RNZYS HARKEN Young 88 Nationals – Slipstream III declared winners


RNZYS HARKEN YOUNG 88 NATIONALS – Slipstream III declared the winners

Harken Nationals follow-up from the Owners Association

The lead-up to these Nationals went to plan albeit for the association team who are always aiming for a larger fleet. Despite a concerted push for entries the probable’s from the South Island, Wellington and Buckland’s beach fleet faded in the final hours. It is pleasing to hear that these fleets are in good health and committed to getting to future events.  At least 17 new sails were measured in time for the event which is just one of the positive signals of owners investing in their campaigns.

The sailing conditions were particularly frustrating this year with the race team pulling out all stops to achieve at least a 5 race series and so a result.

Unfortunately, the results have only just today moved from preliminary to final status. Protest hearings around several OCS decisions from Saturdays racing, held on the Sunday night of the regatta and prior to prize-giving, were followed by a reopening of hearings and then a final hearing was held just this week.

The outcome  changes the event winner and other placings. The Y88 Owners association was invited to be an observer to these hearings and whilst concerned at the unsettling effects on the class, is pleased that the correct process has been followed and that we will be involved in a full review of the event with the club.

Comment from RNZYS;

“The Young 88 National Championships is an event that as a club we value, not only the sailors competing but also our volunteer teams and ensuring that the correct processes are followed. With the end result being something that we can all stand behind. On the day of this incident we had highly qualified Race Officers on both the Committee Boat and pin end of the starting line, the panel the has sat over this issue since the 12th of April are all National and International Judges and Umpires with years of experience and knowledge behind them. Seeing a result change after the close of racing is not how we would ideally like to finish the regatta, but as an Organising Authority we feel that every step has been taken to ensure the integrity of the result.

Congratulations to Slipstream III for winning the nationals championship and to all the competitors for a great weekend of racing”.

1st Nathan Williams – Slipstream III
2nd Mike Sanderson – Flash Gordon
3rd Ed Massey – Undercover

1st Ed Massey – Undercover
2nd Philip Rzepecky – Medium Dry
3rd Roger Sims – Heartlight

Final results available here: http://www.topyacht.net.au/results/2016/regatta0204/young88/series.htm

For more information please contact:

Young 88 Association Contact: http://www.young88.org.nz/

RNZYS Sailing Office: gwitt@rnzys.org.nz

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