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Yachting NZ Briefings for 23 March 2011

by Yachting NZ on 23 Mar 2011
Yachting NZ

Briefings – 23 March 2011

In this issue:

YNZ News

2011 Yacht Club Survey on-line this year and out soon

Another two years has rolled by and once again it is nearly time for the Yachting New Zealand 2011 Yacht Club Survey – this year it will be on-line.

A link will be emailed directly to the Club email and/or the Club Commodore within the next couple of weeks and we will allow around six weeks to complete the questions and submit the form back to us.

You may wish to discuss some survey questions at a Committee meeting or with other individuals before completing the answers and we will make it easy to download and print a copy then come back to the on-line survey when you’re ready.

We’ve been conducting the survey since 1999 and it allows us to monitor overall Club membership throughout New Zealand and also to get an idea of whether you think we’re doing a good job, and where we can do better. Once complete we will publish the findings on and let you know where to find them in Briefings.

We know it takes a little time and effort, (hopefully not too much) and we really appreciate your help and cooperation.

YNZ joins the discussion on the Olympic Events slate

Yachting New Zealand’s Board of Directors recently made a submission to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) joining in the current discussion among the international yachting community around securing the future of yachting as an Olympic sport.

The submission from Yachting New Zealand (YNZ) comes after the announcement in November 2010 of a provisional Events slate to be considered for inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games, and also the ISAF adopted Olympic Commission Report – an investigation lead by Phil Jones of Australia which proposed that key changes must be made if yachting is to maintain its place in the Olympic Games.

YNZ believes that the Olympic Games are important to yachting, and holds concerns that the provisional Events slate announced by ISAF late last year doesn’t ensure a future for our sport in the Olympic Games.

The submission to ISAF from YNZ was written after wide consultation and discussion in and out of New Zealand. It can be downloaded in full here on the YNZ website, and clearly states the events which YNZ feels should be on the Olympic Events slate and the reasons why.

The YNZ submission proposes that ISAF replaces the Event slate provisionally adopted in November with the following Event slate…

1. Men’s Windsurfing – RS:X
2. Women’s’ Windsurfing – RS:X
3. Men’s Single-Handed Dinghy – Laser
4. Women’s Single-Handed Dinghy – Laser Radial
5. Men’s High Performance Two-Handed Dinghy – 49er
6. Women’s High Performance Two-Handed Dinghy – Evaluation Trial
7. Open Multihull – Evaluation Trial
8. Men’s High Performance Single-Handed Dinghy – Evaluation Trial (to be suitable for men in the 85kg + weight range)
9. Men’s Two-Handed Dinghy – 470
10. Women’s Two-Handed Dinghy – 470

Keep reading here>

YNZ says include Windsurfing AND Kite-Boarding

In May this year the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Council will decide the Olympic Events slate for sailing at the 2016 Olympic Games, and will consider submissions received last week on their November proposed slate before making the final decision.

Yachting New Zealand’s Board of Directors made a submission concerned that the ISAF proposed events slate didn’t adequately address issues raised by the Olympic Commission Report. Yachting New Zealand (YNZ) proposed an alternative slate and an announcement - more in the story above.

The ISAF proposed slate pits two of the sport’s board disciplines – wind surfing and kite boarding - against each other in the battle for inclusion which means it’s one or the other.

YNZ believes that both events have a place in modern Olympic sailing and that introducing kite-boarding without eliminating wind-surfing would build the appeal of the sport for media and spectators – a key concern of the Olympic Commission Report. YNZ proposed in its submission that ISAF should promote kite-boarding to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a new sailing event for 2020 and that the sport be introduced to Olympic class events as early as late 2011.

YNZ suggested that a Men’s and Women’s kite-boarding should be included at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in December in Perth to demonstrate the suitability for inclusion into the Olympic slate.

YNZ proposed that ISAF also approach the IOC to request that Men’s and Women’s kite board events be included as a demonstration sport at the 2016 Olympic Games with the aim of achieving Men’s and Women’s kite-board events as full medal events in the 2020 Olympic Games.

The ISAF Council meet in May in St Petersburg, Russia.

More here>

High Performance & International

Top five finish for Pepper and Monk at Bacardi Cup, Miami
The NZL Sailing Team Star crew of Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk (pictured left) finished fifth at the prestigious Bacardi Cup Miami Sailing Week Regatta 2011.

