The New Zealand Match Racing got underway this morning with conditions opposite to the forecast wet and squally weather expected. With blue skies and 10-15knot south-westerlies the Race Management went out onto the Waitemata Harbour only to find it a typical Auckland day with shifty breeze and four seasons all rolled into the six hours that were used.
RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme Graduate Chris Steele, ranked 15th in the ISAF rankings kicked off the regatta as he intends to complete it, we are sure, with four wins from four races. Clipping his heels however is the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron crew ably helmed by Dave Chapman also on four wins, Scott Dickson, Long Beach Sailing Club, USA, and Josh Junior, Worser Bay. We last saw Scott Dickson in 2012 and Josh Junior in 2010 where he was runner up.
Chris Steele flew back to NZ Wednesday morning following a spell in Australia training for the 2015 International Moth Australian & World Title Championships and is sailing with a new crew. “Coming back to the YTP Elliott 7m boats was exhilarating – especially downwind later today” said Steele with a big smile “having to sail with the smaller Gennakers (because of the forecast 35kn) was not much fun! It is challenging and there are some great crews out!” Chris has a full crew of YTP Graduates in Garth Ellingham, Graeme Sutherland and Harry Hull.
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron skipper David Chapman had a good day although his first match was abandoned due to a massive shift in wind direction during the match. “With no practice yesterday due to the massive breeze, today was our first go on the boats. Matt Stenta on Bow, Jaiden Stevens and Ross Vickers were trimming. We are getting used to the Elliot 7m and each other and in these conditions everything was super quick! We are really hoping tomorrow is better weather-wise and we will be looking to improve our performance.”
Scott Dickson a New Zealander living in California and flying his local club burgee, Long Beach Yacht Club, with crew Guy Pilkington (coach of the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme), Michael Boucher and Sam Osborne, both YTP Graduates, the highlight of their day was sailing downwind on the Waitemata Harbour with mates. Dickson has 3 wins from 4 races.
Josh Junior is sailing with a crew full of champions. Jason Saunders & Gemma Jones ranked 5th in the Nacra 17, Daniel Wilcox 3rd at the 2012 Olympics in the 470’s crew, and Caleb Armit – Opti Sailor. Josh has been concentrating on Finn Sailing since we last saw him here in the NZ Match Racing Championships. Josh also has 3 wins from 4 races.
The Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club crew helmed by Sam Mackay say they could have done better today. Not too many smiles there after their great start with winning their first two matches. Susannah Pyatt and her crew are really happy with their two wins, crew work and mark roundings and are really looking forward to improving their table position tomorrow as is George Brasell who has one win. The New Caledonians with Alan Quere as skipper are wanting a better day and along with Lucas Chatonnier a score on the board. Napier Sailing Club Peter Waring have one match to make up at the end of the Round Robin.
Best Hairy Moment today goes to Scott Dickson with a massive broach on the final downwind leg of the day.
Day two’s forecast is for 18-25knots SW and we hope to complete Round Robin One and be a good way into RR2. Stay tuned for updates at www.rnzys.org.nz
Results for Day 1 are:
Skipper Wins/Loss/Races sailed
Melanie Best | Sailing Manager | Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
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