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Anything and Everything to do with Kiwi (New Zealand) Javelin Sailing

Sir Peter Blake Regatta

The Sir Peter Blake Regatta was hosted by Torbay Sailing Club on behalf of the Sir Peter Blake Trust on the 5th & 6th December 2015.

Results: Javelin Fleet

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 3, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank SailNo HelmName CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Nett
1st 523 Tom Andrews Hamish Norton Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club 2 (3) 1 2 1 1 7
2nd 262 MULLER Antje GETFIELD Wade Horowhenua Sailing Club 1 1 (2) 1 2 2 7
3rd 374 HOWDEN Andrew Mark Gatti Torbay Sailing club 3 2 3 (4 DNF) 4 DNC 4 DNC 16

Official Results

The racing proved to be very close and a whole lot of fun.  Wade did a superb job at keeping Nice One upright, and getting along at a more then good rate of knots.  This gave both the Lee hulls (Flying Cirrus, & Thumper) a real push.  Nice One did end up with a few war injuries including stripping a gennaker on the first day.  Wade also managed to draw some blood and bend a tiller beyond usefulness.

Flying Cirrus on the first day posted some great upwind speed, but unfortunately retired from the 2nd day of race due to injuries.

Tom helm’d Thumper, we managed to improve as the regatta went on, having only sailed together a couple of times a couple of years ago.  Silicon on the centreboard so you can pull it up at the end of the days racing isn’t that useful when trying to stand on it to right the boat.  Tom and I were pipped at the post in one race due to series of turtles.  Phil McNeill sailed with his daughter Holly on a 29er for this regatta.  Thanks Phil for the jib trim hints, Tom and I can report spotting 12 knots of boat speed on the dial at one point going up wind.

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Photos care of – Hugh Norton

North Island Sprint Champs

The North Island Sprint Champs were held on Lake Rotorua by the Rotorua Yacht Club over the weekend (Sat & Sun, 17th & 18th October).

Brief Report from Hamish

Wow! what a reminder of how lethargic my winter has been.  Very short courses in trying conditions (gusty, shifty strong 20-30knot winds) made for some super intense sailing.  Saturday they only managed to get one race away before having to abandon racing due to the combination of carnage and strong winds (various boats losing rigs).  Despite capsizing on the start line with less than 3 minutes before our start, Antje and I managed to get Thumper around the course to take the win from Ben and Colin on Bax Contractors.  Keeping the boat up right gave us that one.  The afternoon saw some of the fleet lying around like seals on the hot paving stones with a beverage in hand until we go the call to go out and give it another go.  Unfortunately they didn’t get another race in and abandoned sailing for the day.  Give how shall the lake it this meant we also got a second session of aqua jogging in and definitively required another beverage.
Sunday the day started a bit more softly and with everyone in a light cheery mood after the Rugby.  Boy that was short lived, after a couple of races / few laps of the short course I’d been reacquainted with my heart & lungs wanting to leap from my chest.  Tack, Tack, Tack, Launch, Gybe, & Retrieve, all with little time to get settled between maneuvers.  Antje’s and I’s lack of sailing together was becoming apparent.  So we swapped over to try and save me a bit.  Although she did want my gloves (who sails a Jav without gloves). The the conditions didn’t let up, and built up to a similar level as Saturday and after numerous swimming lessons we were poached.  We’d managed to pull off another 1st, and at least 1 2nd.  I’m not sure how many races we had but I do know we knocked out 3 races in the first hour.  TrailBlazer were in the mix too, but unfortunately had the squeeze put on them during one of the starts by the 12s, resulting in one of them running over their mainsail and damaging it.
It was magic to see some locals out racing with Bad Blood, and to have Mat McMillan there with Black Bart, and to see Flying Cirrus (Mark and Andrew) make it down from Auckland.
Next event is Auckland 7th & 8th November for South Pacifics Training.
Thanks Antje for proving to be one of the very few people I would sail with in those conditions, and thank you shore crew Erica Newlands for all your effort.


