New Zealand and Interdominion OK Dinghy Championships
Napier, New Zealand
Napier Sailing Club, 27th - 31st January 2005
The 2005 NZ Nationals and Inter-dominions were hosted by the Napier Sailing Club from the 27 - 31 January. A very competitive field of 34 turned up, including 3 former National Champions and 3 former Inter-dominion Champions. The field also included 6 Australians from Melbourne and Lake Macquarie. The current Inter-dominion champion, Roger Blasse, of Black Rock YC Australia was unable to attend.
Ten races of about 70 minutes length were sailed over four days; the race officer, Roger Gourley, managing to avoid the use of the reserve day. The weather was mainly fine and sunny with NE to E winds around 10 - 15 knots and oscillating, becoming a bit patchy towards the end of the day.
Race 1 got underway in an 8 knots northeasterly. Alistair Deaves led at the top mark followed by Mark Perrow. Perrow found a good shift on the second beat out to the left and led at the top of the run. Some confusion about the finish line caught a few sailors out, although Perrow held on to win followed by Steve McDowell, who been slowly making his way up the fleet.
Race 2, held in a slightly stronger breeze, was led from start to finish by Joe Porebski. Greg Wilcox also faired better in the increased wind coming second.
Very similar conditions prevailed for the third race on Friday morning. This time it was Owen Anderson leading at the top mark, after picking up a large shift on the left hand side, followed by Deaves. Deaves got past on the second beat and led Anderson to the finish; these two opening up a huge gap on the fleet. Bad luck for Anderson though, he was OSC, as was third place Nick Gray from Australia, which left Paul Rhodes in second place.
As had happened the day before the breeze increased a bit for the next race. This is the point at which Steve McDowell stamped his authority on the event as he won this and the next two races. With slightly more wind McDowell started to make his intentions clear and sailed an excellent race to win from Wilcox and Morrison.
The wind eased off for the last race on Friday. Karl Purdie started to show some of his early season form and challenged for the lead, but it was McDowell again who came out on top. Deaves was third after a close race with Porebski and Perrow.
Napier was beginning to get a reputation for light breezes and fine weather as for the third day we headed out into the same conditions. Ben Morrison led initially but was ground down by McDowell who went on to score his third win in a row. Morrison held on for second with Rhodes coming through for third.
The breeze almost dropped out entirely for the start of race 7, leaving those with a bad start wallowing in disturbed air and a chop. Purdie was first round, coming in from the right, followed by Mike Wilde who had sailed a superb beat more to the middle and Deaves who came in from the left. The race finished in this order, shortened after the second beat, although McDowell and Wilcox made appearances in the top three only to drop back again.
Race 8, the last race of the day was started in similar light conditions. Deaves rounded the top mark first, some distance ahead of Purdie and McDowell. On the second beat the wind started increasing and swung to the right reducing Deaves' lead. Meanwhile, the race officer, clearly intending to shorten the course at this point, had removed the bottom mark. But on account of more wind, he decided to carry it on. This meant that Deaves and McDowell chased the mark boat down the run and saw the leeward mark dropped just 100 meters in front of them. McDowell's' superior off-wind speed saw him take the lead on the run and just held on to finish first followed by Deaves and Purdie. This win handed the championship to McDowell.
The breeze held through the night, and in the morning and we were greeted with 15 + knots and waves. It was quite a good thing that most sailors, expecting another light day, had gone out the night before, and most of the morning, for a �few' drinks. Some hard hiking up the first beat saw Morrison lead at the top mark, followed by McDowell. The places stayed pretty much the same with little to gain on the beats. On the run, however, Wilcox showed his amazing off-wind prowess by sailing further to the right that anyone else, picking up some nice waves, and sailing from sixth to first, a position he held to the finish.
The last race of the championship was almost a repeat of race 9, with the top ten remaining the same (but in a different order) except for McDowell who had sailed home. Adrian Mannering, the local hero, led from start to finish, opening up a good lead by the end. He clearly enjoyed the stronger breeze better than the light stuff. Second place was taken by Andre Blasse from Australia, after picking up a huge left-hander on the last beat to come reaching across the line.
Overall the Wellington sailors seemed to dominate the racing, although this was the first time the National title has left Auckland for some years. Steve's overall consistency, only one result out of the top 4, and his ability to recover, clearly proved him the rightful winner, and was in part surely due to his commitment and training with the other Wellington sailors and the development of his Linton sail.
The Nationals also formed the selection process for the 2005 Worlds in Denmark, and with all of the top 5 attending, New Zealand will be sending a strong team with high hopes.
|1||open||NZL 519||Steve McDowell||2||6||3||1||1||1||4||1||3||DNC||16|
|2||open||NZL 502||Karl Purdie||11||10||5||5||2||4||1||3||7||3||30|
|3||vets||NZL 522||Greg Wilcox||8||2||11||2||10||6||5||5||1||6||35|
|4||open||NZL 521||Mark Perrow||1||4||6||7||5||7||6||4||8||9||40|
|5||vets||AUS 719||Andre Blasse||4||3||4||14||6||5||17||12||4||2||40|
|6||open||NZL 472||Alistair Deaves||7||12||1||9||3||12||3||2||9||10||44|
|7||open||NZL 511||Ben Morrison||5||15||9||3||11||2||9||16||2||4||45|
|8||vets||NZL 517||Paul Rhodes||6||11||2||4||16||3||21||10||11||5||52|
|9||vets||NZL 509||Joe Porebski||14||1||12||13||4||10||7||9||6||7||56|
|10||open||NZL 520||Russel Wood||13||7||8||11||9||22||23||7||5||8||68|
|11||vets||NZL 481||David Hoogenboom||17||13||7||6||7||13||8||11||12||DNF||77|
|12||vets||NZL 504||Adrian Mannering||16||5||20||10||19||15||24||26||10||1||96|
|13||open||NZL 52||Owen Anderson||9||22||OCS||17||8||8||16||6||21||14||99|
|14||open||NZL 490||Trent Pryce||10||9||10||15||15||18||13||13||20||15||100|
|15||vets||NZL 475||Nigel Mannering||3||18||13||18||13||14||18||24||16||11||106|
|16||vets||NZL 515||Mike Wilde||20||16||14||12||23||19||2||25||13||12||108|
|17||open||NZL 498||Darren Hunt||18||8||18||25||17||17||11||23||14||13||116|
|18||vets||AUS 711||Nick Gray||15||19||OCS||16||22||9||20||18||15||17||129|
|19||open||NZL 51||Grant Pedersen||12||17||15||19||14||24||22||14||19||24||132|
|20||vets||NZL 474||Tony Clifford||DNC||DNC||OCS||8||12||21||12||8||18||19||133|
|21||vets||NZL 500||Philip Rzepecky||23||14||23||21||33||16||28||17||17||18||149|
|22||open||GER 5||Peter Scheuerl||21||21||17||20||24||27||14||20||23||16||152|
|23||open||NZL 466||Matt Hibbard||27||25||16||26||29||11||25||15||27||25||170|
|24||open||NZL 494||Rob Hengst||32||27||24||30||26||20||10||19||26||21||173|
|25||vets||NZL 360||John Hoogerbrug||28||24||OCS||23||32||23||31||21||22||22||194|
|26||vets||NZL 518||Selwyn Pedersen||19||29||21||31||31||25||19||28||28||26||195|
|27||vets||AUS 694||Richard Furneaux||26||31||28||24||27||30||27||22||24||20||198|
|28||vets||AUS 715||Tom Pearce||25||28||OCS||28||25||31||15||27||29||28||205|
|29||open||AUS 713||Peter Lynch||30||26||27||22||30||28||30||29||25||23||210|
|30||open||NZL 510||Graeme Bates||22||20||19||27||18||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||211|
|31||open||AUS 684||Chris Hall||31||33||25||29||28||26||26||30||30||DNF||225|
|32||open||NZL 467||Nigel Stilwell||33||32||29||33||20||29||29||31||32||27||229|
|33||vets||NZL 485||Campbell Scott||29||23||22||32||21||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||232|
|34||vets||NZL 516||Graham Lambert||24||30||26||DNS||DNS||DNC||DNC||DNC||31||DNF||251|