Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Seven teams line up for NZ Womens Match Racing Nationals

by Amber Roberts on 28 Feb 2013
NZ Womens National Matchracing Championships RNZYS Media©

Seven teams of New Zealand’s most talented female match racers are in the final stages of their preparation to compete in the New Zealand Women’s Match Racing Championships 2013 at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Teams from the Buckland’s Beach Yacht Club, the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club and five RNZYS teams, including two representing the Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme, will compete this week for the Leith Mossman Memorial Trophy.

Claudia Pierce, representing the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme, is the highest ranked skipper going into the championships at 46th on the ISAF Female World Match Racing Rankings. The 20 year old has just competed in last week’s HARKEN Youth International Match Racing Championships, also held at the RNZYS in the Elliott 7’s where she placed a credible fourth overall. This is Pierce’s second time competing and first time helming in this event; Pierce was part of Samantha Osborne’s crew in 2011 placing third overall.

Samantha Osborne is the second highest ranked skipper at 95th on the ISAF Rankings. Osborne at just 26 years of age is a veteran of this event competing annually since 2006, including helming in all five events held since 2007. Osborne placed third in 2010 and third the last time this event was held in 2011. She also teams up with the 2005 and 2009 Women’s Match Racing Champion Jessica McDowell (nee Smyth) and her crew Aimee Famularo (also a two time winner of this event).

The second RNZYS Youth Team is helmed by Hannah Osborne (no connection); Hannah also competed in last week’s Harken Youth Regatta and placed eighth overall, qualifying for the quarter finals but unlucky as the light airs meant Race Management could not compete the full series moving straight into semi-finals with just the top four teams.

Both Pierce and Hannah Osborne retain several crew from the Harken event; Pierce retains bow-woman Holly Hamlin, with Osborne also again sailing with Paige Cook on trim and Robyn de Lang on main. In anticipation of the regatta Pierce commented; 'This should a great regatta, and I’m looking forward to competing against my former skipper Sam Osborne', referring to their previous Olympic trials campaign.

The New Zealand Women’s Match Racing Championships were last held in 2011 with five female teams competing, the 2012 was unfortunately cancelled due to a lack of entries.

The 2011 champion, London Olympic 470 Class Gold Medallist Olivia Powrie, is back again this year but this time has given up the helm to Susannah Pyatt. Pyatt also competed at the London Olympics in the Elliott 6 Women’s Match Racing discipline with her skipper Stephanie Hazard and mainsheet hand Jenna Hansen. Hansen also joins Pyatt this week and both were part of Hazard’s crew who finished runner up to Powrie in the 2011 event.

Michelle Tait and one of her crew Stephanie Kirkman were also part of last week’s Harken youth regatta. This will be Tait’s first time helming and competing in this event, however the 17 year old has had considerable experience in the Elliott 7’s competing in two youth events the RNZYS runs annually - the Harken Schools Regatta and Nespresso National Youth Training Week held at Kawau Island.

Genevieve Kayat representing the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club is a new comer to the series; 'I decided to enter the event because I wanted to throw myself into match racing'. Kayat brings skiff and catamaran sailing experience to the event.

Our final skipper Melinda Henshaw is also a first time skipper in the event but a long history of very competitive dinghy sailing and is sure to bring a level of experience to the competition.

The New Zealand Women’s Match Racing Championships is sailed in the Squadron’s fleet of 10 Elliott 7 metre yachts used by the Squadron’s Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme. Coach of the programme Guy Pilkington has been busy in the last few days making sure the boats are in top condition following the Harken regatta; Pilkington commented, 'The Elliott yachts performed perfectly in the HARKEN and we know they’ll do the same in this regatta – we are rearing to get the ladies out on the water and let them lose on the boats!’

Race Officer for the event Mike Best is looking forward to the regatta but is conscious of the light forecast; 'At this stage the wind is looking very, very light - Friday looks like the best breeze of 8-9 knots, and unfortunately at this point the forecast for Saturday and Sunday is only about 1-3'. Best added 'The Race Management team will be doing everything we can to ensure we complete the two Round Robins before moving onto the Semis and Finals!'

All teams will have their official practice day on Thursday with Opening Ceremony in the evening. Racing begins at 10am on Friday.

For results and regular updates throughout the regatta visit the Squadron homepage www.rnzys.org.nz and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Royal_New_Zealand_Yacht_Squadron

Schaefer 2016 Ratchet 300x250North Technology - Southern SparsNaiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
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