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2014 Sunburst Nationals: Andrew and Cameron Brown win 50th Regatta

'Andrew & Cam Brown sailing 1434 'Vagrant' easily won the 2014 Sunburst Nationals with 7 race wins. - 2014 Sunburst Nationals'    Nigel Price    Click Here to view large photo

The 2014 Sunburst Nationals Event was held at the Wakatere Boating Club, Narrow Neck, Devonport on January 18, 19 and 20.

With the Sunburst Class celebrating 50 years since the launch of the first boat in 1964, a special celebration event was run in conjunction with the Nationals. A huge amount of work was done by the organising committee to encourage boats from far and wide, and we eventually ended up with a fleet totalling 69 boats, split into 2 fleets of spinnaker and non spinnaker divisions. With 9 boats from Otago, 3 from Canterbury, 1 from the West Coast, 14 from Wellington, and the rest from the greater Auckland area, there was a good geographical spread of competitors.

Andrew Brown, sailing with his son Cameron sailing 1434 'Vagrant' won the event quite convincingly with 7 wins in the 8 race series, and scoring 7 points.

2nd overall was Lincoln & Benjamin Fraser sailing 1545 'Starblaze' with 26 points,
3rd overall was Brett & Penny Linton sailing 1530 'Rhythm & Swing' with 31 points.
4th overall was Simon & Jack Manning sailing 1781 'Envy' with 33 points.
5th overall was Nick & Flinn Olson sailing 1661 'Crazy Bouyz' with 42 points.

How many people does it take to lift a sunburst ? The answer here is 9. Loading 1055 Moonbeam, the last to go in of 9 into the 40 ft container to return to Dunedin. - 2014 Sunburst Nationals -  Nigel Price   Click Here to view large photo

The conditions varied from very light winds, sometimes with holes to steady moderate sea breezes.

The main fleet comprised 51 boats. A surprising number of boats were UFDed for being over on the long start line in the light winds and strong tides on Saturday and Sunday.

We had a huge amount of positive feedback from the competitors about the great job done by the team of Race Officials of Janet Watkins, Dean Coleman, Oscar Paulich and Ted Frankham who had some trying times getting races completed during the first two days of the regatta.

Andrew & Cam Brown standing in front of the trophy cabinet at the Wakatere Boating Club with the Wilson & Horton Trophy. Behind them is one of two 1 metre model sunbursts made by Robert Brooke. - 2014 Sunburst Nationals -  Nigel Price   Click Here to view large photo

As is usual in the Sunburst Class, there are lots of trophies and prizes for different categories of competitors.

The Taihoa (non spinnaker) class was won by Seb Jones, and Oscar Garcia of Calliope Sea Scouts from an 18 boat fleet. They sailed on a separate part of the laid quadrilateral course after starting 5 minutes behind the main fleet.

There is a full list of these category prizes and results on the Wakatere Boating Club website :


Keith Fraser & Lynley Ball sailing 1209, Greg & Jack Verhoef sailing 1555 'Nite Lite', Shanna Verhoef & Emma Rogers-Bromley sailing 1700 'Flossie', and Chris & Sam Bicknell sailing 1525 'Ripper' at the top mark, invitation race. - 2014 Sunburst Nationals -  Nigel Price   Click Here to view large photo

Brett & Penny Linton, sailing 1530 'Rhythm & Swing' and Jake & Ben Hawker sailing 1322 'Embers' in the invitation race that Brett eventually won. The race area is to the Southwest of the shipping channel between NarrowNeck Beach and Rangitoto Island. - 2014 Sunburst Nationals -  Nigel Price   Click Here to view large photo

by Nigel Price


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