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A new wave of passion in Palma

 

 

Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar – Day 1

 

For many of the 833 sailors racing at the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar opening day of what is effectively the start of the new four year Olympic cycle of European regattas brings a unique excitement. For the seasoned campaigners who made it to Rio, and for those who didn’t, being back in their boat, fully engaged in the heat of competition, racing on the renowned Bay of Palma is the perfect reminder of the enduring appeal of Olympic class racing. Indeed, for some, it could be considered a lifetime addiction.

Laser Radial World Champion Alison Young did not have the regatta she dreamed of in Rio. But she is back in the boat she loves, doing what she loves. After a fifth at the 2012 Olympics, then eighth in Rio there was, she says, no hesitation about whether to roll directly into the new cycle.

“There was no decision to be taken. I am really excited to be back. I really enjoy my Radial sailing. It is great to be back racing. I love Radial racing and I have such a great opportunity to keep getting better.” Young highlighted after opening with a second in the breezier first race and a fourth as the offshore drainage breeze faltered, became shiftier and finally expired in the very early afternoon.

She starts off in third overall behind the Netherlands Maxime Yonker who began with a 1,2 and Belgium’s 2012 bronze medallist Evi van Acker, another sailor whose passion for the Radial remains undimmed, who sailed a third and a first.

 

 

The contrast in conditions across the two races on the Laser race track was notable, the first contests for Women and Men enjoying a brisk 12 – 15kt breeze, the second saw lighter conditions.

Yonker is ready to press hard here after two months hard training on the Bay of Palma, driven by her slight disappointment at not coming away from the Sailing World Cup Miami event with a better result.

“I am really focused at this event. I want to keep it fun and enjoy it. I did an 11th in Miami and that was a bit disappointing after I had trained so hard. So here I was looking forwards to getting back out and racing again. So it is good to have a strong opening day after two months away from racing.”

The Dutch early leader stated, “The first race was stable and strong I started well and just hiked really hard. I managed to stay in front for the whole fleet. The second race was more puffy and tricky.”

Spain’s Joel Rodriguez, past Ladial Radial Youth World Champion, made the best start of the 134 strong Laser Standard fleet with a first and second ahead of Norway’s Mathias Mollat.

 

 

The USA’s Charlie Buckingham started his European campaign with a solid pair of scores, fifth and tenth: “It was a good way to start the event. I could have started a bit better and a couple of decision did not go my way but it was solid. I love Palma. It is one of my favourite events and here I am just looking forwards to getting more racing in Europe this season. Here I am focusing on particular things, starts and upwinds. I want to do a lot of events this season, just trying to maximise my racing practice.”

Buckingham was 11th in the Laser class in Rio and reflects:

“From Rio I learned a lot of things. Mostly there are smaller things I need to improve on but I think I am just looking to get more and more experience. There I think I finished probably where I should have, last quadrennial between seventh and 15th and now I just want to keep getting better and build my experience.”

For Sailing World Cup Miami 49er class winners Dylan Fletcher and 2012 Olympic 470 silver medallist Stuart Bithell, there is the excitement of putting the building blocks together as a new partnership which clearly had huge potential. Smart starting and hooking into the crucial first windshift was key to their pair of solid second places which put them at the top of the fleet after the first two races. A seventh in the third leaves them third, behind their compatriots James Peters and Fynn Sterrit who count a 1,3. All three top boats have the same four points tally.

Bithell is a big fan of Palma, happy to be back at the regatta after a two year absence: “We are happy as a new team in the 49er. For us both it is different and really exciting. It is going really well at the minute after a really good winter of training. This week is a good week to see what we have learned and to learn more which we will hopefully take on to Hyeres.

Our objective this week? To win. We are looking to win but in fact we are not looking too much at the outcome. I know it’s boring to be saying that. But it is. There is a good fleet here with plenty of good guys, plenty of numbers.”

For the US 470 pair, too, Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes the choice to carry on was no big choice. According to helm McNay:

“I love sailing. It is not hard to go on. As long as my family say it is OK to keep going then I will be sailing. I love the sport. I love 470 sailing. I love Olympic sailing. It is the pinnacle of our small boat sailing.”

The Miami class winners McNay and Hughes lie third after the first two races: “It was good for an opener. We started towards the leeward end of the line both times and it turned out that the right hand end was a bit better. But we were able to keep fighting, we had good upwind speed there was plenty to play on the shifts and we had good downwind speed. And to end up with two solid scores is a good way to start. We are here to win, that is why we race. But it is the beginning of the season in Europe and we love racing in Palma. The class here is good. We have a number of guys from the Olympics and as well a whole crop of good younger guys coming up.”

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49er and 49er FX classes in Palma 2017

 

Photo @Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / Trofeo Sofia

 

Notable entries for Palma 2017

 

It’s Palma time again, and that means it’s the first chance to drool at sun soaked Mediterranean photos of some of the worlds best sailors, and those who wish to become them. Especially fun is Palma in the year after the games, as it’s the first large regatta where many of the top sailors will get back into the game. So let’s see who’s showing up, and why that’s notable.

 

Squads

The first thing we notice is there are some very deep squads. 6 Danes, 4 French, 4 Spanish, 7 Brits, 4 Germans, 4 Irish, 3 Dutch, and 4 Poles in the 49er.

The Danes… 6 teams and no Jonas Warrer, and no Allan Norreggaard… so the old man medalists are out of the way and a new generation is looking to replace them. The Danes have been one of the most successful nations in 49er since the start, taking medals in 2008 (Gold) and 2012 (Bronze) and then the leather medal in 2016. Jonas Warrer is off match racing and Allan is sailing Nacra, which means a whole new generation can fight to be the next great Danish skiff team!

3 Dutch – 4 Irish? Well, that’s a change! For the entire life of Olympic skiff sailing, Ireland and Holland have been committed 470 nations, ignoring the skiffs. Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton have blazed a path in Ireland and they’ve split to form 2 teams, with 2 younger teams also in the mix. Of significance though, is that both Ireland and the Netherlands have decided to compete in skiffs now. The Netherlands sailing team is the most selective in the world, typically only supporting a handful of teams in any quad, but then supporting them to the max. Whether any of these new skiff teams earn that support, we do not know yet, but the Netherlands has also committed to a strong 49erFX transition squad from youth to senior sailing, so they should have a strong supply of excellent young talent to fill the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 berths in upcoming games!

These strong squads so early in a quad sets up classic Olympic scenarios, where national teams form and work together, but ultimately know they are all chasing a single prized Olympic berth. It takes talented coaches and a very long term approach from a nation to make these situations work well, and there is sure to be some drama along the way!

