sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Kiwis first and second in Noumea, New Caledonia this weekend.
Kiwis first and second in Noumea, New Caledonia this weekend.

'Matchracing in Noumea'    Brian Haybittle    Click Here to view large photo

Sunday turned out to be a thrilling finish for young Kiwis in New Caledonia in the disciplines of Match Racing and Junior Bic Techno Windsurfing.

The Kiwi Lion Foundation Youth Match racing team of Chris Steele, Jay Prestt and Stew Dodson had a hard fought win against Australia in the Match Racing finals. 14 year old Patrick Haybittle of Murrays Bay blasted his way into second place of the New Caledonia Bic Techno Nationals.

Noumea turned on a more traditional trade wind day of 15 knots building to 25kts. Plenty sun, speed and spills. The match racing saw Chris come from an overnight score of one nil down in the semi finals to win against the favorite New Caledonia team. This set up The Kiwis with a final series against the well drilled Australia team.

During one prestart the Kiwis were head to wind alongside and to the left of the Australians. They back winded the jib, eased the main and tried to circle in a tight right turn inside them to get on their tails. The Australians shortly after did the same move and circled left without giving room. During the maneuver the boats collided. The jury saw this as a legal move by the Australians and awarded the Kiwis an on the water penalty.

Techno racing in Noumea -  Brian Haybittle   Click Here to view large photo

Because there was damage they also gave the Kiwis a 3/4 point penalty. The Kiwis protested this and had a hearing between races. After a lengthy deliberation the Jury wherein agreement of Steele's maneuvering and argument. The 3/4 point penalty was dropped.

This set up the day for a thrilling finish in 25 kts. Race 4 saw the Kiwis win a penalty against the Australians. From shore we saw a wildly out of control Kiwi boat in difficulty. To this untrained eye the main was out one side, the jib goose winged out the left. Then the spinnaker got caught in the spreaders. Chris was getting his hands ripped apart trying to hold the spinnaker while trying to helm a wildly rolling boat under control. Finally Prestt, Dodson and Steele got the spinnaker dropped and rehoisted. In the meantime the Australians had a bit of trouble doing their penalty turn at the finish line. In the end the Aussies won the race by a wave, a nose, half a metre.... Very close.

In the last race the Kiwis nailed the prestart and won convincingly. Coach Roy Dickson had a wry smile on his face when the boys said 'We won the regatta the hard way!' That night they had a well earned champagne at the beautiful CNC Yacht Club in Noumea.

Techno winners in Noumea -  Brian Haybittle   Click Here to view large photo

Meanwhile on the Bic Techno course outside the ACPV club the days courses were changed to include blast reaching! The races consisted of an upwind and two reach marks about kilometre apart, followed by another upwind and same again. The first race was shortened and finished at the top mark. From here a double points, destination, longer race was carried out. A big upwind between two islands and out to a reef about 1km upwind. Then a 2km downwind through the start-line as a gate and then the one kilometre reaches and finish.

Patrick Haybittle started the day in fourth place one point adrift of equal placed second and third. 16 year old Nicolas Goyard (younger brother of Tomas Goyard and current ISAF RS:X youth world champion.) has had a dominant regatta. Only giving away one bullet to Patrick and one to New Caledonian Damien Cervera.

During the big destination race Haybittle held second place at the top mark but was found wanting when they headed downwind at a great rate of knots. The New Caledonias proved their downwind speed and ability to sail lower angles. Once into the reaching sections Haybittle was able to claw back but not enough. Ended up third in the race putting him into third overall.

Techno racing in Noumea -  Brian Haybittle   Click Here to view large photo

This set up an exciting afternoon of nerve racking slalom racing in 23-27kts of wind. The course favored Patrick by omitting true downwinds. Haybittle used his dinghy racing skills to get consistent running starts on speed at the favored end. Goyard used his heavier build to hold a more powerful sail setup. Haybittle used his height as leverage. In the two afternoon races they both shot out to an early lead and extended throughout the race. It was astounding to see how fast they sailed with boards skittering across the chop with rigs raked to the deck and fully sheeted on and over the sailors.

Haybittle's two second place races had him overtake local sailor Cervera and into a hard fought second place. All the other Kiwi sailors on their first windsurfing trip learnt heaps about speed sailing. Special note was seeing William Clough of Wakatere being the first 6.8m sailor to the top mark of the destination race. Also to Coral Headey, Carmen Haybittle and Fenella Bowater coming first, second and third girls. They all showed true character and stamina for giving every race a go in trying conditions. They all hope their sport will continue in the Olympic Games. Vive Windsurfing!

All the Kiwis have thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the French. They truly have unmatched waters for sailing. Warm trade winds, sheltered waters and fast sailors. A true breeding ground of champions. We are lucky that Kiwis have a such a great relationship with the French in the South Coral Sea.

Techno racing in Noumea -  Brian Haybittle   Click Here to view large photo

Techno racing in Noumea -  Brian Haybittle   Click Here to view large photo

Techno winners in Noumea -  Brian Haybittle   Click Here to view large photo

Matchracing in Noumea -  Brian Haybittle   Click Here to view large photo

Matchracing in Noumea -  Brian Haybittle   Click Here to view large photo

Matchracing in Noumea -  Brian Haybittle   Click Here to view large photo

Techno racing in Noumea -  Brian Haybittle   Click Here to view large photo


by Brian Haybittle

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=103517

6:17 AM Mon 5 Nov 2012GMT


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


Related News Stories:

05 Nov 2012  Hartley 16 North Island Champs goes down to the wire
04 Nov 2012  Elliott Match Racing - Plenty of Kiwis in New Caledonia this week
01 Nov 2012  Yachting New Zealand issues media statement on Board Sailing debate
30 Oct 2012  Yachting NZ caught in OSAF 'friendly fire' over Olympic events
25 Oct 2012  Coastal Classic 2012 on board Higher Ground - Video
22 Oct 2012  New website and other developments at Auckland Viaduct Marina
17 Oct 2012  Coaching and Cancer Awareness
14 Oct 2012  2012 Coastal Classic: Riada and her crew of Lads and Dads
11 Oct 2012  Yachting NZ announces 2012 Sailor of the Year line up
05 Oct 2012  Coastal Classic 2012 : Entry deadline extended
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World









2014 Detroit Cup - Sam Gilmour leads by Dobbs Davis, Detroit, Michigan








Audi Melges 20 U.S. Nationals - Oleander takes early lead by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Riding the AC45 - VIDEO by Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island










America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


















AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos by American Windsurfing Tour,










IFDS Worlds - Wind delays, but racing continues in Halifax
IFDS World Championships - Day 2 images by Jude Robertson
MS Cup - Three days until the start
America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature
ISAF seeking hosting bids for Nations Cup
Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds - Luvisetto and Alexadr Boite victorious +Video
IFDS World Championships - Action shots by Tim Wilkes
Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia
World Yacht Racing Forum 2014: 'Growing the business of Yacht Racing'
Clipper Race: 2015-16 edition of world's longest ocean race 70% full
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland - Swish smash 5th World Record
Leaderboards take shape at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014
IFDS Worlds - Hot competition on first day of racing
Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 for the US Sailing Team
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 3
America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature
Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1   
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled   
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium   
IFDS Worlds - Former president presented with ISAF awards medal   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Improvements aplenty in Byte CII fleets   
America's Cup: New Zealand loses top coach to Artemis Racing   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Day 9 - Swish on record pace   
2014 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Day 3   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 2   
2014 IFDS World Championship: Opening Ceremony images   
Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships   
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people   
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing   
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph   
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu   


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 WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT