- 2 June 2011
Club Survey 2011
big thank you goes out to close to 80 Yacht Clubs who have completed and
submitted the 2011
YNZ Yacht Club Survey. The feedback you have provided is appreciated – it
allows us to better understand your needs and concerns.
Below is a list
of those Clubs which have not yet completed the Survey – some of you have
indicated you needed a little more time and the Survey will remain available
on-line a little longer.
encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say and to tell us about
the key issues facing your Club.
Cruising Club; Onerahi Yacht Club; Opua Cruising Club; Sandspit Yacht Club &
Tutukaka Coast Youth Sailing Club
Auckland: Clearwater Cove
Yacht Club; Manukau Yacht and Motor Boat Club; Multihull Yacht Club (NZ) Inc.;
Murrays Bay Sailing Club; Pakuranga Sailing Club; Panmure Yacht & Boating
Club; Point Chevalier Sailing Club; Ponsonby Cruising Club; Pupuke Boating Club;
Richmond Yacht Club; RNZ Navy Sailing Club; RNZAF Base Auckland Yacht Club;
Short Handed Sailing Association; Tamaki Yacht Club; Waitemata Yacht Squadron;
Wakatere Boating Club; Weiti Boating Club; Weymouth Yacht
Waikato/Thames: Cambridge Yacht and Motorboat Club;
Hamilton Yacht Club; Mercury Bay Boating Club; Ngaroto Sailing
Bay of Plenty: Lake Taupo Yacht Club; Mt Maunganui
Western Districts: Horowhenua Sailing
Wellington: Kapiti Boating Club; Worser Bay Boating
Nelson/Marlborough: Motueka Yacht and Cruising Club;
Pohara Boat Club; Queen Charlotte Yacht Club; Tasman Bay Cruising
West Coast SI: Lake Brunner Yacht
Canterbury: Christchurch Yacht
Otago: North Otago Yacht & PB Club; Otago Trailer
Yacht Squadron; Owaka Yacht Club; Port Chalmers Yacht Club; Ravensbourne Boating
Club; Vauxhall Yacht Club; Wanaka Yacht & Powerboat
Southland: Green Point Yacht Club; Wakatipu Yacht
Club Survey webpage for more.
Annual General Meeting: Notice of Meeting
57th Annual General Meeting of Yachting New Zealand will be held on Saturday
29th October in Auckland.
Dates to note:
accordance with the current Constitutional requirements:
• Notice of any
proposed alteration or addition to the Constitution shall be sent to the CEO not
later than 90 days before the said meeting. Closing date: 9am, Monday 1st August
• Notice of any alteration or addition to the constitution may be
proposed by the Board or any voting member of Yachting New Zealand.
of any resolution and/or nomination to be proposed at the AGM shall be sent to
the CEO not later than 50 days before the said meeting. Closing date: 5pm,
Friday 9th September 2011
• Nominations for the Board
of Directors are to be received in writing to the CEO by a member yacht club
no later than 5pm, Friday 9th September 2011.
The positions of two Board
members will be elected as per Article 14.3, 14.4 &14.5 of the Yachting New
Zealand Constitution; the retiring directors (Richard Gladwell and Graeme
Robinson) may be re-elected.
Advisory committees (KORC, Olympic, High Performance Classes, Junior
Classes, Sailors with Disabilities, Cruising and Powerboat, and Race Management)
positions as per the Constitution will be selected by the Board. Recommendations
of suitable individuals should be made in writing to the CEO 9am, Monday 1st
August 2011 so the Board's selection process can be completed on a timely
a Go – goes on Tour!
weekend saw the beginning of a nationwide tour by Emirates Team New Zealand’s
new Volvo 70 CAMPER. Following along close behind (well on land anyway) was Yachting
New Zealand’s Sailing… Have A Go! trailer.
tour encompassed the East Coast of the country with visits to Tauranga,
Gisborne, Wellington, Dunedin and then finally a full weekend in Lyttelton to
support the people of Christchurch.
