Breeze on in Napier

This weekend the Javelin Skiff North Island Traveller Series continued with the Summer Regatta in Napier. It started with the Race Committee announcing that with a forecast of 40 knots for Sunday, they were expecting to race on Saturday only. The Javelins sailed on the inner course, close enough to the Napier Sailing Club that leaving the beach 20 minutes before the warning signal was soon enough.

In brilliant sunshine the first race started with a moderate breeze, although there was always somewhat more pressure near the windward mark. It was noticed that the Optimists and Starlings were not used to skiffs sailing around them, as they were right in our start area with one minute to go – at a distance from the line that would have been ‘far away’ for them, but not for a Javelin. Trailblazer took the lead early closely followed by the Riders on the Storm. Hot Gossip managed to hang in third place and only put distance on Black Bart when the boat from Tauranga fell over. The order did not change until the finish, with the ladies crew having a grand finish launching themselves across the line off the wake of a trailer yacht.

In the second race, the wind had picked up considerably, and the two Shankses were doing honour to their boat’s name but getting to the first mark first. Trailblazer was just about to run them down on the gennaker ride, when the rudder of the blue boat failed and ended the day for the crew from Palmerston North. That helped Hot Gossip into second place, with Black Bart finishing third.

By the start of race three, it was blowing hard enough for everyone to be overpowered. Colin and Ross sailed away ahead, while Annika and Antje did a bit of swimming. Black Bart went to inspect the rocks to leeward of the track and had to be towed in.

The last race saw even the Riders on the Storm capsize, and they were surprised to see that Hot Gossip had closed the gap a bit by the time they were getting on the way again. They still finished well ahead because the lightweights did a bit of trawling with their kite on the way to the finish, which ended in another immersion episode.

On Sunday morning, everyone got together at the clubrooms to watch the rugby, and by half time the Race Committee abandoned racing for the day due to breeze above 40 knots.

Congratulations to Ross and Colin on their win!

The preliminary standings for the North Islands are as follows

Rotoiti Napier Total

Rotoiti Napier Total
Riders on the Storm 4 2 6
Trailblazer 3 3 6
Phlipnhel 1 DNC (6) 7
Thumper 2 DNC (6) 8
Black Bart DNC (6) 4 10
The next contest for the championship series is the Sir Peter Blake Memorial Regatta next weekend 3 & 4 December in Torbay.

New Zealand Nationals – NOR

Now this should be exciting…(especially if we get big ground swell)

New Zealand 2017 Javelin Nationals

Hosting Club: New Plymouth Yacht Club (map)

Dates: 4th to 6th February 2017

Notice of Race

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Some fun and racing at the wonderful Javelin Skiff Rotoiti Regatta

article by: Antje Muller on sail-world.com

A happy bunch of Javelin sailors got together this weekend for some fun and racing at the wonderful Rotoiti Bach venue.

True to form, Race Officer Peter Millar from the Gisborne Sailing Club organized not only a good set of sailing instructions but also a RIB for mark laying and safety courtesy of the Poverty Bay Rescue Craft Charitable Trust. In addition, him and his son Jake supplied the equipment and expertise to show the sailors how to roast marshmallows over an open fire.

Due to logistical challenges and unfinished winter maintenance, there were more enthusiastic sailors around than could be fitted on the four boats, so some crew swapping took place.

The event began true to form on Friday evening with competitors arriving from all over the North Island and continued with stories and drinks deep into the night. The overseas guests this year were Jeff and Aurelia, who wanted to find out how much fun exactly it is to sail a Javelin.

Saturday morning greeted the team with fresh Southerlies, so the start was postponed until the temperatures exceeded 10 degrees Celsius. As this was the first event for most of the sailors, the boat owners resolved to combine resources and send out only three teams for races one and two. Riders on the Storm with Antje and Colin on board won the first race ahead of Hamish and Wade’s Thumper with David and Phil on Phlipnhel trailing after a capsize on their first gybe. With their communication issues sorted out, the two skippers went on to win the second race in front of Riders on the Storm and Thumper. Hamish and Wade gave Geoff a ride home, his first sail! To round it off, they included a capsize.

Coming back to base, the sailors were blown away by the amazing shore crew of Erica and Kosha who had created fresh scones and homemade soup for lunch!

Trailblazer hit the water as well after lunch, and she proceeded to win the third race with David on the helm and Antje crewing. Phil had Alex on the trapeze and this new combination made second place. Thumper came next ahead of Annika and Colin who were doing a bit of swimming. Wade and Hamish won the following race ahead of Riders on the Storm and Phlipnhel. Trailblazer did not finish as the trapeze wire came off the mast when she fell over, but they made up for it by a win in the fifth race ahead of Phlipnhel.

Afterwards, Phil took Aurelia for a ride and enjoyed finally having enough horsepower. Jeff had a go on Trailblazer and successfully managed his first trapezing as well as a gybe – both with the gennaker up! The Riders took their Storm around the next island and practiced the teabagging mainsheed handover.

Apart from Hamish and Wade, who had sailed through winter, the competitors were sighing about aches and pains after racing and took themselves to the hot springs for a relaxing soak in the sunshine. For dinner, the barbecue was fired up by head chef Erica who served up another superb meal. The evening petered out with drinks and marshmallows around Peter’s fireplace accompanied by sailing talk.

Sunday morning was sunny with light winds, but by the time everyone was on the water, the breeze had picked up again. The offshore conditions were very testing, and there were several capsizes. Colin took the helm to give Tim his first ever sail on anything smaller than the Cook Straight Ferry. Some of that turned into swimming lessons, but the laps they did complete, they were not last! Phil crewed for Annika who took Phlipnhel to another two wins in the remaining five races. Wade and Hamish achieved the same average, an impressive result against the South Pacific Champion for this new combination! The only win that Trailblazer could score was when they got a gust down the middle of the last downwind that Phlipnhel missed.

Results

Sail Number Boat Skipper Crew Total Net Race 1  Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8  Race 9 Race 10
378 Phlipnhel Phil Annika/Alex/David 21 14 3 1 2 3 2 2 1 2 4 1
523 Thumper Wade Hamish 23 16 2 3 3 1 4 1 2 3 1 3
524 Trailblazer David Antje 27 17 5 5 1 4 1 3 3 1 2 2
380 Riders on the Storm Colin Tiim/Antje/Annika 34 24 1 2 4 2 3 5 4 4 4 5
DNF = 3 DNS = 5  DNF = 4  DNS = 5 DNF = 4 DNF = 4 DNF = 4  DNS = 5

The Bach Regatta fully lived up to its fame again, thanks to the great support team and organisers!

The Napier Summer Regatta on 26/27 November is the next installment of the North Island Championship Traveller Series for the Javelin Skiffs.

2016-17 Season Dates

 

Nationals – 4-6th Feb Waitangi Weekend – New Plymouth

Sanders Cup – 11th & 12th March (3days) – Bay of Islands

Traveler Series

  • Rotorua Sprints – 15th & 16th October
  • Rotoiti (at the Bach)  – 28th & 29th October (note this has changed from the 5th & 6th of Nov)
  • Napier Summer Regatta – 26th & 27th November
  • Sir Peter Blake (Torbay, Auckland) – 3rd & 4th December
  • Evans Bay Regatta (Wellington) – 22nd & 23rd April

The series is scored as if it was a regatta with and each final place in one of the five regattas scored as one race.
There will be five events and 2 discards.
DNS etc is total number of boats that competed in any of the five events of the series plus one.

North Island Champs

Decision at AGM was to have them at Tauranga but it clashes with Nationals, and fall back was Taupo MRP but it clashes with Sanders Cup so it was resolved to have the Traveller Series as the North Island Champs.

