Please select your home edition
Edition
Hella Dual Colour Floodlights - Top 728 x 90px - 6 jpg

Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta: Mixed 470 throws up surprises on Day 2

by Michael Brown / Yachting NZ 18 Feb 2022 02:53 PST 18 February 2022
Paul Snow-Hansen and Rebecca Hume - Mixed 470 - Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - Takapuna BC February 18 © Adam Mustill

The 470 is the oldest class in Olympic sailing, having made its debut at the 1976 Games, but it's taken on a new look for the 2024 Paris Olympics having gone to a mixed format.

It's also brought about a change at the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta and the majority of entries in the 470 this week are mixed combinations.

Sitting on top of the standings today was a familiar face, three-time Olympian Paul Snow-Hansen, but his crew is less well known, Rebecca Hume, who represents the new breed of 470 sailors.

Snow-Hansen is still working out his next move, and a training session on Wednesday was his first time back sailing a 470 since last year's Tokyo Olympics.

He was convinced to team up with Hume for the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta and the pair won three of today's five races sailing the same boat Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox used in Tokyo, when they finished just outside the medals.

A growing fleet of mixed 470 sailors has emerged in the past 12 months, and Hume is excited about the opportunities ahead as she sets her sights on the Paris Olympics.

"With the move to the mixed 470 we have seen a lot of new people giving it a go," said Hume, who has two sisters also competing at the regatta. "Everyone has been quite fluid, jumping in and out of different boats and teaming up with different partners.

"I was looking for a skipper for this event and fortunately Paul was available. I’m learning so much, so many small details in the way you move through the boat that a coach might not pick up outside the boat. It’s like having a coach sitting alongside me, and really intensely, for three days."

Snow-Hansen and Hume revelled in the beautiful sailing conditions of 12-15 knots off the Takapuna Boating Club today, like many across the various fleets.

They hold a two point lead over Brittany Wornall and Sam Street, with Sofia Higgott and Andre Van Dam a further four points behind in third.

Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie continued their perfect start to the regatta, winning another three races in the 49er today on top of the three they won yesterday. The pair now lead Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn, who last weekend claimed their fifth-straight 49er national title, by seven points midway through the regatta.

It's tight at the top of the 49erFX fleet, where Alex Maloney and Olivia Hobbs lead Jo Aleh and Molly Meech on countback, while world champion Tom Saunders won four of the five races in the ILCA 7 (Laser) fleet today to establish a handy lead over Thomas Mulcahy and Luke Cashmore.

Both open and youth sailors race together in the ILCA 6 (Laser Radial), with Annabelle Rennie-Younger the leading open fleet sailor after four races and Caleb Armit and Teaghan Denney sitting on top of the youth standings.

The Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta also incorporates the windfoiling national championships and Josh Armit holds a narrow lead over Thomas Crook after six races. Veerle ten Have leads the women's fleet.

A lot of the best racing was in the youth classes, where there's a lot on the line with selection to the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team to compete at this year's youth sailing world championships up for grabs.

They should enjoy good conditions over the weekend and ensure all fleets get back on schedule after most were unable to get on the water yesterday due to light winds.

Results and standings after day 2 of the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta and windfoiling national championships today:

49erFX (9 boats)

1st: Alex Maloney / Olivia Hobbs (Murrays Bay Sailing Club / Royal Akarana Yacht Club) (6) 5 1 1 1 5 - 13 points 2nd: Jo Aleh / Molly Meech (Torbay Sailing Club / RAYC) (3) 3 3 2 2 3 - 13 pts 3rd: Brayden Hamilton / Henry Haslett (MBSC / Wakatere Boating Club) 2 (6) 6 3 6 2 - 19 pts

49er (5 boats)

1st: Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie (RAYC) (1) 1 1 1 1 1 - 5 pts 2nd: Logan Dunning Beck / Oscar Gunn (WBC / MBSC) 2 4 2 2 2 (6 OCS) - 12 pts 3rd: Sam Bacon / Henry Gautrey (Worser Bay Boating Club / Muritai Yacht Club) (5) 2 4 3 3 2 - 14 pts

470 (6 boats)

1st: Paul Snow-Hansen / Rebecca Hume (WBC / MBSC) (7 UFD) 2 1 1 1 - 5 pts 2nd: Brittany Wornall / Sam Street (Naval Point Club Lyttelton / New Plymouth Yacht Club / MBSC) 1 1 (3) 3 2 - 7 pts 3rd: Sofia Higgott / Andre Van Dam (RAYC / Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club) 3 3 (4) 2 3 - 11 pts

420 (9 boats)

1st: Lucas Day / Sam Scott (MBSC) (3) 1 2 2 1 - 6 pts 2nd: Joe Leith / Josh Ferrissey (MBSC) 2 2 1 3 (4) - 8 pts 3rd: Cameron Brown / Alex Hebberd (WBC / MBSC) (10 UFD) 3 3 1 2 - 9 pts

Girls

1st: Nicola Hume / Dani Wooldridge (MBSC / WBC) 1 (4) 4 4 3 - 12 pts 2nd: Vivien Webster Chung / Kiera Sinton (MBSC / WBC) 4 (5) 5 5 5 - 19 pts

ILCA 6 (27 boats)

Open

1st: Annabelle Rennie-Younger (RAYC) 2 2 1 5 - 10 pts 2nd: George Lane (Hamilton Yacht Club) 5 6 3 3 - 17 pts 3rd: Olivia Christie (WBBC) 4 4 6 6 - 20 pts

Male youth

1st: Caleb Armit (MBSC) 1 3 2 1 - 7 pts 2nd: Dylan Forsyth (RAYC) 3 1 4 2 - 10 pts 3rd: Zach Stibbe (Otago Yacht Club) 6 7 10 9 - 32 pts

Female youth

1st: Teaghan Denney (Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club) 18 15 18 14 - 65 pts 2nd: Anna Martin (NPCL) 16 19 16 18 - 69 pts 3rd: Molly Webley (Manly Sailing Club) 17 18 17 17 - 69 pts

Windfoiling

Gold fleet (17 boards)

1st: Josh Armit (MBSC) (2) 2 1 1 1 1 - 6 pts 2nd: Thomas Crook (WBC) 1 1 2 2 (4) 2 - 8 pts 3rd: Eli Liefting (RAYC) 3 6 3 (18 UFD) 2 3 - 17 pts

Women

1st: Veerle ten Have (TYPBC) 4 3 6 5 7 (10) - 25 pts 2nd: Brianna Orams 10 10 9 8 (12) 11 0 48 pts

Youth

1st: Jack Parr (1) 1 1 1 1 1 - 5 pts 2nd: Charles Solly 3 4 2 (6) 3 3 - 15 pts 3rd: Aimee Bright 2 (6) 4 2 6 2 - 16 pts

Kitefoiling (5 boards)

1st: Lukas Walton-Keim (open - Takapuna Boating Club) (1) 1 1 1 1 1 - 5 pts 2nd: Hugo Wigglesworth (youth - MSC) 2 2 2 2 (3) 2 - 10 pts 3rd: Justina Kitchen (women - TBC) 3 (6 DNC) 3 3 2 3 - 14 pts

Full results click here

Related Articles

Tom Saunders named Male & NZ Sailor of the Year
Womens WASZP champion Elise Beavis is named Aon Female Sailor of the Year Tom Saunders won the big prize, the Orbit World Travel Sailor of the Year Award, at the annual Aon Yachting Excellence Awards on Friday. Posted on 18 Nov 2022
Waka Huia wins North Sails Young 88 Owners title
Waka Huia wins North Sails Y88 Owners Regatta despite breaking tiller Waka Huia owner, Nick Gillies, thought his chances of winning the North Sails Young 88 Northern Owners Championships had shattered along with the tiller he broke on the eve of the regatta. Posted on 16 Nov 2022
Kiwi wins Bronze Medal at Para Sailing Worlds
John Buchanan finished third at the recent World Para Sailing Championships in Japan John Buchanan finished third at the recent World Para Sailing Championships in Japan as para sailing looks to return to the Paralympic Games. Posted on 2 Nov 2022
Kiwi windfoilers show form at Worlds
New Zealand sailors performed well at the recent iQFoil world championships in Brest New Zealand sailors performed well at the recent iQFoil world championships in Brest, with Veerle ten Have making the Medal Race, and Josh Armit winning five of his 14 races. Posted on 27 Oct 2022
Takapuna top qualifier at Sec Schools Nats
Takapuna Grammar went through as top qualifiers after the double round robin at the Nat Sec Schools Takapuna Grammar went through as top qualifiers after the double round robin, along with Glendowie College and Napier Boys' High School. None of those schools have ever won the national title. Posted on 6 Oct 2022
NZL Sailing Team: Strong Kiwi result on Final day
Kiwis make a strong statement, in 49er, FX and Nacra 17 classes, 24 months out from Paris2024 Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie were New Zealand's best performed crew at the combined 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Worlds in Nova Scotia, Canada which concluded after six days of racing. Six New Zealand crews competed in the three Olympic classes. Posted on 5 Sep 2022
NZL Sailing Team: Medals on Kiwi menu - Day 5
Top two Kiwis 49er crews will be on the hunt for medals in tomorrow's final day of the Worlds New Zealand's top two 49er crews will be on the hunt for medals in tomorrow's final day of the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships in Canada. Posted on 5 Sep 2022
NZL Sailing Team: 5 Kiwi crews in Top 10 - Day 4
Five Kiwi combinations are still in the top 10 of their various fleets with two days of racing left The fourth day of competition saw the return of a sea breeze, which proved a lot more comfortable for most after the tricky offshore conditions of the previous day, but it also meant it tightened up the racing as crews fought for every point. Posted on 4 Sep 2022
NZL Sailing Team: 5 Kiwi crews in Top 10 - Day 3
Five New Zealand crews are in the top 10 halfway through the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Worlds The wind changed direction in Nova Scotia, mixing up the leaderboards with it, and it now means five New Zealand crews are in the top 10 halfway through the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships. Posted on 3 Sep 2022
Kiwi49erFX crews fifth and sixth o'all - Day 2
Encouraging signs from NZ's top 49erFX combinations at the world championships - Day 2 There were encouraging signs from New Zealand's top 49erFX combinations at the World Championships in Nova Scotia, with both crews firmly entrenched in the top 10 after the second day of action. Posted on 2 Sep 2022
Zhik 2022 Choice of Champions FOOTERUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERASB23-SW-1456x180-Banner-Bottom-REV-03