2012-13 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 1-5 Feb 2013

The popularity of this ISAF Grade 1 event continues to grow with 10 quality sailors lining up to contest this 4 day regatta.

The first 2 days were sailed in 15knt easterlies in a confused seaway, the older finn sailors often dominating the first beat only to be run down by the highly athletic young guns of Josh Junior, Matt Coutts and Andrew Murdoch (twice Laser Olympic rep sailing his first Finn Regatta) in the free pumping conditions. Josh Junior dominated this area of racing running up a series of guns to take a clear lead into day 3.

Day three saw the weather turn sour with 25=30knts and big seas. The older heads mindful of body and gear failure 4 days out of the nationals stayed ashore. The young guns slogged out 3 races with honours shared between Matt Coutts and front runner Josh Junior.The final day promised 15knts and delivered 25-30knts with the Finn Fleet forced to navigate around broken lasers, as well as plucking out of the water the odd female crew abandoned during capsizes.

The regatta was deservedly won by Josh showing great technique and stamina, it was particularly pleasing to see Andrew ticking all the boxes in his induction to Finn’s including smacking himself silly with the boom, attempting to amputate his elbow during a gybe with the same boom and capsizing.

1stJosh Junior24WBBC1111111-31121411
2ndAndrew Murdoch16KCC22(11 OCS)233222213221
3rdMatt Coutts8MBSC-432322313343026
4thTimo Hagoort83KMJC343545444-654741
5thKarl Purdie111WBBC5(11 OCS)11 OCS454555536352
6thRay Hall2Waiuku YC66(11 OCS)66611 DNC11 DNC11 DNC411 DNC8978
7thTijmen van Rootselaar94MV de Z754779(11 DNC)11 DNC11 DNC11 DNC11 DNC9483
8thDavid Hoogenboom10Waiuku YC875887(11 DNC)11 DNC11 DNC711 DNC9483
9thTom BrienNZLNYC1096101010(11 DNC)11 DNC11 DNC9610392
10thAlan Dawson23Waiuku YC98(11 DNS)99811 DNC11 DNC11 DNC811 DNC10695

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