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WINTER SERIES 2012 - REPORTS AND PICTURES
  
This page was added to as we worked our way through the 2012 Winter Series, with updates added at the top of the page.
  
So we begin by congratulating the winners of the 2012 Winter Series, who were:
 
Optimist B
 
1. Kieren Fisher (HBC)
 
2. Alex Mitchell-Barker (MYC)
 
3. Jacob Bly (KBC)
  
Open
 
1.  Bridget Carthew and Tom Haskell (KBC)
 
2.  Grant Ransom (PLBC)
  
Laser
 
1. Bernie Goedhart (KBC)
 
2. Peter Holmberg (MMBC)
 
3. Kent Copplestone (MMBC)
 
Click here for Final Results for 2012 
 
 
Day 10 - Sunday 19 August
 
 
The light airs continued for the last day of this year's series. This time the southerly died before the course went out and it was laid in anticipation of the forecast northerly that arrived at the end of the first race. Race one was sailed in a very flukey northeasterly with just enough in it for the Sunbursts to fly their kites. Our pictures are from race one.   
 

  
 
Day 9 - Sunday 12 August
 
Our second cancellation - based on a forecast of rain all morning and yet another dying southerly which seem to have been a feature this winter. Looked for a while as though we had it wrong - there was no rain at 10am and still a nice breeze. The forecast came right by 11am and the only thing moving on the harbour was the pine pollen carried on the tide past our jetty.
 

  
Day 8 - Sunday 5 August
 
Sunshine, blue skies and a nice, steady 5 knot southerly when the course went out. The sunshine and blue skies stayed around for the day but the wind evaporated just before start time and we had little or nothing for most of the morning. We did get two races in though and the race management team were treated to one of the closest (and slowest) finishes yet with Kent just holding Bernie off on the line in race one. Both the pictures are from this race with the first one showing Kent loitering with the Optis and Firebug while everyone else sails away. Special mention also for Keiran Fisher's speed in light airs - he was the fastest boat on the water for a lot of the time.  
 

 
Day 7 - Sunday 29 July
 
Another great winter's day - once the wind arrived. The forecast 15 knot north easterly didn't materialise and by start time, with a northerly course laid and a start boat on the water for the first time this series, we had a 1-2 knot southerly and both fleets had running starts. The northerly kicked in as the Lasers rounded the top mark and for a very short period we had two fleets running towards each other. All pretty uneventful from there on but our cameraman did manage to catch somebody getting in front of Kent - unfortunately it was Bernie beating him back to the ramp after the second race.
 

    
Day 6 - Sunday 22 July
 
Another day with a southerly and sunshine made for for a great day's sailing with the Lasers and the Sunbursts producing some close sailing and tight finishes. Today's highlight comes from before the start for race one and here we have the combined fleet waiting for Alan Stewart to launch his Laser - from the Knowles family's jetty. Interesting - the boat survived without too much damage but not sure what happened to the trailer.
 

 

 

     
Lay Day - Sunday 1 July  
 
A light and very shifty breeze that eventually settled into a south easterly made for a testing day for the fleet and an interesting one for those of us in the warmth of the club room. With no Peter or Graham around today, Hilary took charge of the starts and made it look easy getting both races away without a hitch as the top and bottom photos show). Most excitment came from the Sunbursts with both boats giving their spinnakers an airing and, in Grant's case, a wash - with a capsize in race 1 allowing Bridget and Tom to overhaul him just before the line.
 

 
Day 5 - Sunday 24 June
 
A bit on the cold side but perfect sailing conditions with a southerly breeze that freshened a bit mid-morning to give us white caps in the bigger gusts. Highlight of the day would have to be Alex and Kieran winning the mass start for race one in their Optis by judging their run to the line to perfection. Here are the Lasers and Sunbursts getting their second race underway.  

  
Day 4 - Sunday 17 June
 
9:00am and all looking good for a morning of light airs sailing - forecast variable 5 knots and enough of a southerly to keep everyone moving. By the time the first class got going at 10:00 there was barely enough breeze for boats to hold position against the tide and thirty minutes later racing was abandoned for the day.
 

 
 
Day 3 - Sunday 10 June 
 
Now that's more like it - sunshine, no white caps and only the fickle north westerly to contend with. Eleven boats on the water, three classes (Lasers, Open and Optis), some new faces from Heretaunga and Muritai, and one unusual statistic - two pairs of twins sailing (Jaxon and Jacinta Roddick in Optimists and Andrew and Mark Stanton in Farr 3.7s in the Open Class).
 
Today's photos show the Open and Opti B classes starting their first race and the Stanton's out on the wire during race 2.        
 

 
 
Day 2 - Sunday 3 June 
 
Underway with two races sailed in a very gusty north wester which saw most of the Laser fleet having an early bath but caused no problems for the Optimists. Kent Copplestone picked up where he left off last year to lead the Lasers home for both races. With Jacob Bly the only Optimist sailor turnng out, two of TBBC's seniors (nice one Hugh and John G) jumped into training boats to give him some competition.
 
Today's photos show the Lasers getting underway for race one and the Optimists at the beginning of the start sequence for  their second race.
 

  
 
Day 1 - Sunday 27 May
 
Blown out. When the forecast says "35 knots gusting 50 by late morning", even TBBC cancels.
  

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