 

Mix and match and internal strife

The most ambitious Olympic sailor of all time is back! Robert Scheidt shocked the sailing world when he decided to get back into the laser for Rio 2016 after the Star was removed. Many thought it was understandable for him to try and race in a home games, and many assumed at his age he wouldn’t be competitive in such a physical boat as the laser. Well, competitive he was, though he felt short of another medal. Well, he’s back, and he’s shocking again! He quietly started training with Brazilian crew Gabriel Borges through the winter, but he seems to like learning the skiff, and while we shouldn’t expect top results for at least a year, the true test will be if Robert’s ambition can lead him to put in the hours to learn all the new skills needed for a fast boat. If he puts in the time though, who would doubt his ceiling!

Another notable team from Brazil is Gabriel’s skipper from Rio 2016, Marco Grael. Marco is back to crewing, where he started his skiff career, and has brought over Carlos Robles who sailed for Spain last quad. This duo should be competitive from the get go, and if they can mesh as a team could become top contenders over time. Both sailors are top young talents, so we’ll see how they come together.

The Alonso brothers are back from Spain, and could now be the most senior members of the fleet. Also back are Diego Botin and Iago Marra, and these two teams had quite an off water battle for the Olympic berth after the Alonso’s won a Bronze at the 2015 Worlds and then match raced their countrymen back at the 2016 Worlds to win the berth mathematically, only to have their MNA launch another qualifier which they lost. All four sailors are complete gentlemen, but you can imagine there must be some bad blood there. In fleet racing, both should find themselves at the top of the fleet, so if they can avoid fixating on each other or not will be an interesting situation to follow.

If you haven’t noticed yet, Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell, who raced against each other for Rio 2016 berths have now teamed up and dominated Miami. They will be looking to win Palma having done a lot of training in Cadiz this winter. James Peters and Fynn Sterritt will need to emerge this quad from potential top sailors to top level competitors, as there should be little to slow Dylan and Stu down. A blast from the real past is Simon Hiscocks, 2000 Silver medalist and 2004 Bronze medalist is lining up as a skipper. He’s a guy who is more addicted to sailing than almost anyone else, and while he likely won’t rank at the top of the standings given his full time work schedule, it’s great to see a hero of the class stay involved.

Returnees

On an individual basis, there are also plenty of interesting teams entering. The Lange Brothers return after a strong first games. Their father won gold in the Nacra and they were one of the fastest improving teams last quad ultimately finishing 7th at the games, the highest placing for a first quad team. They should be contenders for the podium all quad long.

Yannick Lefebrve and Tom Pelsmaekers, from Belgium, are back. This duo were the last to successfully form and Oympic parthership, coming together in 2016. They sailed well together from the start and now look to put in the long hours of training needed to compete, we’ll see how they do without the freshness of a new team and a games just around the corner.

For the first time since 2001, the feature Austrians are not Nico Delle Karth and Niko Resch. Ben Bildstein and David Hussl started training alongside their countrymen in 2013 and have had numerous outstanding performances and set backs. They’ve been training hard all winter with top finishes at both Melbourne and Miami, and will be competitive all quad long. The biggest question remaining from them is if they can put up top performances at top regattas?

From Poland, Lukas and Pawel are back after an eighth in Rio. They could have contended for the medals but the regatta didn’t quite go their way. Their long term training partners split, seeing Tommy retire, but Jake has picked up young skipper Prz who has been developing along the Junior ranks and team Poland should remain a force to Tokyo.

Swiss Olympians Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean are back, as you’d expect given their young age, and they have two other Swiss teams joining them. This is the largest Swiss contingent in recent memory and is driven by a strong national class association who are working hard to build Swiss skiff sailing.

The Swedish squad are back, and we can only hope their NOC, which blocked their participation from Rio, can pick up some of their Olympic spirit and give them quality support all the way to Tokyo.

It’s fantastic to see our friends from Oman return. Musab and Hashim are wonderful gentlemen and sailors, and had it not been for an unfortunate quirk of the qualificaiton procedure for Rio, they would have been Olympians. There are a lot of Asian teams working hard for Tokyo, but with the Japanese gaining an automatic entry there might be additional space for them, and given their early start, they have a fantastic chance.

 

In the 49erFX its transplants all over

Clearly, the strong sisterhood that’s developed within the 49erFX culture is getting known! A large number of top sailors have transplanted themselves into 49erFX racing. So lets look at who’s joining the fleet.

The headlining name is 2016 World Sailor of the Year, Hannah Mills, 470 Gold Medalist from Rio. Hannah has been a top 470 sailor for two quads and is looking for a new challenge. She’s taken a unique approach to starting her 49erFX campaign… without a partner. For now she’s sailing with 49er Olympian Alain Sign, meaning she’ll be working on her skills for the near term and look to pick up a crew later. With Alain as her crew.

Palma is allowing male and mixed teams in the 49erFX this year, being a post Olympic year, to aid teams of all stripes get their campaigns going.

Another standout transfer is Nacra 17 Bronze medalist Tanja Frank, moving from crewing the Nacra to helming the 49erFX. She’s teamed up with Austrian crew Lorna Abicht and no doubt will be on a quick learning curve to start out.

Nicole Van Der Velden is on the opposite path as Tanja, moving from helming a Nacra 17 to a sixteen place finish in Rio to start crewing for Aruban Odile Van Aaholt. The duo are both young but have plenty of international experience and will have four years to build up a campaign.

 

Returning Olympians

Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey are both returning Olympians, the interesting part here is that Saskia has shifted over to racing for Team GB and abandoning Ireland after her skipper retired. Charlotte split with crew Sophie Ainsworth after an eighth place finish in London. Sophie has teamed up with Kate McGreggor though they are busy training down under and won’t be in Palma… so team GB is a jumble, and there is surely one more shoe to drop once Hannah looks to pick up a female crew.

Returning from Estonia are Kaitin Tammiste and Anna Maria Sepp, who were the last to qualify for Rio and were both teenagers at the games. They’re continuing on and will look to develop up the fleet over the next four years.

Returning from France is crew Aude Compan, but with skipper Sarah Steyaert retiring, she’s teamed up with former rival Julie Bossard. Julie spent a lot of time crewing last quad, but also has plenty of experience on the helm and they’ll be looking to get their project going.

German Olympians Vicky Jurcsok and Anika Llorenz are back and pushing straight through from their first games. They finished ninth in Rio and were probably a bit disappointed in that, but are charged up and getting ready for the new quad. They won the practice regatta.

 

Absences, Changes and Notes

Absent are all four of the girls tied heading into the Rio medal race. Clearly Palma is going to be a development regatta in 2017 rather than a top championship.

However, from Denmark we have a new team with 2016 Worlds Silver medalist Anne-Julie Schutt with a new crew, Iben Neilsby. Anne-Julie had been crewing for her sister, Maiken, for the chase to Rio, so she’s switched so skippering and will be working on a new project.

Check out the regatta photos all week long, starting on Monday, March 27th, and note the Theatre Style final on Saturday April 1st. The scoring for the Theatre Style will be single points added to the points scored during the week, unlike other reports that stated the weeks points won’t count. Some other classes are testing other final formats, so sailing fans can tune in to see what excitement is generated.

 

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Olympic quad begins in Europe

 

Photo c Sailing Energy / Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar

 

Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta in Palma de Mallorca

 

The Spanish showcase Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar Regatta starts the new Olympic quadrennial in Europe on March 27 to April 1 when the waters of Palma, Mallorca welcome 646 boats and 833 sailors from 53 different nations, setting out on the first stages of what many hope will be a successful journey to the 2020 Olympic regatta in Tokyo, Japan.

This year it is once more the first event of the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup, but the event is also keen to be a catalyst for changes. On display this week will be a host of new formats and schedules which are designed to make the finale for each class more exciting and more easily understood, ideally holding tension and excitement right into the very last stages of each of the ten class events.

Each of the changes for the Finn, RS:X, 49er and 49erFX as well as the 470 classes have been proposed and refined by the classes themselves in cooperation with World Sailing.

For example, the 49er and 49er FX Classes will now be decided over three ten minute races over an Arena Style rectangle course. The RS:X Men and Women will be distilled down to a 10 sailor Quarter Final moving forward to a six boards semi final from which two advance to a three strong final including the outright winner of the Opening Series.

Ferran Muniesa Manager of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía explains:

“It was immediately obvious from last November’s World Sailing General Meeting that Olympic sailing needs changes to the format which was used in Rio 2016, as pushed for by the International Olympic Committee, by the Olympic classes and by the sailors themselves, recognising that Final day needs to be more understandable.

“At the last Olympics there were several cases where medals were already won before the Medal Race and that does not make sense to those who maybe do not know sailing, nor does it make for an exciting finale.

“So we agreed with the Events Committee to get in touch with all of the different classes and to look at their proposals. Thus all off these formats come from the classes themselves. There is no point in experimenting without the backing of the classes. Now we hope we have formats which are more understandable to non-experts.

“We are a regatta which likes to innovate and to rise to a challenge like this. We have had a lot to adapt, not least the result systems. In practical terms, that also means another course area on the last day and more people to run it. It’s a great challenge.

“At first when we went through the proposals, our people were looking at me like ‘what on earth?’ Now here we are ready to do it all. This is the right time to do it. We can be a little more flexible at this time in the quadrennial but you have to test it on a big scale like this, at a good level.”

 

Format Summary

The RS:X Classes compete in six qualifying races Monday to Wednesday in two groups followed by up to four races Thursday and Friday.

From this ten race opening series the sailors placed third to 12th race off a Quarter Final of 10. The top five advance to a Semi Final of six boards, including the sailor who took second place overall in the Opening Series. The top two sailors advance to a Grand Final of three boards which includes the sailor who took first the Opening Series.

The Finn Class compete in an eight race opening series Monday to Thursday. The top two boats from this Opening Series advance straight to the five boat one race Grand Final. Three boats, that is third, fourth and fifth advance to an eight boat Semi Final. On Friday there is a one race Semi Final Qualifier from which only the top five advance to the eight boat Semi Final. From this Semi Final the top three sailors go into the one race showdown Grand Final along with the top two from the Opening Series.

The 470 classes race Monday to Wednesday in two groups over six races. Thursday and Friday there are 6 races comprising a Semi Finals for the 20 boat Gold Fleet. The key difference is that each of the first two series carry forward one aggregate points tally (including one discard in Qualifying and one in Semi Final). Based on the overall results from these then the top eight boats go into the Grand Final.

The 49er fleet race in two groups Monday and Tuesday and then Wednesday and Friday are Semi Finals for 25 boats. From these aggregate scores there are ten boats advancing to a three race Medal Race Final.

The 49er FX race an Opening Series Monday to Friday followed by a three race Medal Race Final for the top ten.

The Nacra 17 compete Monday to Friday in a 15 race Opening Series. The top ten advance to a one race Medal Race.

The Laser and Laser Radial fleets race their ten race Opening Series over Monday to Friday, splitting to a Gold and Silver fleet for the Radials Wednesday and Friday, and a Gold, Silver and Bronze fleet for the Laser Standards. The top ten advance to the Medal Race.

 

Who’s entered

As usual the fleets contain a mix of Olympic stars and medallists looking to keep their game sharp, new pairings casting off on their new pathways together. Others might be simply dipping a toe back in the water for the sheer fun and enjoyment of racing at this hugely popular, accessible warm weather venue.

In the 470 Men’s Class which has 56 entries Greece’s bronze medallists Pangiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis return to the regatta where they finished third last year. They arrive fresh from finishing third in Miami in January. The USA’s Stu McNay and Dave Hughes won the Miami SWC event and were fourth in Rio 2016 and fifth in Palma in 2016.

In the 470 Women’s Class there are 42 entries. The Netherlands Afrodite Zegers and Annelous van Veen arrive at the CN Arenal after winning the Miami SWC and finishing fourth at the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. Last year on these same Palma waters they finished runners up in the 470 Europeans. Slovenia’s Tina Mrak and Veronica Macarol were sixth here last year, sixth in the Europeans and sixth in Rio at the Olympics.

In the 49er Class Ireland’s Ryan Seaton, tenth in Rio, won the class here last year but sails this time with Seafra Guilfoyle. Argentina’s young pairing of Yago and Klaus Lange finished seventh in Rio and were fifth in Miami at the Sailing World Cup. Poland’s Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski were eighth in Rio and seventh in the 49er Europeans last year in Barcelona. And the Spanish pair of Diego Botin and Lago Lopez Marra were third in Miami, third in the 2016 Europeans and third in Palma last year and ninth in the Olympic regatta in Rio.

In Miami in January Brasilian legend five times Olympic medallist Robert Scheidt opened a new chapter in his storied career with 16th at his first regatta in the 49er class with crew Gabriel Borges. They will be looking to prove their progression here. GBR’s 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Simon Hiscocks races with young Daniel Budden. Compatriot Dylan Fletcher, sixth in Rio with Alan Sign has begun a new campaign sailing with Stuart Bithell, the new pairing having won their first regatta together in Miami.

