After having to postpone the Sanders Cup due to gale force winds in December, again Windy Wellington lived up to its name and made it challenging for the organisers to get a contest in.
The Kingham Trophy was held early Saturday morning in light Southerlies. Even though OA and FDSM had the lead for a while, Trailblazer claimed the lead on the last downwind leg to finally claim this elusive prize.
After waiting for the Northerly to fill in for a while, the Sanders Cup was held in a building breeze with very close racing and mixed results.
In the end, Manawatu dominated over East Coast, who were the only team to put two wins on the board. Northland came third and sported a win in the last race.
Howick Sailing Club 29th to 31st March 2019
/// 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 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.
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.
By general consensus, the North Island Championship for this season will be awarded to the winner of the Traveller Series.
Regattas of the Traveller Series were:
Rotorua Spring Sprints, won by Black Bart
Rotoiti Bach Regatta, won by Trailblazer
Napier Summer Regatta, won by Trailblazer
Sir Peter Blake Memorial Regatta, won by Phlipnhel
And to draw out the tension, here comes first the report by Andy Chapman about the Taupo Regatta:
The Javelin class met in Taupo this weekend at the Taupo Sailing Club Annual Regatta. The class was well represented with 7 boats competing over the two days of racing. Conditions were very pleasant, sunshine and a steady breeze saw 5 races completed on Saturday. It was a clean sweep for Antje and crew Kez in 521 on day one, Dave and Dave in Trailblazer were second place and Dylan Mackenzie third in a borrowed Hot Gossip. Clubroom retrospectives suggested racing was closer than scorecard suggested, apparently the lake Taniwha are picky about who they send the breeze to.
On day two Dave and Hamish had headed home with Thumper and the fleet were joined by Matt and Andy with Black Bart from Tauranga Moana, that swirly sandbank ridden body of water home to names like Burling, Saunders and Meech hosts a growing class of Javs. On Sunday Rodger and Fi on Night Nurse and Black Bart tussled it out in a local derby at the less hurried end of the field while Antje laid rest to the Taniwha theory with a 111 score card. Special note to Matt Macmillan who grabbed line honors in the last race in a boat switch with Antje.
Thanks to the Taupo sailing club for hosting, always a great event and wonderful family atmosphere at the club. Looking forward to the South Pacific’s in Easter, when the Kiwis host the Aussies at Takapuna, for some international fast affordable fun.
So here are the results of the North Island Championships:
|2017-2018 Javelin North Islands Traveller Series|
|Rotorua||Rotoiti||Napier||Sir Peter Blake||Taupo||Total||Discard||Net||Rank|
|DNS = 11|
Congratulations to North Island Champions David Brown and David Feek on Trailblazer, and well done Black Bart in second place!
A HUGE shout out to Roger Whitefield and Fi Charman who only joined the fleet this season and achieved a third place in the Traveller Series on Night Nurse!
After nine races, Windrush and Phlipnhel were tied on points, so it all came down to the last race.
In the end, a fourth place was enough for Phil McNeil to retain the title, a special achievement as he had to replace his crew Craig Gilberd, who had an accident the night before, with his daughter Holly. It makes Holly the first female to (co-)win the South Pacifics since the Fiji edition in 1977.
NZ Nationals Results
More photos have been published on the Javelinskiff facebook page.
Many thanks to everyone who made this a thoroughly enjoyable contest: The wonderful volunteers of the Takapuna Boating Club, the professional race officials who got all the races away despite challenging conditions, the competitors arriving from near and far, their support crew, and everyone who visited us in person or virtually!
This weekend the Javelin Skiff North Island Traveller Series continued with the Summer Regatta in Napier. It started with the Race Committee announcing that with a forecast of 40 knots for Sunday, they were expecting to race on Saturday only. The Javelins sailed on the inner course, close enough to the Napier Sailing Club that leaving the beach 20 minutes before the warning signal was soon enough.
In brilliant sunshine the first race started with a moderate breeze, although there was always somewhat more pressure near the windward mark. It was noticed that the Optimists and Starlings were not used to skiffs sailing around them, as they were right in our start area with one minute to go – at a distance from the line that would have been ‘far away’ for them, but not for a Javelin. Trailblazer took the lead early closely followed by the Riders on the Storm. Hot Gossip managed to hang in third place and only put distance on Black Bart when the boat from Tauranga fell over. The order did not change until the finish, with the ladies crew having a grand finish launching themselves across the line off the wake of a trailer yacht.
In the second race, the wind had picked up considerably, and the two Shankses were doing honour to their boat’s name but getting to the first mark first. Trailblazer was just about to run them down on the gennaker ride, when the rudder of the blue boat failed and ended the day for the crew from Palmerston North. That helped Hot Gossip into second place, with Black Bart finishing third.