The Bacardi Cup for the Olympic Men’s keelboat – the Star - dates back 84 years and the event attracts a world class fleet; 2011 was no exception and a 93 strong fleet took part in the week long regatta.

A top five finish for Pepper and Monk marks a solid start to the 2011 European season for the pair who joined forces in 2009 to campaign towards the 2012 Olympic Games in the Star class.

Guillaume Florent and Pascal Rambeau of France won the regatta with a one point margin over Ireland’s Peter O'Leary and David Burrows. Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen of Norway rounded out the podium places for bronze two points further back.

The kiwis saved their best until last rounding off the regatta with a race win on the final day recording three top three finishes’ from a total of six races sailed during the week. In line with class tradition the fleet sailed just one race per day in an every race counts battle of the best in the Star.

A 14th on day one, and an 18th in race five were the stumbling blocks for Pepper and Monk in terms of securing a podium finish this time. Their best performance as a pair in the Star to date is a silver medal at the 2009 Star World Championships in Varberg, Sweden.

Individually both have built hugely successful careers in sailing with highlights including Olympic bronze for Monk in the Finn in 1992, and a Star World Championship title for Pepper in 2006. Together now they continue to demonstrate that they’re a force to be reckoned with in the hotly contested Star class.

More here>
NZL Sailing Team prepare for ISAF World Cup Regatta in Spain
Members of the NZL Sailing Team are preparing for the first European regatta of the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Princess Sofia Regatta to be held in Palma de Majorca from 2nd to 9th April.

New Zealand’s representatives include...

Tom Ashley (Men’s RS:X),
Sara Winther (Laser Radial),
Jo Aleh and stand-in crew Bianca Barbarich-Bacher (Women’s 470),
Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders (Men’s 470),
Dan Slater, Matt Coutts (Finn)
Mike Bullot, Andy Maloney, Josh Junior, Andrew Murdoch, Sam Meech (Laser)
Koru Match: Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt (Women’s Match Racing)

Over 600 teams from 53 nations have already registered for the Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta with less than two weeks before the start of the most important Olympic classes event held in Spain. The 42nd edition has registered a record participation of nations.

Korea, Kuwait and Singapore are some of the new nations represented at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, which in previous editions had registered around 40 to 45 nations.

Besides the number of entries, the 42nd edition of the Trofeo SAR Sofia MAPFRE also registers a high quality. Olympic medallists, World and Continental champions will meet in waters of the Bay of Palma with less than one year to go for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In fact, the event is one of the stops to obtain the Olympic passport, the main goal of most sailors during 2011.

The 42 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE is the third event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, following the celebration of Sail Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia, in December) and Rolex Miami OCR (Miami, United States, at the end of January). The next event after Palma is Semaine Olympique Française (Hyères, France, at the end of April), Delta Lloyd Regatta (Medemblik, The Netherlands, in May), Skandia Sail for Gold (Weymouth, Great Britain in June) and Kieler Woche (Kiel, Germany in June).

See the regatta website for full entry lists and race documents. Follow the NZL Sailing Team via their Facebook page.
Team Jolly update...
The NZL Sailing Team Women’s 470 crew of Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie update us on recent happenings...

Slightly different news this time, with a successful end to summer, followed by a slight accident and a change of plans for the next month or so... So we will start with the good!

We rounded off our summer at the NZ Women's Match Racing Nationals, with a convincing 3:0 win in the finals, over top New Zealand match racer Stephanie Hazard and her Koru Racing team. The winning team consisted of Polly on the helm, Miranda Powrie (main), Jo on trim, Merran Walbridge (bow) and Anita Trudgen (everything else!).

It was a great change from the 470, especially with switching over the helming/crewing roles! We learned a great deal, and went from the first day of struggling to get the boat handling right, to the last day where we were slick and not to mention rather quick.

We may not have had the greatest team colour scheme going, but we enjoyed every race, and the fun factor certainly showed through when the going got tough, awesome team, and an awesome weekend!

So combined with our 470 Women’s National title, Jo's Laser Radial National Title, and this latest success, overall we can be pretty confident in saying we are staying near the top of women’s racing in New Zealand.

Then for our other news, not quite such a happy note...

Last Sunday Polly was injured in an accident out on a training ride and hence will not be able to sail for some weeks. So while she works hard at recovering, rather than sit around in New Zealand, Jo will leave for Spain as planned and head to Palma for the first European World Cup event of the year, to sail with Bianca Barbarich-Bacher, who will be filling in for the next two regattas until Polly is able to get on the water again.

