It did not look promising on Friday when racing was abandoned due to heavy winds, but the race committee team from the Takapuna Boating Club managed to hold eight races in a range of difficult, shifty offshore conditions.
The fleet was very close together and every place was hard fought for, with places being gained and lost on every wind shift. Smart sailing became the deciding factor and with a combined experience of 73 years in the Javelin, the Northland pair were unbeatable.
Congratulations to our new National Champion’s Phil McNeill and Craig Gilberd sailing for the Bay of Islands Yacht Club. Second and Third place were tied on points and decided on count-back with father and son team Ross and Colin Shanks from Gisborne coming through to take second place. Third place went to David Brown and David Feek from Horowhenua Sailing Club. Best first-time skipper of the contest was Sara Watters from Wellington who was putting Blunderbus on the right side of many of the shifts, with Hamish Norton on the trapeze. The prestigious DFL (Dead f***ing Last) Trophy went to brother and sister Antje and Kai Müller from Germany.
The next challenge for the Northland pair is defending the Air New Zealand Javelin Inter Dominion Championship being sailed in Perth WA at the end of the year.