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