By the start of race three, it was blowing hard enough for everyone to be overpowered. Colin and Ross sailed away ahead, while Annika and Antje did a bit of swimming. Black Bart went to inspect the rocks to leeward of the track and had to be towed in.
The last race saw even the Riders on the Storm capsize, and they were surprised to see that Hot Gossip had closed the gap a bit by the time they were getting on the way again. They still finished well ahead because the lightweights did a bit of trawling with their kite on the way to the finish, which ended in another immersion episode.
On Sunday morning, everyone got together at the clubrooms to watch the rugby, and by half time the Race Committee abandoned racing for the day due to breeze above 40 knots.
Congratulations to Ross and Colin on their win!
The preliminary standings for the North Islands are as follows
Rotoiti Napier Total
|Riders on the Storm||4||2||6|
|Black Bart||DNC (6)||4||10|
The next contest for the championship series is the Sir Peter Blake Memorial Regatta next weekend 3 & 4 December in Torbay.
Kingham Trophy decided in light air
Over the long Easter weekend, the Sanders Memorial Cup will be awarded to the winner of a series of seven races. The Sanders Cup is the oldest inter-provincial challenge still sailed for under its original inception.
This year, the Javelin Skiffs compete for this honour on Parua Bay of Whangarei Harbour. Defending the trophy for Northland are Phil McNeil and Craig Gilberd on Phlipnhel, who recently won the South Pacific title in Perth. The challengers from the Manawatu are David Brown and Mark Gatti on Trailblazer, and Auckland is represented by Sara Watters and Hamish Norton on Thumper. Antje Muller and Milly Joseph on Hot Gossip are joining the open regatta but decided to fly and “L” on their sail as they are the only complete ladies crew.
Hosted by Whangarei Crusing Club
On Friday, the invitation race for the Kingham Trophy was open to all comers, and preceded two Sanders Cup races.
In light airs, the first start was favoured at the boat and Trailblazer got away well but did not go as far left as Phlipnhel who first looked lost but then got a shift and pressure to come into the mark rolling over Trailblazer.
Thumper had good breeze on the right and came around the top first but had their retrieval rigged wrong, and downwind they were further slowed by the gennaker dragging in the water. On the second upwind, Hot Gossip got into third place and defended that to the finish, celebrating that the oldest boat could hand in there. Phlipnhel took the lead and sailed away from Trailblazer on the second lap with the places staying the same around the last complete lap.
Congratulations to Phlipnhel for winning the Kingham Trophy!
In the first Sanders Cup race, the start was closely contested. Manawatu were close to the start boat but Northland thought they could squeeze in. When they touched the inner distance mark, the Ladies called them to take their penalty. They did, and lost the boom off the gooseneck in the process, but still were in touch with the other boats after completing their turn. In terms of speed upwind, the 1981-built Hot Gossip still kept up with the speed of the latest carbon boats – She was a Sanders Cup winner when she was young but now is more than 20 years older than all of the other yachts.
At the first top mark, all competitors were very close together. Manawatu went around first and opted for a gybe-set, but Northland managed to gybe inside and roll them. The ladies were last and decided to try something different by hoisting and going to the Eastern side of the course. They had the luck of picking up good pressure there, which meant they were in touch again with the fleet at the bottom. The course was shortened to be only two laps. On the last downwind, Northland had secured their lead. The Ladies went East again and came back into the finish wiring which saw them take second place ahead of Auckland and Manawatu.
For the second race, Auckland changed their jib setting and had much better upwind pointing. Manawatu got a good start and arrived at the top mark together with Northland. This time, they tried the Eastern side of the course while Northland went towards the harbour. From the layline, Manawatu picked up enough pressure to be trapezing, affording them a comfortable lead at the bottom gate. The places remained the same around the last two laps. There was slightly more pressure and a lot more sunshine, which made for comfortable racing.
While Northland are fully on form, the racing was mixed enough to predict a close contest. There are 5 races to go with one discard coming in once 6 races are completed.
Sanders Cup Results
Northland 1 2
Manawatu 3 1
Auckland 2 3
Open Regatta Results
Kingham R1 R2
Phlipnhel 1 1 2
Trailblazer 2 4 1
Hot Gossip 3 2 3
Thumper 4 3 4
Sunny conclusion to Sanders Cup in Northland
On Easter Sunday, the Sanders Cup was decided on the waters of Parua Bay in Whangarei.
