Performance and International
takes the lead back off Slingsby
sailor Andrew Murdoch has the lead once again as the Weymouth and
Portland 2011 International Regatta rolls on in the UK where New Zealand’s
Olympic campaigners are putting the 2012 Olympic venue to the test.
Image: Laser fleet by Thom Touw
Back on the water after
a scheduled rest day the Laser fleet have just clocked up another two races
overnight in Weymouth, Murdoch placing 8th and 12th. While that doesn’t sound
spectacular it was a better performance than that of Tom Slingsby of Australia
who was in the lead at the start of the day.
Slingsby recorded a 17th and
a 19th – his worst day of the series so far – relinquishing the top spot once
more to Murdoch who now has a narrow three point leading margin on 37; Slingsby
Behind the antipodeans the points have tightened up with Pavlos
Kontides of Cyprus closing the gap significantly last night with a 2nd and a 3rd
on the water, pushing him into 3rd overall and just one point adrift of
Slingsby. Beyond that van Schaardenburg (NED) and Goodison (GBR) are also within
reaching distance of the podium sharing 45 points, just three back from
The fleet has sailed eight races in total with another two
planned for tonight in Weymouth after which only the Medal Race
It was a day of mixed fortunes for Jon-Paul Tobin who has
affirmed his position in the Men’s RS:X Medal Race set to take place on Thursday
in Weymouth, after another rest day. Opening the day with a 21st place Tobin
bounced back to take a win in the final qualifying race of the
“Thoroughly tested out the Nothe Course today,” says Tobin, “a
very tactical and shifty course area in general, particularly tricky in the wind
direction we raced today.”
“I opened with a 21st in race one - went
swimming at the start as two wind lines converged, then back on track with a 1st
in race two to be 6th overall. It’s tight at the top... the medal race will be a
He will start the Medal Race lying 6th overall on 60 points, with
the ability to close the ten point gap for a bronze podium finish if all the
stars aligned for him.
Natalia Kosinska has earned a place in the Women’s
RS:X Medal Race, but only just, qualifying as the 10th placed sailor in the
fleet of 28. To improve and achieve an 8th place finish is well within her reach
given the narrow two point gap and this will ensure a hard fought battle in
Thursday’s Medal Race between her, the Canadian and the Australian all close on
Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie sailed home with a 17th and a 4th from
day four of racing in the Women’s 470 event in which the local pair of Mills and
Clark continues to dominate. The New Zealanders are lying 8th overall with
another day of racing ahead of the Medal Race in this class.
the Men’s 470 fleet the day brought a 4th and a 16th for or Paul Snow-Hansen and
Jason Saunders who are in 14th place overall. Overnight Sara Winther was 18th
and 8th in her two races in the Laser Radial and she improves to 24th overall.
There was no racing for the 49er skiff, Finn or Star overnight all enjoying a
wrap up here>
in Portugal and Cowes
the opening AC45
Regatta underway in Cascais, Portugal, as well as a round of the Extreme 40
series in Cowes, England, (pictured) Emirates Team New Zealand have a
crew in both places competing simultaneously.
After two days of racing
in the Cascais AC Preliminaries Emirates Team New Zealand have the lead on the
points table and also won the speed trial staged on August 7th with a top speed
Having had a couple of days off from racing the ETNZ
AC45 crew with Barker at the helm will be back on the water again tonight.
This from Cowes overnight...
The high winds of the
first three days of the Cowes regatta of the Extreme Sailing Series dropped away
overnight to the extent that racing was delayed while the breeze filled in.
The Emirates Team New Zealand team of Adam Beashel, Andrew McLean, Chris
Ward and Richard Meacham, continued their debut at top-level multihull racing.
Lessons learned at Extreme Sailing Series regattas – short, sharp fleet
races in fast catamarans on tight courses - are a valuable part of the
transition from a monohull to multihull racing team.
results from Laser 4.7 World Championships
five-strong team of Laser 4.7 sailors have recently competed at the Laser 4.7 World
Championships in San Francisco where all five made it to gold fleet for a
top half finish.
Photo by Chuck Lantz
112 sailors from
around the world were in the USA vying for the Boy’s Laser 4.7 World title.