Eighth in Rio GBR’s Charlotte Dobson races with Saskia Tidey in a new partnership. Germany’s Victoria Jurczok Anika Lorenz were ninth in Rio.

Brazil’s Jorge Zarif is probably top seed in the Finn class after his victory in Miami and pushes into the new quadrennial after fourth in Rio. Sweden’s Max Salminen, Argentina’s Facundo Olazza and Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz will be among the top contenders.

In the Laser Standard fleet which has 134 entries USA’s Charlie Buckingham was 11th in Rio just ahead of Italy’s Francesco Marrai and these two will be among the leading challengers. Britain’s Lorenzo Chiavarini was third in Miami finishing just ahead 2015 World Champion Nick Thompson. Top seed in the Laser Radial class is Belgium’s 2012 bronze medallist Evi Van Acker and Finland’s Tuula Tenkanen who were fourth and fifth respectively in Rio.

The Nacra 17 class will witness the new pairing of Iker Martinez and Olga Maslivets. The Spanish double Olympic medallist is now partnered by the Ukranian-Russian sailor who previously raced in the RS:X class, winning the Sofia Iberostar regatta last year.

The RS:X classes, Men and Women, look to be very open. In the Men’s fleet the host nation’s Ivan Pastor Lafuente was best placed in Rio, finishing ninth. In the Women’s fleet Finland’s Tuuli Petaja-Siren was tenth in Rio. China’s Manjia Zheng was third in Miami in January ahead of GBR’s Isobel Martin who was fifth in Miami.

 

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As edited by Grand Prix Sailing – Source: Trofeo Princesa Sofía – Mallorca 2017

 

Gearing up for Foiling Week Garda 2017

 

 

The Foiling Week™, now reaching the 4th year, is expanding again offering more events and richer programs. The first and only series of global events dedicated to the amazingly fast foiling boats, their sailors and designers is heading to destinations in Europe, USA, South America and Australia.

The Foiling Week Association, together with a wider group of clubs on Lake Garda, will host the first 2017 event from 6th to 9th of July. The program will include the TFW Forum in the morning and the on-water activities mainly in the afternoon with a Foiling Expo and Foiling Boat Trials available throughout the event. There will be races for the one-design classes, a fun downwind long distance race  along with prototypes and a permanent test area for the boat trials.

Moths, Flying Phantoms, S9, Waszp, A Class catamarans, Kite Foil, Wind Foil and many other classes will race on the one design race course, while prototypes will race the TFW Downwind Long Distance race together with the one designs. High numbers are expected for the Moth races considering the Worlds will be a few days later at the same club.

 

 

 

Solar powered foiling boats will be also protagonists at Foiling Week. V20, the world’s first one-design solar powered foiling boat will demonstrate their capabilities while students are challenged to make the smaller V5 foiling.

Emission free power boats are aligned to the sustainability culture that Foiling Week wants to introduce to the sailing community together with Sailors for the Sea. Sailors for the Sea is a leading conservation organisation that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean.

Gurit TFW Forum will be run in the morning. This year the forum main topics will be accessibility, safety and sustainability, plus discussions on latest AC designs and production boats.

 

 

Accessibility to foiling is about the learning curve and spread amongst all sailors including children and women. Foiling is now ready to be the first sailing technique beginners can learn.

Because foiling is faster, safety needs the implementation of specific precautions and rules, in racing, boat design and sailors equipment.

Foiling Week wants 3.0 sailing to be the ambassador of a new way to live sailing. Sustainability is a key value that the foiling community can help spreading to the whole nautical world.

The Foiling Expo and Foiling Trials will be open daily to show and demonstrate the latest products and technologies available for foiling. There will be trials specifically dedicated to women and children, organised in co-operation with Magenta Project.

 

 

The Magenta Project was formed by the sailors of TeamSCA, the first all female team to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race in twelve years. “Changing a culture” is Magenta Project’s goal, Foiling Week Association share the same idea. Magenta’s girls want to promote women’s role in sailing, Foiling Week promotes a new and challenging way to sail for all.

Every day Forums, Races, Expo and Trials create experiences that people will share at the Foiling Week evening socials events. Foiling Week is the place to be for every passionate sailor looking for an intense and exciting sailing experience!

 

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Worlds first Waszp National Championships held in New Zealand

 

Jon Bilger (First Master and 4th overall) © John Adair

 

 

The World’s first ever Waszp National Championships were held in at Manly Sailing Club in New Zealand on the weekend of 4 – 5 March. The Waszp is a one design foiling dinghy that was launched onto the world sailing scene last year.

Andrew McDougall, the designer of the Mach 2 Moth, wanted to make foiling accessible to all sailors and has spent five years designing the Waszp to make it simple to rig, launch and sail, and most importantly, to bring the price and ongoing cost of foiling down so that all sailors can afford to fly. The Waszp concept has been embraced by NZ sailors and since its launch in August last year the fleet has quickly grown to 55 boats in NZ.

 

Wellington Waszp sailor Albert Stanley 3rd Youth. © John Adair

 

When the Waszp was first launched in NZ it was thought that the first season would be spent learning how to fly them and slowly building the class numbers. It was not envisaged that a NZ National Championship would be held, but NZ sailors have wanted to fly for a long time and so the number of Waszp’s in NZ has grown very quickly as have the flying skills of Kiwi sailors. The mix of sailors (pilots) is also very broad with male and female and ages from 10 to over 60, such that it was decided to hold the Inaugural NZ Waszp Nationals and be the first country in the world to hold such an event.

The fleet raced as one, with divisions for Youth, Women, Open and Masters. The overall winner would win the Andrew McDougall Trophy (in honour of the designer) and the individual division winners would have their divisional trophy named after them to mark the importance of this inaugural event.

 

Nick Olson fastest Waszp sailor in the world in a straight line. © John Adair

 

 

Conditions at Manly were offshore and gusty, 5-20 knots with big swings and some big holes on Sunday. In most of the races the leading sailors could fly around the complete course and finish the races in 10 to 15 minutes. For those sailors still learning, turning and going around marks were the skills they are still working on and they were taking 30-40 minutes to complete the races. The learners ended up not scoring as they were not able to finish soon enough to get points.

On Saturday, there were 26 Waszp’s on the start line and 24 on Sunday with 2 Waszp’s coming up from Wellington and Geoff Woolley, who flew in from Australia. It was impressive to see that many boats flying on a start line and the top sailors had enough skills and confidence after a few starts, to port tack the fleet on a number of occasions.

 

Foiling Gybe by youngest entrant 14 year old Francesco Kayrouz © John Adair

 

Henry Haslet from Wakatere narrowly beat another Wakatere sailor, Tim Adair (who had gear failure for races 7 and 8) to win the Andrew McDougall Trophy. Henry Haslett also won the Henry Haslett Youth Trophy.

Sara Winther won the Sara Winther (Takapuna) Women’s Trophy. Jon Bilger (Kohimarama) won the Jon Bilger Masters Trophy.

 

Sara Winther First Female. © John Adair

 

Thank you to Dave West the PRO for this first ever Waszp event, Sean Paterson the Commodore of Manly Sailing, Mark Orams the President of the Waszp Association of NZ, www.nzsailing.net for the sponsorship and all the Manly Sailing Club helpers who made it such a great event.

Full Results and more pictures and video can be found on the NZL Waszp Facebook page and for more information about trying or buying a Waszp

contact www.nzsailing.net.

 

by Mike Pasco as edited by Grand Prix Sailing

 

 

Goacher and Harper clinch world title in dramatic last race

 

2017 World Champions Steve Goacher & Tim Harper

 

21st Lexus Flying Fifteen World Championship at Napier

 

The last day of the 21st Lexus Flying Fifteen World Championship turned out to be a real cliff hanger. To finish on a high, Napier delivered on the weather with a warm sunny day and  9 – 11 knots of breeze.

The final race was delayed for about an hour as the NE/E breeze kept shifting  from side to side causing two general recalls. On the third attempt the PRO got racing started with a 1.1nm beat into a sloppy chop in Hawke’s Bay.

The two title contenders were at each other from the 5 minute gun with the Brits, Steve Goacher & Tim Harper playing cat and mouse with Nick & Janet Jerwood (AUS) never losing sight of each other.

 

 

Murray Gilbert & Jonathan Burguess lead the kiwi pack around the top mark

 

After a clean start under U flag, the fleet were split across the course with a slight bias to the middle left hand side upwind. The first rounding was really crowded with a whole raft of New Zealand boats leading the field. Locals Hayden Percy & Scott Pedersen led from Murray Gilbert & Jonathan Burgess from Royal Akarana YC in Auckland. Third round was a female skipper, Susan Thompson sailing with crew Cameron Taylor (AUS) from Daveys Bay in Victoria.

The following run turned dramatic, Goacher & Harper turned the spreader mark right on the stern of Nick & Janet Jerwood, both crews down in about 20th place. A collision from a luffing incident on the downwind leg ended up with a red flag on each of the lead boats along with a small hole in the Jerwood’s boat. The Jerwood’s rounded the gate in the top 10 but Goacher & Harper had dropped places to the mid 20’s, having done turns.

 

The kiwi fleet chase down the run

 

Jeremy Davy & Martin Huett (GBR) from Draycote Water SC took the lead at the gate, followed by David Yu & Chris Nelson (AUS) from Royal Freshwater Bay YC in Perth. The kiwi chase pack rounded in a huddle led by Murray Gilbert & Jonathan Burgess.

The second lap was more of the same, 9-11 knots with the breeze flicking regularly left and right. Davy & Huett begun to extend their lead from a charging Greg Wells & Richard Rigg (GBR).

There were a number of crucial place changes in the final leg to the finish but Davy & Huett held firm to take their first gun of the regatta, fellow Brits Wells & Riggs crossing second and Yu & Nelson recovering to 3rd.

 

Nick & Janet Jerwood have to settle for second

 

The Jerwood’s crossed in 4th and Goacher & Harper in 21st but sadly the final result of the championship would have to be decided in the protest room.

After a lengthy hearing Nick & Janet Jerwood were disqualified from the final race handing the title to the British team.

Steve Goacher was a very happy man winning his 4th world title nearly 20 years after his last win in 1999. However he was even more pleased for Tim his crew of the last two years as it was Tim’s first world title. He claimed it was one of the tougher championships he had raced in 25 years or more of Flying Fifteen sailing.

By finishing the last race in 6th, the kiwis Gilbert & Burgess rose to 3rd on the overall podium overtaking Percy & Pedersen as first kiwis. Aaron Goodmanson & crew Alister Rowlands made up the third kiwi boat in the top ten.

Hayden Percy & Scott Pedersen however have the honour of being first Silver boat with an impressive 6th place overall in the Open rankings. First Classic division boat was Nicholas Heath & Philippa Noon from the UK.

 

Results (Top 10 of 57 entries, after 7 races with 1 discard)

1 GBR 4021 Steve Goacher / Tim Harper – 19,8,1,1,2,1,(20) = 32pts

2 AUS 3986 Nick Jerwood / Janet Jerwood – 5,2,8,(20),1,2,DSQ/58 = 38pts

3 NZL 3840 Murray Gilbert / Jonathan Burgess – (32),9,6,13,5,6,5 = 44pts

4 GBR 4004 Charles Apthorp / Alan Green – 6,(53),14,2,15,3,7 = 47pts

5 AUS 3684 Matthew Owen / Andrew Reed – 2,4,7,9,12,(24),13 = 47pts

6 NZL 3091 Hayden Percy / Scott Pedersen – 1,6,22,5,(25),5,9 = 48pts

7 GBR 3760 Jeremy Davy / Martin Huett – 9,5,10,7,(16),DSQ/58,1,= 48pts

8 GBR 4030 Greg Wells / Richard Rigg – 4,14,15,(24),11,4,2 = 50pts

9 HKG 3972 Ashley Smith / Adam Kingston – 14,(35),4,6,4,16,11 = 55pts

10 NZL 3739 Aaron Goodmanson / Alister Rowlands – (18),3,13,17,7,1,6 = 57pts

For full results and more information visit: www.napiersailingclub.org.nz

 

The 21st Flying Fifteen World Championship host club is Napier Sailing Club.

Major sponsors and supporters include: Lexus of Hawkes Bay, Napier City Council, The Food Company, Nelson Signs, Napier Port, GWR, Marineland, Ericksen Honda, Clearview Estate Winery

More photos are available via facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/FFW2017Napier/

 

by Jonny Fullerton, on behalf of the International Flying Fifteen Class

 

 

Goacher sneaks ahead with one race to go 

 

 

21st Lexus Flying Fifteen World Championship at Napier

 

The penultimate race of the 21st Luxus Flying Fifteen World Championship in Napier has set up to be a mouth watering finale with the title hanging in the balance.

Another warm sunny day on Hawke’s Bay with a hint of a stronger breeze earlier on, which toyed with the PRO and ended up proving a real challenge. Twice race management were in start sequence when the radio call came in from the top mark that the breeze was swinging from 70 – 100 degrees and back again.

On the third attempt race 6 got underway around 1400hrs in another light and shifty 7-10 knot NE/E breeze with a bit of chop thrown in for good measure. The start was clean but with an almost constantly oscillating breeze it proved a real test to find the best way to tackle the first upwind leg.

 

 

Both the championship leaders Steve Goacher & Tim Harper (GBR) and Nick & Janet Jerwood started mid line and sniffed out the best track to round with a few boat lengths lead over a large pack including Charles Apthorp & Alan Green (GBR/IRE), fellow Brits Greg Wells & Richard Rigg and Hayden Percy & Scott Pedersen, the first of a bunch of kiwis.

The run proved a bit pedestrian as the breeze softened and the chase pack had to fight for room at the gate, sometimes rounding up to five boats abreast. Once ahead the Goacher machine went into cover mode never letting the Jerwood’s off their radar scanner. Apthorp & Green also managed to hold their position but the fight for the remaining top 10 places remained tight all the way round the triangle.

 

 

As Goacher & Harper rounded the gate to head up to the finish, the sea breeze came in with a final flourish sucking the lead group in to make the final  work leg interesting. Everything the Jerwoods did to get away from the clutches of the Goach, it was to no avail, the British team crossing for the third bullet of the championship with 1 race to go.

Apthorp & Green finished 3rd ahead of a big cluster of boats. The young kiwis, Percy & Pedersen were back in form in their 28 year old Silver fleet boat grabbing a useful 4th and Brits David Mckee & Mal Hartland a solid 5th.

 

 

So the world title hangs in the balance with one ore race to go. Steve Goacher & Tim Harper stand 5 points ahead of Nick & Janet Jerwood but neither crew can afford any mishaps carrying double digit discards.

Canberra sailors Matthew Owen & Andrew Reed had a day to forget finishing 25th, their discard, but remain in 3rd overall, ahead of a log jam of crews on 39 & 40 points. It looks like a classic finale between the British and Australian pairs but neither can afford a slip up in the final race with only one discard.

Race 7 is scheduled for a an earlier start time of 1000 hrs (local) with no racing starting after1300hrs (local).

 

 

Provisional Results (Top 10 of 57 entries, after 6 races with 1 discard)

1 GBR 4021 Steve Goacher / Tim Harper – (19),8,1,1,2,1 = 13pts

2 AUS 3986 Nick Jerwood / Janet Jerwood – 5,2,8,(20),1,2 = 18pts

3 AUS 3684 Matthew Owen / Andrew Reed – 2,4,7,9,12,(24) = 34pts

4 NZL 3091 Hayden Percy / Scott Pedersen – 1,6,22,5,(25),5 = 39pts

5 GBR 4005 David McKee / Mal Hartland – 7,10,2,10,(23),10 = 39pts

6 NZL 3840 Murray Gilbert / Jonathan Burgess – (32), 9,6,13,5,6 = 39pts

7 GBR 4004 Charles Apthorp / Alan Green – 6,(53),14,2,15,3 = 40pts

8 HKG 3972 Ashley Smith / Adam Kingston – 14,(35),4,6,4,16 = 44pts

9 GBR 3760 Jeremy Davy / Martin Huett – 9,5,10,7,(16),DSQ/58 = 47pts

10 GBR 4030 Greg Wells / Richard Rigg – 4,14,15,(24),11,4 = 48pts

 

For full results and more information visit: www.napiersailingclub.org.nz

 

The 21st Flying Fifteen World Championship host club is Napier Sailing Club.

Major sponsors and supporters include: Lexus of Hawkes Bay, Napier City Council, The Food Company, Nelson Signs, Napier Port, GWR, Marineland, Ericksen Honda, Clearview Estate Winery

More photos are available via facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/FFW2017Napier/

by Jonny Fullerton, on behalf of the International Flying Fifteen Class

 

Jerwood’s sail into world title contention

 

 

 

21st Lexus Flying Fifteen World Championship at Napier

 

What a difference a day makes, the sun came out for day four of the 21st Lexus Flying Fifteen World Championship in Napier. Race 5 was sailed in a light NE breeze shifting from 40 – 50 degrees, but with a short chop rather than the rolling swell of the last few days. As they say in these parts, the lambs were just about to leap out of the paddock, allowing the bigger crews to get out on the side decks and even do a bit of hiking!

57 Fifteens were spread across the start line in a far more conventional start but with new choices over upwind tactics. Whilst the majority of the fleet decided to work the left, a late shift favoured the boats that had really banged the right corner hard!

 

 

Of these kiwis, Brian & Bridget Kent from Royal Akarana YC in Auckland, sailed a blinder to round the top mark in the lead from the Flying Flamingos, Lewis Davies & John Radnell from Daveys Bay YC in Australia. (These guys are easily recognisable with their pink, hats, kite and accessories!. Another kiwi boat in the Silver fleet, Wade & Lyle Tresadern from Bucklands Beach in Auckland, rounded in 3rd.

Most of the usual suspects were a bit deep in the pile with work to do but It only took the first run to see some of the downwind specialists starting to make their move. Steve Goacher rounded in the top 15 but scythed down the middle of the course to put pressure on the leaders at the gate. Nick & Janet Jerwood (AUS) were also working their way into the mix after a late change of gate choice at the gate got them on the right side of the race course for the beat.

 

 

Back upwind the pressure stayed a bit more reliable but a new leader was emerging in David Williamson & Craig Morton (AUS) from Mordialloc SC in Victoria. The Aussie crew had the two previous world champions chasing them down both legs of the triangle. Behind them there was a lot of shuffling in the lead pack, places could be won or lost on the boat handling at the gybe mark. But the real test was the final working leg to the finish. This is where the real champions work their magic and there was little surprise when the smiling faces of Nick & Janet Jerwood from South of Perth YC, were seen tacking up to the line with a reasonable lead. They crossed to take their first gun of the championship and leap back into contention for the tile with two days to go.

 

 

“We had two very difficult legs, we got to the top mark in the low teens and managed to get the bottom of the run wrong and lost a lot of spots there, I am guessing we were about 20th there. Things stated to get a bit better from there, we made a late decision to change gates at the bottom and it was a really good decision, put us on the right side of the course and we were able to pick a few good shifts which put us back into the top 10 and we took a few more as we progressed up to the beat to 4th so that was the best leg of the regatta for us so far from 20th to 4th.”

 

 

“Two days to go but we still have to sail the best race you can, the wind is way too localised, you can be 4 or 5 boat lengths away from somebody and be in totally different conditions so you just have to sail the best you can with what you have at that point in time. It is just going to be a case of how fast you can get round that race course. We actually used toe straps for the first time in the regatta today and it was great so I am looking forward to more of that in the final two days.” Nick Jerwood

Second to finish was Steve Goacher & Tim Harper (GBR) who is now able to drop his 19th place to take the overall lead in the regatta by 4 points. With the discard coming into play, the overall leaderboard sees a few changes with previous leaders Matthew Owen & Andrew Reed (AUS) from Canberra, slipping to 3rd overall, and Ashley Smith & Adam Kingston from Queensland (sailing under the Hong Kong flag), dropping their 35th to jump up to 4th in the overall classification.

 

 

With two days to go the pressure is rising and so is the barometer. There is a promise of more warm weather and a bit more breeze which might just suit some of the bigger crews who enjoy a bit of planing activity for which the Flying Fifteen is famous for.

Race 6 is scheduled for a 1300hrs (local) start time.

 

 

Results (Top 10 of 57 entries, after 5 races with 1 discard)

1 GBR 4021 Steve Goacher / Tim Harper – (19),8,1,1,2 = 12pts

2 AUS 3986 Nick Jerwood / Janet Jerwood – 5,2,8,(20),1 = 16pts

3 AUS 3684 Matthew Owen / Andrew Reed – 2,4,7,9,(12) = 22pts

4 HKG 3972 Ashley Smith / Adam Kingston – (35), 46,4 = 28pts

5 GBR 4005 David McKee / Mal Hartland – 7,10,2,10,(23) = 29pts

6 GBR 3760 Jeremy Davy / Martin Huett – 9,5,10,7,(16) = 31pts

7 NZL 3840 Murray Gilbert / Jonathan Burgess – (32), 9,6,13,5 = 33pts

8 NZL 3091 Hayden Percy / Scott Pedersen – 1,6,22,5,(25) = 34pts

9 GBR 4004 Charles Apthorp / Alan Green – 6,(53),14,2,15 = 37pts

10 AUS 3859 David Yu / Chris Nelson – 3,1,9,26,27 = 39pts

 

For full results and more information visit: www.napiersailingclub.org.nz

 

The 21st Flying Fifteen World Championship host club is Napier Sailing Club.

Major sponsors and supporters include: Lexus of Hawkes Bay, Napier City Council, The Food Company, Nelson Signs, Napier Port, GWR, Marineland, Ericksen Honda, Clearview Estate Winery

More photos are available via facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/FFW2017Napier/

 

by Jonny Fullerton, on behalf of the International Flying Fifteen Class

 

Another bullet for Steve Goacher and Tim Harper in Napier

 

 

21st Lexus Flying Fifteen World Championship at Napier, New Zealand

 

 

Day 3 of the 21st Lexus Flying Fifteen World Championship in Napier and another semi – overcast day with light winds on Hawke’s Bay. For a while it looked like an on schedule start for the fleet of 57 boats but after two general recalls the PRO was frustrated by the persistent shifts in direction from 60 – 100 degrees and had to signal a wait for the breeze to settle.

Race 4 got started mid afternoon in 6 – 10 knots with a flicking breeze which just remained with enough pressure to sail a two lap course of one windward/leeward lap followed by a triangle and beat to the finish.

At the third attempt the fleet got away to a clean start under the U flag with quite a split in choice of upwind strategy. Whilst the middle right upwind had been the best bet all week, finally the breeze shifted far enough into the E/NE sector to tempt enough competitors into trying mid left as an alternative.

 

 

A new leader appeared at the top mark in the shape of Peter Milne & Trevor Williams from Black Rock YC/Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, Australia. Local kiwi crew, Hayden Percy & Scott Pedersen from Napier SC were back in the front pack but lurking close behind was yesterday’s winner and former world champion, Steve Goacher sailing with Tim Harper from the UK.

Downwind to the gate the vast majority of the fleet searched for the pressure on the offshore side of the race track. Again Goacher and crew Harper used all his expertise to shrink the lead of the lead boat to a boat length by the bottom gate. Places from 3 – 6 continued to shuffle with Charles Apthorp & Alan Green (GBR/IRE) making good gains along with Brits Greg Wells & Richard Rigg.

Upwind again and another split in tactics, this time the cunning Goacher / Harper combination rounding in the lead to lead the pack on the triangle. The chase pack was close, the Aussies, Milne & Williams holding off Apthorp & Green but early pace setters, Percy & Pedersen dropping off the pace.

 

 

Today the breeze held in pressure but the British team of Goacher & Harper could not be slowed, covering their opponents all the way to chalk up a second bullet of the championship. Apthorp & Green squeezed in at the boat end of the line to snatch second in the final boat lengths to the finish line from Milne and Williams (AUS). FFI Commodore Peter Rooke sailing with Martin Arrowsmith (AUS) sailed an excellent final work leg to cross in 4th with the persistent local kiwi crew, Percy & Pedersen picking up 5th in their 20 year old (Silver) category Flying Fifteen.

However with four races sailed, the overall leaders are Matthew Owen & Andrew Reed from Canberra, Australia who are the only crew to have recorded single digit results by continuing to dig themselves out of difficult positions when buried in the pack. They lead the regatta by 7 points from Goacher & Harper who are chasing their 4th world championship win.

 

 

Matthew Owen describes his tactics

“We actually ended up with three really good starts today if you include the two general recalls, so we were pretty good off the line. We got a great start, turned over and about 50 boats down at the pin end crossed us so we were pretty much back of the fleet 30 seconds in, so we had to chip away quite hard to get back into it. We got a couple of nice shifts at the top but we were on the back foot from the start.”

“At the top mark we just did a few different things to the rest of the pack because it is just such a competitive, similar speed fleet and if you do something different to the rest of the pack the gains can be quite massive, but our whole motto is just chip chip chip. All through this regatta we have not had a good first work so we have had to come from behind.”

Race 5 is scheduled for a 1300hrs (local) start with similar light breezes forecast.

