Open Teams Sailing Nationals 2018

Open Teams Sailing Nationals 2018

Over the Queen's Birthday weekend, while Sean was competing at the 29er Nationals, I was in Doves Bay racing with my team, The Elephants, in the first Open Teams Sailing Nationals to be held in about 10 years.  ...

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29er New Zealand National Championships

29er New Zealand National Championships

Competitors gathered at Waitangi for 29er Nationals at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club. With a 21 boat fleet including two boats each from Wellington and Australia. Most crews got on the water on Friday for a short sail plus measuring that night....

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The 69th Wilson Trophy

The 69th Wilson Trophy

My first Wilson Trophy, what a journey! After the three very beneficial days of training at Rutland Waters, it was time to take that and put that into practice at West Kirby for the main event. Fortunately, the organising committee gave us the chance to...

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Rutland Water | Day 2 & 3 Update

Rutland Water | Day 2 & 3 Update

The inside word: Great last two days of training on the water at Rutland Waters. Improvements over the time and starting to feel very comfortable in the boat. After getting some four boat training with a past sailor from Kerikeri High School and we then...

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Rutland Water | Day 1

Rutland Water | Day 1

Rutland Water | Day 1 " The first day of training here at Rutland Waters in some very chilly conditions. Big improvements throughout the training with a variety of conditions. Important day on the water tomorrow as we have the chance to shake it out...

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The Wilson Trophy

The Wilson Trophy

Pretty much everything you need to know about the Wilson Trophy... The short edition. The British Open Team Dinghy Racing Championships ‘The Wilson Trophy’ is the largest, most prestigious event in the international dinghy team racing calendar it takes...

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Starling Nationals Final Day

Starling Nationals Final Day

It was down to the wire on the final day of the Starling Nationals, and Worser Bay was set to deliver some of its excellent conditions. The breeze was moderate in the morning, but by the afternoon the breeze was well in and with the cold, denser air, the race track...

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Starling Nationals Day 3

Starling Nationals Day 3

With Day 2 of the Nationals cancelled due to high winds, with gusts of 60 knots which was blowing boats over in the boat park, we had the opportunity to go round Wellington and look around. In the morning we just did a drive around to see the different lifestyle and...

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Starling Nationals Day 1

An interesting first day at the Starling Nationals here at Worser Bay Boating Club, with all the wind and the lulls providing a lot of variables with the racing. In the morning they sent us out late because of delays due to high winds but once we got out there it was...

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Starling Match Racing Nationals 2018

Finals, what a rollercoaster! After going into the second day on one loss, I knew I just had to make the top four for the final series. That entailed me having to win one more of the last two flights that remained. I won those two races convincingly. That leads on to...

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Starling Match Racing Nationals Day 1

After arriving yesterday and getting the boat weighed in and re-rigged, today was the first day of competitive racing. Twelve sailors were selected to sail in the event, with a few lucky entries being awarded the wildcard positions because of some regions choosing not...

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29er North Island Champs 2018

29er North Island Champs 2018

In conjounction with the Inter-schools Regatta in the Bay of Islands, was the 29er North Island Championship. A turn of fourteen 29er's to the venue that will be holding the National Champs that is coming up, made it an excellent opportunity to get to...

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Intermediate Schools Bay Of Islands Regatta | Day 2

Yesterday morning I woke up and the wind was a lot lighter than forecasted, but I knew that was going to change through the day, progressively getting windier and windier at around midday. These were not the best conditions for me but I had sailed and trained in these...

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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland In-Port

Volvo Ocean Race Auckland In-Port

Yesterday I went into the city to watch the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland in-port race. Light winds and an incoming tide made it tricky for the boats to get to the top mark near Bean Rock. It was great to see how close the racing was with periods where the fleet...

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Intermediate Schools Bay Of Islands Regatta

On Friday I headed up to the bay of islands to sail at the inter-schools intermediate regatta sailed by laser, starling, 420, optimist and o'pen bic which I am sailing. The conditions in the forecast varied greatly in comparison to what we have experienced. Today the...

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Kerikeri North-Island Champs

Last weekend I went to Kerikeri north island champs as we arrived in Kerikeri the forecast was nearly perfect for me a range of 3-9 knots and On Saturday, there were 5-11 knots, and it was a hot day, and I didn't have an excellent first half of the day. I was making...

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Waszp Nationals 2018

Waszp Nationals 2018

The Waszp nationals at Wakatere Boating Club have seen a range of conditions but certainly featured strong winds with lots of big waves. Sean was fortunate to be able to borrow an excellent boat for the regatta so he could get in the action. The invitation day on...

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Sir Peter Blake Regatta 2017

Sir Peter Blake Regatta 2017

The forecasts were nearly right. Saturday saw a moderate sea breeze roll in and provide some action for all the fleets made up of about 490 boats. Sunday was on the lighter end of the scale with racing being postponed through a chunk of the morning. When we did get...

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Mahurangi Intermediate Sailing Day

Mahurangi Intermediate Sailing Day

On Monday I attended the Mahurangi Intermediate Sailing event, which is held every year at the same time at Sandspit Yacht Club. There were 8 O'pen Bic's competing which is what I was sailing as well as Starlings, Optimist, P class & 420's. As we arrived in Algies Bay...

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Volvo Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards

Volvo Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards

On the 24th of November, it was the Volvo Yachting New Zealand Excellence awards. I was awarded a Youth Performance award by Peter Montgomery and Simon van Velthooven. I was amongst some amazing talent in my category with Josh Armit, Seb Lardies and Scott Mckenzie,...

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Coming Up | The Sir Peter Blake Regatta

Coming Up | The Sir Peter Blake Regatta

This coming weekend is the Sir Peter Blake regatta, the largest centerboard regatta in the southern hemisphere. At this stage the forecasted conditions look excellent for all involved. This year Sean with his crew Harper will be racing in the 29er class, Imogen will...

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Coastal Classic 2017

This year's premier yacht race of New Zealand the coastal classic did not disappoint. We had a good start gybing into a strong VMG run down the channel towards Tiri island. We sailed into lighter winds of the headlands there which continued to...

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Final Pre-Race Report

So the coastal classic starts tomorrow, and we are looking set to go. This afternoon we performed a service on the winches, had the bottom of the boat scrubbed and the mast wiped down for our final preparations on top of the work by our team over recent times. The...

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Coming Up | The Coastal Classic

Coming Up | The Coastal Classic

The Coastal Classic is one of the highlights for yachting in New Zealand each year. With boats of all different shapes and sizes setting off from the Auckland Harbour on the 119 nautical mile journey to Russell in the Bay Of Islands, it has been a fantastic event to...

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