A slight set-back, but nothing that will hamper our overall aims, after all, it can't be too easy, and everything that doesn't kill us only makes us stronger.

Thank you for all the support., Jo & Polly

Check out the updated Team Jolly website at
An update from Sara Winther, Radial campaigner
After a successful New Zealand racing season, I am once again heading to Europe to begin the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit.

I am currently in Barcelona with Jo Aleh (470 sailor) getting our car fitted with the tow bar and then heading to Valencia to unpack the container and pick up our boats to load onto the ferry to Palma de Mallorca.

Pictured: Jo Aleh, Paul Snow-Hansen and Sara Winther in Barcelona

I am in Europe to compete in two ISAF Sailing World Cup events. The first on the itinerary is Princess Sofia Trophy or the Spanish World Cup. We are racing on the island of Mallorca off the coast of Barcelona. The regatta is looking huge based on the entry list, and will be my first real chance since Weymouth last year to mix it up with everyone again. I have 12 days training prior to the regatta, which will be vital to get back up to speed.

This event I am also working with a new coach Mark Orams. Mark and I have known each other for years and have raced against each other many times in the radial. Mark is a past masters world champion and is going to be very beneficial to my campaign and this event.

After the Spanish event, we load up and ferry overnight and drive eight hours to a small town called Hyere in France (near Toulon) for the Semaine Olympic Francias or the French World Cup. Again this will be a well attended regatta. It will just be Team Sara by this stage as Jo is heading back to NZ.

Princess Sofia Regatta, Spain: 4th – 9th April,
French Olympic Sailing Week, France: 24th – 29th April www.

I will have links and updates from these events on my website -
NZL Blind Sailing Team update from Perth
The NZL Blind Sailing Team of Russel Lowry, Paulien Eitjes and Tom Donaghy are lying second overall at the midway point of the IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships on now in Perth. Here’s the team update from day three – Tuesday – at the Royal Perth Yacht Club...

A gentle NE breeze greeted the Team as we came done to the Royal Perth Yacht Club for Breakfast and briefing. The forecast for the day was 13 to 18 NE going to 12 knot SW, Yep there was going to be some wind, but not sure where from.

NZL had the first change or third race of the day. The first two races saw the completion of the round robin one and Vicki Sheen with 6 wins from 6 a clear leader. Followed by Italy and then NZL.

The first race of Round Robin 2 was NZL vs Italy, Reasonably clear start, same tack, but a little slower and to leeward of the It aliens after the start. The 12 to 18 knot NE was shifting 30 degrees, quite hard to sail when you can’t see it coming... Italy ahead by 50 seconds at first mark, but only a boat length at the bottom mark, on the wind and again some wind shifts not picked, let Italy away for a 30 second lead at the last mark. Once again the Italians lost the heading for the bottom mark, and sailed right past it. NZL slipped in before they figured the error.. every now and then you have to get one right.

Race 8 and we met the Perth team again. Kylie ended up with two penalties and an OCS, so by the time she had finished doing circles, NZL was at the top of the mark. A 90 degree wind shift to the left, created some confusion for sailors who cannot see the changes... Win two for the day.

The wind went very light for a while and then settled in as a 12 knot Westerly. Race 9 and the Spanish Team. Great skirmish, but everyone clear at the start, Spain ahead at the first mark; NZL run them down over the downwind leg, then ran into them (while on the outside) and coped another penalty at the bottom mark. A great recovery and then more fast on the wind sailing, gave then NZL team a 50 sec head start at the last mark and enough time to do their penalty before crossing for win three.

Race Nine was sailed against Vicki from UK who had not yet lost a race. Great entry and close encounters during the prestart, but this time NZL was clear ahead and going faster. Ahead at the windward mark, but run down by the UK team on the down wind, A close mark rounding, this time NZL was the inside boat. NZL then took a couple of good windshifts, to secure a reasonable head start for the final downwind, and win over Vicki Sheen’s team.

There are 12 races left and we have 2 to go. The score is 7 from 10 and sitting in a reasonable position at second overall at the moment.

Lay day tomorrow, then more racing Thursday to Saturday.
Hugo Boss and Andy Meiklejohn update
Hugo Boss arrived at Cape Horn with major sail issues, apparently due to a manufacturing fault in the material, and called in to the Falklands for repairs.