Other Events

  • Napier’s New Year Regatta – 1st to 3rd January
  • Rotoiti Fun sailing weekend – 1st & 2nd April

 

 

Pre-Season Get Together

Dates: 10th & 11th September (Sat & Sun)

Saturday, 12 noon: Meet at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club (map) and going for a sail on Ben’s yacht

Saturday, evening: Dinner and a Javelin Pre-Seaon Meeting to finalise dates for our summer.

Sunday: A round of 9 holes of golf. Anyone who has clubs please bring them.  Alternative programme: Walking up or around Mount Maunganui.

We need numbers to organise a venue for the dinner, and it would be great to get an indication who would like to do the sailing, golf, or alternative programme.

Please RSVP as soon as possible to Antje (by Thursday night , 1st September at the latest) – +64 21 1089307 or am.sailing@gmail.com

 

Jib Trim

The following are a set of notes on jib trim.  They have been pulled together with the help of Phil McNeill.  It’s based on what I’ve seen on “Thumper” but should apply just the same to any other Javelin and in general to any boat with a jib and mail sail.

Terms

Woollies – The tell-tales on a sail.
Steering Woollies – The forward/front lower tell-tales used to steer the boat by.

Note the front wooolies on the jib, these are the steering woolies (Ben and Colin in Perth 2015/2016)
Note the front wooolies on the jib, these are the steering woolies (Ben and Colin in Perth 2015/2016)

 

Setup/Trim for the conditions (for pointing)

Light

  1. Sheeting angle 10 degrees
  2. Jib sheet back on clew plate to give the foot some fullness to provide power.
  3. Sheet on until the leech woolly stalls, then ease the sheet a fraction.

Moderate

  1. Sheeting angle 13 degrees for moderate planning conditions (possible 12 to 16knots)
  2. Jib sheet back on clew plate to give the foot some fullness to provide power.
  3. Sheet on until the leech woolly stalls, then ease the sheet a fraction.

Strong – Fresh

  1. Sheeting angle 13 to 16 degrees. Certainly 16 degrees in the fresh stuff.
  2. Jib sheet 1 hole further forward.
  3. Jib sheet eased up to 100mm from the light to moderate air pointing sheet tension.

Boat handling notes

  1. The key is to keep the boat flat and get it balanced so that you have this big steering groove while the boat still wants to climb to windward.
  2. It is imperative that as soon as the boat starts to stagger or not want to accelerate in the puffs, you need main cunningham. This is the power control and you need to work it in puffy conditions.
  3. In the fresh – find the right spot, by starting eased and then tighten up until the boat is hard to keep planning upwind.
  4. In the fresh – we would usually sail with all of the jib luff woollies lifting and we would be driving up to windward on the main. Sheet the main on to point while still keeping the boat dead flat and then easing the main to foot. All with the same jib setting. This allows us ot choose our course and is especially good for making lay lines ie we can choose to sail high or low and fast with our normal jib sheeting position.

Other trim notes

  1. Jib position on the clew plate only really affects the fullness of the bottom of the jib.
  2. The top of the jib is controlled by sheet tension.
  3. Only check the woollies when you are steering exactly right on the steering woollies.
  4. When you are steering to the woollies the top leech woolly must stream.
  5. The leech must always flow otherwise the slot is not working (again subject to steering exactly to the lower steering woollies)
  6. If the top forward woollies don’t flow and the boat is going quick, ignore them. With some of the 470 jibs, if the forward woollies flowed correctly then we were oversheeted and going slow.
  7. Everything in sailing is a compromise.
  8. In theory all the woollies should stream but to achieve that you may have to change to different jibs for different conditions which isn’t practical. Or as has been done – remove the woollies that won’t co-operate!
  9. There should never be creates up the luff of the jib in a breeze
    10. footing – we try to never sail lower than having all of teh steering woollies working.

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