New Zealand ANZDL North Shore Championships
To ResultsReport by David Hoogenboom
This regatta is the successor to the Inner Harbour Regatta previously sailed at Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club. Northcote Birkenhead and Graham Lambert decided not to hold this regatta this year and because it was so good in the past and was the first opportunity for the OK's to get together in the season it was decided to move the regatta to Takapuna. Takapuna is situated in the outer harbour in Auckland and is the new home for OK Dinghy sailing here.
The regatta also attracted fleets from the Lasers, Finns, Europes, Tornado's, Hobies, 3.7's (a Farr designed trapezing centreboard class) and Paper Tigers with a total of 74 boats registered to race. It also brought together a number of New Zealand's more famous yachting names including, Craig Monk, Grant Dalton, Chris Dickson, Hamish Pepper and Nik Burfoot among others.
The OK fleet was boosted by the arrival of 7 boats from Napier and 1 from Wellington. One of the boats from Napier was Alastair Deaves new NZ built glass boat which was launched for the first time on their arrival in Auckland on the Friday. Alastair had some teething problems on the Saturday with a broken boom but by Sunday was starting to get results.
Saturday provided 15-20 Knot off-shore winds from the SSW with some tricky windshifts and a big outgoing tide being experienced. Fleets were grouped with Finn/OK, Laser/Europe, and Hobie/Paper Tigers starting together. Two races were sailed back to back on Saturday morning and by lunchtime there were already some tired bodies. The intention was to have 2 races in the afternoon also however with the late start and a long course insufficient time was available to run this. Some cheers were heard from some tired sailors when this decision was made.
Sunday dawned chilly with a 10-15 Knot breeze from the NE. Two races were again sailed back-to-back starting at 10-30am. The first race sailed in a progressively lightening breeze and with the tide still coming in the left side paid for many. The second and final race of the day had the only significant windshift with a new wind arriving from the north early in the race however the weather brightened significantly to make for a very pleasant day.
Standout performances over the weekend were Selwyn Pedersen from Napier in the first 2 races on the Saturday and Greg Wilcox using one of his new sails. In the windier conditions on the Saturday Sel sailed extremely well however I think his body told him to slow down after that. Another highlight also attributed to Sel were the 3 boats he rebuilt. He took some sad looking fibreglass boats removed the decks and build new wooden decks on them all. They're a real compliment to his boatbuilding ability and a real asset to the Napier fleet.
The incentive for the OK sailors this year was the inclusion of a sail as the Handicap Prize supplied by Port Nicholson Sails. Greg Wilcox has been developing this sail over the last 18 months and his work is starting to pay off. Greg looked very comfortable in the windier conditions on the Saturday and was always in the hunt in the 2 lighter races on the Sunday.
Overall the weekend was very successful and everyone went home with a prize. Thanks must go to Australia and New Zealand Direct Line for their on-going support of yachting with trans-tasman container transport provision and to Gulf Star Products and Kinnears Southern Ocean Ropes for spot prizes.