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Congratulations to the Series Winners who were:
  • Optimist A - Sabre Ostenberry (PLBC)
  • Optimist Green - Connor Adams (PBC)
  • Starling - Shania Ostenberry (PLBC)
  • Laser - Paul Pettit (PBC)
  • Open A - Paremata & Plimmerton Juniors - Caleb & Fergus Baxter, Darby Georgeson, Andre & Marcus Van Dam
  • Open B - James Bitchener (PLBC)
Click here for Final Results and here for a Slideshow of pictures from the last day of sailing and the prizegiving on 28 August. 

Day 10 - Sunday 28 August 
A perfect day to finish this year's series with sunshine and a moderate northerly that eased through the morning for the twenty five boats turned out. All eleven Lasers raced and we were treated to a battle for the minor places behind runaway winner Paul Pettit. Open A also saw close racing with three different boats taking line honours.

Today's pictures are mainly from race two (clockwise from top left): P and Optis at the start race, Lasers at top mark; Open A and Starling at top mark; and happy faces at the end of the prize giving.  

Day 9 - Sunday 21 August 
Another great day's sailing in a moderate north easterly (that turned northerly during the morning) with thirteen boats coming to the line for the first of three races. The course was laid with a top mark well upwind of the clubroom, no wing mark, and a bottom mark gate (guess who's been watching the Olympics?). Connor Adams (Optimist Green) and Paul Pettit (Laser) had perfect days and Richard Schmidt took advantage of the the absence of the Paremata / Plimmertion juniors in their Sunburst to open up a gap at the top of Open A. Sabre Ostenberry (Opti A) is now uncatchable but the leads could change next weekend for all of the other classes.

Today's pictures are from the second race and show (clockwise from top left): Paul Pettit just after rounding the top mark: Paul Mygind and Chris McCarthy start their rounding at the same mark; Jack Matthews approaching the bottom mark, closely followed by Connor Adams and Sabre Ostenberry; and Connor and Sabre about to enter the gate. 

Day 8 - Sunday 14 August 
Twenty boats on the water showed what a difference a small increase in temperature and a drop in wind speed can make. The breeze turned up on cue just before 10am and quickly settled in as a light to gentle northerly which, on our bit of Porirua harbour, meant a north westerly at the top mark and a north easterly at the bottom. Top performers on the day were Todd and Jack Olson winning all three of the Open A races in a very competitive class. It remains tight at the top of Open A with the PBC Sunburst (crewed today by Fergus Baxter and Darby Georgeson) and Richard Schmidt's Navigator (crewed today by Brian Hogg) both taking 8 points on the day. Richard now leads the series by 1 point after the first discards are counted. Paul Pettit blotted his copybook with a fourth in the third Laser race (his discard so far) and has a healthy 12 point lead going in to the back end of the series.

Fisherman's tale of the day came from Keith Fey who had two piper jump on board in separate incidents - I've been assured that both were returned unharmed and that neither gave him any assistance.

Today's pictures are (clockwise from top left): traffic at the top mark in race one; same again in race two; Caleb Baxter (P427) hard on the heels of James Bitchener (P846) in race three; and Liz Kennedy in her Laser shadowed by Emily McCarthy in her Optimist closing on the top mark in race three.

Day 7 - Sunday 7 August 
The coldest day of the series so far. A bitter, moderate south easterly produced some of the best sailing conditions we've had this year with big shifts keeping everyone on their toes. The cold and the early morning rain kept many away and only seven boats (5 Lasers, a Sunburst and a Navigator) came out to race. Paul Pettit made the most of the day taking three guns in the Lasers and opening up a bit of gap ahead of Chris McCarthy and Joseph Bailey. Open A couldn't be closer with the PBC Sunburst (crewed today by Caleb and Fergus Baxter) taking two guns to draw level on 9 points with Richard Schmidt's Navigator (crewed today by Hugh Blank). 

Everybody gets in the pictures today, which are (clockwise from top left): Open A leaving the bottom mark in race 3; Tom Kerr finishing race 2 just ahead of Chris McCarthy; Paul Pettit and Joseph Bailey leaving the bottom mark in race 3; and Alan Stewart on the beat in race 3.