Sail# Boat Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Points
522 Bax Contractors Ben Bax & Colin Shanks 2 1 3 3 1 1 8
523 Thumper Antje Muller & Hamish Norton 1 2 1 2 2 2 8
524 Trailblazer David Brown & David Feek 3 3 2 1 7 7 16
38 Bad Blood Wayne Bigwood 7 4 4 4 7 7 26
318 Black Bart Mat MacMillan & Kez Cameron 7 7 7 7 7 7 35
374 Flying Circus Andrew Howden & Mark Getty 7 7 7 7 7 7 35

NZL Regatta Season Kick Off

We’re kicking the season off this weekend with the…

North Island Sprint Champs

…hosted by the Rotorua Yacht Club

The Rotorua Yacht Club, Warmly Welcomes you to the 2015 NORTH ISLAND SPRINTS

Fast paced, fun sailing All welcome, 5 boats makes a class.

5 to 7 Races Saturday – Briefing @ 10.30 am – 1st race starts at Midday

After racing drinks and dinner

BBQ bacon and egg breakfast followed by: 5 Sunday Races – 1st race Sunday starts at 10.30 am

Followed by Prize Giving

Entry fee $60 (for crewed boats)
$40 for single handed and boards

Potential for accommodation at club house – contact Robin Parr if needed.

details from the YNZ Event Page


Boat Profile: “Phlipnhel”

Phlipnhel as in “Flip’n’hell”

Design by Phil McNeill, built by Phil McNeill and Neil Deverall

Result Highlights

South Pacifics Champion: 2008-2009 & 20012-201
Sanders Cup Winner: 2004, 2006, 2014, 2015
New Zealand Nationals Winner: 2006, 2009, 2013, 2015
Kingham Trophy: 2006

 At the time of building “Phlipnhel” what were your main design objectives?  And how did you plan to achieve these?

My goal was to build a Javelin that was fast in all conditions and have the downwind speed advantage of “No Name Required” – my first Javelin design.  I wanted it to be safe in the breeze as No Name Required Jav 359 was a bit of a handful in the breeze as was Bax’s boat The Unknown.
To make it safer, I used lots of rocker and a very narrow transom.  The rocker helps to avoid nose diving and the narrow transom allows you to sink the back of the boat, lifting the front and reducing the tendency to nose dive.
Most skiffs are designed for maximum water line upwind in a breeze and flat aft sections for speed planning downwind in a breeze. To achieve this with a Javelin requires minimum rocker and high chines at the mid length measuring point, which makes them prone to nose diving and they stick in light weather. I designed Phlipnhel with the front half of the hull for light weather and the back half for heavy weather. The rocker allowed me to either sail on the front half of the boat or the back half of the boat depending on the conditions. The front half has very U’ed sections that provide a lot of bouyancy with minimum wetted surface. It also has the advantage that the boat is happy to sail bolt upright in semi wiring conditions, whereas a V’ed hull such as No Name Required wants to flop either to windward or to leeward, making it difficult to maintain speed in semi-wiring conditions. The only consideration to heavy weather sailing in the bow sections was to keep the chines very straight and narrow to help cut through waves.  The back half was designed for heavy weather and is straight and flat.
I believe that the change that has made the biggest improvement, was significantly lowering the chines at the mid length measuring point.  This has resulted in flatter sections in the middle of the boat, which allows the boat to carry weight much better, and again reduce nose diving.  This has also help get her up on the plane earlier, and she stays there longer.

Upon launching and sailing “Phlipnhel” how did she go?  Had you meet your design objectives?

