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New Zealand 2020-21 Season Dates

November 

6-8 Rotoiti Bach Get Together North Islands http://javelins.org/2020/north-island-championships-notice-of-race/

21-22 Taupo Wooden Boat Regatta https://www.ltyc.org.nz/files/Notice_of_Race_-_Sports_Boats.pdf

January:

Nationals at Gisborne Sailing Club 29 January – 1 February

February: 

Sanders Cup, date and venue tba

March: 

Loading container for South Pacifics early March or late February

America’s Cup finals 6-21 March

April

South Pacifics at Lake Cootharaba in Australia, probably 2-5 April

Team Accommodation has been booked, please contact Antje javelin@in4more.com for details.

Nathan Bax Memorial Regatta North Island Championships Notice Of Race

Notice of Race & Special Sailing Instructions

Nathan Bax Memorial Regatta at Rotoiti (ROTOITI SPRINTS BACH REGATTA) 

Nov *6, 7 and 8 NOV 2020

Series will be Governed by the “Rules” as defined in the Current Racing Rules of Sailing , except as noted below.

All boats sail at their own risk. 

*(Friday 6 is a practice- training day.)

Race area will be off Gisborne Point, Lake Rotoiti.

Briefing 900 Hrs Sat 7 Nov.  Race 1 Warning Signal 1000 Hrs (Approx)

Boats shall conform to Current Class Rules and YNZ Safety Regulations Part 1. 11, & Life Jackets must be worn at all times while afloat.

Courses shall be Port courses consisting of 2 x Windward / 2 x Leeward legs. 

Course length will be approx 0.5 Nautical Mile from start to top mark.

The course may be shortened at the bottom mark gate if required, at the discretion of the Race Officer.

The start will be sailing to windward with downwind finishes where possible. i.e the finish will be in the opposite direction to the start.

Start boat will be as described at briefing. Marks will be described at briefing.

Starts sequence shall be over a 3 minute time-frame as follows;

3 Minute (Warning signal), 

2 Minute (Blue Peter up), 

              1 Minute (Blue Peter down), 

0 Minutes (Start, Class flag down)

The start / finish line will be between the Start Boat and the Leeward Mark.

(This may be used as a bottom mark gate.)

Races shall be sailed back-to-back.

The warning signal for consecutive races will be made approx 5 Minutes after the FIRST boat finishes.

Time limits will be as per briefing.

Alternative penalty for on the water infringements will be 1 x 360 degree turn.

All marks shall be taken to port, (The exception of this will be when the start / finish is being used as the bottom mark gate) however touching a mark will NOT constitute a penalty. (The exception to this is at the start and finish.)

No Protests are allowed (i.e. all on the water infringements shall be exonerated on the water)

Scoring System                           First                   1 Point

                                                Second              2 Points

                                                Third                 3 Points

                                                Fourth               4 Points

                                                And so on. (DNF will score the same as last in that race)

Discards; Dependant on the number of races sailed discards will be allowed. This to be advised at briefing.

Peter Millar 

See http://javelins.org/2020/rotoiti-bach-regatta-7-8-november-2020/ for more

Season Dates New Zealand

16-17 November— LTYC Wooden Boat Regatta, Taupo. Entries on https://www.ltyc.org.nz/page/537046

31 January – 2 February —Sanders Cup and Kingham Trophy, Evans Bay, Wellington. Notice of Race on https://www.ebymbc.org.nz/2020-sanders-cup

14-16 February— Javelin Nationals, Tauranga

22 or 29 February—load boats for South Pacifics

10—13 April—South Pacific Championships, Lake Cootharaba, Queensland, Australia. Information on https://lcsc.org.au/javelin-titles/

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:

Sanders Cup 31 January – 2 February 2020

The traditional interprovincial challenge for the Sanders Cup will be held at the Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club in Wellington.

Details and the Notice of Race are available on https://www.ebymbc.org.nz/2020-sanders-cup

The original contest dates were 6-8 December 2019, but it has been postponed to 31 January – 2 February.

New entries will be accepted (late payment fee comes in after 26 January).

The entries and fees from the original dates are still valid.

For those that are unavailable on the new dates, the Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club will refund the entry fee if advised before the contest.

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