 

 

Provisional Results (Top 10 of 57 entries, after 4 races)

1 AUS 3684 Matthew Owen / Andrew Reed – 2,4,7,9 = 22pts

2 GBR 4021 Steve Goacher / Tim Harper – 19,8,1,1 = 29pts

3 GBR 4005 David McKee / Mal Hartland – 7,10,2,10 = 29pts

4 GBR 3760 Jeremy Davy / Martin Huett – 9,5,10,7 = 31pts

5 NZL 3091 Hayden Percy / Scott Pedersen – 1,6,22,5 = 34pts

6 AUS 3986 Nick Jerwood / Janet Jerwood – 5,2,8,20 – 35pts

7 AUS 3859 David Yu / Chris Nelson – 3,1,9,26 = 39pts

8 NZL 3739 Aaron Goodmanson / Alister Rowlands – 18,3,13,17 = 51pts

9 GBR 4030 Greg Wells / Richard Rigg – 4,14,15,24 = 57pts

10 AUS 3855 Peter Rooke / Martin Arrowsmith – 31,12,11,4 = 58

 

For full results and more information visit: www.napiersailingclub.org.nz

 

The 21st Flying Fifteen World Championship host club is Napier Sailing Club.

Major sponsors and supporters include: Lexus of Hawkes Bay, Napier City Council, The Food Company, Nelson Signs, Napier Port, GWR, Marineland, Ericksen Honda, Clearview Estate Winery

More photos are available via facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/FFW2017Napier/

 

by Jonny Fullerton, on behalf of the International Flying Fifteen Class

 

Former world champion Goacher steady in the light winds

 

 

 

21st Lexus Flying Fifteen World Championship at Napier, New Zealand

 

Another semi-overcast afternoon in Napier for the second day of the Lexus Flying Fifteen World Championship. Just one race held in light Easterly breezes between 5 – 8 knots.

After one general recall the PRO Gerry Martin, started race 3 of the championship under the U flag with all 57 competitors spread across the length of the start line. The first upwind leg was well spread but sailors who got off the line cleanly and into clear air, were keen to get to the middle right of the course, to take advantage of the breeze flicking right in Hawkes Bay.

At the top mark, David Mckee & Mal Hartland (GBR) from Dovestone SC, led closely followed by class stalwart Steve Goacher & Tim Harper from Royal Windermere/Southport SC. Local sailors David Zorn & Graeme Robinson from Napier SC, sailed an excellent first work to round in 3rd. Also in the mix were two boats from Western Australia, Philippa Packer, crewed by former world champion, Dean McAullay from Royal Freshwater Bay YC and championship leader David Yu & Chris Nelson, also from (RFBYC).

 

 

The lead three broke clear to head down the run back to the gate as the breeze softened even more. Slowly the (3 time) former world champion, Steve Goacher soaked down inside McKee & Hartland, to round a boat length in the lead at the gate. Kiwis Zorn & Robinson floated round in 3rd as places changed behind them when the fleet converged under collapsing spinnakers.

The second work became a bit of a soldiers course, although picking the way through the shifts and keeping the boat moving in the light airs required a lot of concentration.

The order was the same at the top mark second time around but on the triangle leg via the wing mark the two lead British boats extended in their own private battle, whilst Zorn & Robinson had to work really hard to hold their third place. Other places in the top ten became much more intense as the breeze dropped below 5 knots. New Zealanders, Murray Gilbert & Jonathan Burgess from Royal Akarana YC in Auckland and the Queenslanders, Ashley Smith & Adam Kingston representing Hong Kong, made good gains.

 

 

Rounding the bottom gate, the leaders had an agonising 1nm leg back to the finish line. Goacher & Harper extended for a bit more breathing space, crossing the line to win their first race of the 21st Flying Fifteen Worlds. Mckee & Hartland settled for 2nd but the biggest celebration waited for 3rd place as locals Zorn & Robinson punched the air taking an excellent 3rd.

“We got a good clean fast start and sailed a short distance to clear the guys to weather of us and flicked on to port and hit the right hand side and were sitting pretty nicely.”

“It was really tense on the last lap especially with Murray and Johno, they are fast downwind, they were right on our tail at the bottom mark last time. But we knew where we wanted to go and knew the line we wanted to take and just stuck with it.”

David Zorn

 

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Smith & Kingston (HKG) had a much better day crossing in 4th and Rob Ward & Bruce Yovich (NZL) from Onerahi YC a very respectable 5th. Overall scores after 3 races leaves David Yu & Chris Nelson (AUS) and Matthew Owen & Andrew Reed tied on 13pts with the ever consistent West Australian former world champions, Nick & Janet Jerwood (SoPYC) in 3rd.

Steve Goacher explains his race;

“We had not such a bad start and a good clean first beat, we rounded the windward mark in second and managed to pass the leader downwind on the first run. I don’t mind the light conditions, they are enjoyable when you are in the front! I grew up sailing on Lake Windermere and we get a lot of light and fluky sailing conditions there.” 

And on sailing in Napier for the first time;

“I have been sailing 15’s since 1991 and won three world championships on the trot, 1995, 1997 & 1999 but I have never sailed in Napier. It has been very testing conditions, last week we had quite big seas and not a massive amount of wind.”

 

Race 4 of the championship is scheduled for a start time of 1300hrs (local time) with a similar forecast of light winds.

 

 

 

Provisional Results (Top 10 of 57 entries, after 3 races)

1 AUS 3859 David Yu / Chris Nelson – 3,1,9 = 13pts

2 AUS 3684 Matthew Owen / Andrew Reed – 2,4,7 = 13pts

3 AUS 3986 Nick Jerwood / Janet Jerwood – 5,2,8 – 15pts

4 GBR 4005 David McKee / Mal Hartland – 7,10,2 = 19pts

5 GBR 3760 Jeremy Davy / Martin Huett – 9,5,10 = 24pts

6 GBR 4021 Steve Goacher / Tim Harper – 19,8,1 = 28pts

7 NZL 3091 Hayden Percy / Scott Pedersen – 1,6,22 = 29pts

8 GBR 4030 Greg Wells / Richard Rigg – 4,14,15 = 33pts

9 NZL 3739 Aaron Goodmanson / Alister Rowlands – 18,3,13 = 34pts

10 NZL 3542 Rob Ward / Bruce Yovich – 11,29,5 = 45pts

 

For full results and more information visit: www.napiersailingclub.org.nz

 

The 21st Flying Fifteen World Championship host club is Napier Sailing Club.

Major sponsors and supporters include: Lexus of Hawkes Bay, Napier City Council, The Food Company, Nelson Signs, Napier Port, GWR, Marineland, Ericksen Honda, Clearview Estate Winery

More photos are available via facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/FFW2017Napier/

 

by Jonny Fullerton, on behalf of the International Flying Fifteen Class

 

 

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