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New Zealand Nationals 2006

Wakatere Boating Club Auckland

December 8.-11.

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The Worser Bay thugs arrived at Wakatere smug in the knowledge that they had cleaned out the first three places at last years nationals, and with the intention of repeating their success for another year. Little did they know of the conditions and the hardened Wakatere sailors that would greet them at the National Championship.

On account of the Worlds being in Australia in February, and that the nationals are generally the NZ qualification trials and that the boats would be shipped to Australia shortly after new year, the once in eight year event of the nationals being held before the start of the year occurred this year.

Twenty two sailors arrived on the beach at Wakatere to contest the 2006 National Championship. The conditions were generally offshore and very shifty, with bands of wind coming off the beach in strengths varying from 5 knots to 18 knots. It became quite clear after the first race, that to sail a consistent series might prove a bit tricky.

Mark Perrow won race 1 after sailing most of the race around 5th place. On the final beat he found himself on the right side of a 40 degree bend up the last beat and took the gun. Ben Morrison, also from Wakatere, had led for the whole race, and ended up 4th. Perrow won a more mundane race 2 after leading all the way. Then it was the turn of Wakatere team mate Alistair Deaves, who won race 3 after leading throughout. Perrow pulled himself back from the abyss in this race ending up 4th.

After day one it was Perrow, Deaves and Wilcox and with reports of 25 knots the next day, it was anyone’s game.

The wind never came. The four races on day 2 were sailed in mainly the same as day one, perhaps just a bit shiftier. Again it was a Wakatere domination day with Perrow winning the first two races and Deaves the second two. Consistent performances by Wilcox, Karl Purdie and Paul Rhodes, all from Worser Bay, kept them with an outside chance, although Perrow and Deaves would both have to have really bad results on the last day.

Perrow and Deaves had really bad results for the first race on day 3, with 9th and 11th respectively. The wind had increased overnight and moved more to the north to provide a steadier wind, although full of large holes. Last years champion, Steve McDowell, proved he still had some form and won race 8, with Worser Bay team mates Wilcox and Rhodes winning races 9 and 10.

Perrow finished 8th in race 9 which was enough to give him his first OK championship. With Deaves maintaining second overall, the Wakatere sailors were back on top again. Paul Rhodes had a good last day to lift him up to third overall and first veteran. Wilcox ended up fourth and Purdie fifth.

1Mark PerrowWakatere521114112298DNF5229
2Alistair DeavesWakatere4725315121111254634
3Paul RhodesWorser Bay5173210463155615540
4Greg WilcoxWorser Bay5226623710OCS4126441
5Karl PurdieWorser Bay50284624472574941
6Russell WoodWakatere52025181010553446648
7Steve MacDowellWBBC525981173OCS141388764
8Ben MorrisonWakatere511493987OCS610169572
9Joe PorebskiWBBC5231171562111071799578
10Mike WildeWakatere51517109195193121312119100
11Adrian ManneringNSC504718161698917186124106
12Andrew PardingtonWakatere512201651313146DNSDNS3136113
13Peter ScheuerlNRV5161211131420131115915133113
14David HoogenboomPupuke481DNSDNSDNS814948719138115
15Darren HuntNapier4981614812171716131510138121
16Philip RzepeckyWakatere5001315722112017141417150128
17Mathew BismarkWorser Bay49110121721166OCS161618155132
18Trent PryceNapier4971920DNF17191612101213161138
19Grant PedersenWakatere51818171418151513181911158139
20Matt McDowellWBBC2515131911181818191121163142
21Rob HengstNapier4941419201521128212014164143
22Graham LambertKawai493212112202221DNS202120201178