Auckland Sailing Club
10 Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay
PO Box 2659, Shortland Street, Auckland
Phone: 64 9 524 0650
info@ascskiff.org.nz
NEWS - 52nd Interdominions / Mark Foy Trophy

52nd 12ft Skiff Interdominion

Racing News - Invitation Race (30th December)
Windy with big waves! (NE, Rough Rock course)
Carnage report: 1 broken mast, 1 broken prod. Launching (or sinking) of SS Absolute Submarine.
Invitation Race - superb video footage courtesy of Argentina Marine Media.

Racing News - Race 1 & 2 (31st December)
Windy with really big waves! (NE, Rough Rock course)
Carnage report: 1 broken boom gooseneck, lots of retirees.
Results Race 1 here (opens in new window). Results Race 2 here (opens in new window).
Video footage from Agentina Marine Media.
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Racing News - Race 3 & 4 (2nd December)
Windy but flat water. (SW, 25 knots)
Race 3 and 4 today promised to be a South westerly blowout! A postponement was made on the shore about 10mins before everyone was going to leave the ramp. The wind continued to build to 28 gusting 37 at times so we waited and tucked into the hotdogs made by the Orakei Watersport girls and guys. The 18s pulled the pin at about 2pm but the 12s decided to wait it out and see what happened when the tide turned. The AP was lowered about 3 oclock and we all ventured out into what turned out to be some fantastic sailing. The water was nice and flat providing some fantastic rides downwind on flat water. Most people went out with full 4th rig but a few put their third rig kites on. Race 3 was a soft 4th rig race with some big shifts and puffs typical of resolution mark area. The course was sw with a triangle and windward leeward. The front group got the jump on the rest of the fleet and had a great battle with the lead changing a few times. C-Tech came first followed by Ugly stick and then Gemmell sails.
Race 4 the breeze lifted 3-4 knots and swung slightly to the left and steadied. The course was exactly the same as Race 3. Racing was intense and some of the rides downwind were just magic. With the slight wind swing no one could lay the wing mark and everyone had to drop their kites and re hoist once around. The long beat from Rough Rock to Resolution saw the fleet compress slightly and then a big charge to the finish. Frankie took out a convincing win followed by Absolute CNC and Garde.
Results Race 3 here (opens in new window). Results Race 4 here (opens in new window)
Video footage from Agentina Marine Media.
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Racing News - Race 5 & 6 (3rd January)
Windy but flat water. (NNE, 15-20 knots)
Today was another good day on the Auckland harbor. Most were at the ramp by 10 with a 1pm start. It was pretty drifty looking out on the water but within the space of about 15 mins the wind built to a solid 15-17 kts 20 degrees off north. Everyone opted for their second rigs and headed for the start. The 18 were off first with a clear start and the sequence rolled straight into it for the 12s the course was the northerly course starting near wharf mark heading to rough rock buoy with a tight kite ride to bean rock then a hang it hard kite and two sail to wharf buoy. It was then back to rough rock and a downwind sleigh ride to the finish making a triangle and windward leeward. Race 5 was taken out by Gemmell sails followed by Frankie and Garde.
Race 6 Was won by Garde after the lead boat absolute cnc had disaster strike on the last downwind leg and having to finish without a kite. 2nd was gemmell sails followed by C-tech.
Results Race 5 here (opens in new window). Results Race 6 here (opens in new window).
Video footage from Agentina Marine Media.
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Racing News - Race 7 & 8 (4th January)
Windy but flat water. (NNE, 15-20 knots)
Race 7 and 8 provided some big challenges for the fleet. The wind was from the north again but lighter than the day before. There was a split rig decision in the fleet with some going big rig and others going second. The course was also the same as the day before. The big rigs were struggling their way around the course whilst the two second rig boats had good results. Some boats managed to sneak in and change down a rig as the wind built but the fleet predominantly stayed with the big rig. Race seven had gemmell sails winning followed by C-Tech and a well sailed 3rd for JJ Robertson.
Race 8 saw one of the second rigs come through with ugly stick winning followed by C-Tech and then Gemmell Sails.
Today is a Lay Day and time for some well earned rest. Two races to go and we will have a winner. The top 4 boats are close on points and it is anyone's game yet.
Results Race 7 here (opens in new window). Results Race 8 here (opens in new window).
Video footage from Agentina Marine Media.
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Racing News - Race 9 (6th January)
Light winds, big rigs. (NE, 10 knots)
Flukey conditions, long course, frustrating for some.
Results Race 9 here (opens in new window).
Video footage from Agentina Marine Media.
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Racing News - Race 10 (7th January)
Scary forecast! Mix of 2 and 3 rigs, but the wind never came.
Results Race 10 here (opens in new window).
Video footage from Agentina Marine Media.
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12 foot Skiff 52nd Interdominion Series Results here (opens in new window).

 

Mark Foy Trophy 2012

Racing News - Day 1: Racing postponed (2nd January)
Wind consistently over 25 knots forced the postponement of Races 1-2 for the 18ft Skiffs.
Extra races will be sailed on 3rd and 4th January.

