sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Elliott Match Racing - Plenty of Kiwis in New Caledonia this week
Elliott Match Racing - Plenty of Kiwis in New Caledonia this week

'Elliott Match Racing Noumea, November 2012'    Brian Haybittle©    Click Here to view large photo

Not only are there a bunch of juniors attending the New Caledonian Techno Windsurfing Nationals. 100 metres downwind of them is the New Caledonian Match Racing competition. All in lovely Baie de Sante-Marie.

It has been a feast of exciting sailing to watch. From the Pergola of the Beach Bar you can view the technical prestarts of Elliot 6s match racing to our left and to our right the speed of Bic Techno windsurfers fleet racing.

There are 7 New Caledonian teams, one Aussie team and one Kiwi team from the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth training program. Captain Chris Steele and his crew of Jay Prestt and Stewie Dodson are being coached and mentored by Roy Dickson from the RNZYS. I won't give away Roy's age but his eyesight is still up to scratch and takes in plenty of detail according to Chris. Roy is certainly enjoying the heat and great weather. Also in attendance from NZ is Jury member John Roundtree.

So far Steele has had a commanding lead in the two round robins. Sunday sees the semi finals and finals. This is a perfect warm up for the NZ match racing nationals next weekend.

Elliott Match Racing Noumea, November 2012 -  Brian Haybittle©   Click Here to view large photo

Young Techno Sailors, Patrick and Carmen Haybittle, Coral Headey and William Clough caught up with skipper Chris Steele over dinner and asked some questions and asked for some fleet management advise:

Why are you racing in Noumea?
It is a match racing grade 3 regatta. The New Caledonians invited RNZYS to send a team.

How many days long is your regatta?
Tuesday we did a fleet sail from CNC sailing club to Activity Nautique Cente (CAN). Then we had a day training on wednesday and then a four day regatta.

Do French locals know 'starboard' and 'port'?
Yes sailing is raced in english. 

What are you sailing?
Ex RNZYS Lion Youth Program Elliot 6m boats. It generally has three sailors but can race with four.

Elliott Match Racing Noumea, November 2012 -  Brian Haybittle©   Click Here to view large photo

Races per day?
About 7

Have you beat the Aussies and how many times?
Yes. We won the start and they were very close. Not bad for a 40kgs heavier team.

Who is the competition?
Two teams from Noumea. Girl team are very loud up here. Lots of shouting.

How did you get into this team?
Selected on form at RNZYS.

Elliott Match Racing Noumea, November 2012 -  Brian Haybittle©   Click Here to view large photo

What is your race day schedule look like?
Wake up at 7:45 am
Visit supermarche for baguettes fromage jambon etc.
8:45am skippers briefing. Race committee tell us about the days management race distances etc.
9am Roy Dickson tells us what will be important on day. Generally don't be greedy, consolidate and play the odds. Focus on basics.
9:20 onto boats rig and get out and run through prestart checks,
favored side, time start lines and lay lines and transits.
1st signal 10am on the dot. Into racing.

After each race debrief on boat. 

After races and packed up Roy goes through his extensive notes. Roy talks about positives and works on. He has a real eye for setup. Upwind and downwind trim. Also wind patterns a really calm manner and a real gentleman. Takes it very professionally.

After debrief done we have a shower and downtime for an hour then dinner.

What are your goals?
In the short term attend the NZ match racing nationals at the RNZYS. I want to take the lessons learnt here and apply there. Medium term be involved with Youth Americas Cup.

What have you enjoyed about Noumea?
Weather, heat, food great and the French atmosphere. 

Elliott Match Racing Noumea, November 2012 -  Brian Haybittle©   Click Here to view large photo

Anyone you would like to thank?
Thanks Guy Pilkington and Sara tucker of the Lion Foundation Youth training program. And RNZYS. Also my 36 Below team sponsors for there help this year.

Any advise for us Bic Techno windsurfer sailors ?
Get a great start and stay in front from the start. Keep racing close. Don't tack so much as windsurfers lose lots of boat lengths in a tack. It is better to soak down and find a clear lane of wind. This way you only lose maybe 5 boat lengths instead of 20. Have fun.

Thanks Chris and all the best.

As of Saturday afternoon The Kiwi team had won all the round robins and lost one of the semi final races.


by Brian Haybittle

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=103482

5:58 AM Sun 4 Nov 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

01 Nov 2012  Yachting New Zealand issues media statement on Board Sailing debate
30 Oct 2012  Yachting NZ caught in OSAF 'friendly fire' over Olympic events
25 Oct 2012  Coastal Classic 2012 on board Higher Ground - Video
22 Oct 2012  New website and other developments at Auckland Viaduct Marina
17 Oct 2012  Coaching and Cancer Awareness
14 Oct 2012  2012 Coastal Classic: Riada and her crew of Lads and Dads
11 Oct 2012  Yachting NZ announces 2012 Sailor of the Year line up
05 Oct 2012  Coastal Classic 2012 : Entry deadline extended
03 Oct 2012  Steele wins NZ Youth Match Racing Championships at Wellington
03 Oct 2012  Learn to Sail and dinghy training for grown ups
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



































































CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland remains out front
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston   
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio   
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3   
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster   
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1   
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day   
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Tactical evening ahead for the fleet   
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners   
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win   
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT