Please select your home edition
Edition
Fever-Tree 728x90

New Zealand Flying Fifteen Nationals at Waikawa Boating Club

by Jonny Fullerton 16 Jan 06:24 GMT 12-14 January 2018
New Zealand Flying Fifteen Nationals 2018 © Waikawa Boating Club

The 2018 New Zealand Flying Fifteen National Championship was hosted by Waikawa Boating Club as part of the Lawsons Dry Hills Keelboat Regatta.

For the first time ever the New Zealand Flying Fifteen Nationals were held in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. This area is notorious for fantastic wine and stunning scenery and for what the out of town competitors soon learned the locals call 'Soundsy weather'. Deep coves and high hills make for interesting and hard to predict changes in both wind direction and velocity, and the regular ferries that connect the North and South Islands added another interesting dimension. The Waikawa Boating Club hosted a friendly well run regatta with the Race Management team setting excellent courses throughout the event.

Day 1 was overcast with a shifty 10 to 15 knot SE breeze that lightened as the day progressed. The racing got underway on time and all 3 scheduled races were completed with 3 different winners, the third race of the day produced the most surprising result with Silver boats taking out first, second and third. 'Ffrenetic', 'Florin' and the 'Godfather' all won races and consistent sailing from 'Femme Fatale' meant there was very little between these boats by the end of the day.

Day 2 dawned still and damp and although the rain stopped overnight there was too much moisture for a seabreeze to form. Racing did get underway just after 1300hrs when a very 'Soundsy' NW breeze arrived allowing 2 races to be completed. 'Ffrenetic' establishing substantial leads in both these races before holes in the breeze allowed the rest of the fleet to catch up. She ended the day with 2 seconds, 'Fflorin' and 'Femme Fatale' taking out the wins.

"One of the trickiest Nationals in 14 years, no matter how big our lead was it was never comfortable and often evaporated and was swept into the sea before our very eyes! The race committee did a superb job in very trying conditions" said Murray Gilbert, 'FFrenetic'

Day 3 started a bit like day 2 with no breeze and the Fifteen fleet having a chance to get to know some of the keelboat sailors as we drifted around, handily however the land had dried out and just after 1100hrs, the seabreeze kicked in. Straight down the Sound providing what can only be described as champagne sailing conditions for the last 3 races of the regatta. 'The Godfather' won the first 2 races of the day with 'Ffrenetic' just edging out 'Fflorin' on the last beat of the last race to take out the series on countback after both boats finished equal on 14 points. 'Femme Fatale' held on to third with 19 points, 1 ahead of the 'Godfather' on 20 points.

"I have never won a race in the Nationals before, I have now won 3 but still haven't got my name on a Gold Fleet Trophy!" Sally Garrett skipper of the 'Godfather' who came away with the most race wins in the regatta and finished 4th.

Overall Results: (top three)

  1. NZL 3840 - Ffrenetic - Murray Gilbert and Jonathan Burgess
  2. NZL 3091 - Fflorin - Hayden Percy and Scott Pederson
  3. NZL 3092 - Femme Fatale - Callum and Simon Radford

Related Articles

Island SC Tuesday Evening Series race 13
50 boats out enjoying the fine summers evening 50 boats turned out for race 14 in the Island Sailing Club's Evening Race Series. Another fine summers evening, with a brisk west south westerly wind held up through the racing. Posted on 18 Jul
Flying 15s at GP14s at Bassenthwaite
Superb sailing weather greeted both fleets Superb sailing weather greeted both the Flying fifteen and GP14 Fleets which were sharing the Lake and most of the courses for their events. Posted on 16 Jul
Win Musto kit & training session
Hit Refresh! Clothe your team at Lendy Cowes Week Lendy Cowes Week has earned international acclaim as the world's best-known sailing regatta. Musto is proud to be the Official Clothing Supplier to the event, as well as sponsoring the Young Skipper Trophy for 2018. Posted on 14 Jul
Island SC Tuesday Evening Series race 12
A couple of big events result in a smaller turnout A smaller fleet turned out this evening with ideal sailing conditions. With England playing in the Football World Cup and a few days before the ISC Round the Island Race it was expected. Posted on 4 Jul
Flying Fifteen British Championship
Flat calm at Strangford Lough until the final day Strangford Lough YC in Northern Ireland hosted the Willowbrook Foods 2018 Flying Fifteen British Championships from 27th-30th June, which also incorporated the Irish Flying Fifteen Northern Championship. Posted on 4 Jul
Island SC Tuesday Evening Series race 11
Temperatures rivalling those in the Mediterranean and a fair breeze With temperatures rivalling those in the Mediterranean, a fair breeze and good tides, Race 11 of the Island Sailing Club's Evening Race Series made the Solent a great place to be. Posted on 28 Jun
Cowes Classics Week 2018 just four weeks away
Regatta on course to attract over 150 yachts With less than a month to go before the start of the 11th Cowes Classics Week, entries in the classic keelboat fleets and cruiser classes are already looking to equal last year's total including the magnificent 8 Metres. Posted on 23 Jun
Flying Fifteens ready to set sail
Championships of the British Isles at Strangford Lough later this month 100 sailors will take to the water this month, as Strangford Lough Yacht Club hosts boats from all over the UK and Ireland to compete in the Willowbrook Foods Flying Fifteen Championships of the British Isles. Posted on 14 Jun
Island SC Tuesday Evening Series race 9
Not enough wind to fight Solent tides With spring tides, several shipping movements and very little wind forecast an early decision was taken to cancel the Dayboat Classes 4, 5 and 6, (Sonars, Flying Fifteens and XODs), before they had set out to race. Posted on 13 Jun
Flying 15 Inlands at Grafham Water
Strong entry due to Worlds Qualifier The 2018 Flying Fifteen Inland Championships were sailed on the weekend of June 9th-10th at Grafham Water Sailing Club. The event was designated a qualifier for the next World Championships (to be held at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire). Posted on 13 Jun