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2015 RESULTS AND NEWS

Click here for the Final Results and here for a Slideshow of photos from the final morning's racing and prize giving.

Congratulations to the Series Winners who were:
  • Optimist A - James Bitchener (PLBC)
  • Optimist Green - Sabre Ostenberry (PLBC)
  • Starling - Marcus Van Dam (PBC)
  • Laser - Tom Kerr (PBC)
  • Open A - Richard Schmidt & Brian Hogg (PBC)
  • Open B - Fin Georgeson (PBC)
 
Day 9 - Sunday 23 August 
 
Great conditions for the final morning's racing with a moderate north westerly already settled in before the first start and holding until we were off the water. Optimist A produced the closest racing with Nicholas Winsley, Michael Winsley and James Bitchener winning a race each. Today's pictures are from the starts for Open B (second race) and Optimist A (third race). Click here for a Slideshow of photos from the final morning's racing and prize giving.



Day 8 - Sunday 16 August 
 
The expected steady south easterly never settled in and the races were run in a very shifty five to ten knot breeze. Good close racing in all classes with leads changing throughout the morning made for interesting viewing from the start boat. All classes will be decided next week with the closest being Optimist A and Starling where two and three points respectively separate the top three places.        
 
 


Day 7 - Sunday 9 August 
 
Coldest day so far kept the numbers down again and changing wind conditions gave race management some headaches resulting in a very biased upwind leg. Wind freshened through the morning making for testing conditions at the end of the first race and through races two and three. Richard Schmidt and Brian Hogg made the most of what appeared to be perfect conditions for the Navigator and Fergus and Bax Baxter's Sunburst seemed to get quicker as the wind speed increased. Today's pictures feature the Navigator during race one, James Bitchener leading Tamas Shepherd and Michael Winsley at the top mark in race two and the Baxters finishing race two.  

 

 
 

Day 6 - Sunday 2 August 
 
After a break for the school holidays and our first cancellation on 26 July, Group 2 got underway today. The wintery weather kept a lot of sailors away but the thirteen boats that turned out got three races in in a fresh northerly. Close finishes in a number of classes with the standouts in the second race for the Starlings and Open A (top picture). Today's star was Taine de Jong who came back from a frustrating second race to sail really well in the third. The other two pictures show fleets approaching the top mark just after the start of the third race. 

 



Day 5 - Sunday 28 June 
 
Almost a repeat of last week but with a fresh and gusty northerly for all three races providing testing conditions for all classes and resulting in retirements in some classes. Numbers were down a bit on previous weeks but the Opti Green fleet wre up to the challenge and everyone turned up. Three races were completed taking the total sailed in Group 1 to 14 and bringing second discards into play. Today's photos are from the downwind leg of race 1 with the Starlings and Opti As making their way to the bottom mark.
 
 
 
 
  
Day 4 - Sunday 21 June 
 
First windy day of the series. The five knot northerly lasted until the end of the start sequence for the first race and was quickly replaced by a north westerly that built steadily over the next hour to around fifteen knots with some serious gusts coming through. The rescue crews had their busiest day yet with one P dismasted (hard luck Fin Georgeson - although he then pinched Dad's Laser to sail the third race) and more capsizes than the rest of the series added together. We had the biggest turn out so far with twenty seven boats on the water for race one and several sailors making their first appearances. Things were hectic on the Committee boat with the biggest problem the need to reset the course after race one and lengthen it because of the wind shift / increase. There was little time for photography but the first picture captures sailors waiting for the start sequence to get underway for race two and the second is the view from the clubroom. The Race Officer's highlight was in Open A where Bridget Carthew and Tom Haskell in their Sunburst got their first two victories ahead of Richard Schmidt's Yawl (the biggest boat in the combined fleet and one that Richard manages single-handed).  
 
 
  
 
 
Day 3 - Sunday 14 June 

Almost a rerun of last week with sunshine, blue skies and a very fickle breeze during racing. The light westerly we had from 0800 died completely by 1000 when the first race got under way and only returned after race 3 had been abandoned and everybody had come ashore. 23 boats out again this week and great to see 5 Ps competing. Marks were moved in for race 2 and courses shortened for all classes except Opti Green (which with hindsight should also have been reduced). Today's picture shows James Bitchener (4260) and Fergus Baxter (3838) just after the start of the Opti's second race with most of the Open A and Open B fleets in the background approaching / around the top mark.     
 
 
Day 2 - Sunday 7 June 

Glorious day - almost felt like spring had arrived. Breeze dropped as race 1 got underway and saw marks moved in for race 2 and race 3 reduced to a single triangle for all classes. 23 boats this week with close racing in all classes. Stand out perfomances from Nicholas Winsley (Opti A), Tamas Shepherd (Opti Green) and Fin Georgeson (Open B) who won all three of their races today.   
 
 

Day 1 - Sunday 31 May 
 
Great turnout on a cold and overcast day with Paramata BC and Plimmerton BC juniors out in good numbers in Optis, Ps and Starlings. Also really good to see Sailability Wellington bringing two of their 303s out from Evans Bay. Fairly hectic start for race management coping with all of the changes we've introduced and with engine problems on one of the rescue boats but all came right in the end and 3 races were completed.

  
 

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