Spanish sailor Francisco Gonzalez took the gold and the title in convincing
27th Trent Rippey (Auckland)
31st Keith Inglis (Taupo)
34th Ryan Amlehn (Nelson)
44th Taylor Burn (Picton)
and Youth Sailing News
Update: Kiwi wins in the US and Wales
Optimist National Champion and member of the New Zealand team to sail in Napier
in December for the 2011 World Title Leonard Takahashi-Fry (pictured left) has
won two significant international events over recent weeks.
The 13 year
old from Murrays Bay Sailing Club is on an international tour, together with
fellow New Zealand team members, getting some big fleet, world class experience
before going into battle in Napier.
Takahashi-Fry won the 2011 USA
National Championship Regatta hosted at the Houston Yacht Club THEN he went on
to win the Open Championship title at the 50th Volvo Gill Optimist National and
Open Championships in Pwllheli, Wales last week.
“It’s really exciting
to be Volvo Gill Optimist Open Champion. Sailing today was ok and pretty shifty
but the week has been great and as it went on I got better at sailing in the
shifts. It’s been a bit cold, back home it’s hotter but it’s been pretty nice
weather. I’ve really enjoyed sailing here and the event’s been well organized”
said Leonard after the final day in Wales.
His fellow kiwis also sailed
extremely well – Markus Sommerville from Wakatere Boating Club finished third
for the bronze (and fourth at the US Regatta in Houston) and Isaac McHardie from
Hamilton placed fifth (and thirteenth in Houston).
OptiWorlds, Napier: The 2011 OptiWorlds is expected to
attract 400 competitors and team officials 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.
McKenzie off to CORK
year old Andrew McKenzie from Auckland’s Kohimarama Yacht Club has been named
the recipient of the 2011 St
John’s Rotary CORK Scholarship, departing tomorrow for Kingston, Canada to
The annual scholarship enables a young New Zealand sailor to
travel to Canada to attend CORK (Canadian
Olympic Regatta, Kingston), where they gain valuable international
experience competing in two consecutive regattas – one open age, one youth – in
McKenzie, who has been sailing competitively since the age of
ten, recently progressed into the Laser radial class competing at this year’s
New Zealand National Championships where he placed tenth overall and fifth youth
“This scholarship will enable me to gain valuable international
experience in the Laser Radial class and provide a vital stepping stone to the
Australian and New Zealand National Championships next season, and my campaign
to be selected to compete for New Zealand at the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds,” says
To follow Andrew’s progress at the CORK Regatta, where
competition starts on August 15th visit the official
website. He will sail in both the CORK International Regatta (youth focussed
event) and also the CORK OCR (Olympic class open event).
Team report following Asian Opti Champs
This report from John
New Zealand Team has just competed at the IODA Asian Championships on from 24-29
July at Singapore’s National Sailing Centre.
There were 20 nations
present (it’s not every day you get to rub shoulders with people from
Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Czechoslovakia and Iran) comprising 118 sailors and New
Zealand was represented by a ten strong team including: Sam Barnett (15) WBC,
Hamish Clark (13) QCYC, Henry Gautrey (12) and William Novak (15) both WBBC,
Scott Inglis (14) LTC/NSC, James Jennings (14) MBSC, Ava Mannering (13) NSC,
Libby Porter (15), Chelsea Rees (14) and Sam Simpson (14) all KYC.
Andrew Brown (21 he said!) (Force Racing) and Dan Willcox (21, true)
were the team coaches and general “go-to” guys, and Pauline Barnett (must be 21)
was the Team Manager (and a damned fine one too!).
The sailors had great
fun taking possession of their brand spanking new (chartered) XSP Optis and had
up to four days of on the water preparation before the regatta. Throughout the
entire period they were blessed with considerably more wind than they had been
expecting and there was even an occasion where it nudged 20kts, alas that didn’t
hang in for the racing.
Generally the Kiwis struggled to foot it with
their Asian counterparts, but almost everyone had their own individual moment of
brilliance to reflect on; the standout being Hamish who came first in Race 6a –
an outstanding achievement especially taking into account that he got hung out
to dry so badly in Race 5a where not only was he last but was also overtaken by
all of Race 5b!
The two Sams, B and S, were the only Kiwis to finish in
the top half of the fleet, 51st and 52nd respectively, and was a fair reflection
of their general consistency.
