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

2019 Sanders Cup – Welcoming New Champions

Sanders Cup, Kingham Trophy, and the dreaded DFL

This year’s edition of the Interprovincial Challenge offered a variety of conditions making for a very close contest where seven boats had top three finishes.

When Northland chose to hold their fifth consecuitve defence on Lake Taupo, the Horowhenua Sailing Club offered to host the contest in Motuoapa. Being unable to sail on their home waters, the Club was looking forward to creating a fun setting and good sailing, harking back to the 1981 Sanders Cup held at the Manawatu Sailing Club in Foxton where the Kingham Trophy was actually sailed at Lake Horowhenua.

Phil McNeil won the invitation race back then, but Lake Taupo did not favour him this time. A wet and overcast day made sailing tricky. The invitation race, set as a triangle course just off Motuoapa marina, was sailed in moderate breeze. Wade McGee and Demian Dixon on FDSM led around the top mark ahead of Phlipnhel. Phil McNeil and Craig Gilberd nearly caught the Wellingtonians on the finish line but FDSM narrowly kept their lead, winning the beautiful Kingham Trophy.

Kingham Trophy Winners Demian Dixon and Wade McGee

At the 95th edition of the historic Sanders Memorial Cup, the competition was very close with six of the eight challengers having won this interprovincial contest before. 

Crucial preparations involved an awesome dinner and a late evening at the House up the hill. It has been said that many secrets were spilled that night.

In the first two races of the Sanders Cup, the surprise entry from Auckland showed that the oldest boat in the competition had not lost any of its speed during its stint overseas. Bungholio won the first race and were comfortably leading the second one when their rudder broke. Chance had it that Northland lost their crew to injury, so Rob jumped ship and sailed the remainder of the contest with Phil.

Bungholio arriving for her first New Zealand contest in a decade
Tuning Trailblazer
Rigging Riders on the Storm

Canterbury benefited from Auckland’s disaster and took a race win after coming third in the first race, putting them in the lead after the first day.

On the second day, race wins went to Wellington and North Harbour, which meant the fleet was very close together on points before the final two races. Wellington was the exception, sporting a comfortable lead, as they were the only team who consistently scored in the top three.

A win in the sixth race confirmed the success for Wade and Demian, wrestling the trophy from Northland to go back to Wellington with all the silverware on offer.

It was an emotional win for FDSM, as the crew had lost their first Javelin, that they had lovingly rebuilt and optimised over years, in a car accident 18 months ago.

Demian Dixon and Wade McGee won the Sanders Cup for Wellington

The competitors appreciate the tough racing, while ashore there is a lively exchange of experience and knowledge. This extends to mutual assistance when gear fails, as in the case of the sailing sailmaker taking the batten ends of his spare sail to replace the bent ones on the OA.

Something would be missing without some more lighthearted awards. Craig Gilberd got awarded the Dog Trophy by Head Brother Colin Shanks for sustaining an injury while trying to get back into the boat after a capsize.

The famous DFL trophy is earned by the skipper with the highest score who finished all races.

The DFL was awarded to David Brown from the Manawatu

Huge thanks are due to the hosts David and Margaret Feek who provided the venue and amazing hospitality. The fleet appreciate the efforts of the Horowhenua Sailing Club and the Race Management Team under Tony Brown who together did a superb job delivering a great regatta and fair sailing.

The Sanders Cup Association is continuing their enthusiastic support of the Javelin Skiffs as the Class that this exceptional trophy should be competed for, considering the amount of regions as well as the range of crew and skipper age, weight and gender that were represented at this event.

At the Taupo Regatta on 9/10 March the fleet will come together again before the National Championships that will be held 29-31 March in Howick, Auckland. For the latest international news and photos please visit the Facebook  page and find out more about the Class on http://www.javelins.org

New Zealand Season Dates


It’s time to dust off your boat and get it ready for some fun competitive racing!

Here are the dates for the upcoming season:

Rotorua Spring Sprints 13/14 October https://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/events/north-island-sprints-regatta

Evans Bay 100th Anniversary Opening Day 20-22 October
Classic Race Saturday
Club Racing Sunday
Opening Race Monday
The Club has requested for the Sanders Cup to be present for the Opening, so it would be great to also have our Class represented.

Napier Summer Regatta 24/25 November

Sir Peter Blake Regatta 1/2 December

Tauranga Regatta 16/17 February 2019
We have a growing fleet there and should show numbers to support them.

Sanders Cup 22-24 February in Motuoapa

Taupo Regatta 9/10 March

Nationals 29-31 March in Howick

**** If you would like to charter a boat for, or race as crew or helmsman in any of these events, please comment or e-mail us! ****

Sails wanted for Vitamin C



A couple of Uni students down in Christchurch have been doing up Vitamin C number 310.


They are looking to upgrade the rig a with a square top main and possibly kite.

If anyone has an old one they are willing to part with they would be interested! Nothing fancy required.


Please contact Benjamin on btmurton@gmail.com or 0220102636. 

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:


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
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!

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