Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Kerikeri High School Retains RNZYS Harken Schools Fleet Racing Title

The winners from Kerikeri High School with General Manager of HARKEN New Zealand, Garry Lock. Image copyright Sara Tucker/RNZYS.

by Sara Tucker

The Kerikeri High School team of helm of O’Shea Butler, Sam King, Sam Brierley & Klaus Ohlendorf continued their winning streak in the RNZYS Harken Schools Regatta, adding another 6 wins, 1 second and 1 fourth to their points table. A great days sailing when your worst race is a fourth.

The 40 young sailors got to experience a range of conditions over the 2-day event with light airs racing on Saturday and then moderate breezes building to 15 knots this afternoon which really tested their skills when the races were only 20 minutes long.

The Kerikeri High School team follow on the tradition of winning this event, after getting their Schools name on the trophy for the past 3 years.

The Kings College team put in another great performance on the water and held on to their second placing overall, just infront of Rangitoto College who also held onto their third placing.

The competitors. Image copyright Sara Tucker/RNZYS.

The big movers of the day were the two St. Kentigern College teams who were sitting in 9th and 10th place after day one. The team helmed by Stewart Dodson added 3 podium finishes to their score and jumped up the leader board to fourth place overall.

The other team helmed by George Brasell jumped up to 6th place overall.

In between the two boys teams was the only all female team representing Westlake Girls High School. The ladies had a very consistent day on the water and were only pushed down one place to finish 4th overall surrounded by much ‘heavier’ teams!

Even Race Officer, Gerald Flynn commented on the fast and furious day on the water “It was a great day and we were glad to complete all 12 races. It was great to see how the youths sailed with the much larger HARKEN spinnakers onboard today”.

At prizegiving there were lots of smiles and tired faces. The top 3 teams were presented with HARKEN vouchers for their School Sailing Teams.

General Manager of HARKEN New Zealand, Garry Lock was there to present the vouchers and also commend the teams for the fantastic racing and great skills shown in the new Elliott 7s.

Westlake Girls High School round the bottom mark well ahead of many of the opposition. Image copyright Sara Tucker/RNZYS.

Lock and RNZYS Commodore Ross Masters were grateful for the support of all the Auckland Schools and especially Kerikeri and the Canterbury Combined Schools team for coming all the way to Auckland for the event.

All involved are already looking forward to next year! If you have a school sailing team interesting in competing please contact one of our Coaching Staff.

Final results

1. KeriKeri High School – O’Shea Butler (Boat 2. Watts & Hughes) 16 points
2. Kings College – Jack Collinson (Boat 1. International) 46 points
3. Rangitoto College – Alex Dyet (Boat 3. Team Telecom) 59 points
4. St. Kentigern College – Stewart Dodson (Boat 6. Western Mailing) 69 points
5. Westlake Girls High School – Holly Hamlin (Boat 9. Doyle Sails) 70 points
6. St. Kentigern College – George Brasell (Boat 8. Yachting Developments) 73 points
7. Albany Senior High School – Erica Dawson (Boat 5. Whiting Power) 74 points
8. Westlake Boys High School – Sam Schofield (Boat 4. Harken) 87 points
9. Canterbury Combined Schools – Jay Harris (10. Boating NZ Magazine) 91 points
10. Mahurangi College – Angus Adamson (Boat 7. Soar Printing) 93 points


The RNZYS HARKEN Schools Regatta is an annual event hosted by the RNZYS and sponsored by HARKEN NEW ZEALAND since 2007. It is an initiative by the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme Committee to promote the programme to schools in the wider Auckland region.

Forty eight Auckland High Schools were invited to enter with 8 taking up the challenge plus teams from Kerikeri High School and a Canterbury Combined Schools team who have made the journey all the way to Auckland for two days of one-design racing.

Honours Board

2007 Auckland Grammar School
2008 Westlake Boys High School
2009 Kerikeri Sailing Academy
2010 Kerikeri High School
2011 Kerikeri High School

Note from SailRaceWin: Kerikeri sailors have a choice of top Kiwi international sailors to coach them, such as Reuben Corbett, or Sharon Ferris...