Racing News - Day 2: Race 1, 2 & 3 (3rd January)
Windy but flat water. (NNE, 15-22 knots)
The schedule for the day was 3 races back to back. The breeze was forecast N/E 15-20kts which was delivered and all skiffs went with their no. 2 rigs. The racing commenced on a turning tide which whipped up a confused sea state that made the conditions challenging. There was plenty of carnage on the 1st downwind 2 sail reaching in lumpy seas and tested all the crews abilities as the wind speed increased. C-Tech (Alex Vallings) showed good speed to lead, closely followed be CST and DeLonghi-Rabbitohs. C-Tech increased their lead with CST stretching out on DeLonghi-Rabbitohs and then Maersk Line. On the last windward leg C-Tech and CST failed to cover DeLonghi-Rabbitohs which picked up a right hand shift and lead at the last mark from C-Tech and CST. On the downwind to the finish Maersk come through to finish 3rd behind DeLonghi-Rabbitohs and CT.
The next 2 races became a 3 boat competition with C-Tech getting through the win race 2 and CST pipping DeLonghi-Rabbitohsfor 2nd. CST and C-Tech had a close tussle in race 3 with CST getting home 1st and DeLonghi-Rabbitohs 3rd. 3 races are scheduled for tomorrow with a forecast for lighter breeze.
Results Race 1 here (opens in new window).
Results Race 2 here (opens in new window).
Results Race 3 here (opens in new window).
Video footage from Agentina Marine Media.
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Racing News - Day 3: Race 4, 5 & 6 (4th January)
Windy but flat water. (NNE, 15-20 knots)
Day 3 of racing scheduled of 3 races (heats 3-6) with 10-15kts N/E wind with the breeze softening through the afternoon. Most skiffs went with their 1 rigs expecting a relatively easy day. At the beginning of the first race the wind freshened to 15-20kts and continued to increase as the day went on making top end #1 rig challenging and creating plenty of action. Of most interest was C-Tech with it's unconventional mainsail head which was first time on the water for their 1 rig after launching the new boat just prior to the start of the regatta. In all races C-Tech appeared fastest boat scoring a 1st & 2nd in the first 2 races. However they scored a 10 point mine capsize in the bear-away at the top mark while leading the third race of the day, dropping them to 5th place in the race. DeLonghi-Rabbitohs had good speed and sailed well to record a 1,2,2 for the day, being beaten on the line in the last race by CST.
The minor placings in each race were sorted out on the second down wind leg in each race which was a "death" angle two sail reach with the very over powered #1 rigs. Capsizes, unplanned round ups and green wet stuff all over the foredecks had all boats right on the edge of disaster. CST had a mixed day with a 5th then their headsail traveller jammed on a tack throwing them over in the second race and then a win giving a 5,7,1 for the day. Yamaha and Maersk had good racing with a 3,3,9 and 4,4,3 respectively. Yamaha had the mine of the day in the third race when their spinnaker halyard let go and the boat stood on its nose in about 2 seconds giving spectators a brilliant example of the challenges of sailing an 18ft skiff.
Rest day Thursday with 2 more heats scheduled for Friday.
Results Race 4 here (opens in new window).
Results Race 5 here (opens in new window).
Results Race 6 here (opens in new window).
Video footage from Agentina Marine Media.
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Racing News - Day 4: Race 7 & 8 (6th January)
Light winds, big rigs. (NE, 10 knots)
Light breeze with a strong incoming tide made conditions very tricky. Opposite sides of the harbour were favoured in each race and the top contenders, C-Tech and DeLonghi-Rabbitohs struggled. DeLonghi-Rabbitohs scored two drop performances and C-Tech one. In race 7 CST had the best of the first upwind and rounded first and with the tide then under them, and a softening breeze behind them, sailed away to a huge margin win. Yamaha sailed well to get second and C-Tech recovered well from a slow first upwind to get 3rd place.
In race 8 a similar situation unfolded with The Kitchen Maker getting a good break on the fleet at the first mark leaving the rest to fight out the minor placings. Maersk Line sailed well to get 2nd across the line but was judged OCS giving TGM and Yamaha a good 2nd and 3rd respectively. The overall results are still tight with C-Tech, DeLonghi-Rabbitohs and CST separated by 3 points with 1 race left to sail.
Results Race 7 here (opens in new window).
Results Race 8 here (opens in new window).
Video footage from Agentina Marine Media.
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Racing News - Day 5: Race 9 (7th January)
The final race started in a light to moderate S/E breeze with a forecast to increase significantly. The breeze did not rise as expected leaving the conditions for a low end 2 rig day. C-Tech held a 1 point lead overall over DeLonghi-Rabbitohs with a further 3 points back to CST.
C-Tech lead out from the start followed by CST with a tight group of DeLonghi-Rabbitohs, Yamaha, The Kitchen Maker close behind. Maersk Line was recalled at the start and trailed the front group at the first mark. C-Tech and CST battled for the lead and the Maersk Line caught the second group to join a very close race for third place. On the last upwind CST tacked inside C-Tech and with a slight left hand shift lifted over C-Tech to round the final upwind mark slightly ahead and held on to finish 1st. Maersk Line got through Yamaha and DeLongi Rabbitohs to take 3rd place. 2nd place for C-Tech was good enough to win the overall Mark Foy 2012 championship and CST's win in the heat with DeLonghi-Rabbitohs in 4th place in the heat moved CST up to 2nd place overall.
C-Tech's overall win in the regatta is a great outcome for the NZ fleet and augurs well for NZ's participation in the JJ Giltinan championship in Sydney next month.
Results Race 9 here (opens in new window).
Video footage from Agentina Marine Media.
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18 foot skiff Mark Foy Trophy Series Results here (opens in new window).