President: Arthur Gatland
215 Point View Drive
R D 1, Papatoetoe
"NZ Windsurfer" 1999 FORMULA 42 NATIONALS:
These were held at Conifer Grove over the weekend of March 20/21. A classy field of 42 competitors started in 4 races each day. Saturday saw winds of around 20 knots, but varying in strength and direction, making it hard work at times on shortboards, and very tactical for all sailors. There were several mutterings and cursing as some sailors found the conditions frustrating. Shayne Bright managed the conditions best with a clean sweep on Day 1. Sunday saw lighter winds - averaging around 12 knots but varying between 5 and 15 knots, and swinging in direction once again. The organisers called for 4 reasonably short races each day, all windward-leeward courses, making it full-on from start to finish, and very tactical in the conditions. Shayne Bright cleaned up on Sunday as well, and showed his ability to come from behind in a couple of races after tactical errors. An amazing result to win every race in variable conditions. Paul Page sailed consistently to come second (and first Master), with Bruce Kendall third and first IMCO. Full results are attached.
NORTH SAILS" CITY of SAILS SERIES:
This Series is now complete, with 4 very successful days. A total of 86 competitors took part altogether, with about 55 competitors on most days. Day 3 and 4 were at Conifer Grove; the latter unfortunately clashed with the Youth Trials, plus a few sailors were over in Sydney for a regatta, and being Easter - all these meant numbers were slightly down for the last day. Considering all of these, it was a good turnout, with 2 races in very light winds, followed by the third race in a 10 knot sea breeze to finish the Series. Vaughn Clark has had a very consistent Series, and despite missing the final day (he was at the Youth Trials), with 2 discards he was able to hang on and take first place overall for the Series, and of course was first IMCO and first Youth as well. An outstanding achievement. Arthur Gatland was second, and also took out the Masters and Grandmasters, with Sheena McKinnon third. The shortboard class attracted 10 sailors, but few were able to compete on every day, and light winds for some races made it a bit inconclusive. A full set of results have been sent to all those who took part.
ROUND RANGI RACE:
This event is one of the highlights of the year, and (usually) involves a 3 to 4 hour race around Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands - great fun in varying wind and sea conditions. Unfortunately on March 7th there was zero to 2 knots of wind, and after the lead boards had been racing for nearly 2 hours and barely made it past the Rangi lighthouse, the race was shortened. Nevertheless only 7 out of about 40 sailors finished the "short course", still taking about 4 hours to do it! To add to the misery, most sailors were attacked several times by swarms of flying ants, making some take to the water to avoid them! A few sailors scored a tow back to Takapuna; many just struggled, wishing they had stayed home. The only highlight was a close view of the Americas Cup yachts about to start their match racing series. Still, next year has to be better - doesnt it?? Please??
CLUB DAY - MAY 2:
On Sunday 2nd May wewill run a fun Club day, with low-key races (short courses, handicap etc). Entry is free to Club members. Briefing at 10:00, high tide 11:35.
INTERCLUB SERIES:Manukau and Pt Chev are combining again this winter for a joint Interclub Series. This was successful last year, and is being repeated with 3 racedays at each venue. Entry will be $5 at each venue for MWC or Pt Chev members, and $10 to non-members. There will be a BBQ with sausages after each event. Day 1 will be on 23 May at Pt Chev - see the calendar for all the dates.
CLASS INFO:The Formula 42 Class is now officially no more - it has been replaced by the proposed "Formula Windsurfing" Class. The rules allow for one board and 3 sails to be used in any event; the board is any production shortboard (any size board but centreboard or daggerboard is not permitted.) Any size sails. Weight jacket prohibited.
We need to decide if/how we will implement this Class into our NZ racing circuit, and what to do with the longboard classes. See the enclosed discussion paper, and please send your comments to me or to Roger Tweddell; I will correlate the opinions and present them to Windsurfing NZ.
"KZ" letters are also officially extinct. "NZL" is the only permitted letters for NZ sailors to use internationally. In NZ, just the number is acceptable, but if you intend competing internationally (or just look cool) add NZL to your sail number.