sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Roger Wood takes OK Dinghy NZ National title
Roger Wood takes OK Dinghy NZ National title

'OK Dinghies racing in the 2012 Hurricane Classiv, Lake Taupo'       Click Here to view large photo


It happened late, but like Rachael Hunter's shampoo it did happen - although he had sailed a fantastic contest up till now, the last day of the OK Dinghy Nationals arrived with the possibility of Russell Wood surrendering his hard fought lead.


As the boats headed to the start line, Woods must have been a little anxious as the breeze was well down and to compound his problems his three main rivals Ben Morrison, Paul Rhodes and Matt Stechmann all started the sixth race in great shape heading to the left hand side in clear air. The fleet split into two bunches and although the right looked good, for a while those who were patient to the left were finally rewarded. Tacking over, it was clear that the left hand boats would lead in. Woods at this stage was with the leaders but made a small mistake near the top and the group pounced. Ben Morrison sailed the top half of the beat perfectly, taking the last two shifts beautifully to lead round the top by 25 seconds.

Rhodes was second round followed by Rob Hengst, Jake Weekes, Nige Mannering and Matt Stechmann. At the wing mark, Morrison was still 30 seconds clear. Stechmann took the high road and passed all but Rhodes. Wood, back in the early teens, must have rolled his eyes in disbelief as his three rivals now filled the first three places. The second work was a repeat of the first with the boats all heading left. The breeze up a little now, Woods picked up a couple but still had to watch as his rivals took the top spots. The run was a drawn out affair as the breeze once again died. Turning for home, Morrison had a good margin on Rhodes.

Stechmann had closed in on Rhodes but now had Nige Mannering for company. Woods dropped a couple down the run and turned for home 12th. At the line, Morrison took a comfortable win from Rhodes, Mannering pipped Stechmann on the line for their third photo finish of the event. All eyes now turn to Woods. As the boats all converged on the line it was clear the title would go down to the last race as Woods crossed 10th.

Woods now carried eight points, Morrison 13, Rhodes 14 and Stechmann 17. Some quick calcs revealed all could still take the title. A perfect ending to any National Title loomed.

The final race got underway in a nice eight knot southeaster. A massive dark cloud dragged the breeze right a little but most felt the breeze would swing back once this passed. Off the line, the four main players were all together off clean at the leeward end. Within minutes it was obvious the left wasn't going to pay as a group of boats that started on the boat and tacked early and tacked back on more lifting breeze out to the right made a huge jump.

Steve McDowell won the race right there. At the top, McDowell was over a minute clear as a huge gaggle of boats rounded together with Chris Fenwich, Peter Schuearl and Luke O Connell at the sharp end of the bunch. Morrison and Woods rounded together 10th and 11th Stechmann 15th and Rhodes back in 22nd. Down the reaches the front three pulled away.

Wood wasn't letting Morrison out of his sights and there cosy little twosome was soon three as Stechmann sailed into their bunch. Up the next work, Woods worked Morrison to the left. Stechmann went on the attack and worked the right to good effect. At the top, McDowell still lead from Fenwich. Schuearl and O Connell, Stechmann had jumped to fifth with Nige Mannering sixth. Woods and Morrison still together had dropped into the early teens as there trek up the left had failed miserably. down the run O Connell showed the new Woody's had pace by dispatching of both Fenwich and Schuearl. on the final turn for home McDowell only need to cruise along in front - similarly, O Connell now with a good margin to Fenwich. the points situation at the bottom made interesting viewing. Rhodes having a shocker always had a fourth up his sleeve as a drop so, could do no worse than 18 total.

Wood needing a better result than 10th, found himself 12th on the turn for home. Morrison back in 13th could also see his second turning into a fourth as Stechmann had enough boats' gap to jump him for third. with the breeze now into the low teens, Woods was never going to be denied. he turned on the power up the last work and with a favourable left shift managed to jump from 12th to sixth on the line and secure his title. Mcdowell took a comfortable win in his new Leech OK followed by O Connell in the sistership, Nige Mannering slipped in for another third only seconds before Fenwich, Schuearl, Woods and Stechmann.

So Wood had his title on 14 points, well deserved! His defining moment of the contest being his third place in the tricky race 3 in conditions not suited to the big fella. Paul Rhodes took another National's second place and defending Champ Ben Morrison showed champion qualities to fight back from a first race OCS is be a contender at the death.

A very relaxed prize giving dinner took place at Shed 2. As well as the first three awards went to Jake Weekes for the junior champ, Rhodes for the over 50s and Marty Pike took out the over 60s on countback. Rob Hengst was a very popular winner of the personality award. An OK sailor through and through, Rob has played a huge part in the Napier fleet for years and along with Chris Fenwich put on a fabulous regatta. many of the ideas for this contest will be carried forward to future events, mainly afternoon races as all enjoyed the relaxed morning atmosphere and chance to enjoy the evenings a little more without having to rise too early!

Special thanks to the Napier sailing Club, Gerry Martin and his race team for getting the racing away in some tough conditions and to all the volunteers for making the regatta a success.

Next year's event will take place in Wellington and it is hoped our Anzac friends will make the trip for an Interdomion.

2013 National Championship

Napier Sailing Club

30 Dec - 4 Jan
2013 National Championship
#Helm NameSail NoClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7TotalTot-1
1Russell WoodNZL 526Wakatere BC11312962314
2Paul RhodesNZL 517Worser Bay BC242442153318
3Ben MorrisonNZL 530Wakatere BC26 OCS6123184721
4Matt StechmannNZL 524Worser Bay BC521251473624
5Steve McDowellNZL 545Worser Bay BC357115613827
6Nigel ManneringNZL 512Napier SC26 OCS31036335428
7Joe PorebskiNZL 523Worser Bay BC7841081431 DNF8251
8Adrian ManneringNZL 504Napier SC6156691896951
9Peter ScheuerlGER 618Norddeutscher RV427 DNC111371347952
10Luke O'ConnellNZL 546Worser Bay BC1024 DNF147151228460
11Kagen WeeksNZL 485Horowhenua BC26 OCS1458125219165
12Rob HengstNZL 533Napier SC827 DNC199138109467
13Jake WeeksNZL 51Horowhenua BC26 DNF138141111119468
14Chris FenwickNZL 509Napier SC1116182018759575
15Rod DavisNZL 511Wakatere1599171610209676
16Marty WeeksNZL 479Napier SC91013151431 OCS1811079
17Adrian CoulthardNZL 531Napier SC127161620161410181
18Miles AddyNZL 482Wakatere BC1312201917201711898
19Brett GrahamRSA 32Wakatere BC29 DNC27 DNC1512102119133104
20Chris DevineNZL 454Napier SC16112418192322133109
21Martin PikeNZL 536Napier SC17182223212613140114
22Evett NyzinkNZL 515Napier SC1817172231 DNF1723145114
23John ShirleyNZL 539Napier SC14212131 DNF31 DNS1912149118
24Julian BishopNZL 516Worser Bay BC21202325222425160135
25Sefton PowrieNZL 90RNZYS20222624242524165139
26Mike O'DwyerNZL 518Napier SC29 DNC27 DNC2531 DNS31 DNS1516174143
27John HoogerbrugNZL 493Napier SC1919272131 DNS31 DNS31 DNS179148
28Nigel ComberNZL 510Wakatere BC29 DNC27 DNC2826232226181152
29Matt PerryNZL 458Worser Bay BC29 DNC27 DNC292731 DNS2728198167
30Bruce EllinghamNZL 466Napier SC29 DNC27 DNC3031 DNS31 DNS2827203172

30 competitors, report to follow


by Matt Stechmann

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=105312

2:21 PM Sat 5 Jan 2013GMT


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







News - USA and the World

Kate Nota and her team onboard the J/111 Odyssey won the Ripple Effect Short Video Contest, which was part of the Ida Lewis Distance Race this summer (August 15). ... [more]  

The largest Laser World Championship in history will be taking place on the south coast of France when 515 sailors, representing 36 different countries, begin racing on October 5 to open the 2014 Audi Laser Masters’ World Championships. The Laser remains one of the best and most popular boats worldwide in which to enjoy the sport of sailing. ... [more]  

After being graced with plenty of late summer sunshine during the opening days of the event, more autumnal weather moved in on the fifth day of the DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam with grey skies and infrequent showers. Unfortunately though the light winds continued as the sailors endured another lay day. ... [more]  

In a move that is expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was back on the water for day two at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

It has been an interesting journey so far for the Chinese team in the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng Race Team. Approximately 10 months ago this team set out on a mission to select and train Chinese recruits in the hope that they would be ‘race ready’ for the start of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race fans can now carry the world’s toughest ocean race in their pocket, thanks to the launch of a new official mobile app. Developed for both iOS and Android systems, the app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play now – and boasts a host of exciting features which will allow users to be closer to the on-water adventure than ever before. ... [more]  

Race teams planning next season’s calendar could do worse than sign up for the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2015 which runs from 16-24 January. This event, which kick starts the Caribbean race season, was re-launched in 2014 with a new race format and plenty of record-breaking opportunities. It proved such a success that an even bigger entry is expected in 2015. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the French Riveria , and provided this gallery of images of the classics and other yachts racing ... [more]  

Sunset+Vine|APP, the Oxford-based unit of the multi-award winning UK independent TV sports production and media company Sunset+Vine, has helped ISAF smash all previous broadcaster records for the recent Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. ... [more]  

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Don’t forget to enter the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne. There are only two days left to take advantage of the discounted entry price offer. ... [more]  

2014 12 Metre North American Championships - Two days of a northerly (first strong, then light) and one day of a building southwesterly put six 12 Metre yachts to the test at their North American Championships, which were held off Newport, R.I. over September 26-28. Gunther Buerman’s (Newport, R.I.) KZ-3 and Dennis Williams’ (Hobe Sound, Fla.) Victory ’83 defended their titles ... [more]  

The waiting game continued on day four of the DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam as the light winds continued. Over the course of the day a few sailors took the opportunity to make the most of the small waves on offer, either surfing or SUPping. After spending the day on hold the sailors were released at 4:30pm. ... [more]  

After Gmunden, Austria, in 2011 and Cala de' Medici, Italy, in 2012 and after a pained second place, same points with the Portogues 'Credite Egs' in Portosin, Spain, last year, the Italian crew coming from Puglia 'Euz II Monella Vagabonda', with Sandro Montefusco at the helm and his brother Paolo as a tactician, confirms for the third time the Platu 25 World Championship title. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was on deck for the first day of competition at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on site for day one of racing at the 2014 Les Voiles de Saint Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

The final day of the 2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship ended up being a half day of sailing due to a complete shutdown of the wind. However, the fleet completed enough races to count Gold Round Robin 3 and crown Ladies and Gentlemen as the back-to-back Team Racing Champions. ... [more]  

Michigan, the Great Lakes State, was a fitting location as The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) gathered for the fourth time in the organization’s history to fulfill its mission to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing. ... [more]  

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published guidelines for candidates bidding to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship. Bids to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds must be received by Friday 24 October 2014. ... [more]  

The onboard medic-sailors competing in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race have completed their last medical training. More than a basic first aid refresher course, the mandatory medical training each Volvo Ocean Race team had to carry out in the last few months and days are key to survival while at sea. ... [more]  

Erik Simonson was on the water at 2014 Melges 20 Pacific Coast Championship to capture these images. ... [more]  

2014 J/105 North American Championship - Light air ruled the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada—and so did Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin on Mandate. ... [more]  

The Extreme Sailing Series event in Istanbul seems to have only just finished, but already the containers are in the Ville de Nice set to gear up for this weeks penultimate regatta. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are back onboard this week, fresh from their 49er World Championship win and looking to make it two wins from two events for Emirates Team New Zealand on the ?Extreme Sailing Series ... [more]  

2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - In Sunday’s final matches in the Buddy Melges Challenge, Stephanie Roble and Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen showed the crowds on the bluffs of Lake Michigan how top class match racing should be sailed. It took five absolutely thrilling matches for the Danish crew to secure their first WIM Series event victory since last summer’s Danish Open. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC72 takes to the streets by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Oracle Team USA's winning AC72 takes to the streets of San Francisco, one year on from the Team's successful Defence of the America's Cup. This week the AC72 catamaran Oracle Team USA raced to victory is going to be a special guest at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco. ... [more]  

Matches between the world’s top two match racing skippers are always aggressive affairs on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). In the pre-start of the first match, Canfield stuck two penalties on Williams, leaving the British boat playing catch-up. ... [more]  

Pantaenius, the world’s leading specialist yacht insurance company, has been at the forefront of yacht insurance for more than 40 years, earning a reputation for transparency and commitment to customer service that provides round-the-clock international support and reliable, speedy claims settlement. ... [more]  

What a great day for kiting at Kite Foil Gold Cup Australia 2014! 10-15 knot North Easterly and slight seas. Kites zooming around like supersonic mosquitoes but mosquitoes buzz whereas foiling kites are completely silent! ... [more]  

At the time that we are writing this, it is almost exactly a week since the first race took place at Wakatere Boating Club in New Zealand, followed by hundreds of races across the globe that we have been told attracted record numbers of sailors to your clubs ... [more]  

2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - It was a picturesque day on Marblehead Harbor with plenty of sunshine for the second day of the U.S. Team Racing Championship. Once again, a lack of consistent breeze made for a challenging day for the Race Committee, umpires and competitors. Nevertheless, PRO Susie Schneider and her team were able to complete Round Robin One ... [more]  

2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Saturday’s racing in the Buddy Melges Challenge on Lake Michigan, USA, saw more breeze than ever before during the week. Stephanie Roble used her local knowledge to show a clean sheet for the day, going in to Sunday’s conclusion with a one – zero lead over Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen in the final, sailed as a best of five match series. ... [more]  

2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - A balanced field and limited racing usually leads to close races and a crowded leaderboard. This was the situation on Eagle Mountain Lake for the last day at the U.S. Adult Championship, hosted by Fort Worth Boat Club. ... [more]  

2014 J/105 North American Championship - Five races are now in the books, and just three points separate the top three teams at the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... [more]  

Images from Cannes: Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai
Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai: Cannes at its best
Dutch Match Cup - Gilmour keeps clean sheet in Lelystad
Dutch Match Cup - GAC Pindar through to fifth consecutive semi-final
Hobie 16 Open North Americans and 2015 Pan Am Games qualifier overall
Volvo Ocean Race - Frostad on Boat Design and final changes (Part II) *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race 10 days to go – Frostad on cultural change (Part I) *Feature
2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race on NBC Sports Network in the U.S.
2014 J/24 World Championship - Will Welles’ Cougar clinches
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Meldgaard and Le Berre ready for semis
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 3
2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Day 1 + Video
America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue
Byte CII World Sailing Championship comes to Royal Varuna, Thailand
Dutch Match Cup: Canfield wins Qualifying, six set for Quarters battle
12 Metre North Americans - A blast from the America’s Cup past
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup qualification system published
Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre named as Spanish team sponsor + Video
Extreme Sailing Series returns to Nice for the penultimate Act of 2014
ISAF invites bids for 2016 Women's Match Racing World Championship
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne - Teaming up   
Mascalzone Latino Jr. named 2014 Melges 20 European Ranking Champion   
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Le Berre keeps winning in Sheboygan   
Hobie 16 Open North American Champ and Pan Am Games Qualifier - Day 4   
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 2   
J/105 North Americans - Wilmer and McLaughlin master light conditions   
J/24 World Championship - Will Welles hangs on going into last day   
Open 2.4mR World Championship on the horizon   
Bart's Bash - Top photographers gain special entry   
Platu 25 Worlds - EUZ II Monella Vagabonda is still leading in France   
St. Barth Cata Cup - Olympic duel on the island   
Dutch Match Cup - High winds and big wipeouts in Lelystad   
Route du Rhum - Yann Guichard to sail Spindrift 2 solo   
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image - Best sailing photo of the year sought   
Volvo Ocean Race - Yann Riou, getting you up close and personal   
Marseille One Design concludes GC32 racing season + Video   
World Yacht Racing Forum - Seventh edition to take place in Barcelona   
Record number of entries for the Sailing Champions League   
Platu 25 World Championship - Euz II Monella Vagabonda still leading   
Rolex Middle Sea Race Record - A possibility for Esimit Europa 2   


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 NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT