Please go to the Napier Sailing Club website https://www.napiersailingclub.org.nz/regatta-payment for the Notice of Race and to complete your entry for the Nationals.
Participants need to be members of the Javelin Skiff Association. Please pay $50 into the Class’s account 02-0727-0635584-000 with BNZ placing your name and the boat’s name and sail number in the reference.
This year’s Javelin Nationals were held at beautiful Kaiti Beach in Gisborne from Jan. 30- Feb. 1
A strong, gusty southerly on Saturday caused havoc, with two out of three boats out of action before a first race could be started. Two boats ended up broached on the ~11 million year-old shore-platform, while Riders on the Storm broke their forestay. Beside the boat repairs, this left us with plenty of time to enjoy some cold beer from SUNSHINE BREWING while watching the Prada Cup at the club house.
Sunday morning started off with a light shifty southerly breeze, and big swells. After a late night of carbon repairs for some, all seven boats of the fleet were back in action. Four two-lap long races were sailed with the wind gradually freshening up to 15 knots.
The winning crews of the day were Phil McNeil and Craig Gilberd on Philipnhel (Bay of Islands Yacht Club), Wade McGee and Demian Dixon from Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club (Wellington) on FDSM, followed by Gisborne locals Colin and Ross Shanks on Riders in the Storm.
A later start on Monday morning to simplify launching and retrieving, but also to wait out the long promised sea breeze, set us off in light southerlies. Five races in total were sailed. The first race started well for new javelin owners Annika Greve and Tim Sherry on their ‘Avocado’ (OA), who led the fleet to the top mark but were later overtaken by FDSM and Philipnhel. FDSM was unbeatable throughout the day, until the otherwise fit crew gave the final race a miss and retired early.
In the third race of the day, the new combination of Susie Weeks and Jason Trow on Clamp Products (Napier Sailing Club) showed up the old faces of the class and finished second after FDSM.
The final results saw Wade McGee and Demian Dixon on FDSM become Aotearoa’s champion. The John Long Memorial Trophy for second place went to Phil McNeil and Craig Gilberd. Annika Greve and Tim Sherry on OA won the DFL trophy for finishing all the races sailed.
The final night finished with a social get-together, pizza and a picturesque sunset at Kaiti Beach. Many thanks for the greater Gisborne Yacht Club ‘family’ for organizing a great event in challenging conditions, and Yuki Katsushima and puppy Puffy for photo taking!
/// Report by Craig Gilberd, Photos courtesy of Howick Sailing Club ///
Over the last Friday and weekend of March, Howick Sailing Club hosted
the Javelin National Championships, with the conditions being a choppy 15 to 25
knots for all 9 races, but still warm and sunny.
A very competitive fleet of 7 boats coming from as far away as Northland,
Palmerston North and Gisborne fronted up and, with many boats having past
National Championship winners on board, a close series was predicted.
All eyes were on “The Heavies” (Peter Precey and his new crew Hamish Hey)
with their near new one-off hull design, which boasted a radical layout and the
latest high-tech fully-adjustable 12-footer styled rig. Interest was in whether
their 205kg combined crew weight would give them a decided advantage in the
Their main opposition was expected to be “The Oldies” (Phil McNeill and Craig Gilberd – both over 60) on board Phlipnhel, the winners of 3 of the last 4 Nationals and the current South Pacific Champions. They had on their side: age, experience sailing together and Phil’s own designed hull, mast and dacron sails.
Three races were sailed on the Friday, over short 2-lap windward leeward courses, and this resulted in close racing, with places swapping upwind and down. The Oldies managed to hold on for 3 wins, with their boat handling advantage (and no capsizes) making the difference in the windy conditions. Places behind them were well spread over the next 3 boats.
Saturday dawned with slightly more wind expected and the Javelins were joined by the A class cats and the Zephyrs for their local Championships.
By this time “The Heavies” (Peter and Hamish) were getting their boat
tuning sorted and were showing impressive height and speed and so led around
the top mark from Phil and Craig. A full-on kite run was experienced by all,
with nosedives always on the cards. Peter and Hamish attempted to gybe in a gust
to cross in front of the Oldies but a large wave pattern caught them out and
over they went. Phil and Craig won their 4th race in a row with the
next 3 boats being close overall.
Race 5 was even closer up the first beat with the top 5 boats crossing
tacks, with Peter and Hamish leading from the chasing “Oldies”. Unfortunately,
Phil and Craig suffered terminal boat and crew damage up the next beat and had
to retire from the series, leaving Peter and Hamish to fight off the closely
following pack. But wins in races 5 and 6 kept the pack at bay and gave them a
good points buffer.
“The Shankses” (Ross and Colin Shanks) on Riders on the Storm were fighting for 2nd overall after race 5 but in race 6 they broke their jib traveller car and, even though they tried a different setup, could not continue on the last day.
The pack was led by “The Davids” (David Brown and David Feek) on Trailblazer who won race 7 to keep it interesting.
There were only 2 races to be sailed on the Sunday and the breeze
moderated for race 8 which resulted in a very close race and one that “The
Flyweights” (Antje Muller and Kez Cameron) were on the way to winning until the
close-by keeler fleet raced through the Javelin course, resulting in a capsize
for them and another win and overall championship title for “The Heavies”.
Race 9 was another win to Peter and Hamish with “The Davids” sealing 2nd overall with a second place and 3rd in this race securing “The Flyweights” 3rd place overall.
The win by Peter and Hamish (1st Nationals for Peter and 4th
for Hamish) was a just reward for a lot of hard work, tuning and training by the
team and, even though the heaviest crew won the series, their high tech
approach and overall package gives the rest of the fleet something to digest
over the winter.
Next year’s Nationals and South Pacific Championships in Noosa,
Queensland should be exciting!!
Thanks to the Howick Sailing Club for their amazing hospitality,
catering and brilliant race management.
The Javelin fleet look forward to taking up the club’s invitation to return in the future.