sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : 2013 Starling Nationals: ANZAC Day and Beyond
2013 Starling Nationals: ANZAC Day and Beyond


'Starling Nationals Picton, New Zealand'    Rob Burn    Click Here to view large photo

Rob Burn reports from the final two days of the 2013 Starling Nationals being sailed at Picton:

Day 4
Anzac Day, the fighting spirit continues from Trent Rippey as he opens his days score with yet another first.

The Gold and Silver Fleets set sail up Picton Harbour at midday, a late start in honour of Anzac Day. The forecast was for light but building Nor' westerlies again, nice and sunny, another great day at the office for New Zealand's Starling Sailors.

The small development fleet were joined by a P Class and a couple of Optimists adding some more numbers to the Start line in the Iner Harbour.

Race Officer Gerald and his team did their best to get the first start away on time at 1pm. Conditions were up and down between 5 – 8 knots with some bigger gusts as in the previous days.

Starling Nationals Picton, New Zealand -  Rob Burn   Click Here to view large photo
The pressure was telling on the leading sailors, the score board highlighted the variations in placings as shown by Lola Stoodley. Lola recovered from a 24th in the day's first race to win the second. Many of the front runners didn't have the best day in the continuing light and shifty conditions.

Some comments were made about having to sail in light conditions but as Race Officer Gerald said 'I'm obliged to start a race if it gets to five knots'. There was plenty of agreement that our sailors don't sail in light and shifty conditions enough and when they get overseas, particularly in Asia, that is usually all they get.

In the Silver Fleet local sailor, Nicholas Gardiner, had an outstanding day with a first and a second, likewise Hamish Hall-Smith of French Bay Yacht Club, had a third and a first.

Another pleasant but tricky day came to an end with the usual tow in by the coaches and support boats. Everyone was finally getting the hang of following the Transit Safety plan to keep out of the way of the Commercial traffic and maintain good relationships with our Harbourmaster.

Dark came quickly, the Braziers were cranked up and plenty of good food came out for the hungary sailors and supporters. A second days helping of local mussels were an added bonus.
Talk of plenty of wind in tomorrows forecast added to the excitement of the coming finale.

Day 5

A clear and sunny day greeted the sailors for the Final day. Placings were close for the top of both fleets and any mistake would be pounced on.

The Sou' westerly was ripping up the harbour and gave the sailors a quick boost to get to the sailing grounds. Some struggled with the gusts on the way out and were a little apprehensive of what might face them on the Course.

Starling Nationals Picton, New Zealand -  Rob Burn   Click Here to view large photo
Almost on queue, the Sou' westly swung round to the Nor' westly enabling a Start to be commenced for the Gold Fleet. A huge right shift caused Race Officer Gerald to abandon the Race two thirds of the way to the Top mark on the first beat. Lola stoodley was well out in front, Trent Rippey and Taylor Burn close behind, having got on the good side of the shift. Others were not so lucky but it didn't matter.

The Race Committee struggled with the widly swinging conditions, some shifts through 90 degrees.
Patience and cool nerves paid off as the Race Officer managed to set a fair course and get the rest of the days races away for both Fleets.

The frontrunners suddenly looked shaky with some capzises, gear failure and deep finishes when caught on the wrong side of the course. Coaches were constantly re calculating their sailors positions, some smiling, others not.

In the Gold Fleet Henry Gautry of Muritai Yacht Club, had a first and third propelling him up the leaderboard towards brother George.

Parick Haybittle, Murrays Bay Sailing Club, blitzed the second race to record his second regatta win and push him a considerable way up the placings.

Naval Point Yacht Club's Taylor Balogh helped himself to a first and second in the Silver Fleet. Alec Franham of New Plymouth Yacht Club followed his fourth with a win in Race two of the day.

The Development Fleet had a great time in often gusty and very challenging conditions in the inner harbour.

The Development Fleet outside of Auckland remains a concept yet to be proven with the low numbers, ideas are courted by Class President, Richard Brown.

The sun was shining when the sailors got back to Queen Charlotte Yacht Club and started the pack up.
Local Ham and Lamb on the Spit Roast, salads and breads filled up the sailors and supporters as Protest time finished, results firmed up, made available and the Prizegiving was organised.

The Big marquee was packed and the crowd overflowed outside around the blazing fires as the spot prizes were handed out and anticipation of the Major prizes built up.

As with all Prize givings, speeches were made from the stage, numerous Thank You's given, the Winners and prizegivers humble in their acceptance and the acknowledgement of a great regatta was the general consensus. A smile was seen on the Starling Class President even.

Winning the Gold Fleet and the NZ Starling Championship was Trent Rippey, George Gautry second, Leonard Takahashi-Fry third. Lola Stoodley fourth and 'First Girl'.

The Silver was won by Ben Warren, Tauranga, Taylor Balogh, Naval Point second and Carmen Haybittle, Murrays Bay, third.

The Development Fleet was won by Logan Beckman , Murrays Bay, Finn Pritchard, Paremata, second, Perry Scott, Otago Yacht Club third, Bertie Ruscoe, Naval Point fourth.

Queen Charlotte Yacht Club acknowledges the generous support of the many sponsors, principally Port Marlborough, Interislander, Harken, North sails, Sail One, Picton Top Ten Holiday Park.

Many thanks to Principal Race Officer Gerald Martin and Assistant RO Katrin Wendt and the Race Committee, the Judges led by John Bullot and all the hard working volunteers from other clubs who willingly pitched in to help QCYC's volunteers.

It is a daunting effort for such a small club to hold major events, especially two in two months and only made possible by such committed, enthusiastic club members and volunteers.

For full results click here


by Rob Burn

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=108924

1:32 AM Sun 28 Apr 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

26 Apr 2013  ISAF World Cup: NZ Women lead in 49er FX, Finn's Junior well placed
26 Apr 2013  Steinlager ANZAC 18fters: Day 2 - That’s what was in the brochure!
26 Apr 2013  ISAF World Cup: 49erFX crew edges close to the lead.
25 Apr 2013  ANZAC 18ft Series: Big breeze plays havoc with Kiwis on Day 1
24 Apr 2013  ISAF World Cup: New Zealand in top tier in five classes after Day 2
23 Apr 2013  New Zealand Starling National Championships, Picton.
23 Apr 2013  America's Cup: Artemis Racing's David Brooke on the improve
22 Apr 2013  2013 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge won by Events Clothing
14 Apr 2013  Volvo Ocean Race skipper wins the 2013 Harken Young 88 Nationals
11 Apr 2013  Harken Young 88 Nationals attract top Pro-Am talent
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World









Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part III) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT