News of the world
Long time between newsletters, what can I say but sorry
so here it goes, "SORRY"
A heap of things have happened since
my last news to you all (November/December 99 if I remember correctly.
All of them good for the class in New Zealand and Australia.
General tid bits
A big thanks to Rob Fordyce for getting the Web Site up and going.
There is a heap of material there now, and it will be great to
see the building process taking place. For those of you who haven't
book marked it yet
www.javelins.org Occasionally the
page doesn't come up first pop, click the refresh button on your
browser, this normally does the trick. The page costs us nothing,
so no complaining please!
Rob has also set up an electronic mailing
list - details on how to subscribe are on the web site
it is very easy to do. There is a lot of information flowing
around on this mailing list, we are considering separating lists
- your input would be appreciated. This would mean that you could
subscribe to sublists, ie Melbourne, WA, and or NZ, along with
an overall list for 'official communications'. If you don't have
web access, but do have email, then do this
send a blank
message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As some of you will have seen or read,
Peter Precey has stuck the web address right down the leech of
his main, great advertising, and makes his boat very easy to
spot in a fleet. (You can't afford to make any mistakes now!).
Rob is also trying to organise some vinyl stickers which can
be stock onto your transoms.
Pete was apparently heard to be in the
garage with the chain saw making a few minor adjustments to his
aft sections - hope you didn't hit any lead when you cut it in
Sailing New Zealand Magazine is doing a great deal of work for
the NZJCOA. They will be running a Javelin story every month
over the next 8 issues. Basically the story line will follow
the building of the 3 or 4 new hulls over winter, and then sailing
through to the South Pacifics in Wellington. If you don't already
subscribe to this magazine, please buy a copy, and check it out.
If you decide to subscribe, make sure you tell them what you
are interested in! (This means Javelins). Thanks to David Lee,
and Rob Fordyce for their efforts on the articles.
As mentioned above, there is a new mould being put together in
Auckland. The design work has been extensive, and it is expected
that 3 new hulls will be built. It is possible that another 1
or 2 may be built depending on a couple of factors. If you want
more information, contact Rob Fordyce. Best bet if you are interested
is to read about the design in the April edition of Sailing New
Zealand! There is a bet on between Mr Fordyce, and Mrs Hey for
a bottle of Coruba on the finishing date. Nothing quite like
alcohol to make you go faster. The process of building is also
going to be captured 'semi live' on the web. Rob is keeping a
commentary with photos, and a cost meter. I think they are also
looking for names for hulls, and the mould
send in suggestions
- maybe with your ballot on the rule changes.
Included as part of this mailing is an Owners Ballot relating
to rule changes. The changes in the most part tidy up the old
rules to make them simpler. There are some rule changes which
you should keep in mind when reviewing the details - summarised
on the ballot form. If you reject a rule, make sure you comment
as to why, this gives us ideas as to how we could improve on
Boats that have been bought over the last 12 months include:
Geoff letcher - Cannon Hill Flyer (Auckland)
Hamish Kidd / Blair Davidson - Steriod Sandwich (Auckland)
David brown - Zenith (Taranaki)
Nick Dunne - Wet & Wild (Wellington)
Murray Bain - Coup de Tat (Otago) Rumour has it Murray is considering
building a new boat this winter also
Graham Roberts - Worzel Gummidge (Whakatane)
Geoff Wilding - 30 Something (Auckland)
Pointer - Ross "Rosco" Davies (Wanaka)
Part-Timer - Bill Mullins (Horowhenua)
Nationals / Sanders
The Nationals, Kingham Trophy and Sanders Cup were held in Dunedin.
The regatta was successful from a close racing point of view,
and by the sound of things a social point of view. Hamish Hey
& Alex Vallings in Freckle Deckle cleaned up all three trophies,
the first time since Craig Gilberd and Geoff Copplestone completed
the triple in Lyttleton 1995. Brad Webb and Bob Vernon finished
second in both the Sanders Cup, and Nationals.
Race conditions varied from ultra light,
to 20knots gusting 30 during the regatta. A couple of days were
lost to strong, and a lack of wind. The racing from places 2
- 8 was very close, with boats separated by mere seconds across
the finish line. There were definitely some right and wrong ways
to go on the course, as some boats found out to their detriment.
This was the first regatta Sanders Cup
or Nationals won with a carbon rig
North Islands Taupo
The North Islands were held at Taupo Yacht Club on the 11 &
12th of March. Ten entrants with some light airs racing saw Fast
Eddie and Craig come through with a win. Several of the crews
were new combinations, and featured some young guns. Great experience
and fun times yet again in the Taupo bars
if you were
old enough to get in!
Local racing has obviously been going on also right throughout
the country. We are very lucky to have such a geographically
diverse range of yacht clubs with Javelins sailing. If you compare
the Javelin class to many other senior classes (ignoring scummies)
we have a very wide base. The 12's are only sailed in Auckland,
Wellington, and Lyttleton. 470's are really only sailed in Auckland.
Laser two's have a wider base, but there aren't really big numbers
sailing anywhere except in Auckland. And 14's sail in Auckland
(very occasionally) and Napier almost exclusively. We can boast
Bay of Islands (Phil McNeil), Auckland, Tauranga,
Whakatane, Gisborne, Napier, Himitangi Beach (C/-o Bill Mullins),
Horowhenua, Wellington, Dunedin, and Wanaka. It makes me wonder
what else we can do to encourage juniors into our class given
our regional spread.
South Pacifics and
Sanders Cup in Wellington
Work on the regatta is now well underway. A major sponsor is
being approached at the moment, we expect to have some confirmation
of this during May. Right now, we expect to have in excess of
30 New Zealand boats at the South Pacifics. There is almost definitely
a container coming from Melbourne, this would add between 7 and
10 boats, and there is a good chance of a further 3 boats from
WA. Our aim is to get at least 40 boats to this regatta.
We will be compiling accommodation options
over the next 4 - 6 weeks, these will go out once compiled.
Now that we have managed to escape the
clutches of the El Nino/La Nina cycle, we are hoping for more
settled weather over the Christmas break in the coming season.
There are some exciting plans for on and off the water - we will
release details as we finalise arrangements.
Across the ditch
There are a couple of new hulls planned for winter - Brett and
Warren are planning a hull to their own design, and a new windrush
hull is also possible. A new fleet has been started at Elwood
in Victoria with 4 Javs expected to be sailing regularly at the
club. Elwood is about half way between Chelsea and down town
A reasonable number of boats have also
been sold which always sees the enthusiasm rise.