sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : French Bay Regatta succeeds on all levels
French Bay Regatta succeeds on all levels

'Ugly Stick was one of four 12ft Skiffs to compete form the Auckland Sailing Club'       Click Here to view large photo

Titirangi’s French Bay Yacht Club hosted 57 centreboarders at its annual regatta on Sunday 25 February, and in the process proved there is little doubt that, in a South-Westerly, the bay is one of the very best places to sail in the City of Sails.

Blue skies, flat seas and a moderate breeze greeted the fleet of Optimists, Starlings, Jollyboats, Zephyrs and Lasers, including a strong travelling contingent from Maraetai and Glendowie Boating Clubs, and four of the spectacular 12 foot skiffs from Auckland Sailing Club.

It was the club’s biggest event in several decades.

'It was great to see boats lining the beach and reclamation, and to know we can put on a terrific regatta with a high standard of race management, and an equally high standard of post race hospitality in the clubhouse,' says Commodore Matt Hall-Smith.

'Thank you to all who helped to make it happen, including sailors, parents, and volunteers.'

The club focuses on family involvement, and offers a structured coaching program and racing for youth, as well as sailing training and racing for adults. In April it will look to have six sailors competing in the Starling National Championships, an important precursor to higher level competition for youth sailors.

Idyllic French Bay, on Auckland’s Manukau Harbour -     Click Here to view large photo

Eleven Optimist dinghies and sixteen Starlings made up the youth contingent at the French Bay Regatta.

The Optimist division for younger sailors was won by Campbell Mattson from Maraetai Boating Club, and Oliver Stuart was French Bay’s top ranked sailor, with Daniel Patton, also from Maraetai, in third.

Of the sixteen Starlings, Arkady Edmunds (GBC) took first place, Logan Andresen (GBC), second, and Tamryn Lindsay (HBC), third. Hamish Hall-Smith was FBYC’s top ranked sailor, finishing sixth. Fellow members Megan Thompson, Logan McAlister, and Anton Stuart also finished in the top ten.

'Our young sailors have put a lot of work in, and are making very encouraging progress,' says Matt Hall-Smith, winner of the Jollyboat class on his recently acquired boat, Monkeychunks. Bill Hewitt (MBC) placed second, and French Bay’s Vice Commodore, Fergus Thompson, third. World Great Grand Masters Champion Bronze Medallist, Jim Quinn, won the Laser Division, ahead of Steve Salmon, and Murray Gauld, all of French Bay. In the Zephyr class, Tim Sneddon (RNZYS) claimed top honours, with Murray Sargisson second (PTBC), and Steve Pyatt (MBC) third.

Ugly Stick was the best of the four Skiffs to compete, and the only one to complete all three races. The building breeze played havoc with those that opted to start with their biggest rig, although the big powerful boats enjoyed the flat seas and consistent South-Westerly that the beach is known for.

The prize pool, sourced by Jim Quinn from supportive and generous local businesses, included $3,000 worth of goods and services supplied by Club Physical, Titirangi Pharmacy, Titirangi Osteopathic Clinic, Toby’s Restaurant, Hair Style by Aren, Supervalue Supermarket, and Holistic Masseuse, Colleen Smith. Industry specialists Rooster Sailing and The Water Shed contributed products and vouchers, and special thanks also go to Corazon Wines.

Next weekend at French Bay Yacht Club is an Adventure Sail to Cornwallis Beach – a 13 nautical mile round trip. The club is also running a learn to sail course for adults and older children, on the weekend of 24 and 25 March. www.frenchbay.org.nz


by Zoe Hawkins

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94503

4:39 AM Sat 3 Mar 2012GMT


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


Related News Stories:

05 Mar 2012  New name, new look, new dates for Auckland On Water Boat Show
03 Mar 2012  Two Man Round NZ race: May Day issued as weather bomb hits fleet
27 Feb 2012  Mark Bell wins 2012 North Island Paper Tiger Championships
26 Feb 2012  Fleet at first stopover in Two Handed Round New Zealand Race + Video
22 Feb 2012  Round New Zealand Race starts on Saturday
22 Feb 2012  Ponsonby Cruising Club: Mega Marine Garage Sale this Saturday
22 Feb 2012  OKI 24-hr Race Winners announced
22 Feb 2012  Reigning champion Silvertip retains 2012 NZ Millennium Cup
22 Feb 2012  Evolution Sails revealed as naming rights sponsor for Sail Noumea
22 Feb 2012  2012 OK Dinghy Hurricane Classic, Worser Bay, Wellington
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

































Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5 by American Windsurfing Tour,


















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,
















ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 470 awards images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - 470 medal race images by Jesus Renedo
Annapolis-to-Newport Race - 'What to Expect' Seminar to take place
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - No racing on penultimate day
Belcher takes record fifth 470 World Championship
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 8 video highlights
2014 Great Lakes Team Racing Championship about to set off
2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sail-World.com
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded   
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard   
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result   
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO   
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by Sail-World.com   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead   
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing   


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 NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT