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NZ Women’s Match Racing Championships Day 1 lead to Hazard
'Stephanie Hazard (6. Western Mailing) round the bottom mark just ahead of Olivia Powrie - LIVEsport Telecom New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championships 2011'
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New Zealand Women’s Match Racing Championships 3rd to 6th March hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
Stephanie Hazard and her crew of Jenna Hansen, Susannah Pyatt, Nichola Trudgen and Sara Winther, had a fantastic day on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour winning all 8 of their races and sit atop the leader board at the end of race day one.
Two round robins were completed meaning the five women’s teams raced each other twice, with one team having a bye each flight.
Race Officer Mike Best pushed hard to get two round robins in today, due to inclement weather conditions forecast for Saturday.
Hazard who at just 21 has tasted successes with her recent match racing regattas. She and her crew come to this event off the back of a win in last weekend’s Musto Wellington Match Race Cup hosted by the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. Their team work from last weekend was used their advantage making clean sweeps in both round robins.
In second position overall with a total of 5 wins and 3 losses is Jessica McDowell (nee Smyth) who after a two year break from sailing has quickly proved she hasn’t lost her touch. In fact the 2009 NZ Women’s Match Racing Championships was the last event McDowell and her loyal crew competed at, which they won overall. McDowell also completed the double in 2009 winning the Women’s National Keelboat Championships, after which she purchased and now manages two gyms in Auckland but organisers and competitors were certainly glad to see her back racing this week!
McDowell’s three losses were to Hazard and third placed Olivia Powrie.
23 year old Powrie is part of the 420 pre-Olympic Squad but has been sailing the Elliott 7’s during the RNZYS Wednesday Evening Series 'I have been helming an Elliott 7 during the Wednesday Series and it’s been heaps of fun' commented Powrie.
Jess McDowell (windward 4. Harken) versus Sam Osborne (leeward 3. Telecom) - LIVEsport Telecom New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championships 2011 - Sara Tucker Click Here to view large photo
Powrie lost to McDowell in Round Robin 1 by 7 seconds but bounced back in Round Robin 2 to take the win by 9 seconds. Powrie’s other losses were to Hazard and to Samantha Osborne.
Next overall is 24 year old Sam Osborne and her team who grabbed 3 wins and 4 losses from today’s racing. One win over Powrie, and wins over Danielle Bowater in both Round Robins.
Danielle Bowater & team representing the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme - LIVEsport Telecom New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championships 2011 - Sara Tucker Click Here to view large photo
Bowater and crew representing the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme had a tough day on the water and were unable to use their knowledge of the boats to their advantage. They will certainly be re-grouping tonight and back tomorrow looking to get some wins on the board.
The schedule for tomorrow (Saturday) begins with Flight One Round Robin 3 at 10.00am.
Round Robin One - Flight One Osborne beat Bowater by 6s McDowell beat Powrie by 7s Hazard Bye Flight Two Hazard beat Bowater by 29s Powrie beat Osborne by 1s McDowell Bye Flight Three Hazard beat McDowell by 1m 3s Powrie beat Bowater by 27s Osborne Bye Flight Four McDowell beat Osborne by 46s Hazard beat Powrie by 4s Bowater Bye Flight Five McDowell beat Bowater by 17s Hazard beat Osborne by 23s Powrie Bye Round Robin Two - Flight One Hazard beat Osborne by 13s McDowell beat Bowater by 2s Powrie Bye Flight Two Hazard beat Powrie by 5s McDowell beat Osborne by 3s Bowater Bye Flight Three Powrie beat Bowater by 19s Hazard beat McDowell by 30s Osborne Bye Flight Four Osborne beat Powrie by 25s Hazard beat Bowater by 8s McDowell Bye Flight Five Powrie beat McDowell by 9s Osborne beat Bowater by 15s Hazard Bye
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