“The purpose of having the
Sailing…Have a Go! trailer complete the tour was to allow young sailors from
around the country to go for a sail and get a close up look at CAMPER,” explains
Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham, YNZ Instructor, Sailing…Have a Go!
“This involved a
couple of hours sailing on the morning of each port visit before those who had
been on the water received a private viewing of CAMPER, including getting to
meet their sailing idols face to face.”
“While looking through CAMPER,
two lucky names were drawn out of a hat - well actually often a sail bag. These
two soon become the envy of every other kid - and adult - onboard as they got to
go for a sail on CAMPER in the afternoon. I think most of them ended up
steering at some stage as well!” says Rowdy.
“Overall the tour was a
fantastic success and it was really enjoyable to be involved in an experience
that many of these kids will never forget.”
YNZ extends a huge thank you
to the host Yacht Clubs, the many volunteers they supplied to ensure the smooth
running of each day and also to CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand for
inviting us along on a great two-week tour.
Lott set to enjoy retirement
of the New Zealand marine community Jim Lott has retired from his position as
Manager Recreational and Small Craft at Maritime New Zealand and will soon set
sail for Chile on his yacht ‘Victoria’, in the opening leg of his retirement
from the paid workforce.
Jim has worked in the area of recreational
boating safety for many years, where he brought a wealth of experience,
knowledge and enthusiasm.
His professional life has seen him closely
involved with many maritime organisations including Yachting New Zealand - as a
Yacht Inspector, Head Advisor to YNZ’s Inspector panel and Safety and Technical
Officer. In recent years Jim has been a manager at Maritime New Zealand where
he has been an effective advocate and educator for recreational boating issues.
In 2010 Yachting New Zealand honoured Jim with a Service Award for the
many years of work he has contributed that have benefited New Zealand’s
recreational sailors, at the Yachting Excellence Awards held in November.
Jim has been a keen yachtie all his life and has encouraged many others
to enjoy the wonderful diversity of our sport. He has successfully competed in
many events, from harbour races to offshore and he has cruised New Zealand and
the world, on ‘Victoria,’ the lovely boat he built.
Zealand applauds Jim for his tireless work, and wishes him well as he embarks on
this next voyage and those that follow.
Published yesterday, the
edition of YNZ Yachting Digest – YNZ’s bulletin for keelboat, multihull and
trailer yacht owners – is ‘hot off the press.’
In this Yachting
Interview with Mr Chairman – Ken Burt
• Changes to PHRF measurement
• Safety notes on PFDs
• Interesting reading: Safety notes from the
Two-Handed RNI Race
• And more!
here to view the latest Yachting Digest.
Last issue included a
story - YNZ brings yachting back to Hutchwilco Boat Show – which incorrectly
attributed the design of the Opti wing to Mike Drummond.
“All I did was
show Logan Beck and James Turner how to put it together,” corrects Mike. “The
wing itself was built by Ben Hall for an A-class catamaran – the top section
fitted the Opti perfectly.”
World Cup, Netherlands – Bronze for Burling and TukeNZL
Sailing Team 49er sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won bronze in the fifth
round of the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta which concluded in
Medemblik, the Netherlands at the weekend.
Image Peter Burling and
Blair Tuke © Delta Lloyd Regatta
Sailed predominantly in strong
winds and choppy conditions the kiwis moved up into medal contention as the
regatta progressed and secured the podium finish in the final medal race.
With a relatively wide points spread among the top three the kiwis had
little chance to climb further up the ladder particularly when racing on the
penultimate day was cancelled, but they gave it their best shot in the last race
“After opening up a nice lead they capsized on the second downwind near
the top mark - they were in a lull and were then hit by a gust,” explains
Richard Burling, Peter’s Dad. “It cost them a bit as they had their gennaker
They crossed the line in 8th for the bronze medal. Steve Morrison
and Ben Rhodes took the gold medal for Great Britain, while Nathan Outteridge
and Iain Jensen from Australia won silver.
A fleet of 39 were competing
in the 49er – a high performance skiff – in Medemblik with an even larger fleet
expected to be at the next round of the World Cup in Weymouth, UK.
Miranda Powrie of New Zealand finished tenth in the Laser Radial class
in Medemblik securing her best ever ISAF Sailing World Cup result.
qualified for my first world cup medal race in 9th place, with the possibility
to get to 7th, if I put two boats in between me and the Aussie and four in
between me and the Belarussian,” reports Miranda.
“It was a windy race -
about 18-22 knots - and I had a good start. I was winning near the top of the
second beat when my outhaul broke, I hauled it back in and jury rigged it but by
the time I had it sorted I was donkey last and had to limp to the finish in 10th
place, which dropped me down to 10th overall.”
“Still I learnt some good
lessons, for starters I am changing the way that I rig my outhaul when I get to
Weymouth!” she explains. “I was very happy to make and experience the medal
The focus for the entire NZL Sailing Team now turns to Skandia Sail for
Gold Regatta on from 6th – 9th June at the 2012 Olympic venue – Weymouth in
the United Kingdom. Skandia Sail for Gold is the sixth of seven regattas which
make up the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup and a large kiwi contingent will be
on the start line.
here for all the New Zealand results from Delta Lloyd Regatta.
Skandia Sail for GoldThe
countdown is on for 30 of New Zealand’s Olympic campaigners preparing for
competition at Skandia Sail for
Gold Regatta in Weymouth, UK. Racing proper starts on Monday 6th June and
runs for six days.
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta is the sixth event in
the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup series and given this is the venue for the
2012 Olympic Games Sailing Regatta the entry list is long and star-studded.
Everyone is doing their homework on Weymouth!
Here are the
Zealand will be represented in all ten Olympic class events, and also in two (of
three) of the Paralympic events. The entire NZL Sailing Team will compete,
joined by a handful more all lining up for New Zealand.
470 Women: Jo
Aleh and Olivia Powrie
470 Men: Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
Finn: Dan Slater; Bradley Douglas: Matt
Laser: Andrew Murdoch; Mike Bullot; Sam Meech; Andy Maloney; Josh
Junior; Spencer Loxton
Radial: Sara Winther; Miranda Powrie
Hazard, Jenna Hansen & Susannah Pyatt
RS:X Men: Tom Ashley; JP Tobin;
RS:X Women: Justina Sellers; Natalia Kosinska; Jazmine Lynch;
Star: Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk
2.4 metre: Joshua
SKUD18: Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel
YNZ will issue daily
reports focussing on the kiwi team which will be published on www.yachtingnz.org.nz. And you can
the NZL Sailing Team on Facebook.
and Blair report... Peter
and Blair report on their bronze medal winning performance at Delta Lloyd
Regatta in Medemblik...
We have just arrived in Weymouth, UK, to
prepare for our next World Cup event … Sail-for-Gold ... having won Bronze at
the World cup regatta in Holland. Good to start our European season with some
With the boat set up, we only had two days on the water
before the event. Although this wasn’t ideal we made the most of it and come
race day we were ready to roll.
The Delta Lloyd Medemblik World Cup
regatta was predominately windy, wet and cold – the temperature struggling to
get above 12 deg C most days.
Day 1 was very breezy- we sailed well
enough to have the lead at the end of the day which was nice.
Day 2 was
lighter winds- we didn’t sail very well and we dropped back to 4th on the
Day 3 & 5 the wind blew over 30 knots causing 49er racing to
be abandoned without even getting on the water.
Day 4 averaged 20 knots - our
race scores of 4,1,2 moved us up to 3rd overall. A frustrating capsize very near
the finish line saw a good lead disappear in Race 3 – short steep waves due to
the shallow water made sailing downwind pretty tricky at times.
Day 6 was the
49er top 10 medal race. Mathematically gold or silver was a possibility if we
could win the double-points race and the crews placed 1st and 2nd finished at
the back of the fleet… Half way through the medal race we were in front and in
silver spot overall if the positions on the water stayed the same. A mistake
just after we hoisted the gennaker on the second downwind had us capsizing and
we were unable to catch up again, finishing 8th in the race but having done
enough in the previous days to still claim 3rd overall. We will be better next
time from the experience and taking home the Bronze Medal was
Overall a good start to the season and we are looking
forward to racing again next week at Round 6 of the World Cup circuit -
Sail-for-Gold. A quick turn-around - but we’ll have a few days on the water to
work on the lessons learnt from Holland.
Paralympic Sailors - video Tim
Dempsey and Jan Apel left Monday bound for the UK and Skandia Sail for Gold
Regatta (6-11 June) where they will compete in the SKUD18 Paralympic class. The
IFDS World Championships follows soon after (30 June – 8 July) at the same
“I will be sailing with Jan Apel as we continue our quest to
compete in the 2012 Paralympics in the SKUD 18 class. In July last year in the
Netherlands Jan and I qualified New Zealand for a place in the 2012 Paralympics
and now we have to earn the right to be selected to represent New Zealand,”
explains Tim Dempsey.
“We are very fortunate that our coach Rob Hielkema
will also be travelling with us thanks to funding from Paralympics NZ and
Yachting New Zealand.”
“Fellow Sailability Auckland member Josh
McKenzie-Brown will also be competing at both regattas as he works to qualify
New Zealand for a place in the single person 2.4mR Class.”
information check out this promotional video clip on Youtube professionally
put together for the sailors by Subzero Images
If you want to support
Tim and Jan you can make
an online donation to their campaign.
finish second in Istanbul
Team New Zealand finished the Istanbul regatta of the extreme Saying Series just
one point away from winning the title.After five days of intense racing skipper
Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, James Dagg and Jeremy Lomas finished on 306 points,
one behind the Swedish Artemis.
Three teams went into the final race with
a chance – Artemis, the French Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and overnight leader
Emirates Team New Zealand.
After 43 races at Istanbul, Barker was only
five points behind Artemis. Scoring double points – 22 for the win - it was an
The New Zealand crew did their work well, winning
the race. If Artemis finished fourth or further back in the fleet the job would
have been done.
Then they had to watch as Artemis climbed to third on the
final gybe of the final downwind leg to take the Istanbul title.
those who missed footage of the spectacular collision which came out of Istanbul
– between Alinghi and Team Extreme – you can view it here on YouTube.
Metal Jacket has a win in Finland
Metal Jacket – New Zealand Match Racing Team with Will Tiller at the helm –
updates on a Grade 2 win in Finland…
After three days of racing in
picturesque Finland we have won the Maritim Cup Grade 2, topping the round robin
with a score line of 9-1 and then taking out the semis and finals 2-0 and 3-0
respectively. The team put in a solid effort throughout the regatta to come away
being only beaten once.
After finishing the round robin on top of the
leader board we chose to race local sailor Robert Nyberg. We led from start to
finish in both races to put us straight into the finals where we met Olli-Pekka
Lumijärvi. In the finals we won the first two races with clean starts and
accurate breeze calls but in the third we started slightly disadvantaged but
after picking a couple of shifts we were leading by the top mark and we extended
from there to win the regatta.
Team website wwwfmjracing.com
Division entrants to the 2011 NZL Yachting Trust Auckland to Musket Cover Ocean
Race - Independent and Vision – departed Auckland yesterday, with the 13-strong
racing keelboat fleet and three-strong multihull fleet preparing for a Saturday
Among the entrants to watch this year will be Camper, ETNZ’s
new Volvo 70. Camper recently toured the East Coast of New Zealand before
embarking on a 2000-mile offshore stint to qualify for entry into the upcoming
Volvo Ocean Race – so this isn’t the first blue water she has seen, but will be
their first ‘offshore race.’
Multihulls make an appearance in the
offshore race this year including Team Vodafone Sailing – the big red and white
Orma 60 tri often seen on the Waitemata.
RNZYS is staging this year’s
race which can be followed via the yellowbrick tracker which will update every
20 minutes once the race is underway. If you’re in Auckland and want to catch
the start line action, you’ll need to find a good vantage point for a midday
start in the Northern Leading Area.
See the RNZYS site for a full entry list
and the tracker.
B&G SIMRAD Two Handed Triple Series 2011Want
to challenge yourself? Join in on New Zealand's biggest
Series. Last year saw over 170 entries making the series second only to the
Coastal Classic for number of boats. With three races spaced approximately one
month apart and courses to cater for all sizes of keelboat (and multihulls)
SSANZ has come up with a successful formula that just gets better every year.
The SIMRAD Two Handed Triple Series is a must do event.
So Download the
Notice of Race, Enter online, organise a crew and come join the fun ! http://www.ssanz.co.nz/
dates to mark in your calendar are:
Race 1 16th July
Race 2 13th
Race 3 10th September
Prize-giving: 30th September at RNZYS
to Noumea 2012Royal Akarana Yacht Club (RAYC) is proud
to announce the 2012 Sail Noumea offshore event in conjunction with the Royal
Queensland Yacht Squadron and Cercle Nautique Caledonien. The three clubs have
agreed to collaborate in the conduct of ocean races and passage cruise rallies
from Auckland and Queensland to Noumea, with a post event cruise
Races will start from Auckland on Saturday 2nd June 2012 and from
Brisbane on Sunday 3rd June 2012.
Chairman of RAYC Offshore Race
Committee, Mike Wilson says “Sail Noumea 2012 is a truly international offshore
event and will be unique in this part of the world offering a choice of
competitive offshore racing or cruising rally to the beautiful South Pacific in
company and with support of New Zealand’s premier offshore yacht
Races will be conducted under IRC and PHRF and dependent upon
sufficient entrants, a two handed race division will be conducted.
entrants will be permitted unrestricted engine use for forward
The post race cruise rally south to the Isle of Pines, and
possibly out to the Loyalty Group will depart from Noumea on Monday 11th June.
This is expected to run for eight days.
A new, all suites hotel, located
on the beachfront has been selected as combined race headquarters in Noumea and
attractive accommodation packages will be available for sailors, their families
and friends. Travel and hire car packages are being arranged, and there will be
an active social programme for all families and friends while the race is in
progress, and for sailors, family, and friends on race entrants arrival in
Information updates about Sail Noumea 2012 will be posted on
Facebook page and on the Royal Akarana Yacht Club website which can be found
owners with an interest in this race, and cruising yacht owners who would like
more information about the race and cruising rally are encouraged to send an
e-mail to Royal Akarana Yacht Club Manager Kevin Robertson (email@example.com) expressing their
interest. The club will ensure they are kept informed of all pre-race
activities, race and cruising rally details, and post race events.
day for Bay of Islands 2012The 10th Anniversary of Bay of Islands Sailing
Week will be a special four day regatta in 2012.
Registration will be on
Monday 23 January with sailing from January 24th-27th, with time to get home for
out of town boats over the long Auckland Anniversary Weekend which is observed
on Monday January 30, 2012.
sailing season for French Bay Yacht Club French
Bay Yacht Club finished the season on a high note.
A year of hard work
and focus on building on the club's excellent foundations, and making it a
great, family oriented place, paid off when top Laser sailor Jim Quinn - who
sailed with the club as a child and who still sails with it today - said it is
the most family oriented of all the clubs he is involved with.
succession of youth and adult sailors graduated from their Learn to Sail
programs, and the club continues to build its Optimist, Starling, Jollyboat,
Laser, and Open class fleets for those seeking fun, low pressure sailing and
your news published.. Feedback to date from the Club Survey indicates that
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& Youth Sailing
OptiWorlds Update: NZ Clubs benefit from OptiWorlds BoatsThe 2011 OptiWorlds to be held in
Napier later this year has been the catalyst for the manufacture of 25
inflatable ribs to be used for coach boats at the event. The contract for the
manufacture has been given to Southern Pacific Inflatables of
“The Southern Pacific RIBs being supplied are the well known
Cormorant 430 and 470 models. These lightweight alloy hull RIBs are fitted with
a two-seater jockey console, VHF and full anchor pack. Southern Pacific RIBs are
still built in New Zealand and offer a six year warranty,” explains Jonathan
Gravitt from Southern Pacific.
“The motors are 30hp 4-stroke Hondas on
the 430 and 40hp on the 470. The trailers are New Zealand built Enduro trailers
from Hamilton and have features such as a solid rubber jockey wheel and flushing
system,” he continues.
Not only will the Southern Pacific Inflatable
ribs help with the smooth running of this major international event, they will
subsequently provide a great legacy for New Zealand sailing. After all the
international visitors depart from the 2011 OptiWorlds, these boats will be
purchased by Yacht Clubs from all around New Zealand at a substantially
“A generous grant from Lion Foundation to the event
organizers was made knowing that these boats would be distributed back to the
sailing community after the main event,” says Peter Dawson from the Event
The 2011 OptiWorlds is expected to
attract 400 competitors and team officials from 50 different nations – each
nation bringing their top five sailors to Napier. The main event, which will be
the biggest international yachting event for a single class ever hosted in New
Zealand, runs from December 30th – January 10th and is preceded by an
Invitational Pre-Worlds Regatta.
seeks SI host for 2013 NationalsThe New Zealand Optimist Nationals are one
of the largest national sailing events staged in New Zealand and are due to be
hosted in the South Island in 2013.
If your club is interested in hosting
this prestigious event please send in your submission by June 30th 2011 to
Safety & Training
Course Names ChangesChanges
are being made internationally to the names that are given to race
To give an example; while the letter O still refers to outer
loops, I to inner loops and W to windward/ leeward courses, the number of loops
The number which follows the O, I or W refers to the number
To assist Clubs in adopting the new course names and ensure
that everyone is using the same system, a catalogue with just about every
imaginable combination of race course has been prepared by John Parrish.
This Catalogue is available for download from the Yachting
New Zealand website on the Regatta Documents Page, titled Course Diagrams and
Tables 2011. The document is in "word" format so that the individual courses
can be copied and pasted into your Sailing Instructions.
Series of Race Management seminars will allow an opportunity to cover these
changes in more depth.
A huge thank you goes out to John Parrish for
taking the time to put together this excellent resource.
check the YNZ website for the schedule of upcoming Race Management Seminars
Please note that places are limited on Seminars….so Book Early!
ManagementYNZ is pleased to announce that the following Race Management
Officials, new appointments and revalidations, have been made…
Grace, Wellington, Club Race Officer
Stewart Heine, Auckland, Club Race
Bill Whitiskie, Tauranga, reappointed as National Race
A BIG THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND EFFORT THAT YOU ALL PUT INTO THE
If you are interested in the area of Race Management YNZ offers
training in the areas of Judging, Umpiring and Race Officer. Take a look at the
schedule of courses on through the winter on our website, or contact Gerry Booth
on Gerry@yachtingnz.org.nz for more
Management and Judges SeminarsHere’s the latest information on this
• The Race Management Seminar at Waikawa Boating Club
on the weekend of 18th June is now fully booked.
• There are still places
available for the Wanaka Seminar on the 25th and 26th of June and also New
Plymouth on the 9th and 10th of July.
• High demand for the Auckland seminar
on the 3rd and 4th of September has seen a second seminar added in Auckland on
the 24th and 25th of September. The venue for that seminar is yet to be
• Level 1 Judges
Seminars are scheduled over August and September in Otago, Wellington, Napier,
Opua and Auckland.
the YNZ website for more information.
Instructor CoursesIf you are keen to share your sailing knowledge and would
like to be involved in teaching Dinghy Learn to Sail Courses– then this is the
course for you.
Likewise if you used to teach but your qualification has
been lapsed for over 12 months, you will need to attend a course to enable
of Club Instructor Courses is now available on the website
Hayman – Wellington yachting man passes away
Well known Wellington
yachtie, and winner of the inaugural Tanner Cup in 1945, Bill Hayman passed away
on Monday. His funeral service was held in Wellington on Friday 27th May.
A long-standing member of the Evans Bay Yacht & Motorboat Club in
Wellington, Hayman was a dedicated sailor of centreboard yachts from the 1940s
until he was well into his seventies.
Sailing Idlealongs during the
fifties Bill moved on to the R-Class which he enjoyed for many, many years.
“We had a lot of fun,” recalls Hal Wagstaff who sailed with Bill when
they started out as juniors in the 1940s. “In 1945 Bill beat me in the
Wellington trial for the Tanner Cup. He then went on to win the Tanner Cup in
what was the first edition of the event. Graeme Mander was second that year, he
started young, and Graeme went on to win it in ’46 and ’47.”
“Bill was a
staunch member of the Wellington sailing community – very popular and well
known,” says Hal. “I’m sure he will be missed.”
Bill is survived by his
wife Shirley, and their family. Both from yachting families Bill and Shirley
were childhood sweethearts, went on to marry and have three daughters.
sailor 3rd at South Pacific Masters Champs
Christchurch Laser Radial
sailor, Hamish Atkinson recently travelled to Queensland to compete at the 2011
South Pacific Masters Laser Radial Championships hosted by the Royal Queensland
Yacht Squadron. Racing was on Moreton Bay, Brisbane.
“The weather was mostly grey and drizzly but warm at 23-24 degrees
so only one or two layers of clothing were required. The wind was 5-8 knots
apart from one race at 10-15 knots. A thunder storm came through in the last
race which was abandoned for safety reasons.
“There were 27 entrants
including three times World Champ Adam French and 2009 South Pacific Masters
winner apprentice Danny Fuller. Christine Bridges current Womens World Champ,
Kerry Warraker, a GGM, previous World Champ and Jan Kemp a light weather
speedster and many more fast Aussies completed the mix.
“It was a very
well run regatta with seven races being sailed and no black flags-wow! The
competition was fierce going by the generally high drop races. I had the most
consistent regatta of everyone with a 7th as my drop race compared to Adam
dropping a 12th and carrying a 10th and Danny dropping an 18th and carrying a
“My results were a consistent 3,7,3,6,5,3,3 which secured me third
overall and second Master.
“Things I need to work on are starting,
especially getting in the front row and holding my lane. Also, it was important
to get the shifts on the first beat correct. I had super fast speed off the wind
in planing conditions but had my fair share of ‘playing catch up’ after bad
starts, missing shifts or having to do 720’s.
“I was pleased with my
speed in the light weather so felt my boat set up and technique was
“Hopefully I can bring some knowledge back to Christchurch to share
Here’s a look at the major
events, domestic and international over the coming weeks.
online calendar to see what’s on after that, and don’t miss out on some free
promotion for your next event... submit your event to our online calendar
NZL Yachting Trust Auckland to Musket Cove,
Cruising division start: Midday 1st June
Division start: Midday 4th June
B&G Triple Series, SSANZ
Race 1: 16th July
Skandia Sail for Gold
Regatta (ISAF Sailing World Cup), 6th – 11th June
Portimao Portugal Match Cup - World Match Racing Tour,
22nd – 26th June
Disabled Sailing World Championship, 1st – 8th July
ISAF Sailing Youth World Championships, 7th – 16th