2012-13 National Champs Takapuna 8-10 Feb 2013

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.

PlacingSkipperSail #Race 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7Race 8Race 9TotalNet
1Matt Coutts851211114-102616
2Andrew Murdoch16-6532232132721
3Josh Junior2423144232-113221
4Karl Purdie111424318 (OCS)55324628
5Ray Hall237586-116545544
6Timo Hagoort83146718 (OCS)418 (DNF)616547
7Tymen van Rootselaar949-14116374856753
8Dirch Anderson22761318 (DNF)5108788264
9Dave Hoogenboom108871018 (OCS)1371068769
10Tom Brien88-15118586139148974
11Alan Dawson2310131218 (DNF)712914710284
12Chris Wells2011101018 (DNF)9810161610890
13Denis Mowbray1917914910918 (DNF)111210991
14Ben Winters314161518 (DNF)18 (OCS)1611159132114
15Matt Butterfield211212918 (DNF)18 (DNF)18 (DNS)18 (DNS)1215132114
16Dallas Bennett55016151618 (DNF)18 (OCS)15121313136118
17Gerrit Bearda19313171718 (DNF)1114141717138120

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