by Yachting NZ
Baron Ralph Von Kohorn of Wellington, passed away last week and our condolences go out to his friends and family. He was also a Life Member of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
Image © Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat.com
Within the NZL Sailing Team [New Zealand’s elite Olympic campaigners], the Laser class is the best represented with no less than five of the single-handed sailors meeting the performance targets required for inclusion. It was those five sailors who took out the top five places in the open fleet at this National Champs, with 2008 Olympic representative Andrew Murdoch coming through victorious on the final day at Torbay.
Murdoch defended his title with the narrowest of margins winning on count back over Sam Meech from Tauranga, the youngest of this hot five. Rounding out the podium for bronze was Josh Junior from Wellington, just one point back. Andy Maloney placed fourth, and Mike Bullot was fifth in the fleet of 27 for the Open title.
“After one drop only three points separated the top four of - Andrew Murdoch and Sam Meech (25 points), Josh Junior (26 points) and Andy Maloney (27 points).
This result illustrates the intense competition in the Yachting New Zealand elite squad for the one Laser Olympic spot,” commented Mike Knowsley, from the Laser Association reporting on the regatta.
Next week a little further south at Takapuna, it will be all on once more among this group who are all seeking the single berth on offer for London 2012. Racing at 2011 Sail Auckland starts on Thursday 3rd February and the Laser class will be back to battling it out on the water along with the other Olympic, Paralympic and Invited classes.
The Laser National Championships and Sail Auckland are the key regattas staged here in New Zealand for our Olympic Laser sailors. See Mike Knowsley's report for an indepth account of the Laser Nationals under Local Sailing.
Organisers advise that as this regatta is a selection regatta for a number of fleets it is imperitive that entries are received within the time limit.
Get your entry in now – enter on-line at www.sailauckland.org.nz
Miami OCR is the second round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Series and racing runs from January 24th – 29th.
Koru Match is in Pool C along with GBR, USA x3, FRA, SWE and CAN, and kicked off on day one with two wins and one loss, followed up with three wins and one loss on day two putting them into a repercharge round to fight it out for the two remaining quarter finals spots on offer.
The girls reported in after day one...
“The conditions were perfect for racing, an offshore breeze of 12 knots with flat water. The shifts through the day made racing close and interactive.”
“We started the event with 2 penalties on the French (Le Berre, Ponsar, Ponge) to cleanly win the race. Next up was team USA (Barkow, O'Reilly, Kratzig-Burnhan) racing was tight through the pre-start and first beat - however we reaped a four boat length lead on the first downwind to take the race.”
“Lastly we raced GBR (McGregor, Rook, McGregor Jnr). Again racing was great but the girls lost the race when GBR cleared their penalty to windward of the top mark on the final beat.”
Going into the regatta the kiwi team were fortunate enough to have two practice sessions on their course area where they matched up against France, USA, Germany and Netherlands.
There are plenty of ways to follow the racing:
* live twitter updates (http://twitter.com/RMOCR_CourseF),
* trackers (http://rmocr.ussailing.org/live_4823.htm)
* event website (http://rmocr.ussailing.org/Rolex_Miami_OCR.htm)
Earlier this month Peter Burling, the NZL Sailing Team’s 49er helm, joined 112 sailors from around the world to compete in the 2011 International Foiling Moth Worlds being held just out of Sydney at Lake Macquarie.
Being a development class, Moth sailors can use a variety of equipment with the wings on the rudder and centerboard lifting the boat out of the water. The biggest development talking point was the USA sailors arriving with a “hard wing sail” (as were used by Oracle in the last Americas cup) which proved very fast up wind but not quite robust enough for big wind high speed capsizes.
For Peter this was a break from his 49er Olympic campaign – the moth is a high-profile international class due to its speed and innovative technology, and the Olympic 49er sailors were joined by top sailors from the Olympic Laser class, 18 foot skiff sailors, as well as Moth specialist sailors from around the world.
Peter reports that the Moth is one of the very few classes where things happen faster than the 49er and the aim of the regatta was to have fun as well as for cross-training for fitness and agility – he certainly managed both.
Peter calculated that he had only sailed the Moth about 25 days in total before the pre Worlds regatta– the Australian nationals - which finished a day before the Worlds started. With help from the “Australian Moth Squad” – a group of Aussies Mothies practicing on Lake Macquarie, he felt that he was learning heaps and starting to get on the pace. 4th at the pre-worlds was very encouraging.
Keep reading Richard’s report on Sail-World.com here>
The line up of Tour Card Holders for the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour has been unveiled and features an exciting mix of former World Champions, established Olympic and America’s Cup campaigners and some of the hottest young stars on the global match racing circuit.
The Tour Card Holders, who represent six different countries, are guaranteed entry to at least six of the Tour’s nine events which get under way with Match Race France in May and concludes with the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia in November when the top nine teams will be battling for a share of the USD 500,000 Tour Bonus Pool.
WAKA Racing will go up against...
2011 WMRT Tour Card Holders
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Mascalzone Latino
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Phil Robertson (NZ) WAKA Racing Team
Ian Williams (GBR), Team GAC Pindar
With the Australian racing season behind me, I am looking forward to the New Zealand summer racing season.
Since having a short break over New Year I have been getting stuck into training with my training partner (and the current apprentice masters world champion) Scott Leith. Scott and I have been battling it out on the water which has been awesome – but I think he get s a bit grumpy when I beat him!
After the Nationals, we firstly pack the container to Europe then we roll into Sail Auckland, which for the first time is being hosted by my yacht club Takapuna Boating Club. For as long as I can remember this event has been run out of Kohimarama Yacht Club, so a change in venue will hopefully bring about some great racing off Takapuna.
For Sara’s full update visit her website… http://www.sarawinther.com/
Five-time Interdominion champion Alex Vallings (NZL) with Fraser Brown and Cameron McDonald filling in variously as crew, finished the series third overall.
Best placed of the Kiwi entries, Alex Vallings’ fourth and third places on the final day was enough to knock Gemmell Sails out of third place on countback, the two finishing on 29 points each.
Vallings cited “lack of preparation and maybe I’m too experimental,” as to why he did not finish in the top spot. I haven’t used my number 2 rig and I’ve only sailed with my big rig twice – but I haven’t used it for racing yet. I might have been better using my old rig.”
But the fact he did not come with a regular crew and sailed with two different crew members he would never usually sail with, says a lot for Vallings’ sailing ability. “I need to do more sailing and with a regular crew,” he said.
Tim Bartlett and Adam Miller on Frankenskiff were the next best placed of the kiwis, finishing in fifth overall.
photo and this report by David Staley / IACA
The regatta will be hosted by the Napier Sailing Club in conjunction with Sailability Hawkes Bay from 26-29 January. Three classes will be competing - the Access 303, Liberty and SKUD 18, which is the two-person Paralympic class. Most of the competitors are sailors with a disability.
Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel from Auckland qualified New Zealand for a place in the 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition with their performance in the SKUD 18 at Medemblik, Netherlands last year. It is anticipated they will be battling for top spot in Napier against another team also qualified for the 2012 Games – Jovin Tan and Desiree Lin from Singapore. Based on previous encounters overseas, stronger breezes will favour the Kiwis while light and flukey conditions will suit the Singaporeans.
Two Australian teams will also contest the SKUD 18 fleet. Krista Bailey and Russell Phillips from Melbourne are joined by Genevieve Wickham from Perth who will have Auckland sailor Hannah Morris on board as sheet hand. Annabelle Tye (Wellington) with Andrew May (Christchurch) are a new SKUD combination, but both have performed well in other classes. May won the 2009 Kiwi Cup while Tye was the highest placed female in that regatta.
In the Liberty fleet, Auckland’s Brendan Tourelle will probably be the local sailor to beat, but there is some stiff international competition in this fleet. Magali Moraines, from Lyon in central France, and Australian sailor Chris Cook finished one point apart at the 2010 Access Class World Championships in England last year, with Moraines coming out the winner. The remainder of the fleet will be made up of up and coming sailors from Auckland and Wellington.
The Access 303 fleet will include sailors with a broad range of experience – from novices to experienced competitors. While the aim of the Glenn Family Foundation Kiwi Cup is to promote sailing for people with disabilities, the Access Nationals are open to non disabled and disabled sailors. These classes are ideal for sailors of all abilities and they allow sailors, even those with a severe disability, to compete alongside their able-bodied peers. Above all it is an opportunity for sailors, their families, supporters, volunteers and coaches to get together and enjoy a great event.
The Kiwi Cup has been generously supported by the Glenn Family Foundation, Hooker Pacific Transport, Mondiale Freight Services and New Zealand Sailability programs.
The progression of a tropical storm provided a full range of conditions for the 2011 New Zealand Laser Champs at Torbay on Auckland’s North Shore where racing wrapped up yesterday.
Image: The Laser Radial Open fleet © Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat.com
Andrew Murdoch defended his National title despite stiff competition from fellow NZL Sailing Team members, edging out Sam Meech on count back. Jo Aleh, back in the Radial for this regatta took out her division – the Laser Radial fleet. Keith Inglis was the convincing winner in the 4.7 fleet, while Mark Page took a narrow victory in the Laser Masters, and Scott Leith the victor in the Laser Radial Masters.
On day one the race committee struggled with dramatic wind shifts between South East and East. The starting sequence for the men’s Open Standard fleet was abandoned in the first race. They got away in 5 to 7 knots but dramatic shifts continued for their first beat. Ultimately a significant left bias affected all fleets and created a reaching course, overlaying and few passing lanes.
The breeze increased to 10 knots towards the end of the race and increased again towards the start of the second. The course was adjusted to the left but after a clean start for the Laser Standard men the breeze went dramatically right and the race was abandoned at the top mark.
After the course was reset to the original heading the Open men got away cleanly again. By then the Radial fleet was edgy and had a general recall - finally starting under a black flag.
The breeze moved even further right as the Masters Standard then Masters Radial got into their first beat.
Visiting Australian team member Ryan Paulk scored 1 and 6 to lead Wellingtonian Josh Junior and Tauranga's Thomas Saunders. Setting Australia up nicely in an unofficial trans Tasman series.
Jo Aleh was consistent with 2 and 2 to lead the 51 boat combined Radial women, open and youth fleet. She was chased by Declan Burn, past Splash world champion (4,7) from Picton and Jack Collinson (10,4) from Takapuna.
The day was described as 'crazy' by Jo Aleh - returning briefly to the Laser Radial from a 470 campaign and 'did your head in' according to Mark Orams 2008 Laser Radial Master world champion.
Racing was cancelled for day two as the storm set in. No surprise to the Australian coaches turned back by the police launch as they motored their RIB up the North Shore from Bayswater marina.
Day three was dry but high winds delayed racing till 3:30pm. The race committee made a perfect call fitting three races in for Open and Masters fleets as the wind moderated from an only just manageable 25 to 30 knots in the first race through to 15 knots in the last. The junior 4.7 fleet was initially held on shore then bought out for the final race with boats coming ashore at sundown.
Ryan Paulk (AUS) lost his early lead with a gear failure in the first race and members of the NZL Sailing Team, Andrew Murdoch (previous NZ Olympic rep), Josh Junior, Mike Bullot, Sam Meech and Andy Maloney came through in the challenging conditions.
In the 51 boat Open Radial fleet Jo Aleh lost ground to a consistent Michael Cate and Sara Winther, both of whom enjoyed the strong conditions.
The final day three was looking doubtful, but the oscillating and relatively consistent 5 to 9 knot Southerly held for the three races needed to finish the regatta. Despite the light conditions waves developed the North Shore making a good start and clear air essential to maintain boat speed.
With 5, 6, 5 Andrew Murdoch relied on a count back to take the regatta from Sam Meech. After one drop - only 3 points separated the top four of - Andrew Murdoch and Sam Meech (25 points), Josh Junior (26 points) and Andy Maloney (27 points). This result illustrates the intense competition in the Yachting New Zealand elite squad for the one Laser Olympic spot to be decided this year.
Jo Aleh was looking forward to another light day, but with a 13th in the second race only just managed to stay two points clear of Michael Cate. Sara Winther was third.
Keith Inglis from Taupo was comfortable at the front of the 4.7 fleet throughout the regatta with 1,2,2,4,-5,4 ahead of Trent Rippey from Tauranga and Taylor Burn from Picton.
A fit and strong Mark Page from Manly dominated the Masters Standard fleet with 5 bullets out of 8. But on the light last day an 11 and 13 in the final day left him 1 nerve-racking point ahead of Andrew Dellabarca from Wellingtion and 3 clear from Murray Thom from Auckland.
In the Masters Radial two past world champions Aucklanders Scott Leith and Mark Orams had a close battle on points and on the course. But Edmund Tam from Wellington was hovering and held his nerve on the last day. The final results were very tight - Scott Leith winning with 20 ahead of Edmund and Mark on 21, second place going to Edmund on count back.
Many thanks to our fantastic hosts Torbay SC. And congratulations to the race committee lead by Race Officer Ian Clouston. They made the very best of the difficult conditions to get in a full and testing race program.
Next year we are at Worser Bay Sailing Club in Wellington, and already looking forward to it.
Racing was staged over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week with champagne sailing on day one, light and shifty on day two topped off with a windy, rainy and challenging final day.
Attracting a wide range of boats for fun and competitive racing spectators were treated to the high paced action of the big tris – Team Vodafone and Triple 8, – the big boats battling it out for the divisional prizes right down to the 22 strong Flying Fifteen fleet.
Christine Webb was on hand to catch the action on camera and her photos are published on the regatta website now.
Three Championship titles were decided at the regatta including the sought after IRC National Championship which went the way of the crew sailing MRX North Sails (pictured) edging out Farr 1020 Hard Labour on the final day. Jim Farmer’s Georgia One was third.
Voodoo, sailed by Simon Manning, Andy Robertson and Hayden Whitburn (representing Auckland clubs BBYC and RAYC) won the 2011 Elliott 5.9 Championships sailed as part of the regatta.Second was Brzo, helmed by Rod Dawson and with owner Nathan Williams on Bow and Geoff Clark on mainsheet. Third place went to the Hobo (Rob Ward, Onerahi) in a count back from Zoot Allures (Dave Cochrane, Onerahi).
22 Flying Fifteens took part in their National Champs which ran in conjunction with Bay of Islands Sailing Week. With day three too risky for bodies and boats, their final placings were determined on results from the first two days with Aaron Goodmanson and Alister Rowlands on Ffortune (Canterbury) first overall. Second was Barry Thom and Phil Quin on Foreign Affair (Auckland) and third went to Murray Gilbert and Jonathan Burgess on Ffrenetic (Auckland).
"Team Vodafone screamed across the Bay from Opua at over 34 knots. Safer to stay clear of this missile - she was almost airborne. On the other side of the coin, M1 ripped off a spreader in the 2nd race on Day One – then Tongue Twister experienced compression and ‘there went the mast", reports Lesley Haslar from the Bay of Islands Sailing Week team.
"Advantage lost-it in the last race (Passage Division), literally lost it – with the mast over the side in three pieces. Playbuoy and This Way Up had a confrontation earlier in the regatta – with the latter over in the Boat Yard for the rest of the week."
"But the yachties gave the 2011 Bay of Islands Sailing Week ‘10 out of 10’ as a successful and fun Regatta. Boat racing has its risks; skippers and crews know how to handle the bad times, the competitive racing is what it’s all about. Variable winds from Mother Nature are part of the challenge, pushing the boundaries – pushing these sailing machines to their limit."
For all the divisional winners, photos and more see http://www.bayofislandssailingweek.org.nz/
First off the block is the Wellington Optimist Teams Racing Championships followed by the restart of Velux 5Oceans race on Waitangi Day. We want to get as many yachts and launches as possible out on the water to send the sailors on their way to Punta Del Este.
The following weekend is the Port Nicholson Regatta, the NZ Interclub Challenge and the Clyde Quay Model Boat Regatta. A highlight of this weekend will be an appearance by Emirates Team New Zealand sailing in one of the MRXs.
We then roll into the CentrePort International Youth Match Racing championships with eight teams from Australia and New Zealand and as far away as Italy battling it out off the breakwater at the club. Hopefully our young sailors can retain the title they won for the club last season.
The Sailing Academy and Centreport are working together on a ‘Get Out on the Harbour Day” on Saturday 19 February as an opportunity to get as many Wellingtonians out on the water as possible.
The last four days of February sees the Round North Island Race come to town and the Musto Match Racing Cup get underway on the inner Harbour. Women sailors in the Musto cup will be vying for selection for the New Zealand Olympic Squad while the winners of the male section of the Musto Cup will gain a wild card entry to one of the European regattas in the 2011 World Match Racing Tour.
Meanwhile the Barcelona World Race will be using Cook Strait as a gate in the two handed round the world race. Expect to see some of these boats in Wellington during late February as they take an optional forty eight hour pit stop at the half way stage of the race.
And to top it all off we are setting up a “Pop Up! Port Nic Café” on the deck in the weekends during February. Make sure you plan to come down to the club, have a sailor’s brunch with your friends and check out all the sailing action … its going to be a feast!
Find out more at www.rpnyc.org.nz
ith the largest optimist fleet ever in an Australian regatta, the conditions ranged from 27 knots on day 2 to 0-2 knots on the final day of racing. The International Team (our 3 Kiwis plus a Japanese competitor) placed joint 3rd in the teams racing.
The light and extremely fickle winds on the final two days exhausted the PRO if not the sailors’ enthusiasm with only one race sailed each of those days. Tim Adair finished in 5th place overall having carried an OCS in his first race and a cruel wind shift at the bottom mark when leading the final race which resulted in him narrowly missing a podium spot. Leonard Takahashi placed 13th overall having achieved a bullet in the final race and also carrying an early OCS penalty. William Novak finished 23rd overall and a best result of 2nd place in race 2.
“Our sailors have gained invaluable experience representing New Zealand at their first international event which will help them grow as they fulfil their dreams” commented John Adair, Tim’s Dad and NZIODA team rep.
Full results available here.
The lake and club offer an ideal, safe venue for the future champions to hone their sailing skills, make new friends and take back stories and new skills to their clubs.
Dave Smith from Hamilton Yacht Club coordinates his five keen coaches some who have been coaching at the Hamilton Optisail for five years.
“I believe this is one of the best venues for this type of clinic with its safe enclosed waters, easy access, shifty conditions and open areas for off the water activities. Dave Smith and his team of helpers run a fantastic program,” said Kim Admore, Yachting New Zealand’s NZCT Regional Support Officer.
During the leg, the second of five that make up the VELUX 5 OCEANS, Brad sailed 7,682 nautical miles in 30 days, nine hours and 49 minutes at an average speed of 10.53 knots. His win earns him the maximum 12 points and places him firmly at the top of the VELUX 5 OCEANS leaderboard after two ocean sprints.
Next up for the fleet is Ocean Sprint 3 – a 5,800 mile race from Wellington to Punte del Este.
Located in downtown Auckland, you can choose your own days and become part of the crews at Voyager NZ Maritime Museum.
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High Tide is looking for two young adventurous certified sailing instructors that are native English speakers (from New Zealand) to join in the operations in the context of the RS/Vung Tau Cup 2011.
- Implement good practices,
- Train Vietnamese Staff
- Act as sailing instructors
- Sailing Instruction Certification
- English Native Speaker
- Available for the period of the RS/Vung Tau Cup 2011 (2 months - late Feb to early April)
- Be ready to extend contract for a period of a year
- Fixed and performance based salary
- Paid round trip flight to Vietnam
- Provided housing and meals on base
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2011 470 Class NZ National Championships, 29th – 31st January 2011
Takapuna Boating Club
Sail Auckland Regatta, 2nd – 6th February 2011
Takapuna Boating Club
New Zealand Masters Games 2011, 3rd – 5th February 2011
Wanganui Sailing Club
Paper Tiger South Island Champs, 5th – 6th February 2011
Naval Point Club Lyttelton
Wakatere Optimist Invitation Regatta, 5th February 2011
Wakatere Boating Club
2011 Timaru Age Group Regatta, 5th – 6th February 2011
Timaru Yacht & Powerboat Club
2011 International Youth Match Racing Championships, 11th – 15th February 2011
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron