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O'pen Skiff New Zealand North and South Island Championships

by New Zealand O'pen Skiff Association 20 Nov 2023 15:09 GMT 17-19 November 2023
2023 New Zealand North Island Championships © Plimmerton Boating Club

O'pen Skiff sailors across the country completed their respective Island Championships over the past few weeks, enjoying coaching clinics, adventure racing and competitive fleet racing to crown new Champions.

The North Island Champs were hosted by Plimmerton Boating Club on Nov 3rd-5th and the South Island Champs were hosted by Wanaka Yacht Club on Nov 17th-19th.

North Island Champs

Plimmerton Boating Club turned it on for the 30 sailors including one international competitor from Australia competing in this year's North Island Champs edition. The pre-regatta coaching clinic was a success marked by sportsmanship and leadership from experienced sailors who escorted less experienced sailors to the clubhouse as a strong breeze began to escalate.

A strong northerly gusting to 30 knots at times with swell moving through the course making for some fantastic downwinding and reaching conditions for the first day of points racing. Sailing in strong breeze, the Development fleet (learn to race) made impressive gains in their racing skills and confidence. Parents had an amazing view of both courses with the Development fleet just a few hundred meters from the club's patio and the Gold & Silver top mark just off the pier.

Day two's competitive fleet racing finished under calmer conditions with beautiful sailing in 10-15 knots. A two-up adventure race to chocolate island (an anchored Opti filled with chocolate) was a highlight of the weekend.

Ewan Brazle retained his North Island Champion title holding off strong competition from Australian Corrado Dorrington and Manly Sailing Club teammate Oliver Tiedemann.

South Island Champs

It was big smiles all around in perfect weather over a weekend of racing at the South Island Champs. Fourteen O'pen skiffs competed in a fun and friendly event, where huge gains in skills were made throughout the weekend.

Sunny skies, warm temps and light air flowing down the lake was a welcome opportunity to enjoy two days of glamour sailing after a pre-regatta coaching clinic.

Competitors came from as far afield as North Canterbury and Te Anau to enjoy fleet racing alongside some fun racing where boats had to start in turtle position! Fortunately, no bailing required!

The overall winner was 12-year-old Wanaka Yacht Club sailor, Joel Gemmel, who had tough opposition from Tapper sisters, Aani and Ellie, from Marakura Yacht Club.

Wanaka Yacht Club coaches and volunteers put on a fantastic and memorable regatta for this group of sailors.

Congratulations to all the competitors. supporters, and volunteers for making these O'pen Skiff events such a success and thank you to Plimmerton Boating Club and Wanaka Yacht Club for making these events possible!

See what's next at (no bailing required!).

North Island Champs Results

Gold Fleet

RankFleetSkipper NameSailNoClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10TotalNett
1stGoldEwan Brazle12533Manly Sailing Club1.
2ndGoldCorrado Dorrington9562Mordialloc Sailing Club(4.0)
3rdGoldOliver Tiedemann12639Manly Sailing Club(5.0)(5.0)
4thGoldElena Keall-Neches10066Paremata Boating Club2.
5thGoldTessa McCarthy10169Paremata Boating Club3.03.07.0(8.0)
6thGoldHarry Jameson12632Napier Sailing Club8.
7thGoldEmily Summers9473Paremata Boating Club(11.0)
8thGoldLochie Faulknor10350Napier Sailing club7.
9thGoldRobert Abel-Pattinson12795Manly Sailing Club6.0(10.0)9.0(10.0)
10thGoldEllena Courtnage12574Paremata Boating Club9.
11thGoldSophie Pedersen12862Napier Sailing Club10.0(11.0)
12thGoldMason Spray12512Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club(12.0)(12.0)

Silver Fleet

RankFleetSkipper NameSailNoClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10TotalNett
1stSilverMolly Percy10399Plimmerton Boating Club(1.0)
2ndSilverMax Jameson3164Napier Sailing Club(2.0)(2.0)
3rdSilverMatthew McCarthy9423Paremata Boating Club3.0(5.0 DNC)(5.0 DNC)5.0 DNC5.0 DNC5.0 DNC5.0 DNC5.0 DNC5.0 DNC5.0 DNC48.038.0
4thSilverAmy Summers9555Paremata Boating Club(5.0 DNF)(5.0 DNC)5.0 DNC5.0 DNC5.0 DNC5.0 DNC5.0 DNC5.0 DNC5.0 DNC5.0 DNC50.040.0

Development fleet

RankFleetSkipper NameSailNoClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12TotalNett
1stDevelopmentMax McDonald10351Plimmerton Boating Club3.05.01.0(6.0)
2ndDevelopmentAnna van den Dijssel9559Manawatu Marine Boating Club (MMBC)
3rdDevelopmentDermott Davidson12572Paramata Boating Club5.
4thDevelopmentMatthew McCarthy9423Paramata Boating Club(15.0 DNC)(15.0 DNC)
5thDevelopmentMax Gair8307Plimmerton Boating Club2.04.0(9.0)
6thDevelopmentNiamh Hendrikx9405Manawatu Marine Boating Club (MMBC)
7thDevelopmentFinn Pedersen9545Pupuke4.
8thDevelopmentAmy Summers9555Paramata Boating Club(15.0 DNC)(15.0 DNC)15.0 DNC15.0 DNC15.0 DNC15.0 DNC15.0 DNC1.
9thDevelopmentJewel Swinburn9502Manawatu Marine Boating Club (MMBC)(15.0 DNF)(15.0 DNC)15.0 DNC9.
10thDevelopmentDaisy Ingram11193Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club6.02.05.0(15.0 DNC)(15.0 DNC)15.0 DNC15.0 DNC15.0 DNC11.
11thDevelopmentSebastian Saccomandi6555Plimmerton Boating Club(15.0 DNF)(15.0 DNF)
12thDevelopmentEdward Pick9622Paramata Boating Club(15.0 DNF)(15.0 DNC)15.0 DNC15.0 DNC15.0 DNC15.0 DNC15.0 DNC7. DNF8.0148.0118.0
13thDevelopmentJames Thorn11184Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club(15.0 DNC)(15.0 DNC)15.0 DNC15.0 DNC15.0 DNC15.0 DNC15.0 DNC9. DNF15.0 DNC161.0131.0
14thDevelopmentLogan Simmons9533Paramata Boating Club(15.0 DNC)(15.0 DNC)15.0 DNC15.0 DNF15.0 DNC15.0 DNC15.0 DNC13. DNF10.0170.0140.0

View South Island Champs results here

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