2013-14 Canterbury Champs 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2013

Below are the results of this year’s Canterbury Championship Regatta sailed at the Charteris Bay Yacht Club over the weekend.

The NOR was for 6 races but ultimately only 5 races were completed due to very difficult sailing conditions on Saturday. Racing was scheduled to start at 12.30 on Saturday but was delayed waiting on the wind to settle. After an hour of sailing in circles with the wind swinging through 360 degrees the Nor Wester settled in and immediately increased to 20 plus knots with gust over 30 knots. It took the OD about another hour to get the course set and the start boat secure on the start line.

Along with intense strong north west gusts the wind was shifting 10 – 20 degrees with some shift up to 106 degrees.

Before the start of the first race Maurice decided at 75kgs these were not the conditions for him and he headed for the hard (very wise). 5 boats started with Chris being the first to have a swim after being blown over half way to the top mark. Mike Pearson showed he had the best measure of the conditions and lead around the top mark for an exciting reach. Unfortunately Mike was unsure where the next mark was so headed off to the wrong mark (not for the last time in the weekend). At the bottom mark H ugh had a swim being dumped in backwards. Ben and Hugh decided enough was enough and headed home.

Mike lead to the top mark with Denis and Chris further back. Mike skilfully navigated the rest of the course and won without taking a swim. Denis lead Chris to the bottom mark before being picked up by a massive gust that drove the bow of his boat into the water and flipped the boat over. The gust missed Chris who sailed on to take second. Denis righted his boat and finished third.

Racing was abandoned for the day.

Sunday started with a moderate but gusty south westerly but again there were strong shifts to the west – nor west. 4 race were completed in gusty shifty conditions with massive holes. The fleet was close throughout the races with the exception of Chris in race 2 and 3 where he slipped away, once were he sailed the correct course while Mike lead the fleet off to the wrong wing mark and the second time where he caught a strong gust on the reach and put 100 meters on the fleet. Expecting to see the rest of the fleet speeding behind him he was surprised to find it was a private gust and the rest were left sitting quietly at the top mark.

Race 4 was close with Mike leading the fleet on the final run. Maurice was sitting last as the run commenced but 200m from the bottom mark picked his own private gust that carried him past the fleet and into first as the bottom mark was rounded. Maurice when on to take the gun with a loud woop of joy. Ben capsized 100m from the finish line.

Race 5 was led by Hugh who had being taking course lesson from Mike and sailed around the P and Opti mark cutting off 100m or so meters. The final beat turned into a one tack beat as the wind swung to the north-west. Chris sailed into a big hole near the top and Maurice and Mike sail on by. Maurice followed the correct course and was awarded the race after Hugh withdrew post race.

It was a challenging weekend for the OD and skipper alike.

Well done all for the good turnout and showing good skills to compete in trying conditions. Amazingly no gear was broken but some sails are a lot softer that they started.

RankHelmNameSailNoClubR1R2R3R4R5TotalNett
1stChris WellsNZL20CBYC2112-396
2ndMike PearsonNED25CBYC1-44321410
3rdMaurie DuncanNZL213NPCL(7.0 DNS)65112013
4thDenis MowbrayNZL19NPCL3335(7.0 DNS)2114
5thHugh DimmockNZL3MNPCL(7.0 DNF)5247.0 DNF2518
6thBen WintersNZL3BCBYC(7.0 DNF)27.0 DNF642619

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