Sunday, 26 September 2010

New Zealand Youth Match Racing Championships Day One Timeline

RPNYC blog by Matt Steven

1130 Saturday. After a bit of a flurry of wind and changing of sails we are now underway with racing. The first two flights have been completed with Junior and Coltman taking two wins against Fyfe and Bowater. Flight three should be underway soon. The breeze is threatening to buiild into the early 20s but as yet this has not eventuated. Great sailing conditions at moment!

1215 Saturday. Flight three is now complete. Junior dd a nice job of getting a double penalty on Coltman in the prestart which was essentially game over. The other match was a tight one between Fyfe and Bowater coming right down to the wire. In the end Bowater did enough to take the point. There has now been a complete changeover over of teams for flights 4 through 6.

1250 Saturday. The sun is out and a 10-12 knot shifty breeze is in ... so much for the forecast! Tiller has started his racing in the youth nationals with a convincing win over Philpott from Canterbury. Porebski had a closer match but was still convincing over Butcher from the squadron. Rolling into a prestart for flight 5 now.

1325 Saturday. Tiller did a great job of shutting Porebski out of the start of Match 1 in Flight 5 then sailed away to win by around three quarters of a leg. The battle between Butcer and Philpott was a lot closer and was decided as they corssed the line with Butcher taking the match by 4 seconds. The day continues to get better with not a cloud in the sky and a nice breeze on the race track.

1355 Saturday. With flight six complete everyone has now completed three matches. Tiller won his match against Butcher and now sits on 3 wins at the top of the leaderboard with Junior who also has three wins. Porebski beat Philpott and now has two wins which is the same number as his Wellington youth scheme sailing mate Coltman. These two are first up in Flight 7 which will gets underway soon.

1425 Saturday. The battle of the Wellingtonians ended up going Coltman's way ... after a tight pre start Cotlman got the edge at the gun and slowly edged away from Porebski to finish with a win in flight seven. Tiller continued his winning way over Bowater and now tops the leaderboard with 4 wins. The wind has moved back to the north and has settled down at around 8-10 knots. Its now a glorious Wellington day.

1522 Saturday. Flight eight has finished and the breeze has gone very funky. After a very close pre start between Coltman and Tiller the first beat was very tight. Tiller managed to sneak a lead at the top mark and then picked up a big wind shift to sail away for hiw fifth win of the day. The match between Porebski and Bowater saw the breeze fade away and shift around the compass with Bowater copping the worst of the shifts allowing Porebksi to sail away with the match. With the wind all around the compass the race officer has uped anchor and has called it quits for the day. We'll be back online from the start of play tomorrow.

Results after Day One

Tiller RNZYS 5-0
Junior RPNYC 3-0
Coltman RPNYC 3-2
Porebski RPNYC 3-2
Butcher RNZYS 1-2
Bowater RNZYS 1-4
Fyfe QCYC 0-3
Philpott NPCL 0-3