Please select your home edition
Edition
Kilwell - September

Dangerzone wins the 2012 Harken Young 88 Nationals

by Mel Benton, RNZYS on 15 Apr 2012
Dangerzone crosses to finish line in the final race to secure the 2012 Young 88 National title - 2012 Harken Young 88 Nationals © Richard Gladwell http://www.richardgladwell.com

Day 2 of the 2012 Harken Young 88 Nationals started with a better breeze than forecast, however as predicted it steadily dropped off leaving four boats in the last race of the regatta out of the time limit.

Race 6 started in plenty of breeze at 10 – 12 knots and rain but by the third race of the day they were starting in 6 knots which had a tendency to drop off at times to below 2 knots.

Grant Turnbull skipper of Dangerzone, had this to say of their win: 'Thanks have to go to my crew. They are a fantastic bunch of mates and it is fantastic to sail with mates who do such a great job. The crew work was great. We started well yesterday and got lucky a few times. At the end of day one we were behind at the end and knew we had to beat Flash Gordon today. Today we adjusted the rig and tried not to choke the boat. We handled the conditions today really well and sailed our own regatta. We all would really like to thank our sponsors, for the Sprint Series, North Sails who have looked after us really well this year and Harken for the 2012 Harken Young 88 National Championships.'


Will Tiller, skipper of Flash Gordon said they had a good regatta although they were disappointed they couldn’t keep Flash Gordon at the top of the board. 'Our thanks go to Doyles for letting us use Flash Gordon. We could have done better and we hope that next year we can pick up the victory again. Thanks to everyone for running such a great regatta, the Young 88 Association and the RNZYS Race Management team.'

The RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme skipper Jamie Dawson commented on their regatta. 'We had a good day today. The first two races were really good. The last race however was a bit messy but we ran deep at the top mark and picked up a few places in the finish. third overall for the regatta is a good way to finsish. We had some good improvement on last year and we all really enjoyed this year. Thanks to the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme and Dave Stanton, the owner of Sister Moonshine for letting us use the boat. It’s been great.' Coach Guy Pilkington who was also part of the crew said they did really well. 'They were mature and made good decisions and were a pleasure to sail with. It is a great way to finish the YTP season.'


Russell Hopper who owns Raging Hormones with his father Jeff said they had a better day today than yesterday. The whole crew was better all-around coping with the light and shifty breeze. 'We do better in heavier winds. Our highlight this year was race one yesterday… 20 knots! It isn’t much fun sailing in no breeze but we have enjoyed the regatta overall.'

Commodore Ross Masters, who had an indifferent regatta this year said while they improved today in difficult conditions it wasn’t their best regatta but it was all good fun. 'Well done to the Dangerzone crew. They have had a great regatta in some trying breezes. And it is great to see our current and graduated Youth Training Programme crew also out on the water on so many of these boats. They are a credit to the RNZYS and we look forward to seeing them all again next year.'












Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
T Clewring J-classKilwell - 6Naiad/Oracle Supplier