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Oceanbridge NZL Sailing regatta big entry provides close racing at Wakatere BC

by Yachting New Zealand 11 Apr 15:40 PDT 12 April 2021
Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie won all five races sailed in the 49er class - Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - Wakatere BC April 11, 2021 © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz

Tom Saunders admitted he felt a few nerves lining up for the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta at the Wakatere Boating Club Sunday, even though he’s competed at multiple world events and been among the world’s best over the past decade.

The 28-year-old swapped his lifejacket and booties for goggles and a bike 14 months ago as he took a break from sailing after missing Olympic selection in the Laser to Sam Meech. Two weeks ago he blitzed his first ever ironman event in Taupo, finishing in under 10 hours.

Today’s races were considerably shorter and Saunders won three of the five in the Laser class to take top honours, which was a satisfying result considering it was his first Laser regatta since last year’s world championships in Melbourne last February.

“The Melbourne worlds is a long time ago now and I took some time off to reassess where I was at,” he said. “I was a bit disappointed after Melbourne [to finish 21st and miss out on Olympic selection]. I channelled all that energy into an ironman and that became my Olympics, I suppose.

“I have to admit there were definitely some butterflies before today. It was good to finally get back into it because it’s been a long time. I feel mentally refreshed and we are only three years away from the Paris Olympics so it’s coming around pretty quickly. Back into it.”

Saunders and the rest of the 132 entrants had expected to race across two days but competition was cancelled yesterday as gusts approaching 45 knots swept across the Hauraki Gulf. It went from one extreme to the next and racing today was delayed due to light winds before enough breeze filled in.

The race committee did well to get through five races for almost all 11 classes, and there was even enough breeze for both the Nacra 17s and windfoilers to get up and foiling most of the time.

Micah Wilkinson and Erica Dawson proved their class in the Nacra 17, winning seven of their nine races (the foiling catamarans also raced on Friday) to win overall, but the pair have bigger goals in mind.

“It feels like we’re into our final prep for the Tokyo Olympics,” Wilkinson said. “It was just about polishing everything up and it felt like we got there in some small way today.”

Dawson added: “We have made some really good gains in the past year since we last lined up against an international fleet. We’re really happy with our progress and really looking forward to getting overseas and testing ourselves against the rest of the fleet.”

That will come when they head to Spain later this month to train with and race against half of the Nacra 17 fleet who will contest the Olympics.

Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox have also been selected for the Tokyo Games and they won four of their five races to take the men’s 470 title.

Racing on the same course as them were some of this country’s top youth sailors and the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta presents a rare chance for them to race alongside some of the world’s best.

It is something that didn’t escape Amelia Angus and Carrington Brady, who won the girl’s 29er and finished second overall in the 15-strong fleet. The pair have made huge strides since teaming up six months ago, and were also first girls and second overall at the recent 29er North Island championships in Taupo.

“It’s super-inspiring being around everyone, especially since we are literally rigging up next to them, talking to them and sailing alongside them,” Brady said. “It’s a good insight into what we can do in the future and the pathway available to us because we can see it right in front of us.”

Results and standings from the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta held at the Wakatere Boating Club: Boy's 29er

1st: George Lee Rush / Josh Schon (Wakatere Boating Club) 1 2 1 (5) 5 - 9 points 2nd: Sean Kensington / Elliot Bacon (Kohimarama Yacht Club / Worser Bay Boating Club) 2 5 5 (8) 1 - 13 pts 3rd: Jasper Camenzind / Blake Hinsley (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 9 1 (15) 1 8 - 19 pts

Girl's 29er

1st: Amelia Angus / Carrington Brady (WBC) 3 3 (11) 2 3 - 11 pts 2nd: Lucy Leith / Lizzie Shapland (MBSC) 6 4 (7) 3 2 - 15 pts 3rd: Naiomi Ferrissey / Mia Barker (MBSC) (10) 8 8 4 4 - 24 pts

Women's Laser Radial

1st: Olivia Christie (WBBC/RAYC) 7 3 1 3 (8) - 14 pts 2nd: Emily Overend (Queen Charlotte Yacht Club) 5 (10) 9 1 5 - 20 pts

Girl's Youth Laser Radial

1st: Greta Pilkington (RNZYS) 12 (13) 4 2 3 - 21 pts 2nd: Sophia Morgan (KYC) 10 6 8 11 (17) - 35 pts 3rd: Teaghan Denney (Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club) 13 9 19 8 (15) - 40 pts

Boy's Youth Laser Radial

1st: Caleb Armit (MBSC) 1 1 3 (5) 1 - 7 pts 2nd: Harry Edwards (QCYC) 3 7 2 (10) 4 - 16 pts 3rd: Ethan Fong (WBC) 2 5 6 6 (12) - 19 pts

Laser

1st: Tom Saunders (TYPBC) 1 1 2 (7 OCS) 1 - 5 pts 2nd: Luke Cashmore (WBC) (2) 2 1 1 2 - 6 pts 3rd: Luke Deegan (Pupuke Boating Club) 3 3 (6) 3 3 - 12 pts

49er

1st: Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie (RAYC) (1) 1 1 1 1 - 4 pts 2nd: Logan Dunning Beck / Oscar Gunn (WBC/MBSC) (3) 2 2 2 3 - 9 pts 3rd: Sam Morgan / Pat Morgan (RAYC) (4) 3 3 4 4 - 14 pts

Men's 49erFX

1st: Seb Menzies / Brayden Hamilton (MBSC/WBC) (2) 1 2 1 1 - 5 pts 2nd: Mason Mulcahy / Thomas Mulcahy (MBSC) 4 (5) 4 3 2 - 13 pts

Women's 49erFX

1st: Crystal Sun / Olivia Hobbs (RAYC/KYC) (3) 3 1 2 3 - 9 pts 2nd: Courtney Reynolds-Smith / Brianna Reynolds-Smith (Torbay Sailing Club / RAYC) 1 4 (5) 5 4 - 14 pts 3rd: Helena Sanderson / Alice Haslett (BOIYC/WBC) (5) 2 3 4 5 - 14 pts

Girl's 420

1st: Vivien Webster Chung / Leah Sinton (WBC/MBSC) 1 (2) 2 1 2 - 6 pts 2nd: Amelia Peel / Briana Mitchell (PBC/EBYMBC) (3) 3 3 2 3 - 11 pts

Boy's 420

1st: Josh Ferrissey / Alex Hebberd (MBSC) 2 1 1 (4 DNC) 1 - 5 pts

Men's 470

1st: Paul Snow-Hansen / Daniel Willcox (WBC/MBSC) (2) 1 1 1 1 - 4 pts 2nd: Simon Cooke / Andre Van Dam (RAYC/EBYMBC/MBSC) 1 (3) 2 3 3 - 9 pts 3rd: Richard Power / John Power (Kerikeri Cruising Club) (4) 4 4 2 4 - 14 pts

Women's 470

1st: Kerensa Jennings / Rebecca Hume (MBSC) 3 2 3 (4) 2 - 10 pts

Nacra 17

1st: Micah Wilkinson / Erica Dawson (Ngaroto Sailing Club/MBSC) (2) 1 1 1 (2) 1 1 1 1 - 7 pts 2nd: Olivia Mackay / Jack Honey (Napier Sailing Club/BOIYC) 1 2 (4 DNF) (4 DNF) 1 2 3 3 3 - 15 pts 3rd: Henry Haslett / Blake McGlashan (WBC/MBSC) (3) (3) 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 - 16 pts

Nacra 15

1st: Hamish McLaren / Sofia Higgott (RAYC) (1) 1 1 1 1 - 4 pts 2nd: Cleo Boyd / Ziz Bently (BOIYC) (2) 2 2 2 2 - 8 pts

Men's Windfoiling

1st; Josh Armit (MBSC) 2 2 3 3 - 10 pts 2nd: Eli Liefting (RAYC) 1 1 5 4 - 11 pts 3rd: Thomas Crook (WBC) 5 4 1 2 - 12 pts

Women's Windfoiling

1st: Veerle ten Have (TYPBC) 10 8 8 6 - 32 pts 2nd: Brianna Orams (TSC) 12 11 9 9 - 41 pts

Youth Boy's Windfoiling

1st: Olly Maidment (TYPBC) 4 5 6 8 - 23 pts 2nd: Andrew Stretton (Lake Taupo Yacht Club) 8 9 4 7 - 28 pts 3rd: Charles Solly (WBC) 9 12 11 13 - 45 pts

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