The intensity of the Asian Cup Teams racing,
taken out by Thailand, was a bit of an eye opener and the Nations Cup teams
racing (comprising AUS, USA and two NZ teams) was definitely a peg or 2 down,
but no less enthusiastically contested. In the end the NZL1 team (Sam, Sam,
Hamish and Scott) were a little unlucky not to take out the Cup after going
undefeated in the round robin but losing the one race final to the USA. The
night sail back to NSC, as the event ran on so late, simply added to the
The opening and closing ceremonies made everyone very conscious
that this was an international event and that they were here to represent NZ.
It was a fantastic opportunity for all of them not just to sail against so many
talented foreign sailors, but also to enjoy the friendship of many new people;
sailors, helpers/organisers, and the locals generally. And also to experience
the rich multicultural environment that Singapore offers.
The team would
like to give a big thanks to all those that supported the team, directly and
indirectly both in NZ and in Singapore. An unforgettable experience with all of
the Kiwi sailors thoroughly enjoying the entire episode and more determined than
ever to aim high for any similar opportunities in the future.
it from Team AC 2.4; 45 and 72 wannabees!
month the Otago Yachtsperson of the Year and Otago Yachting Administrator of the
Year were presented at the Otago Yacht Club Awards Night
Assistant Sports Director of the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association made
The Carey Trophy for Otago
Yachtsperson of the Year went to Peter Sise (pictured
with the Trophy) (Macandrew Bay Boating Club and Vauxhall Yacht Club) who has
been sailing for five years. He has sailed in the Starling class for three
years, been to the Nationals twice, representing Otago last season in the Match
Racing event and finishing in the semi-finals.
Peter sailed trained and
sailed extensively for the next eight months in preparation for the Laser radial
Nationals in Auckland this year - an event which attracted a high caliber of
sailors as it was doubling as a selection series for world events.
injury has kept him out of sailing but he has become involved with coaching,
which is creditable for a young person to stay involved and give something back
to his sport. He has given a lot to sailing both on and off the
Yachting Administrator of the Year went to Les and Bronwyn
McBean (Otago Yacht Club and Port Chalmers Yacht Club). Fittingly, this
year’s winning nomination was a joint one, recognising the efforts of two worthy
recipients. This is in recognition of the enormous amount of effort that this
team puts into the local yachting scene. As is so often the case, one would not
be so effective and able were it not for the support of the other, and the
nomination citation reflects this throughout.
“These two stand out as
people who get out there and get things done, and the fact that they do it so
well reflects in others enjoyment of being involved with superbly run events.”
Coastal Classic to kick off perfect sailing/rugby weekend
Coastal Classic didn’t find a major sponsor for its 2011 Labour Weekend race,
but it is making the most of the opportunity to forge ahead with a great
‘can-do’ spirit, making the most of the chance to offer up RWC
Essentially the event, the 30th, will go ahead as normal during
Rugby World Cup finals weekend,” says race director Jon Vincent, of the New
Zealand Multihull Yacht Club.
That means the race will get going at about
1000hrs on Friday 21 October from Devonport Wharf in Auckland, and will finish
119 nautical miles up the coast, off Russell Wharf in the Bay of
Prize-giving will kick off sailing’s biggest party of the year
on Saturday night, and entrants will get the opportunity to watch the final – at
9pm on Sunday night - from a big screen, either in the Bay of Islands, or at one
of three points on the delivery route home (details below).
some small but significant changes to the event format: The Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron will run the start line on the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club’s
behalf, with multihulls starting to the starboard end of the line and everyone
else to port.
The NZMYC will run the finish line and events in Russell.
As a consequence of the prize giving being on Saturday, the race cut off time
will be brought forward to 2pm on the Saturday. Water taxis will run but only
until the official party ends on Saturday night – so crews will need to ensure
they have reliable on-water transport in the form of a dinghy or support boat.
“HSBC gave us eight years of fantastic support and, like for many events
pitching for sponsorship in difficult times, our quest this year was
unsuccessful,” says Jon Vincent.
“However, the Coastal Classic has been
well managed for many years so it’s still in good health, and we will be running
a tight operation, but a fun and competitive one. We hope it’s an opportunity to
make the event better than ever in the future.”
More at www.coastalclassic.co.nz –
entries are open now.
conditions for Waikawa’s winter racing
Fun and Summer Wine romped home ahead of the fleet to take out Division One and
Two of Waikawa Boating Club’s Furneaux Lodge Winter Series on Sunday although
the Div one result is subject to protest.
