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.