Despite being almost 150 places below JARVIN in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings, DICKEY won through 3-0 in the final, winning the opening two flights by 26 and 14 seconds, before taking the decisive victory in the third match, sailing around JARVIN to win by a single second.
DICKEY reflected, 'We went into today and the plan was to keep the pressure on and keep the racing close. We knew if we kept it close we would have a chance. The last two days we won all the starts so today I softened up a little bit - which wasn't so good. But we always kept clear air and took advantage of any opportunity we got.
'In the last race the Aussie's really gave it to us and they won the right, which was favoured and we really had to work hard and take every little left hand that we could and keep tacking, and at the top mark for the final time we were two to three lengths behind and we knew we had an opportunity to get it back downwind and we just threw everything at them.'
He continued, 'Overall it was a tough regatta, we had a lot to learn as it is our first time in these boats together - and we had a lot to learn to make these boats go. After each race we kept analysing, each start, each downwind, each race and working on our mistakes.
|Jess SMYTH made it two wins
out of two for the New Zealanders
© Royal New Zealand Yacht
The lesson I learned was never give anything away!'
A delighted SMYTH said, 'It was definitely a good thing sailing against the guys, especially on the first two days in the light airs - that helped. To somehow get our team up to their weight and sail against them would be awesome!'
Yesterday DICKEY and JARVIN had both swept through their semi finals 3-0, against Japan's Takumi NAKAMURA and New Caledonia's Phillipe MAZARD respectively. In the battle for fifth place meanwhile Tahiti's Teva PILCHART got the better of Jan SIJP from the Cook Islands. The petit final today saw MAZARD defeat NAKAMURA 2-0 and take third place.
The focus of the ISAF Nations Cup now switches to Europe and the Regional Final for Europe 3 in London, Great Britain, from 25-29 April.
Reflecting on the event in Auckland, Shane BORRELL (NZL), member of the ISAF Match Racing Committee said, 'The idea of the Nations Cup is to get non traditional match racing countries involved in match racing. To hear that New Caledonia and Japan are going to run match racing clinics and to get the Cook Islands and New Caledonia all fired up about match racing is great.
'This has optimized the culture of the Nations Cup and sets a great platform for the growth of match racing.'
ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final - Oceania Results
Round Robin Standings
1. Seve JARVIN (AUS), 12-2
2. Simon DICKEY (NZL), 11-3
3. Jess SMYTH (NZL), 10-4
4. Takumi NAKAMURA (JPN), 8-6
5. Phillipe MAZARD (FRA), 7-7
6. Jan SIJP (COK), 4-10
7. Teva PILCHART (TAH), 4-10
8. Ikuko SAKUDO (JPN), 0-14
ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final - Oceania Final Standings
|Group||Region||Host Nation||Host Club||Dates||Open Qualifier||Women's Qualifier|
|NJK Match Race Centre||15-18 June|
|Quinta do Lorde Yacht Club||2-7 May|
|Jadralno Društvo J/24||29 June-2 July|
|Queen Mary Resevoir||25-29 April|
|Dubai International Marine Club||2-7 April||India
|South America||Rio de Janeiro
|Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro||9-13 August|
|North America||St. Thomas
US Virgin Islands
|St. Thomas Yacht Club||8-11 June|
|Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron||19-24 April||New Zealand
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