2021 NZ 470 Nationals - Final report and results
Final day report & results (provisional)
The 470/420 fleets had a consistent northerly, 12 Knot breeze for the 3rd and final day of racing. Some swell but great sailing conditions.
In the 470, Paul Snow-Hansen and Mark Overington had a marvelous battle with Joe Aleh and Andre van-Dam. Snow-Hansen and Overington came away with a 1 point net score victory with todays three bullets and a second. Tremendous cat-and-mouse pre-start and tactics by both teams. Simon Cooke and Rebecca Hume made up the podium with a well deserved 3rd place.
Jo Aleh and Andre van-Dam were awarded the 470 Mixed trophy, presented by Logan Barnes, son of the late David Barnes – remembered for his fine contribution to the 470 Class.
Andrew Van-Dam was awarded the U23 Trophy.
In the 420, Hugo McMullen and Tim Howse ran away it what with four bullets coping with the breeze and sea state. Lucas Day and Sam Scott came in second whilst Mason Mulcahy and Cam MacGlashin made up the podium. Vivien Webster Chung and Kiera Sinton picked up the 1st Female prize.
Congratulations to all sailors and a special shout out to Takapuna Boating Club members and volunteers for a well run event.
Day 2 report
A 10-12 knot northerly was in to greet the 470 and 420 class fleets. Stayed pretty constant with few (minor) course changes. Some swell but the sailors were up to it.
In the 470 fleet, Jo Aleh and Andre Van-Dam continued their good from yesterday with 3 successive bullets. Closely followed by Paul Snow-Hansen and Mark Overington. In the last race journeyman Simon Cooke (& crew Rebecca Hume) sailed superbly picking the shifts and got up over Aleh / Van-Dam with Kerensa Jennings and Jamie Hunt edging Snow-Hansen / Overington for 3rd.
The course was a teaser for all crews what with OSCAR offered and 3 x Upwind Beats (O3) making up the course for the designated 40 minute race time. Some tired bodies.
For the 420s, Hugo McMullen and Tim Howse continued their impressive form from yesterday with three bullets leaving all in their wake. Lucas Day and Sam Scott competed hard as did first female team Vivien Webster Chung and Kiera Sinton in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
The 420’s took real advantage of the tight 110/70 degree reaches and excelled in the breeze.
Final day of racing tomorrow ( Monday ) with heavier sea and wind state expected.
Day 1 report
A good seven teams turned out for the 2021 NZ 470 Class Nationals held at Takapuna Boating Club this Waitangi weekend. The 420 class North Island Championships are also being held in conjunction, which saw a fleet of 5.
Racing commenced on time at 11am and a light northerly (5-7knots) held for the 470 class getting in four races, 420 class three races as scheduled .
Olympians Paul Snow-Hansen and Jo Aleh shared the honours each with two bullets with Snow-Hansen leading on nett score. This year Snow-Hansen is partnered by Mark Overington due to regular partner Dan Wilcox taking paternity time out. Aleh is back in the boat teaming up with rising star Andre Van-Dam.
Also returning is former Olympian Simon Cooke partnering with Rebecca Hume currently laying in 3rd place.
Kerensa Jennings/ Jamie Hunt (4th), Leah Sinton / Connor Corgad (5th), Richard & John Power (6th) and Adrian & Marie France (7th) fill the remaining spots.
This year the NZ 470 Association formally recognises the “470 Class Mixed” event with an inaugural trophy. The Mixed event is now part of the 2024 Paris Olympics.
An unexpected but welcome surprise was Emirates Team New Zealand whizzing through the course.
Racing continues on Sunday and Monday.