2018 New Zealand National Championships.
Held at Wakatere Boating Club, Narrow Neck Beach, 8th - 11th February, 12 scheduled races, 10 sailed. Dave Haylock reports.
Day 1 - The whole regatta had strong winds predicted with likely the worst to be seen on day one.
The fleet numbers were down to 13 this year, some put off by the forecast and a few racing in other classes that weekend.
The NOR for the 2018 German Nationals is now published and registration is open. Visit https://www.raceoffice.org/ssv2018CATCUP
A training day with Mischa Heemskerk, for up to 8 sailors, is also available.
The official site of the 2019 World Championships has been launched. The event, to be held at the former 2012 Olympic venue of Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, will be over the week 24-30th August. It will be preceded, the previous weekend, by the UK Nationals, a good opportunity for some last minute match fitness.
However, as it is also a holiday weekend in the UK, it is advised that you get your accommodation booked early to avoid dissapointment.
The Europeans Championship 2018 in Warnemünde, Germany will be a closed event with maximum 100 entries. The IACA has set the contingent as defined in the championship rules.
The contingent (attached below) depends on the fees paid by your national association to IACA.
The president of national associations should now collect the desired number of entries, and request the desired changes. On the side of IACA, the process is handled by Graeme Harbour for the IACA committee.
The penultimate day of racing on Lake Macquarie today was marked by beautiful sailing conditions, heralding a great start to the new year, reports Bob Griffits.
The early morning cloud cover burnt off to provide a beautifully warm sunny day.
The forecast of light variable winds proved to be inaccurate, and instead a moderate strength south east wind filled the course. The breeze strengthened to about 18 knots by the start of the first race of the day, stabilised at that strength for the first two races, then settled at 12 knots for the third race.
The wind today was perfect for sailing. Despite some cloud cover, the warm land was able to suck in a moderate sea breeze from the South Pacific Ocean. Bob Griffits reports.
Three races were sailed in quick succession in breeze which settled in at about 8 knots, and slowly built to 12 knots by the end of the third race.
A DNA F1, sailed by Brad Collett, notched up the first win for the design in Australian water the during the first race of the day.