Tauranga one, two in laser fleet

Gemma Jones and Tauranga sailor Jason Saunders took out the Nacra title at the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta.

Tauranga sailors Tom Saunders and Sam Meech’s finish within a couple of metres of each other in the Laser final at the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta is auguring well for New Zealand’s Tokyo Olympics performance in the class.

Tom beat Sam by one point to win the laser title at New Zealand’s premier Olympic class regatta.

The NZL Sailing Team members showed their class and consistency across eight races, and their competitiveness is likely to be a feature of the next couple of years as they battle it out for Olympic selection.

"It was a bit of a match race between me and Sam today," says Tom. "We have both been really consistent. There wasn’t much in it in terms of the points so you were always looking over your shoulder and wondering, ’where is he and should I be over there, too?’

"In the second race [of the day] we were really close the whole way around. We got a jump on the fleet so it was a match race, which was pretty cool, but also really intense. Going down the last run we were trying to fight for buoy room and we finished right beside each other."

The racing wasn’t quite as close in the Nacra 17, especially as two boats were missing today. New Zealand’s Liv Mackay and Micah Wilkinson were absent with Wilkinson in a moon boot with a badly sprained ankle and the Danish combination were also missing after an incident yesterday when the crew Christian Stephenson required surgery after his leg was sliced by the rudder.

"It’s awesome to win any regatta," says Tom. "We were racing some top-quality opposition. I thought we had a pretty consistent week and got some good races on the board so we are pretty happy to come away with the win but unfortunately not in the circumstances we would have liked.

"Yesterday there was unfortunately an incident with the Danish crew. His trapeze hook broke and he fell in the water and hit the rudder. We wish him a speedy recovery because it’s horrible to see a training partner and friend injured like that.

"It’s a bit of a wakeup call for all of us. I think there are some lessons to be learned from that and hopefully we can limit any potential risk we have now. These boats do go fast and there can be some potential incidents out on the water. We are all learning that."

Nacra 17 crew Gemma Jones and Tauranga sailor Jason Saunders intended to talk to Josh Junior and Andy Maloney about the sort of protective clothing they wore on Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup boat and also look into what motorcyclists wear.

There was little need for those today as the Nacras struggled at times to get up on their foils in the light and shifty winds.

It translated into some dramatic racing on the 49er course and the title came down to the wire with New Zealand’s Josh Porebski and Tauranga sailor Trent Rippey finishing three points ahead of Australia’s David Gilmour and Joel Turner and William and Sam Phillips. Josh and Trent started the day in second but won two of today’s four races, including the final one which secured them the title.

"There are plenty of reasons why we are stoked to win this regatta," says Trent. "The Australians beat us in Sydney and to beat them this time is pretty cool. It’s evened it out, you could say. It’s a good event for us to have at home and to win we are pretty stoked."

Josh Junior claimed the Finn title ahead of Maloney and former Laser world champion Nichols Heiner (Netherlands), Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox easily won the men’s 470, Antonio Cozzolino took out the RS:X and Alex Maloney and Tauranga sailor Molly Meech finished second behind Norway’s Helene Naess and Marie Ronningen in the 49erFX.

Results and standings from the third day of the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta at Murrays Bays today:

Laser

1st: Tom Saunders (NZL) 1 (3) 1 2 2 2 1 2 - 11 points

2nd: Sam Meech (NZL) 2 1 2 1 1 3 2 (4) - 12 pts

3rd: Andrew McKenzie (NZL) (4) 2 4 3 4 1 4 1 - 19 pts

Laser Radial

1st: Josh Armit (NZL) (3) 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 - 8 pts

2nd: Scott Leith (NZL) 2 3 3 2 3 2 3 (6) 3 - 18 pts

3rd: Susannah Pyatt (NZL) 1 2 2 3 2 (37DSQ) 2 3 9 - 22 pts

Finn

1st: Josh Junior (NZL) 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 (3) - 11 pts