The light weather design objective was definitely met.  The boat was very fast in light weather and will carry big crew weights. Even with the likes of Hamish Hey up front at 110kgs, I still expect Phlipnhel to win light weather races.  The boat did not perform downwind in a breeze as well as I had hoped. It is fast but I believe No Name Required is significantly faster. However having a Javelin that doesn’t want to nose dive all the time is awesome, so it is definitely safer in a breeze than No Name Required.  Originally we struggled in choppy upwind conditions in 8-10 knots.  I’m not sure if this was due to a rig issue or our fore & aft trim, but we seem to have overcome that now.
The midpoint lowered chines created more lift forward, which tends to make the boat plane with the bow up and stern down, so we have to move forward in the boat to counteract that, although it didn’t seem to slow it down, it just looked and felt wrong.

Since launching “Phlipnhel” have you made any modifications?  What was the aim of the mods?  Were they things you needed to change, or somethings you could see you could get more out of the boat?

Since launching Phlipnhel, I have lowered the chines at the transom by 10mm to try and improve downwind speed but I’m not sure if it achieved anything because the change was so small.  Before we head to Perth at Christmas, I intend to widen the transom to make it more like No Name Required and hopefully to achieve the same speed. I’m hoping it won’t negatively effect the boat handling but as we seldom sail in really strong winds anymore, I don’t expect it to be a frequent problem.  Unfortunately the modification will add weight to a Javelin which is already significantly overweight.

What are her good points?  Are there conditions where she really goes well?

Her best point is that she is easy to sail fast, with smooth transitions between modes.  She goes well in all conditions with no particular favourite condition.

Are there conditions where you feel she under performs?  Or are their any instances where she jumps up and bites?

The best thing about Phlipnhel is that she never jumps up and bites.  As far as Javelins go, she is easy to sail in every condition.

What are the 3 key things to get right in building and setting up a Javelin to sail?

One of the biggest challenges to a Javelin, is to get the layout of control lines and sheets right. Every boat is set up differently so there is no tried and true system to follow.  Since launching, I have changed a few things, but I’m very happy with how everything works with the current lay out. In saying that, I still have a few ideas to try.
The other key thing is to get the rig right, especially the correct mast stiffness..  Phlipnhel has suffered since launching with mast issues and after a decade of experimenting we finally seem to be on top of it.
What makes the biggest difference is simply time on the water, trying to improve everything from boat handling to gear changing to boat speed testing and then of course the racing tactics etc.  I learnt a lot of that through my 470 sailing, but in recent years the biggest improvement has been in my tactical racing.  I wish I had known this stuff when I was racing 470’s! Unfortunately for you young ones ie those under 50? I think that as you get to the geriatric stage in life, you start making up for your lack of physical ability with brains and deviousness.  Or it could be that I am confident in our boat speed in all conditions, which lets me relax and think smart, see what is coming and play the chess game accordingly.


2015-16 Season Event Program (NZL)

The dates below are confirmed, except where stated they are not.  There are a few holes at the moment.  If you have any suggestions or requests please let us know by commenting below.

Traveler Series: North Island Sprints
dates: Sat & Sun, 17th & 18th October 2015
host: Rotorua Yacht Club

South Pacifics training: Auckland (venue to be decided)
dates: tbc (early November, maybe even Labour weekend)
host: (to be decided, but somewhere in Auckland for sure)

Just because you can: Napier Summer Regatta
dates: Sat & Sun, 28th & 29th November 2015
host: Napier Sailing Club

Just because you can: Sir Peter Blake Regatta
dates: Sat & Sun, 5th & 6th December 2015
host: Torbay Sailing Club

South Pacifics: 45th Australian Javelin Championships & South Pacific Championships
dates: 28th Dec 2015 to 4th Jan 2016
host: Perth Dinghy Sailing Club

Just because you can: Napier New Year Regatta
dates: 1st to 3rd Jan 2016
host: Napier Sailing Club

Nationals: Might River Power Regatta
dates: Fri, Sat & Sun, 10th, 11th & 12th March 2015
host: Lake Taupo Yacht Club

Sanders Cup: Whangarei
dates: Easter
host: Whangarei Cruising Club
note: All boats welcome, regional representatives only qualify

North Island Champs: Evan’s Bay Regatta
dates: Sat & Sun, 9th & 10th April
host:  Evan’s Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club