The NZL Finn fleet visited the proposed venue of the 2015 Gold Cup bid off the beaches of Takapuna. Much interest was generated in Auckland with former and current Finn stars visiting the fleet including Ralph Roberts , Clifton Webb, Dan Slater and Rafa Trujillo to name a few. The regatta was sailed directly in front on the beach creating a stunning sight of 17 finns racing hard in the light winds. The NZL fleets has grown and updated with 12 of the 17 starters in highly competitive Devotis. The fleet also welcomed 2 Dutch Sailors for this regatta Timo and Tijmen.
Day 1 was sailed in 5-8 knots of shifty sea breeze where positioning on the 1st beat won and lost the race. Matt and Josh continued their battles from Sail Auckland with Andrew , Karl, Timo and Ray all in the mix. Day’s 2 and 3 saw the breeze shift to the south and fluctuate between 5-13 knots with Oscar only being seen in 1 race. All sailors picked up a big number during these days and its was vital to avoid corners as recovery was not easy. Matt Coutts dominated day 2 sailing flawlessly and he sailed solidly on day 3 to secure his first national title and the sail number NZL 1 for the next 12 months. Andrew Murdoch sailed consistently well and with good speed to pip Josh for 2nd.
The sailors were treated to great hospitality, relaxing each day on the decks overlooking the beach offering amazing views.
|Placing||Skipper||Sail #||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6||Race 7||Race 8||Race 9||Total||Net|
|4||Karl Purdie||111||4||2||4||3||18 (OCS)||5||5||3||2||46||28|
|6||Timo Hagoort||83||1||4||6||7||18 (OCS)||4||18 (DNF)||6||1||65||47|
|7||Tymen van Rootselaar||94||9||-14||11||6||3||7||4||8||5||67||53|
|8||Dirch Anderson||22||7||6||13||18 (DNF)||5||10||8||7||8||82||64|
|9||Dave Hoogenboom||10||8||8||7||10||18 (OCS)||13||7||10||6||87||69|
|11||Alan Dawson||23||10||13||12||18 (DNF)||7||12||9||14||7||102||84|
|12||Chris Wells||20||11||10||10||18 (DNF)||9||8||10||16||16||108||90|
|13||Denis Mowbray||19||17||9||14||9||10||9||18 (DNF)||11||12||109||91|
|14||Ben Winters||3||14||16||15||18 (DNF)||18 (OCS)||16||11||15||9||132||114|
|15||Matt Butterfield||21||12||12||9||18 (DNF)||18 (DNF)||18 (DNS)||18 (DNS)||12||15||132||114|
|16||Dallas Bennett||550||16||15||16||18 (DNF)||18 (OCS)||15||12||13||13||136||118|
|17||Gerrit Bearda||193||13||17||17||18 (DNF)||11||14||14||17||17||138||120|