacht & Power Boat ClubNZL90th1313Clarke Heganyellowy 14y DNFy DNC140140 
FMuritai 90th1151Heather Trudgenyellowy DNFy 38y 39140140 
FNapier Sailing Club / LTYCNZL93rd1319Harriet Cameronyellowy 42y DNFy 37142142 
FNew PlymouthNZL94th1292Jordelle Simkinyellowy 41y 39y DNF143143 
MTorbayNZL95th1115Thomas Blincoeyellowy 46y DNFy 44153153 
FMBSCNZL95th2053Jennifer Mackayblueb 36b DNFb DNC153153 
FTauranga YPBCNZL97th1238Robyn Caundleblueb 37b DNFb DNC154154 
FTimaru Yacht & Power Boat ClubNZL98th1318Hannah Hollambyblueb DNFb 39b DNC157157 
MGBCNZL99th1250Nicholns Mahoneyblueb DNFb DNFb 40158158 
FWakere Boating ClubNZ100th2029Heather Bridgemanblueb DNFb 41b DNC159159 
FMBSCNZL101st1240Taylor Wickmanblueb 43b DNFb DNC160160 
MMBSCNZL101st1114Romano Chungblueb DNFb 42b DNC160160 
MNew Plymouth 103rd2038Leo Prittblueb DNFb 43b DNC161161 
MWakatereNZ104th1129Alex Munroyellowy DNFy DNFy 36162162 
MBBYCNZ105th1135Jared Murphyyellowy 39y DNFy DNC165165 
MGBCNZL106th2000Andrew Toddyellowy DNFy 41y DNC167167 
FWakere Boating ClubNZL107th1024Kirsty Smithyellowy 45y DNFy DNC171171 
MTimaru Yacht & Power Boat ClubNZL108th2102Cullen Le Royyellowy 47y DNFy DNC173173 
FMBSCNZL109th1157Taylor Mitchellblueb DNFb DNFb DNF177177 
MNelsonNZL109th1086Fenn Andersonblueb DNFb DNFb DNC177177 
FNew PlymouthNZL109th1201Louise Moriartyblueb DNFb DNFb DNC177177 
FOYCNZL/USA109th433Sarianna Crookblueb DNFb DNSb DNC177177 
MTYPBCNZL109th954Berrick Fitzsimonsblueb DNSb DNSb DNC177177 
FSandspitNZL109th1194Cindy Hamiltonblueb DNFb DNSb DNS177177 
FKeriKeriNZ109th1155Phillipa Adamsonblueb DNFb DNFb DNF177177 
FKohimaramaNZL116th1111Jamie Mcdellyellowy DNFy DNFy DNC189189 
FTauranga YPBCNZL116th1018Talia Clarkyellowy DNFy DNFy DNC189189 
MMuritaiNZL116th1011Alex Kaneyellowy DNFy DNFy DNC189189 
MGlendowie Boating clubNZL116th2012Holly Novisyellowy DNFy DNFy DNC189189 
FNew PlymouthNZL116th1264Lyneohe Simkinyellowy DNFy DNFy DNC189189 
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