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Nuplex win 12 Foot Skiff Interdominions

'The Royal Air Force (aka)Design Source (GBR) fly a mission during Race 7, 12ft Interdominion Championships, Worser Bay'    Garrick Cameron ©    Click Here to view large photo

Alex Vallings and Jeremy Smith (Nuplex - NZL) have wrapped up the 12 Foot Skiff Interdominions Silasec Trophy for individual honours with a day and two races to spare.

Vallings said there was no single aspect to his and Smiths campaign that led to their dominance of this year’s regatta, but a culmination of a number. 'We sailed using simple tactics, had no breakages and were fortunate to make the right rig calls. Over the winter I made some changes to the boat (a bit wider under the water) which has made us faster and given us a ‘low and fast’ option. Jeremy also spent time in the gym bulking up (now 98kg), that extra power combined with the changes to the boat has really helped our pace.'

New Zealand has also sewn up the John Brooke Memorial trophy for another year. With 126 possible points available in for the winning team in any race New Zealand’s 837 to 510 lead is now unassailable.

New Zealand team captain Steve Hogg put the victory down to technology. 'The development of technologies that have filtered through the Kiwi team is well ahead of what I see on the Australian skiffs, which has given us a real edge and a depth to our team the Australians haven’t been able to match.'

The real interest in tomorrow’s final two races will be determining the minor placings with a real interest on fifth to ninth where the five skiffs (Gizmo, Dimension Polyant, MGS, Inspire Group and Romulus) are only separated by five points.

Sailed:8, Discards:1, To count:7, Entries:25, Scoring system:My scoring system
Rank Fleet Boat Nat Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett
1st NZL Nuplex NZL Alex Vallings Jeremy Smith -4 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 13 9
2nd AUS Garde AUS Brett Hobson Alex Johnson 2 4 -9 2 2 7 2 2 30 21
3rd NZL Martin Hughes NZL Chris Skinner David Healey 1 2 -11 7 11 2 1 6 41 30
4th AUS Gobsmacked Dwarves(POM) AUS Paul O'Malley Jones Richard Billet 5 -11 6 3 3 3 11 7 49 38
5th NZL Dimension Polyant (NZ) NZL Simon Ganley Rod Chave -14 5 4 6 8 8 9 5 59 45
6th AUS Gizmo AUS Michael Bochner Tim Barraclough -17 13 3 8 9 4 5 4 63 46
7th NZL MGS NZL Russel Davis Tim Christenson -15 9 8 4 5 5 7 8 61 46
8th NZL Inspire Group NZL Shaun Sheldrake Craig Anderson 3 -12 7 11 12 9 4 3 61 49
9th NZL Romulus NZL Stephen Hogg Roger Barnes 10 8 2 5 7 6 12 -18 68 50
10th NZL Nice Action Too NZL Hamish Hey Mike Candy 8 3 10 -15 4 14 10 14 78 63
11th NZL As Good As it Gets NZL Glen Armstrong Tim Faulkner 9 7 5 -16 10 12 14 10 83 67
12th AUS Thistle Hill Wines AUS Matthew Killoran Richard Jones 12 -16 13 9 6 11 15 13 95 79
13th   Design Source NZ (K&M) NZL Paul Macintosh Ken Fyfe 11 14 15 17 (26.0 DNF) 10 6 9 108 82
14th NZL Carbon Sequestration NZL Te Guru Dan Leach 7 6 16 10 (26.0 DNF) 26.0 DNC 8 12 111 85
15th   The Diamond NZL Jason Parkin Mel Hargreaves 6 17 12 12 (26.0 DNF) 15 13 11 112 86
16th AUS Maersk Line AUS Edward Cox Peter Bevis 16 10 (26.0 DNF) 13 14 17 16 16 128 102
17th AUS Dipolar Software AUS Ed Blackman Paul Carpenter 13 15 (26.0 DNF) 26.0 DNF 13 13 18 15 139 113
18th AUS AtCall Powered by Bainbridge Internation AUS Andrew Stevenson Brad Greenrod 18 18 14 14 (26.0 DNF) 16 17 17 140 114
19th   AMI NZL James Gordon Julian Payne 19 21 19 (26.0 DNF) 26.0 DNF 26.0 DNF 19 23 179 153
20th AUS Pink Bits AUS Nicholas Bernard Andrew Obrien 20 20 (26.0 DNF) 26.0 DNF 26.0 DNF 19 21 21 179 153
21st   Design Source UK GBR Bob Clements Alan Atterbury 22 (26.0 DNF) 17 26.0 DNF 26.0 DNS 26.0 DNF 20 20 183 157
22nd   Bulley Hayes NZL Dan Falter Stuart Tinner (26.0 DNF) 19 18 26.0 DNF 26.0 DNS 18 26.0 DNS 26.0 DNS 185 159
23rd   This Way Up NZL Graham Roberts Josh Bahlman (26.0 DNS) 26.0 DNF 20 26.0 DNF 26.0 DNS 20 22 22 188 162
24th   CRC / Lost in Supermarket NZL Billy Wright William Wright 21 22 (26.0 DNF) 26.0 DNF 26.0 DNS 26.0 DNF 24 19 190 164
25th AUS The Wing man AUS James Fleming Daniel Hayes 23 (26.0 DNF) 26.0 DNC 26.0 DNF 26.0 DNS 26.0 DNS 23 26.0 DNS 202 176
Scoring codes used
Code Description Points
DNC Did not come to the starting area 26
DNF Started but did not finish 26
DNS Came to the start area but did not start 26

Nuplex (Alex Vallings and Jeremy Smith) in Race 7, 12ft Interdominion Championships, Worser Bay -  Garrick Cameron ©?nid=40568   Click Here to view large photo

The 12 Foot Skiff is a high performance skiff sailed in New Zealand and Australia with an emerging fleet in England.

The major regatta is the Interdominion Championships which alternates between Australia and New Zealand. Previous regattas have been close and tightly fought contests with last year’s regatta having seven different winners over the eight races sailed.

There are minimal hull measurement rules basically restricting length, width and weight giving freedom for people to design and build their own boats. Hulls are made from carbon fibre and foam sandwich to achieve the minimum weight of only 45kgs.

The majority of skiffs have two or three carbon masts to choose from with a combination of sails giving up to five rig combinations. This allows the skiffs to race in 5 - 35 knots of wind.

by Shaun Sheldrake


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