Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

NZL team in Singapore for the Optimist Asian Champs - Day 4 and 5

by John Jennings on 29 Jul 2011
New Zealand team member. 2011 Asian Optimist Championships . ..

Report from the NZL team in Singapore for the Optimist Asian Champs - Day 4 and 5:

Day 5: All smiles

All smiles in the kiwi camp on arrival at NSC as welcomed by a solid 12-15 kts Racing got away on schedule with Sam Simpson first to show conditions more to his liking with a good 12th despite having started the day face first in the little room. Race 8 stood out with Hamish sixth and Sam Barnett seventh. James cracked in a tenth place after a great last beat but unfortunately was OCS (Flag I at 50 sec which he thought he was well back) which then got even worse as it turned to a DNE due to a second Judge penalty for Rule 42 on the reach and didn't know he should RETire - you live and learn.

R9 saw Henry Gautrey have a cracker, near the front all way around about 7th across the line but unfortunately another OCS. Hamish had a ratchet block failure and saw him struggle near the back. Rumour is 20 ratchet block failures throughout the fleet; no names mentioned Mr Harken!

Generally a better day for the Kiwis with some individual displays showing they can foot it with the best. Starts still key ( shock horror) and a bit more tactical nous are really the order of the day.

Off the water early as R10 didn't take opportunity to crack off another one so all on for young and old tomorrow and hopefully the breeze hangs in. Apparently today the breeziest day of the year today and for quite some to me before that.

Some of the kids had the benefit of an additional hand when derigging as Jim Murdoch (Andrew's dad and YNZ Board Member) dropped in for an hour or so to see how the Kiwi team was doing which was well appreciated.

A quiet night back at the salubrious CBR. Big day tomorrow- Scotty's birthday 14 and never been kissed (Tui!)

Day 4: A no sailing day but by far the most dramatic for one family

Some of the sailors headed over to Sentosa for the day or part thereof. The Jennings's were on a Big Day Out to some old haunts in Nth Singapore Unfortunately it all turned pear shaped at 1st base when we got separated on the MRT. Long story short it was 2hrs before we were reunited. Dad was starting to get highly stressed and both parties very happy to see one another again! Definitely puts being an Opti parent in perspective and as long as I can see him on the course tomorrow don't care how he's going, well maybe just a little bit! After that there isn't too much to add really. Back to the reason for being here tomorrow.

John AND James

Cheers from AC team.
Southern Spars - 100Zhik AkzoNobelb 660x82Protector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

Ian Walker - Musto Ambassador on the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup
Ian Walker on his Volvo Ocean Race win, why food and clothing are so important offshore, his views on the America's Cup We speak to Musto ambassador Ian Walker about his Volvo Ocean Race win, why food and clothing are so important offshore, his views on the America's Cup, his new desk job, sailing for fun, and 20 years of the John Merricks Sailing Trust.
Posted on 23 Jul
Black Jack Yachting. Bigger boat. Bigger team. Even bigger performance
Throughout the iterations of maxis called Black Jack, a strong, consistent and talented team has been their focus Throughout the iterations of maxis called Black Jack, a strong, consistent and talented team has been their focus. Some were sail makers, like Skipper Mark Bradford and also Vaughan Prentice from North Sails’ Brisbane loft. Others were riggers, such as Bruce Clarke, and there are even boat builders, like Gary van Lunteren, as well as Ash Deeks.
Posted on 20 Jul
A Q&A with Tom Trujillo about the Transpacific Race’s 49th running
Sail-World interviewed Tom Trujillo, the Transpac Race’s PRO, via email to learn more about this classic bluewater race. The Transpac Race (est 1906) is in a rarefied group of four races that are considered sailing’s greatest bluewater Corinthian challenges, and it welcomes a wildly diverse fleet of bluewater-worthy boats. The 49th running of this classic race is currently underway, so Sail-World caught up with Tom Trujillo, the race’s principal race officer, via email to learn more.
Posted on 7 Jul
Gladwell's Line - America's Cup returns to its new home and thinking
Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness and will open a new era of America's Cup, New Zealand and World Sailing. A rookie crew won the most prestigious trophy in sailing, and one of the most difficult to win in any sport.
Posted on 29 Jun
SuperFoilers Are Go!
SuperFoilers represent many things. Whilst those components are disparate and virtually from different planets SuperFoilers represent many things. Whilst those components are disparate and virtually from different planets in the great scheme of things, they come together in the one form as harmoniously as a Rolls Royce, and also deliver intense energy way past the sum of their parts, just like some amazing band.
Posted on 28 Jun
A Q&A with Kimball Livingston about San Francisco high school sailing
I emailed with my friend and colleague Kimball Livingtston to learn about San Francisco’s latest sailing revolution. I started hearing whispers of shifts in the San Francisco Bay high school sailing scene a couple of months ago. A few inquiries led me to my good friend and colleague Kimball Livingston, a world-class sailor, scribe, and StFYC staff commodore who isn’t one to keep his seaboots dry when the topic turns to opportunities for the next sailing generation. I caught up with KL via email to learn more.
Posted on 13 Jun
A Q&A with Andrew Howe about winning the 2015 Marion to Bermuda Race
I interviewed Andrew Howe, the 2015 Marion to Bermuda Race’s winning co-navigator, to learn more about their race. In 2015, skipper Greg Marston and the crew of Ti, a 1967 Alden Mistral, racing under celestial rules, were the overall winners of the Marion Bermuda Race Founders Division, beating boats that were enjoying GPS accuracy. On the eve of the 2017 edition of the race, I reached out to Andrew Howe, the team’s co-navigator, to gain perspective on this impressive win and hear about his 2017 plans.
Posted on 7 Jun
An interview with Allan McLean about the 2017 Marion to Bermuda Race
I interviewed Allan McLean, the Marion to Bermuda Race’s executive director, to learn more about this biennial event. The 2017 Marion to Bermuda Race is set to kick off on Friday, June 9, so I caught up with Allan McLean, the race’s executive director, via email to learn more about the race’s history and evolution, its challenges, and the special America’s Cup experience that awaits Marion to Bermuda sailors upon reaching the Onion Patch.
Posted on 5 Jun
An interview with Ray Redniss about the STC’s annual Block Island Race
I caught up with Ray Redniss, the Block Island Race’s longtime PRO, via email to learn more about this classic event. I caught up with Ray Redniss, who has served as the PRO for the Block Island Race and the Vineyard Race (September 1, 2017) for the past twenty-plus years, via email to learn more about the state of this classic, early season New England event.
Posted on 22 May
An Q&A with Jeremy Pochman about 11th Hour Racing’s impressive efforts
I interviewed Jeremy Pochman of 11th Hour Racing to learn more about this forward-thinking environmental non-profit. 11th Hour Racing is doing some of the most forward-leaning environmental work in the entire marine sphere, and I wanted to learn more, so I reached out to Jeremy Pochman, 11th Hour Racing’s Strategic Director and Co-founder, to ask a few questions. All sailors are strongly encouraged to give this interview the time it deserves.
Posted on 15 May