– 23 March 2011
Yacht Club Survey on-line this year and out soon
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.
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.
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 www.yachtingnz.org.nz 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
joins the discussion on the Olympic Events slate
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
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
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
The YNZ submission proposes that ISAF replaces the Event slate
provisionally adopted in November with the following Event slate…
Men’s Windsurfing – RS:X
2. Women’s’ Windsurfing – RS:X
Single-Handed Dinghy – Laser
4. Women’s Single-Handed Dinghy – Laser
5. Men’s High Performance Two-Handed Dinghy – 49er
6. Women’s High
Performance Two-Handed Dinghy – Evaluation Trial
7. Open Multihull –
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>
says include Windsurfing AND Kite-Boarding
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
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.
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
The ISAF Council meet in May in St Petersburg, Russia.
Performance & International
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.
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.
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.
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),
and stand-in crew Bianca Barbarich-Bacher (Women’s 470),
and Jason Saunders (Men’s 470),
Dan Slater, Matt Coutts (Finn)
Bullot, Andy Maloney, Josh Junior, Andrew Murdoch, Sam Meech (Laser)
Match: Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt (Women’s Match
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.
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
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
Thank you for all the support., Jo & Polly
the updated Team Jolly website at www.teamjollyracing.com
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.
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.
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, http://www.trofeoprincesasofia-mapfre.org/
Olympic Sailing Week, France: 24th – 29th April www. http://sof.ffvoile.net/
I will have links and updates from these
events on my website - www.sarawinther.com
Blind Sailing Team update from PerthThe 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 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
Lay day tomorrow, then more racing Thursday to Saturday.
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.
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
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.
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
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
William Tiller, Shaun Mason, Harry Thurston, Daniel Pooley,
David Wood & Brandon Folkman
BMW Auckland RegattaLight 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.
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.
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
The winners of BMW trophies, presented by National Sales and
Marketing Manager Greg Hedgepeth, were:
A Div: Tirade
B Div: Boogie
D Div: Crac-a-Jac
Farr 1020: Hard Labour
Open multihull: Triple
8.5m multihull: Dirty Deeds
Y88: Danger Zone
results, please see the event website: www.bmwaucklandregatta.co.nz
420 National ChampsThis 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
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
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
1st Alex Munro (Wakatere)/ Brad Moss (Murrays Bay) 1st youth
2nd Verity Judge (Murrays Bay)/Gemma Jones (Murrays Bay) 1st
youth Girls (35pts)
3rd Sam Mackay (Napier)/Oscar Rorvik (Tauranga)
4th William Linkhorn (KYC)/ Andrew McKenzie (KYC) 41pts
Charlotte Corston (Charteris Bay)/ Vicky Francis (Murrays Bay)46 pts
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.
Nationals go to Alex and MollyHelen 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
Image © Jez Fanstone/YNZ: Alex Maloney and Molly
“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
1st Alex Maloney & Molly Meech
Jack Simpson & Logan Dunning Beck
3rd Matt Spray & Tyler Russell
4th Ashley Lamberg & Sam Mckenzie
5th Felicity Ellis & Henry
6th Stewart Dodson & Harry Hull
7th George Brasell& Ryan
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
Regular photographic contributor Roger Pearson was on the
water for this regatta too, and you can see his images here.
Nationals TitleTom Macky of MRX Yachting has more information for women
interested in competing in the 2011 Women’s Keelboat National
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.
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
• 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
• The courses shall be
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Along RegattaThe 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
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.
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.
and Scott-Mackie secure Javelin Title This report from Antje Muller
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 www.javelins.org.
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.
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.
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 Sail-World.com
finish to Paper Tiger NI Grand Prix Series
This report from Rowdy Leatham
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
5th Stuart Taylor (New Plymouth Yacht Club)
Power Regatta results
and Youth Sailing
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
Thurs 26 Jan: Registration and Equipment inspections
Jan: Registration, Equipment inspection and Opening Ceremony at 1900
Jan - Thurs 2nd Feb: Series racing: Two races per day warning gun at
Fri 3rd Feb: Medal race and prize-giving at 1700
(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
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:
470 Assn www.470sailing.org.nz
Island RS:X and Techno Champs 2011This 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
“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
“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.
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
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
The North Island champs were the penultimate regatta in the
by Yachting NZ
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