23rd Javelin Skiff South Pacific Championships – 2013

March 27th – April 1st 2013, Bay of Islands Yacht Club, Ti Point, Waitangi, New Zealand

Close bottom mark roundings - 2013 South Pacific and New Zealand National Championships
Close bottom mark roundings – 2013 South Pacific and New Zealand National Championships

This year, it was New Zealand’s turn to host the Interdominions in the 14-foot Javelin Skiff. The Bay of Islands put on some superb racing conditions for the fleet with sunny weather and anything between 5 and 18 knots of wind.

True to its purpose, the practice race was held in a steady moderate breeze, and even Flying Circus made it around the course upright although stand-in skipper David Rohwetter had never helmed a Javelin before. Both Australian boats left the competition far behind.

On the following day, a South-East gradient wind combined with a sea breeze made for more trying conditions. CST Composites convincingly won the first race, showing what their boat was designed for. With slightly heavier wind and a steep chop forming, Phlipnhel had a major speed advantage in the second race winning ahead of Bax Contractors. Bungholio broke their mast on Brampton Reef, Thirty Something’s tack line block disintegrated, No Name Required snapped the track of their self-tacking jib, and Blunderbus collected Hermione Rock with their centreboard on their way back to shore. Tools, glue and carbon were needed to get all but Bungholio ready to race for the next day. The biggest challenge was posed to Phil McNeil whose crew had to leave due to a family emergency. Luckily, local icon Neil Deverell was available for the remainder of the contest.

Neil Deverell and Phil McNeil with their trophies
Neil Deverell and Phil McNeil with their trophies

Fat Boys showed their mettle scoring two wins and a second place on the next day, but Philpnhel remained ahead. Orgasm Addict missed the first race because of a broken masthead eyeot but managed to fix it for the remaining two. Though Clamp Products broke their forestay attachment in the second race, they managed to tie the stay back on to finish the race. Unfortunately they damaged the mainsail when putting the rigg tension back on, which meant they had a certain ‘Black Pearl look’ about them for the remainder of the day. Full Frontal found their form in the second race and scored a third place.

After engaging in diverse sports during the morning, the fleet visited historic Russell on the lay day and got together for dinner in Opua. Sadly, all four visitors from Western Australia started suffering from sickness.

Trailblazer found back to their usual form on the following race day but still did not manage to stay ahead of Phlipnhel in the changing conditions. In the third race that day Riders on the Storm lead the fleet around the track by a clear margin from start to finish with Bax Contractor finishing second. After the evening dinner, the Head Brother placed some heavy fines on offending BEWs, and even the volunteers did not escape unscathed.

Class President Colin Shanks presenting the DFL Trophy to Sarah Dunckley
Class President Colin Shanks presenting the DFL Trophy to Sarah Dunckley

The final day of the South Pacifics started with clouds and without wind. After midday the sun had come through and a light sea breeze set in, though not enough for another race. Instead, some keen brothers took the helm of their respective skippers and had a fantastic race in light airs, with the boats finishing in very similar order as throughout the weekend.

Congratulations to all trophy winners

Breakage Trophy: Grant McDuff and Greg Watkins for breaking the mast of Bungholio

MFU Dog Trophy: Damien Dixon and Wade McGee for losing the crew over the side and breaking the tack line block.

DFL Trophy: Sarah Dunckley for the skipper with highest score who finished all races

John Long Memorial Trophy: David Brown and David Feek for second in the NZ Nationals

Ray Eady Cup: Phil McNeil and Neil Deverell for NZ Nationals winner

Air New Zealand Interdominion Trophy: Phil McNeil and Neil Deverell for winner of the South Pacifics

Crews Race Trophy: Neil Deverell for winning the crews race.

At the prize giving, Ben Bax was recognized for his immense contribution to the class. As Gold Card holder he is retiring after a very successful career in the Javelins. His boat is on the market, but we all hope to see him at Javelin contests still.

Bax Contractors had the oldest and youngest competitor on board. Serving lunches was the designer of half the boats in the fleet David Lee
Bax Contractors had the oldest and youngest competitor on board. Serving lunches was the designer of half the boats in the fleet David Lee

Many thanks to all competitors, supporters and organisers!
Antje Muller.

The beautiful sailing water of the Bay of Islands were the venue of the 2013 Javelin Skiff South Pacifics
The beautiful sailing water of the Bay of Islands were the venue of the 2013 Javelin Skiff South Pacifics

 

Phlipnhel leading Trailblazer around the bottom mark
Phlipnhel leading Trailblazer around the bottom mark

 

Riders on the Storm with Waitangi in the background
Riders on the Storm with Waitangi in the background

 

No Name Required with their changed jib setup
No Name Required with their changed jib setup

 

 

23rd Javelin Skiff South Pacific Championships – 2013 Results

From the Bay of Island Yacht Club

Results are final as of 17:12 on 1st April, 2013

Overall

Sailed: 8, Discards: 1, To count: 7, Entries: 14

Rank Tally Boat Nat SailNo HelmName CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett Notes
1st 9 Phipnel NZ 378 Phil McNeill Hamish Hey/ Neil Deverell BOIYC/ASC 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 (15.0 DNF) 25 10
2nd 11 Fat Boys AUS 676 Brien Hennessey Andrew Hacket PDSE 3 3 1 2 1 -4 3 4 21 17
3rd 10 CST Composites AUS 685 Ben Lawrie Dan Moore PDSC 1 4 5 5 3 (15.0 DNS) 5 3 41 26
4th 12 Trail Blazer NZ 524 David Brown David Feek HSC -7 7 3 4 5 2 2 5 35 28
5th 6 Bay Contractors NZ 522 Ben Bax Phil Smith TY&PBC 5 2 -7 7 4 3 7 2 37 30
6th 3 Riders on the storm NZ 380 Kagan Weeks Colin Shanks NSC 4 5 8 6 7 7 -9 1 47 38
7th 5 Orgasim Addict NZ 521 Peter Precey Andrew Johnson ASC/DYC 11 6 (15.0 DNS) 8 6 5 6 6 63 48
8th 1 Thirty Something NZ 361 Wade McGee Demian Dixon EBY&MBC 10 (15.0 DNF) 4 9 9 6 4 7 64 49
9th 8 Full Frontal NZ 523 Craig Gilberd Sean Wright PBC/BOIYC 6 9 6 3 10 8 8 -11 61 50
10th 2 Clamp Product NZ 366 Antje Muller Nic Charrington HSC 8 8 9 -12 8 9 10 8 72 60
11th 7 Blunder Bus NZ 336 Sarah Dunckley Hamish Norton EBY&MBC 9 10 -12 10 11 12 11 10 85 73
12th 14 No Name Required NZ 359 Susie Weeks Marty Weeks NSC 13 (15.0 DNF) 10 11 13 11 12 9 94 79
13th 13 Flying Circus NZ 374 Kerry Roger Simon Kortze BOIYC/TY$PBC (15.0 DNF) 15.0 DNS 11 15.0 DNF 12 10 13 12 103 88
14th 4 Bung Hollio NZ 516 Greg Watkins Grant Macduff RNZYS/PCC 12 (15.0 DNF) 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 117 102

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