Photo: Waikawa’s Start
Boat Blue Peter supervising the start of Sunday’s race.
sou-west winds gusting close to 30 knots in the Bay and a front forecast to come
through mid afternoon, the race officer called for skippers to exercise caution
and pull out if conditions worsened. But in Queen Charlotte Sound the wind was
steady and warm from the west delivering superb racing conditions in brilliant
sunshine, one of the best days yet for the winter series. Confusion over a gate
system of marks now being used by the club has led Ash Davey’s Maracas to
protest Ian Franklin and Southern Fun. If the protest succeeds Maracas will
move up to first place.
Nicky Jenkins’s Crawford 41 Summer Wine needs a
strong breeze to prove her worth and is currently being prepared for the first
race in the club’s offshore series, the Wine Race to Wellington in early
September. New crew members Helen Ashworth, Maurice Carter and Lily, joined
Annie Izard to have her flying round Sunday’s course despite a closely reefed
mainsail and at times often only half the headsail.
results are based on nine races with three discards so although Ian Franklin has
a first and second with Southern Fun the boat has only raced twice and is
currently 14th in the series. It’s a similar story for Summer Wine, now 9th in
the series. Nicky, who’s just been re-elected Club Commodore for a second term,
said other commitments and cold weather often kept crews away over winter but
the club was thrilled that 34 boats had competed since the start of the series
Gill Moore and Dave Kelway’ Checkmate currently leads
Division One with Ash Davey and Maracas only three points behind and Mark Gibbs
and Excel third. There’s tight competition at the top of Division Two with
Chris Williams and Welcome Home in the lead and Matt Michel’s Endurance and
Aaron Blackmore’s Bavaria on equal points for second and third. Two races
remain. The fleet will race again in two weeks followed a week later by the
final with yachts racing to Endeavour Inlet and Furneaux Lodge for
at the Cove Regatta dates announced
2, 3 and 4 have been announced as dates for the 2012 Clash at the Cove regatta.
The event will commence with two already well-known and popular distance
1Lombardini Route 66 race from Auckland and
2.Gulf Harbour –
Marsden Cove event,
Both races start on Friday morning and share the
same finish line at the Whangarei Harbour entrance.
3.On Saturday there
will be a series of races for both racing and cruising divisions culminating
with round the buoys and island passage races on Bream Bay.
begin with an early breakfast followed by a departure of boats wishing to sail
Marsden Cove Marina located just inside the Whangarei Harbour will
host this event and provide marina berths free to all competing and support
vessels. Crew wishing to leave their boats at the marina and drive home, may do
so for up to a month free of charge.
Marsden Cove’s huge marquee with
licensed bar and food provided by local community groups will ensure this will
be a social event not to be missed.
While there will be prize giving on
both Friday and Saturday nights, the big social event will be Saturday night,
with live music, food and a licensed bar.
Visit www.clashatthecove.conz for
Paper Tiger Freshwater Series
Dates and venues for the
2011-12 North Island Paper Tiger Freshwater Series have been
The North Island Paper Tiger Freshwater Series is a series
held over four regattas around the North Island that will this year
• Lake Wairarapa - 22-23 October 2011;
• Lake Ngaroto -
19-20 November 2011;
• Turangi (also the North Island Cat Champs) - 25-26
February 2012; &
• Taupo - 10-11 March 2012.
tallied at each regatta, with the overall series winner calculated by allowing
each sailor to count three regattas from the four in the series.
2010-11 series saw a total of 51 sailors competing, with the overall series
winner being decided in the last race of the last regatta with a match race to
the finish line. This year's series promises to be hotly contested by boats
from out the North Island (as well as potentially a few South Island
The Freshwater series this year will also be used as practice
by the New Zealand fleet in a build up to the New Zealand Nationals and
International Selection Trials being held in New Plymouth in early January (more
to come on this), before the final build up to the International Paper Tiger
Championships in Melbourne at Easter.
The Paper Tiger fleet is the sixth
largest centreboard class in New Zealand and enjoys an active annual racing and
social calendar. This includes a number of championship regattas in the North
and South Island and the National Championships, all of which are spread
geographically to provide top racing opportunities to all the fleet and to
support local clubs.
Yacht Club presents…
evening monthly dinner and speaker series starting with….
Experience of a Lifetime
When: Friday 26th August 2011
Richmond Yacht Club invites anyone interested to
come and hear four speakers talk about their stories from different times in
different sailing periods - stories that are sure to stretch your imagination.
Speakers both young and old will share how they got into sailing, some
of the bizarre tales, pressures of competing for New Zealand and the joys of
More details will be posted on the RYC website as they come
available. Meals $15pp and the bar will be open for beverages.
phone to Richmond Yacht Club with numbers for catering purposes by Tuesday 23rd
August. Ph: 09 376 4332 or Email: email@example.com
next month in the diary now… Sailing Tactics, Friday 30th September
Resources and opportunities
the new Learn to Sail early
you seen our new look Learn to Sail material?
The logbooks and wall
poster have had a major overhaul and we’d like to encourage Yacht Clubs and
other providers to order the books now, so your Instructors can familiarise
themselves with the new material ahead of the summer season.
syllabus is in two levels; Start... Sailing! (Learn to Sail 1) where sailors
learn the basics, and Sailing... Fast! (Learn to Sail 2) where sailors improve
on new found skills and become faster sailors.
This new syllabus is a
big step up. It has lots of information on not just Optis but windsurfers, two
handed boats and accessible classes such as the Access Dinghy. The book has
great diagrams, illustrations and photos; it includes ideas for games and
exercises and a notes section for coaches. It is also in COLOUR!
and other affiliated organisations can order
the books in exactly the same way you did with the old books, the cost is
$14 and the pack includes the book, a colour certificate for each level and a
Course Dates change for Dunedin and Nelson
YNZ would like to advise
that the following YNZ courses/seminars have had a change to their scheduled
The Judges Level 1 Seminar scheduled to run at
Port Chalmers Yacht Club on the 20th and 21st August, has been rescheduled and
will now run on the 17th and 18th of September – there are still places
available on this seminar. More
about Judging Seminars here >
Nelson Club Instructor Course scheduled to run this coming
weekend, 13th and 14th August, has been rescheduled and will now run on the 10th
and 11th of September – apologies for the inconvenience that the short notice of
this may cause. Places are also still available on this course. Find
out more about our Club Instructor Courses here>
a qualified Race Coach
New Zealand’s Race Coach Qualification is on offer through a series of three
courses scheduled in September and October. Applications are open for coaches
wanting to gain the qualification and for Club Instructors wanting to step up to
the next level.
Andrew Brown will facilitate the course, the cost to
attend is $225.00 and that includes the following sessions:
September 5-9pm at YNZ in Auckland – Effective coaching and sailor safety
Sunday 2nd October 9am-5pm venue to be advised – Coaching sailing skills,
rescues and coach boat driving (mostly on the water)
Monday 3rd October
5-9pm at YNZ in Auckland – Understanding yourself as a coach and Understanding
“This will be a really informative hands-on course targeted
at coaches’ work with green fleet sailors, and those coaching open fleet to a
national champs level. On the initial Monday session we will introduce the key
modules, with the following Sunday developing coaching skills on the water,”
explains Rob Hielkema, YNZ Coach Development Manager. “On the final Monday we go
over assessments and further generic modules.”
Anyone who is interested
should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Coastal Medic Course
RPNYC Sailing Academy will be running a Coastguard Coastal Medic Course over the
weekend of 27 and 28 August.
This course offers participants the
qualifications of Coastguard Boating Education Service Marine Medic (Coastal),
NZQA units 6400, 6401, 6402 and Maritime New Zealand commercial first
As well as its marine applications, this course exceeds the Health
and Safety requirements of “two day workplace first aid”, so has many commercial
for further information or to book a place on the course.
you have any queries please contact Matt Wood at the Academy on Ph 939 6702 or
via email at email@example.com
RM Seminars for beginners
Association's is offering four race management seminars over the next month, and
for $5 per person (to cover expenses) they’re a bargain! The seminars are aimed
at ordinary club volunteers and sailors including those involved in
There is no need to book in advance - just turn up. There
will be a door charge of $5 to cover expenses
Signals and race course
Venue: Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club
Time: 11 August 2011 at
Presenters: Steve Macris and Ken Burt
Venue: Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club
Time: 18 August
2011 at 7.00 pm
Presenters: Steve Macris and Ken Burt
Venue: Worser Bay Boating Club
Time: 24 August 2011 at 7.00
Presenters: Pedro Morgan and Grant Nalder (from the Harbour Masters
Discipline of race management
Venue: Royal Port Nicholson
Time: 1 September 2011 at 7.00 pm
Presenter: Richard Brown -
International Race Officer and previously YNZ programmes manager
Bay Yacht Club seeks Coach
by Yachting NZ
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