Burnsco Marine at Seaview have donated 2 Optimist sails to MYC.
This is part of a nation-wide promotion by Burnsco who have sponsored more than 80 Opti sails across the country. They are currently looking for a Club to take on running an optimist regatta that would be open to sailors from around the country as another step in their efforts to promote sailing to youngsters.
Burnsco Seaview manager Michael Meads presents the sails to MYC Commodore Chris Ward.
Thanks to everyone who came to this event. Fantastic turnout and great food - Thanks to The Cobar Restaurant (Ryan, Hannah and Josh), and to SHOTT for supplying drinkies! Hope you are all storming down to BOC for your dry ice! Yum!
2014 NZ Youth Match Racing: Royal Port Nicholson YC Dominates Podium
by Matt Steven
The Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club has dominated the 2014 NZ Youth Match Racing Nationals taking out first and second place. Teams representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron claimed third and fourth.
The Race Officials had a very poor forecast to work with. Three of the four days were forecasting over 30knots. Ken Burt and his team however somehow managed to get through a round robin, semi-finals, finals and minor play offs racing every day.
The weekend was when the main action happened and two teams from each city progressed to the top four. Sam Mackay representing RPNYC decided to choose George Anyon (RNZYS) leaving Will Eastman (RPNYC) to take on Lucas Chatonnier (RNZYS).
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
NESPRESSO YOUTH INTERNATIONAL MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS
12th – 16th February 2014 Auckland, New Zealand
GAUTREY WINS ALL KIWI FINAL TO CLAIM THE 2014 NESPRESSO YOUTH INTERNATIONAL MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014!
SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2014
Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club’s George Gautrey pulls off a fantastic regatta to win the NESPRESSO Youth International Match Racing Championships 2014.
In the Final – the battle of the Georges - Gautrey, versus RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme member Brasell, lost the first of three matches by 17 seconds before fighting back to take the last two and deciding matches by 8 and 17 seconds respectively. “Ecstatic” and “speechless” were the words Gautrey used to describe the win. When asked about defending his title at next year’s event Gautrey said emphatically “I’ll be back!”
The other George, Brasell, commented “He’s a fast sailor and you can’t pull him back once he’s away” about his 2 – 1 loss. “In match one we had a good start and led him around the track; the other races we started badly and tried everything we could but just couldn’t claw our way back into it; he sailed really well, full credit to him.”
In the Semi-Final battle of the Wellingtonians Gautrey, the younger of the two Royal Port Nicholson skippers, had an epic duel against his older counterpart, Sam Mackay. Starting the day 1 – 0 down, Mackay came out fighting this morning winning the next two races to take a 2 – 1 lead over his young rival. Unfortunately, that was going to be the only victories he could muster as young Gautrey came fighting back to win the 4th match by 8 seconds and sudden death 5th match by a convincing 19 seconds claiming local bragging rights. The losses to Mackay must have hurt; “Going down to Sam really tested our team, but we came back and pulled it off” said Gautrey.
Four crews from Muritai took part in this very enjoyable event involving 52 boats in the main fleet.
Our best performance came from Wal and Colin (20th) but most impressively they won the line honours for veteran award. Jeremy and Judy, Rudi and Penny, Chris and Mary Clare made up the other 3 MYC crews.
Fourteen boats came from Wellington in total, 9 from Dunedin (great effort) and 3 from Christchurch and one crew who sail near Hokitika.
Wakatere Boating Club certainly did a very fine job of hosting this 50th anniversary event at their magnificent facilities between Devonport and Takapuna. The social barbecues were done very well at prices on the light side for Auckland. The host club made everyone very welcome and helped out in every which way they could, including finding and delivering your boat trailer to you at the end of racing.
The event was sailed in light (and sometimes very light) conditions in the tidal Rangitoto channel. The tidal run meant laying bouys - especially the windward mark - was tricky. In the conditions that prevailed there were for key points to get right in the big fleet in these light and tidal conditions.
1. Be on the front line at the start
2. Strive hard to get clear air
3. Avoid colliding with other boats
4. Lay the top mark with a bit to spare
As so often happens the best sailing breeze just got up in the second half of the last race. The race officer did very well to get 8 races in over the 3 days.
Overall the event proved a big boost for the class and we look forward to hosting this event at MYC on Waitangi weekend 2015.