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Race Report 2021 New Zealand Nationals at the Gisborne Sailing Club

2021 Javelin Nationals at Gisborne Yacht Club

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!

2020 New Zealand Nationals 14-16 February in Tauranga

The Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club is hosting the NZ Nationals on 14-16 February 2020. Special thanks to Colin and Ben for pulling this together!

The Notice of Race is available here http://javelins.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-NOR.pdf

The Standard Sailing Instructions are published in the Racing Rules of Sailing. For your convenience, you can find a copy here.

There has been a change to the Notice of Race:

2019 National Javelin Championships

Howick Sailing Club 29th to 31st March 2019

/// Report by Craig Gilberd, Photos courtesy of Howick Sailing Club ///

“The Heavies”, and Champions, (Peter Precey and Hamish Hey) on Insidious Fix

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 windy conditions.

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.

3rd placed “The Flyweights” (Antje Mueller and Kez Cameron) on OA

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.


“The Oldies” (Phil McNeill and Craig Gilberd) enjoying another fast downhill ride

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.

2nd place overall to “The Davids” (David Brown and David Feek) on Trailblazer

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 Shankses” (Ross and Colin Shanks) leading “The Davids” to the top mark

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.

“The Thumpers” (Matt MacMillan and Andrew Chapman) winning the start.

“The Circus” – Mark Gatti and Tim Sherry on Flying Circus