Photo courtesy Wouter Verbraak/Alex ThomsonRacing: Andy is on board HUGO BOSS in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Initially Kiwi Andy Meiklejohn, and his Dutch co-skipper Wouter Verbraak, attempted to make the repairs themselves, putting the anchor down in Adventure Sound. Andy wrote of that:

“At first we thought, “what the hell is this place” then we quickly felt at home. The wild life was amazing. Flocks of geese on the water all around us, a frisky pair of dolphins chased each other around the boat in some mating ritual. Overhead, diving birds were a constant sight and in the distant bays you could see whales blowing! It’s incredible looking at the barren hills and lack of human life to think just 25 yrs ago the place was torn to pieces by a bloody war. The evidence is still there on the C-map charts “EXPLOSIVES’ marked all around the place.

“From a work perspective, it was not as productive as we hoped for and with such a long way to sail until the finish it’s difficult to balance the risk/reward of your choices. Do we make a technical stop and bring in the army? Do we stubbornly refuse and aim to finish un-aided with the sole remaining goal of finishing non-stop being the priority?”

They called in outside assistance, and Doyles flew in from New Zealand to carry out the sail repairs, all with great support from the Falkland Islands community… as described by Andy Meiklejohn to the Barcelona World Race: and have just departed (1814 UTC 21st March 2011), without losing a place in the race, and determined, as Meiklejohn put it, to show “what the boat can really do” on the way to the finish in Barcelona!

Andy Meiklejohn (NZL) is sailing HUGO BOSS with Wouter Verbraak (a last minute replacement for Alex Thomson), entered by Alex Thomson Racing in the Barcelona World Race.
FMJ racing finish second at Ficker Cup
After a tough fought final day in the Ficker Cup New Zealand’s Full Metal Jacket Racing with Will Tiller at the helm finished 2nd to Simone Ferrarese and his team from Italy.

“Our semi finals opponent was Bob Hughes crewed by Tovar Mirsky and his regular match racing team who we took down 2-1. It was all on in the finals, neither team giving an inch this lead to plenty of penalties, a collision at the bottom mark, an OCS and a boat getting forced onto the bottom mark. In the end Simone and his team prevailed 2-1,” report the team.

1st Simone Ferrarese
2nd William Tiller
3rd Bob Hughes
4th Chris Nesbitt

“Although the FMJ team didn’t make it to the Congressional cup we are happy with the performance albeit a little bit gutted not to win. However we will be catching the next flight home to make it back to Auckland for the Nations Cup trails starting this Friday.”

William Tiller, Shaun Mason, Harry Thurston, Daniel Pooley, David Wood & Brandon Folkman

Local Sailing

2011 BMW Auckland Regatta
Light air sailing skills were at a premium as the fleet of yachts competing in the 2011 BMW Auckland Regatta seldom saw the breeze move into double figures throughout the three day event.

Under normal circumstances, a three-day regatta in Auckland tests a wide range of skills as the city lives up to its four-seasons-in-a-day reputation. However, 2011 saw just summer heat and gentle breezes combine with unusually high tides to turn the regatta into a tactical chess game.

For the final day of racing, the yachts were sent on a scenic course around some of the islands of the inner Hauraki Gulf. Many yachts chose to hug the shorelines to either cut the corners or escape adverse tidal flows – and an unfortunate few paid the price by hitting the bottom. Embarrassment apart, none suffered any serious damage.

The BMW Auckland Regatta is jointly run by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Bucklands Beach Yacht Club. Sixty one yachts in seven divisions competed in the regatta.

The winners of BMW trophies, presented by National Sales and Marketing Manager Greg Hedgepeth, were:

A Div: Tirade
B Div: Boogie Flash
D Div: Crac-a-Jac
Farr 1020: Hard Labour
Open multihull: Triple Eight
8.5m multihull: Dirty Deeds
Y88: Danger Zone

For full results, please see the event website:
2011 420 National Champs
This report from Craig Moss

24 boats contested for the 420 Nationals in Evans Bay this year, with a nice spread of mature adult sailors, competitive youth sailors and new younger crews, which made for a lot of fun and a never ending pool game.

Image © Brent McKenzie

The contest was run over four days from Thursday the 10th of March to Sunday the 13th with a range of moderate conditions from around 8kts to approx 20kts , with both Southerly and Northerly directions. With the Wellington winds being quite legendry it was fantastic to get all 12 races completed and congratulations to the Race Officer and Race team as well as the sailors themselves who waited out most of Friday for the pressure to drop and then get a couple of races in the evening.

Saturday brought Southerly of around 15-18kts which held for most of the day with four races being sailed, just leaving three races for the final day which were all completed within time with a Northerly of around 13-15kts.

1st Alex Munro (Wakatere)/ Brad Moss (Murrays Bay) 1st youth Boys (19pts)
2nd Verity Judge (Murrays Bay)/Gemma Jones (Murrays Bay) 1st youth Girls (35pts)
3rd Sam Mackay (Napier)/Oscar Rorvik (Tauranga) 36pts
4th William Linkhorn (KYC)/ Andrew McKenzie (KYC) 41pts
5th Charlotte Corston (Charteris Bay)/ Vicky Francis (Murrays Bay)46 pts
6th Erica Dawson (Murrays Bay)/Jamie Dawson (Murrays Bay) 47pts
7th Gye Simkin (New Plymouth)/Paul Moriarty (New Plymouth) 57pts
8th Phil Williams (Worser Bay)/ Rob Bryant (Worser Bay) 78pts

Thanks to Evans Bay who did a great job on and off the water.

It was fantastic to see the results of the effort from the Christchurch team over the last several months with the introduction and progress of several new crews, with quite a few new crews stepping in to their first nationals from the Wellington, New Plymouth and Auckland areas also.

All the sailors, both new and more experienced (old ?) mixed really well at the club, with the never ending pool game finally coming to an end, unfortunately we are not sure of the final winner as there was more than one team claiming ultimate victory.
29er Nationals go to Alex and Molly
Helen Harris from the 29er Class Association reports that the 29er National Championships, stage in conjunction with the 49er and the 12 foot skiff Class Championships, were a success.

Auckland Sailing Club, Okahu Bay Auckland, hosted the events which ran from 11th – 13th March although day one was interrupted with the Tsunami warning in effect, as well as no wind that day.

Image © Jez Fanstone/YNZ: Alex Maloney and Molly Meech

“The other 2 days produced a good breeze of 10 to 20 knots,” report Helen on the 29er class. “Nine boats turned up to the starting line and the racing was very close with the eventual winner not being found until the last race.”


1st Alex Maloney & Molly Meech
2nd Jack Simpson & Logan Dunning Beck
3rd Matt Spray & Tyler Russell
4th Ashley Lamberg & Sam Mckenzie
5th Felicity Ellis & Henry Wilkinson
6th Stewart Dodson & Harry Hull
7th George Brasell& Ryan Dixon
8th Phillipa Wood & Marcelle Hicker
9th Liam Wynne Jones &Ben Wynne Jones

“Congratulations to Alex and Molly who were the winners and are now the current NZ 29er champions,” says Helen. “Also, I’d like to send a big thank you to our President, Mike Russell for organising such a great regatta.”

Regular photographic contributor Roger Pearson was on the water for this regatta too, and you can see his images here.
Women’s Nationals Title
Tom Macky of MRX Yachting has more information for women interested in competing in the 2011 Women’s Keelboat National Championships...

The Women’s Keelboat National Championships will be held on the 7th and 8th of May and will be run by the RNZYS. The Notice of Race is in the last stages of being finalized and will be out very soon.

The plan is as follows:

• Both the RNZYS and the MRX Fleet have reduced their fees significantly to make the regatta as affordable for you as possible – the entry fee is $950 including GST
• Sailing crews shall consist of 7 including the skipper
• Entry to the regatta is restricted to 10 entries. Entries will be accepted in the order completed entries are received.

• Registration: Friday 6th May 2011 from 0900hrs to 1800hrs.
• Briefing: Friday 6th May 1830hrs RNZYS
• Dates of Racing: Saturday 7th May and Sunday 8th May 2011.
• Number of Races: 10 races with up to 6 back to back each day.
• The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 0955.

• The courses shall be windward/leewards.
• The intended course area will be the Northern Leading Area on Saturday 7th May and the Waitemata Harbour on Sunday 8th May 2011 or any area the Race Officer deems suitable.

If you have any queries contact Tom Macky on 021 679 125 or

The MRX Yachts are available for Tuesday Night women’s racing on the 29th March at very favorable rates, (especially for women sailors), should you wish to take advantage of this opportunity to train.
Idle Along Regatta
The Bay of Islands Yacht Club hosted the Idle Along Class Moffat Cup Revival Regatta on 26th – 27th February.

Ten boats turned up to the starting line, one of which it is said “had just been pulled out of the pig sty.”

The five race series produced some good close racing with the majestic Idle Alongs vying for one of New Zealand’s oldest yachting trophies, first sailed for in1936.

Maree and Peter Sharp in Idiosyncrasy took the win and the honour of having their names added to the historical cup.

The class association is keen to attract more sailors to the Idle Along which they say is not only a great family boat but also technical enough to keep the competitive sailor interested.

For more information, results and photos see here.
Bax and Scott-Mackie secure Javelin Title
This report from Antje Muller

The Gisborne Yacht Club ran a fantastic National event recently for the OK and Javelin Classes, offering great racing and fantastic off- the-water entertainment.
Class veteran in the Javelin, Ben Bax together with Adam Scott-Mackie claimed the National Title with their newly built Bay Nissan Javelin Skiff

On Friday, the regatta kicked off with 18 to 25 knots of breeze coming from the Northwest off the Midway beach. With rather trying wind and sea conditions, there were some great rides but also some carnage decimating the fleet.

Bay Nissan mastered the conditions with Ben Bax and Adam Scott-Mackie taking three firsts closely followed by David Brown. It did not even slow them down when they did a quick change of sails at the last minute and capsized near the beach, getting to the first start a little after the fleet hat taken off. The beat of a good nautical mile proved to be a good measure for who had been training their fitness. Everyone had a swim at some time or another. Riders on the Storm’s new mast-top diamond spreaders only lasted half a race, underlining that they should not be used in strong winds!

The protectors of the local reef will be onto Trailblazer for their lack of respect of the rocks. At least David Brown and David Feek paid for their transgression with a damaged tripod.

After racing, sailors enjoyed the sponsor Gisborne Gold’s products, looking forward to another two good days of racing.

On Saturday morning, the fleet gathered for the fantastic breakfast at the Emerald Hotel who generously supplied discount rates as well as the prize giving dinner.

In the course of the next race, the winds eased, but Trailblazer still managed to miss the bottom mark and hit it when they turned around. Despite this little lapse, they finished first, with Bay Nissan in second place again. Thirty Something showed great pace against the modern top boats, beating Riders on the Storm for their best placing in the series.

With a comfortable lead, Ben and Adam considered it safe to start celebrating their great performance in this event on Saturday evening. The many years of experience and training were really paying off for the Tauranga pair.

On Sunday, David and David could still have beaten the Riders on the Storm over all because for a time Bay Nissan was between them. However the father and son team beat them across the finish line to take the John Long Memorial Trophy. In third place, Trailblazer was awarded the DFL Trophy for finishing all races in the series.

The fleet was off the water before the rain set in, and most boats were packed before the forecast Southerly developed. A fabulous conclusion to this well-run event was the prize giving evening with a fully catered dinner.

Many thanks to the Gisborne Yacht Club and all the volunteers that made this such a memorable weekend!

For photos and the full article see
Cliffhanger finish to Paper Tiger NI Grand Prix Series

This report from Rowdy Leatham

Glenn Syman (Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club) has won the Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series in a cliffhanger finish at the Mighty River Power Regatta hosted by Lake Taupo Yacht Club over the weekend.

After four regattas (and 23 races) over a five month period the two leading skippers (Syman and Scott Pedersen from Napier) were even on points going into the final race and everything was on the line, setting up the series with a better cliffhanger ending than any drama found on television these days.

Taupo put on its normal zero to six knot conditions for the final regatta with the race committee doing well to get any races completed let alone the seven that were finally finished by Sunday afternoon.

The regatta was again a hard fought contest as has become a feature of the series with five separate race winners over the seven races. Syman and Pedersen won a race each to start the series. Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham (New Plymouth) was then awarded a win after Syman was judged OCS by the race committee in race three. Richard Dent (Tauranga) finished the day with a win in race five.

Sunday dawned with very little wind again, with results so close on day one everything was to play for on the final day with both the Mighty River Power Regatta title up for grabs and the overall North Island Grand Prix Series to be decided. Race five saw Syman pass Rowdy in the final boat length before the finish to win by half a boat length.

Race six then saw a reversal of the previous race with Rowdy sneaking past Syman in the final tack into the finish.

All of this left the North Island Grand Prix Series tied between Syman and Pedersen going into the final race. Race seven was to see another new race winner for the regatta with Dylan Taylor (New Plymouth) in his first ever Paper Tiger regatta sailing a perfect race to lead from start to finish. At the finish all eyes turned to the Cliffhanger finish between Syman and Pedersen, which Syman managed to win with a close cover maintained up the final leg meaning Pedersen had no passing lane with Syman finishing third and Pedersen fourth.

All this excitement (and a few double checks of the calculations) eventuated in Syman winning the Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series by one point from Pedersen.

The Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series is regatta series held over four regattas around the North Island (Lake Wairarapa, Lake Ngaroto, Turangi, and Taupo) during the season.

Points are tallied at each regatta, with no drops allowed at any individual regatta (making consistency essential).

The overall series winner is calculated by allowing each sailor to count 3 regattas from the 4 in the series.

Final results for the Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series:
1st Glenn Syman (Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club)
2nd Scott Pedersen (Napier Sailing Club)
3rd Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham (New Plymouth Yacht Club)
4th Denis Leatham (New Plymouth Yacht Club)
5th Stuart Taylor (New Plymouth Yacht Club)

Full results
Mighty River Power Regatta results

Junior and Youth Sailing

Takapuna prepares for 2012 470 Junior World Champs
In late January 2012 (26th Jan – 3rd Feb) the world’s best junior sailors in the Olympic double-handed dinghy, the 470, will come to Takapuna Boating Club on Auckland’s North Shore.

“We look forward to hosting this event and welcoming everyone to Takapuna,” says Club Commodore and Event Director Evelyn Johnson. “The steering committee is meeting regularly and currently working on the NOR which will be posted in the next couple of months."

Here’s the planned schedule…

Thurs 26 Jan: Registration and Equipment inspections
Fri 27 Jan: Registration, Equipment inspection and Opening Ceremony at 1900
Sat 28 Jan - Thurs 2nd Feb: Series racing: Two races per day warning gun at 1200hrs
Fri 3rd Feb: Medal race and prize-giving at 1700

Ian Clouston (International Race Officer) will bring his wealth of experience to the role of Principal Race Officer.

Entries close 20th December 2011, and a late entry fee applies until 20th Jan 2012. No entries will be accepted after 20th Jan 2012.

The Junior World Championships are open to all crews provided that each member of the crew does not attain his or her 22nd birthday before the end of the year in which the Championships are sailed.

This event follows the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth and the dates provide sufficient shipping time from Perth or Europe or Miami to Auckland.

Follow the 470 Class on:
NZ 470 Assn
North Island RS:X and Techno Champs 2011
This from Stuart Pedersen…

Light afternoon sea breezes and strange tsunami tidal effects made for two days of challenging racing at the windsurfing regatta held at Tauranga on 12th – 13th March.

Photo © Bay of Plenty Times

“We almost didn’t have an event with the civil defence warnings to stay away from the water for most of Saturday” said event organiser Stuart Pedersen.

“Our scheduled start time was 1pm and we talked to the local Coastguard twice in the morning before deciding to go ahead. Tsunami effects in the harbour were expected to be insignificant – we were certainly safe but the effects were quite noticeable. Twice we saw the tide reverse in quite a dramatic and unpredictable way, which made it very tricky to sail in – especially with light winds meaning board speeds were not high.

“The wind was late coming in, especially on Sunday, so we were pleased to get in the five races needed to constitute a series. With most of the senior men overseas in their build ups to the major regattas, numbers were down slightly, and the most excitement was in the RS:X 8.5 fleet of women and youth, and the junior Techno fleet. Light conditions mean it is a battle of pumping fitness and tactics - a chance for the sailors to show off their mental and physical toughness.

There was some very close competition in both fleets, not just in the top order. In the RS:X, Justina Sellars from Takapuna missed the first race but dominated after that, beaten once by Sven Pedersen from Tauranga, by less than a board length over a thirty minute race! Sven’s starts were not always good, but he sailed consistently well to win the series and take out the North Island Windsurfing Championships Trophy.

In the Techno fleet national champion from Takapuna Hamish Dunning-Beck was challenged by up and coming Tauranga boardsailor Alex Hart – they ended the regatta on equal points and Hamish won on a countback of who had the most firsts. “Alex is a product of the Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy’s windsurfing programme, and he has a bright future in the sport” said Stuart.

“The potential is huge for young sportspeople to go far in this sport. The under-17 Techno sailors have the added excitement of the chance to go to the world champs in San Francisco later in the year, and they have been offered two sets of free equipment to use there.”