Day 6 - Sunday 31 July 
With the hills providing some welcome shelter from the cold, variable, moderate westerly, sailing went ahead on a day that most expected to be a cancellation. Fourteen boats started the first race but the conditions took their toll and we were down to nine for the third race of the day. With the wind shifting between westerly and south westerly, going out to the edge of the course was risky and produced big gains or losses for those who tried it. The cold appeared to get the better of some of the Laser fleet with navigational mistakes being compounded by following the boat in front - perhaps we need a lead boat for next week?

Today's pictures (clockwise from top left) are : Lasers in race 2 at the top mark for the first time;  Sabre Ostenberry (4426) and Fergus Baxter (4135) after race 2; and Richard and Mason relaxing over a hot drink before race 3 - one of the benefits of sailing a bigger boat!

Day 5 - Sunday 3 July 
Eighteen boats enjoyed slightly better conditions than the previous week with sunshine, clear skies and a fresh gusty northwester that again kept the rescue crews busy through the day. Junior numbers were well down with the Starlings all absent and Connor Adams the only Optimist racing. James Bitchener took three firsts in Open B (all Ps so far) and Todd & Jack Olson (Open A) came close with a second spoiling a perfect morning for them. The Laser races were hard fought with Paul Pettit, Tom Kerr and Finlay Georgeson each winning one race. The group one races are now complete and congratulations go to all of the winners. Special mention to Caleb Baxter and Darby Georgeson who won Open A in their Sunburst and headed off some very experienced competition.
Three of today's photos are from the start area and give a misleading impression of the conditions. The fourth one is Connor Adams bailing out after his only capsize of the day in the third race.

Day 4 - Sunday 26 June 
Well done to everyone who came out to race today in the toughest conditions yet with a strong gusty northerly that gradually built through the morning for this year. It was great to see sailors testing themselves (and their boats) against the elements. Twenty boats were on the water for race one but numbers were down dramatically for races two and three with five and four boats respectively. Here's hoping for better conditions for next Sunday when, if we get one race away, we'll finish group one of the series - if not, we'll be back for the scheduled lay day on 10 July.

Rescue duties kept your photographer busy and meant no pictures from the first race and a handful from the other two. We have managed to capture every one of the sailors in the last two races and, from the top down, they are Fergus Baxter, Joseph Bailey, Chris McCarthy and Tom Kerr, and Paul Pettit. Special mention to Joseph Bailey for the longest and most spectacular downwind capsize of the day - he got so close to saving it!

Day 3 - Sunday 19 June 
Challenging conditions again as the weather delivered a dying north westerly for the first race and a southerly change after the second got underway that had us in survival mode for the end of that race. The third race was abandoned just as we were getting into the start sequence. Shania Ostenberry (Starling) is now the only sailor with a perfect record and she, her brother Sabre (Opti A), Emily McCarthy (Opti Green) and Paul Pettit (Laser) have established a bit of a gap at the front of their fleets. Special mention today for Emily McCarthy and Joseph Simcock for battling through to finish the second race in truly awful conditions for Opti Green. Today's photos (from the top) shows the Laser starts from both races (note the blue sky and breeze for the first) and the Opti Greens waiting for the Open A and Starling fleet to get under way.

Day 2 - Sunday 12 June 
Racing for the day was cancelled with a forecast predicting north westerlies of 20kts gusting 40kts for the harbour. The wind peaked at around 9am and then dropped through the morning but with heavy rain setting in towards lunchtime, there would have been very few sailors regretting the cancellation decision.  

Day 1 - Sunday 5 June 
Brilliant weather over Queen's Birthday weekend saw a great turnout of 24 boats and the biggest Laser fleet (11 boats) we've had for a Winter Series for many years. The wind was a late arrival, finally turning up an hour after the scheduled 10am first start. With a bit of juggling, we still managed to get three races away on a very short course that kept all of the classes close together and produced some tight finishes. Too much happening to get many pictures but here's a few from early in the third race.


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