2nd: Andy Maloney (NZL) 2 2 (3) 3 3 1 1 2 - 14 pts

3rd: Nicholas Heiner (NED) 3 3 1 1 2 (UFD7) Ret 7 1 - 18 pts

Men’s 470

1st: Paul Snow-Hansen / Dan Willcox (NZL) 1 1 1 1 1 (2) 1 1 - 7 pts

2nd: Gunwoo Park / Sungmin Cho (KOR) (UFD9) 2 2 2 2 1 UFD 9 2 - 20 pts

3rd: Jin Hwan Jung / Park Ji Hun (KOR) 3 (DNC9) 4 3 5 4 2 4 - 25 pts

Women’s 470

1st: Courtney Reynolds-Smith / Brianna Reynolds-Smith (NZL) 2 3 5 5 4 6 (UFD9) 3 - 28 pts

49er

1st: Josh Porebski / Trent Rippey (NZL) 3 1 3 3 4 1 (9) 1 7 1 - 24 pts

2nd: David Gilmour / Joel Turner (AUS) 1 4 4 1 2 4 1 3 (8) 7 - 27 pts

3rd: William Phillips / Sam Phillips (AUS) 2 2 2 5 1 2 (6) 5 6 2 - 27 pts

49erFX

1st: Helene Naess / Marie Ronningen (NOR) 3 (UFD5) 2 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 - 15 pts

2nd: Alex Maloney / Molly Meech (NZL) 1 (UFD5) 1 4 2 3 1 3 3 2 - 20 pts

3rd: Amelia Stabback / Ella Clark (AUS) 2.0 (DNC5) DNC5 3 3 2 2 2 2 3 - 24

Nacra 17

1st: Gemma Jones / Jason Saunders (NZL) 1 1 (2) 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 - 12 pts

2nd: Manon Audinet / Moana Vaireaux (FRA) (DNC6) DNC6 4 4 4 2 1 2 1 2 - 26 pts

3rd: Liv MacKay / Micah Wilkinson (NZL) 2 2 1 1 3 RDG2 (DNC6) DNC6 DNC6 DNC6 - 29 pts

RS:X 9.5

1st: Antonio Cozzolino (NZL) 1 1 1 1 2 2 (6) - 8 pts

2nd: Lee Hyeong Min (KOR) 2 2 2 3 1 3 (4) - 13 pts

3rd: Julien Savina (AUS) (4) 3 4 2 3 4 3 - 19 pts

RS:X 8.5

1st: Max Van der Zalm (NZL) 1 1 1 1 (2) 1 2 - 7 pts

2nd: Lloyd Perratt (NZL) 2 2 2 2 (3) 2 1 - 11 pts

3rd: Veerle ten Have (NZL) (3) 3 3 3 1 3 3 - 16 pts

Boy’s 420

1st: James Barnett / Sam Street (NZL) 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 (3) - 10 pts

2nd: Seb Menzies / Blake McGlashan (NZL) 2 (DNC14) 2 3 1 1 3 1 - 13 pts

3rd: Kim Yonghyeon / Han Cheolkyu (KOR) 4 3 4 (5) 5 3 5 4 - 28 pts

Girl’s 420

1st: Cara Higginbottom / Alice Floyd (NZL) 3 2 6 4 4 5 6 (8) - 30 pts

2nd: Sofia Higgott / Lizzie Shapland (NZL) 9 (DNC14) 8 9 10 8 9 6 - 59 pts

3rd: Ruby Baynes / Annabel Limbrick (NZL) 7 (DNC14) 7 7 8 10 12 10 - 61 pts

Boy’s 29er

1st: Sebastian Lardies / Scott McKenzie (NZL) 1 3 1 2 (UFD15) 2 3 2 1 - 15 pts

2nd: Francesco Kayrouz / Jackson Keon (NZL) 3 1 2 (UFD15) 5 1 2 3 2 - 19 pts

3rd: Eli Liefting / Jack Frewin (NZL) 5 5 3 3 3 4 5 1 (8) - 29 pts

Girl’s 29er

1st: Ella Gladwell / Carrington Brady (NZL) (RET15) DNC15 7 10 10 11 7 6 7 - 73 pts

2nd: Emma French / Alice Haslett (NZL) (DNF15) DNC15 10 DNC15 DNC15 DNC15 8 9 6 - 93 pts

Nacra 15

1st: Greta Stewart / Tom Fyfe (NZL) 1 1 1 2 (3) 2 2 - 10 pts

2nd: Helena Sanderson / Jack Honey (NZL) (4) 4 4 2 1 1 1 1 - 14 pts

3rd: Jake Lidell / Josh Berry (AUS/NZL) 2 2 3 (4) 4 3 4 - 20 pts


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