The North Island champs were the penultimate regatta in the inaugural Techno Kendall Cup series. The series ends at the Supercity regatta at Torbay in April. Currently leading the under 17 boys division is Hamish Dunning-Beck, while Steph Corkery leads the under 17 girls.

Kendall Cup results are at
Sailing images from Wakatere
Wakatere Boating Club’s Opti sailors have been under the spotlight of Roger Pearson’s camera lense…“On Saturday 12th March Wakatere Boating Club’s Opti Green Fleet sailors went on a cruise to Rangitoto Lighthouse then raced back to Narrow Neck beach. The winner was Joe Pearson in NZL 4010, a very famous Optimist boat, previously owned by WBC optimist members and champions Markus Somerville and Chris Steel. Joe has a lot to live up to but thankfully Wakatere’s Optimist guru Terry Nicolas’s has brought together some of New Zealand’s top Olympic sailors who are helping to coach the children.”

More images here…

“Encouraged by the large number of Opti sailors at Wakatere Boating Club members of the club planned a fun ‘sail by’ on Sunday for all levels of ability at the end of Sunday Coaching. All optis assembled at 12.15 and sailed past the club house several times. It may be a New Zealand record! Just over 50 sailors took part.”

More images here…
Optimist South Island Championships
South Island Optimist sailors sailed in autumn weather conditions last weekend at Timaru Yacht & Powerboat Club (TYPBC) for the South Island Championship.

Sailing conditions over the weekend were chilly for the 52–strong fleet with 5 – 12 knot winds.

Local girl Lola Stoodley sailed consistently well in the open fleet to take first place. QCYC boys Hamish Clark and Alastair Gifford battled for second and third - both ending with an equal score.

In the Green Fleet it was good to see a good turnout of young sailors from Dunedin and Wanaka. The first and second placed sailors Henry Gibbs (QCYC) and Aris Shearer (TYPBC) sailed so well in their first six races, Race Officer Les Baker allowed them to sail the last two races in the Open Fleet where they rose to the challenge. Aris was placed 15th and 8th and Henry 8th and 16th.

At prize giving TYPBC reinstated an old tradition, each winner of a race was presented with an engraved bullet case for the race they won, which was well received by the sailors.

Top three results...

Open Fleet
1st Lola Stoodley, TYPBC
2nd Hamish Clark, QCYC
3rd Alastair Gifford, QCYC

Green Fleet
1st Henry Gibbs, QCYC
2nd Aris Shearer, TYPBC
3rd Laura Grigg, TYPBC

Of Interest

Obituary: Janet Meller
It is with great regret that the Christchurch Yacht Club has been informed of the tragic passing of Janet Meller, on the 22nd of February 2011 as result of the Christchurch Earthquake. Janet was an active family member, who supported her partner of 25 years, Denis Maddever and son Henry in their pursuit of sailing in their lasers Milk and Cornflake.

Janet will be remembered as a pleasant person, always willing to assist around the club and bring a burst of positive energy wherever it was. Be it out in the rigging area, in the clubhouse or especially the preparation of food in the kitchen. She was part of the famous kitchen crew of the club at our larger events and always brought along her delicious vegetarian dishes, she will long be remembered at the “best dishwasher”, always ready with a smile and a friendly greeting for all.

The Christchurch Yacht Club has flown the club pennant at half mast in honour of Janet and the New Zealand flag in respect to all the people in Canterbury who are no longer with us.

Janet is succeeded by her partner Denis and her sons James and Henry.

Nick Richardson
Christchurch Yacht Club

What’s on...
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2011 Sanders Cup & Kingham Trophy Javelin Championship, 24th – 27th March
Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club (Inc)

Optimist Pre-Nationals, 26th – 27th March
Narrowneck Beach, Devonport

South Island Secondary Schools Sunburst Regatta, 28th March – 1st April
Otago Yacht Club

2011 NZ National Keelboat Championships, 1st - 3rd April
Royal Akarana Yacht Club

OKI 24 Hour Race, 2nd – 3rd April
Lake Pupuke

2011 Farr 1020 National Championships, 8th – 10th April
Waitemata Harbour

Trailer Yacht South Island Championships, 9th – 10th April
Naval Point Club Lyttelton

Presidents Cup Canterbury Keelboat Champs, 9th – 10th April
Naval Point Club Lyttelton

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