sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : The Blurr takes out a close fought 2013 Elliott 5.9 Nationals
The Blurr takes out a close fought 2013 Elliott 5.9 Nationals


'The Blurr leads - Elliott 5.9 Nationals - Auckland Cup 2013'    Richard Gladwell ©    Click Here to view large photo

For their 2013 Nationals the Elliott 5.9 Class Association chose to join the Auckland Regatta to celebrate 30 years of Nationals event racing for the E5.9. The fleet is growing steadily and involves some well known sailors, with a successful Traveller Series that focuses on five weekend events each year, followed by the class Nationals.

This years Nationals event was supported by Doyle Sails and PIC Insurance Brokers.

Volvo Ocean Race winner, Mike Sanderson helmed Stratis in the Elliott 5.9 fleet (55) - 2013 Auckland Cup, Day 3  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo
At the Nationals the fleet enjoyed the glorious Auckland late summer conditions and completed a highly competitive and successful regatta. After 12 intense races Simon Manning and his crew of Andy Robertson and Hayden Whitburn sailing The Blurr (RAYC), one of the first E5.9's launched, came though to win overall and cap off a great season where they also won the Traveller Series and the North Island Champs.

Second overall in what was a stunning first Nationals was Chris Maddock and his crew sailing their newly purchased Animal Crackers.

Third was Mike Sanderson and his crew of Will Tiller and Harry Thurston sailing Stratis Icebreaker. Mike has returned to the class after many years away and made a very strong showing, winning three heats.

Several boats have been bought and refurbished by new sailors to the class and all of the crews enjoyed the closer racing in every race.

Quotes from the leading skippers

Craig Coulam (4th placed Ewok); 'From my team's perspective this year's Elliott 5.9 National Champs were our most intense racing in years - more than years. Six individual race winners over the series, positions changing every leg of the race, often within metres of the finish line, it doesn't get any better! This is yacht racing at it's best - competitive one design where the cheque book won't win.'

Zoot Allures - Elliott 5.9 Nationals - Auckland Cup 2013 -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo
Chris Maddock (2nd overall on Animal Crackers); ... 'very' tight racing where you couldn't afford to take your mind off the game...and if you did you went backwards quickly. The boats are surprisingly even and really it comes down to boat handling and tactics. Great bunch of guys in the class and we can't wait for the next event [in Opua in May].

Nathan Williams (6th on Brzo): 'amazing how both the boats and the sailors have stood the test of time, you can’t get better racing for $10-$12K. 6 different race winners says it all really. All races were sailed in good spirit, close racing but nothing personal and we are all still friends at the end.'

Mike Sanderson (3rd overall on Stratis Icebreaker): I think the great testimonial for the class was the fact that you had boats with sails and gear aging through ten years and still everyone was going the same speed, I have NEVER seen it like that before, because of that the racing was incredibly exciting, with every boat in the fleet having a turn up near the front. The boats are fast enough to be modern and exciting and yet not too fast that the fleet gets spread out. There is no doubt that 'bang for your buck' there is nothing quite like it. '

Mike also gave the regatta a great sign-off - 'Happy Birthday Elliott 5.9, I think you are good for another 30 years at least'

The Elliott 5.9 Class Association

Stratis - 2013 Auckland Cup, Day 3  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo
The class has some ambitious plans for 2013 with a Traveller Series already set in place, some new and returning owners to the series, and the timing of the 2014 Nationals changed to November to better align with the other events.

It is also focused on further growth and capitalising on the current interest from many potential new owners.

Offering close racing and great social events built around a North Island weekend regatta circuit, the Elliott 5.9 class is the perfect 3-person syndicate boat. The class is relatively low maintenance and is sailed by a crew of 3. No rail meat - everyone has a job! There are active fleets in Opua, Whangarei, Auckland, Wellington, and New Plymouth with boats in other venues like Lyttleton, Nelson and Queenstown.

The Association is undertaken several new long-term initiatives including recent rule changes designed to improve the competitiveness and longevity of the boats, the supply of standard components. New boats are also a possibility with a group assessing a joint project that would utilise the Association-owned moulds under expert supervision. The Association operates a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/elliott5.9) that contains news, details of events, boats for sale and many photos including gear layout shots.

2013 Traveller Series Schedule

Opua ? 25/26 May
Marsden Cove? 27/28 July
Auckland Champs? 14/15 September
Gulf Harbour? 19/20 October
Sandspit? 23/24 November

AucklandCupDay2-220313 (50) - 2013 Auckland Cup, Day 2 -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

Zoot Allures - Elliott 5.9 Nationals - Auckland Cup 2013 -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

Brzo - 2013 Elliott 5.9 Nationals -  Rob Gill   Click Here to view large photo


by NZ Elliott 5.9 Class Association

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=107885

8:30 AM Thu 28 Mar 2013GMT


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







News - USA and the World





































Soling North American Championship concludes on Lake Erie by Canadian International Soling Association,






























Outteridge and Jensen – What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott wins Gold
Santander Worlds - 49ers Burling and Tuke clear ahead
ISAF Sailing Worlds – Live broadcast - Medal races
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5
WMRT Chicago Match Cup 2014 – GAC Pindar through to the semi-finals
Bart’s Bash 2014 at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Victoria Harbour
Bart's Bash: First event in at Wakatere in New Zealand
ISAF Sailing Worlds Santander 2014 - AUS Laser and 470 Medals + video
2014 Patriot Regatta - U.S. Coast Guard team wins
2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 9 highlights
2014 Etchells North American Championship – Day 2
Chicago Match Cup - Top four tour teams tackle tomorrow in semi-finals
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 49er and Nacra 17 world titles claimed
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Caleb Paine through to Finn medal race + video
ISAF Worlds - 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 Rio 2016 spots taken
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Women's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Scott all set to lift Finn world title
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Men's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Aussies and Austrians claim 470 gold   
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   


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