With light winds forecast, the Committee decided to head out on the water straight away on the second day to take advantage of the little breeze that still was around at lunchtime. There was a light wind from the Southwest.
With the pin strongly favoured at the start, Northland opted for a port hand start and got away with it, because the rest of the fleet could not lay the pin. They went over the right hand side of the course, picking up good pressure and a lift to get up to the mark. The Ladies tried the left hand side that looked like more pressure and enjoyed some good lifts but never got the wiring pressure. Second around the mark was Auckland with Manawatu in third.
By the bottom mark, Northland had substantially extended their lead and the fleet was quite drawn out. The wind died however and swung around, which mixed things up again. When the Ladies got to the bottom mark, there was enough breeze from the new direction for them to hoist a gennaker, which saw them catch up to Manawatu by the top mark where the course was shortened to two laps. Northland got two thirds up the last leg when the wind disappeared, which gave Auckland a chance to catch up and for a short time overtake them.
Phil and Craig showed their joint experience and managed to gingerly put Northland across the line first, admitting it was a stressful day on the water though. On the downwind leg, that was now something between a beat and a reach, the Ladies were lucky again and found enough patches of wind to finish in third.
After the finish, the boats drifted around aimlessly for a while until the Committee shifted to set up for another start for a light Southeast breeze, but it did not stay in. Finally, racing was postponed to the next day.
Apart from Northland, the fleet is very close together and looking forward to another sunny day with hopefully a bit more breeze.
Whangarei served up brilliant sunshine again for the third day of racing. The breeze was light to start with but came up as the competition progressed.
In the fourth race, the wind was light but slightly stronger than the previous day. The pin was strongly favoured, and this time the Ladies took the chance and started on port. Luckily for them, they crossed ahead of the fleet and took the right hand side they thought promised pressure. At the top mark, Northland was ahead again though, followed by Manawatu and Auckland. On the second beat to windward, Auckland were successful on the right-hand side and overtook Manawatu who had gone toward the harbour. It was a long race but the places remained the same through the last round. The leaders only just made the time limit by about a minute.
On the fifth start, Manawatu shut out Auckland who narrowly ducked inside just after the gun but in turn closed out the Ladies who had to gybe around before crossing the line. It was close between Northland and Auckland at the top mark and Manawatu was just behind them. The latter managed to creep into second place through the second lap but Auckland rounded the top mark inside them in the third round. Gybing around the mark and hoisting on port that advantage increased as they caught a gust and shift to accelerate away. This saw Auckland getting close to Northland and fighting hard to try and overtake the leaders. In the end however, a few slow gybes saw them finish only just ahead of Manawatu with the Ladies trailing.
Hoping that a port start might work out better than what they experienced at the boat, the Ladies tried for a port start again in race six but this time could not clear Northland and had to tack with the fleet. All four boats were very close together up the first beat and Manawatu rounded the first mark ahead of Auckland and Northland. However picking some good shifts up the second beat together with superior boat speed saw the boat from the top of the North Island in first place again at the second windward mark. On the downwind legs, the wind was comparatively steady but Manawatu went into shore and caught up to Northland again. They lost it again when they hunted the pressure out towards the harbour even though they were trapezing more than the other competitors. Manawatu held on to second place for this race but were still third over all. Allegedly the lack of photographic evidence was due to an empty battery.
For the last race of the series, the wind picked up to a wiring breeze and the crews took the helm on Phlipnhel and Hot Gossip. This did not slow Northland down at all. Even though they were one minute early for their start (claiming later it was for practice), they managed to line up again well enough for the actual gun. It seems like Phil was to blame anyway as he admitted to never ceasing to give instructions.
The fleet stayed close together around the two laps. Northland was leading with Manawatu in second place. Thumper tried the left hand side but it did not work out, which saw them finishing in third place. This gave second place over all to Manawatu on countback. Hot Gossip did well staying in touch; this contest was the first time for Milly on a Javelin, and this was the first race she skippered. For the first time in this series, Phil crossed the finishing line first, crowing his eighth Sanders Cup win.
This beautiful contest was wound up by a friendly prize giving. The fleet was deeply grateful for the volunteers giving up their time and accommodating the preference of the sailors. In the Sanders Cup, Sara Watters was presented the DFL trophy (for the last place boat that finished all races) by previous holder Antje Muller. Vice Commodore Joan Livingstone presented the Sanders Cup to Northland sailors Phil McNeil and Craig Gilberd.
The Sanders Cup is one of NZ’s most prestigious trophies and has been contested since 1921. A summary about the varied history of this interprovincial challenge can be read by clicking here
The next regatta of the Javelin fleet is the North Island Championship held at Evans Bay on 9/10 April.