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2020 Javelin Class North Island Championships in Memory of Nathan Bax

Every year the Javelin class has a fun weekend on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, based at a bach organised by Colin Shanks around the October/November period, and this year the Class decided to incorporate the North Island Championships into this get together.
Peter Millar was once more roped in to provide race management.
This was also an event in memory of a very talented sailor, Nathan Bax, who recently passed away way before his time. In his youth he won the Starling Class Nationals and he went on to win multiple Javelin National and Sanders Cup competitions. Needless to say, quite a few drinks were imbibed in his memory.
It was great to have a visit from Ben, retired Javelin winner, and his lovely wife Denise, Nathan’s parents, who have been part of the class for the last twenty years.
Due to the effects of the Covid pandemic, work commitments and recent illness, a small fleet of 4 boats arrived on Friday night for pre-event drinks and a barbeque enhanced with pizza.

A good start

With this gathering not finishing for some until 2 am, a late start ensued the next morning under overcast skies with a shifty breeze of 5-10 knots, which helped to blow away a winter’s worth of sofa TV watching cobwebs!!
As all contestants were past Javelin Class National and Sanders Cup Champions, exciting racing was expected. All eyes were on the old boys combination of Phil McNeil and Craig Gilberd sailing Phlipnhel, who were getting back into their boat after 18 months’ rest and recuperation. They proved to still be on the pace, winning all six short course races that day, some by only a few seconds. The shifty and gusty winds dictated flexible game plan type racing, and so places swapped continuously, and a good time was had by all.
The next 3 boats, Antje Muller and Fi Chatma on OA, Ross and Colin Shanks on Riders on the Storm, and David Brown and Oscar Kirkham on Trailblazer, all had close results, and it was all on for the next day’s sailing, with Antje and Fi a clear second overall.

When postponing the start means family fun
Light Winds on Saturday

A huge evening storm, combined with the All Blacks losing to Australia, made for a long night of sorrow drowning, but the next morning conditions were favourable so out the fleet went. A sudden squall just before the first start proved to David Brown that a 62 kg crew was not enough to right Trailblazer after a capsize, and so prudence prevailed and a return to the batch under jib only was called for. Of course, once David had derigged, Murphy’s Law prevailed and the weather gods provided a lovely 10-15 knot breeze, but c’est la vie!!
A very short start-line made for well contested starts, with Antje and Fi winning most of them, making the heavier crews work hard to overcome the poor starts. But the sheer horsepower of the 100kg forward hands on Phil and Ross’s boats closed the gaps, and with Ross proving to be faster upwind and Phil being quicker downwind, and Antje nipping in during the lighter patches, finishes were very close at times. Although Phil and Craig won three of the day’s four races, it could have easily been a lot closer on the score sheet!!
So after all pitched in to pack up the boats, clean up the bach and hold a small prizegiving for the North Island Champs, a few words were said in memory of Nathan and to thank the event host, Colin and the race organiser, Peter for their efforts. We all went on our way, another unforgettable Lake Rotoiti gathering completed and plans for next year’s event already underway.
So overall it was Phil and Craig first, Antje and Fi second, Ross and Colin third and David and Oscar fourth.

2020 Sanders Cup Interprovincial Challenge Results

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.

David Brown and David Feek won the Sanders Cup for Manawatu on Trailblazer

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

New Zealand North Island Championships 2017-2018

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

Taupo Regatta…

 

And to draw out the tension, here comes first the report by Andy Chapman about the Taupo Regatta:

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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.

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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
Trailblazer 11 1 1 11 2 26 11 15 1
Black Bart 1 4 5 11 6 27 11 16 2
Night Nurse 2 5 11 11 5 34 11 23 3
OA 11 11 2 11 1 36 11 25 4
Riders 11 2 3 11 11 38 11 27 5
Hot Gossip 11 3 11 11 3 39 11 28 6
Phlipnhel 11 11 11 1 11 45 11 34 7
Clamp Products 11 11 4 11 11 48 11 37 8
Thumper 11 11 11 11 4 48 11 37 9
Magic Bus 11 11 6 11 11 50 11 39 10
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!

And the winner of the 2018 South Pacific and NZ National Championships is…

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.

Results

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!