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26 February 2006, 09:57 am
Ten Bullets For SLATER
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Finn New Zealand Championship 2006
Coromandel, New Zealand

The Finn Nationals took place over 22-25 February at Thames Sailing Club on the Coromandel with 14 entries from all over New Zealand, with Dan SLATER taking a convincing and unchallenged victory.
Although Thames is a tidal venue the Race Officer, Teresa TOOTILL, was comfortably able to run 3-4 races a day set in the wide expanses of the Firth of Thames in predominantly fresh westerlies which at times made for some very exciting sailing. Only one day was lost due to lack of wind and racing called off after 3 races on the second day when conditions were a little too windy for some.

Dan SLATER won a convincing regatta totally dominating all 10 races chased by his training partner Jim TURNER who finished 2nd in every race except one. Racing was much closer between 3rd and 7th places where these places were only finally decided after 10 races when 2 discards came into effect. The event was closely monitored by two international judges namely Ralph ROBERTS and Don BROOKE, who were at times relieved of their duties when flag 'O' was raised to allow for 'free pumping', much to the delight of the sailors surfing down the runs and reaches.

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 NZL Dan SLATER (1) (1) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
2 NZL Jim TURNER (2) 2 2 2 2 2 2 (3) 2 2 16
3 NZL Denis MOWBRAY 3 5 3 4 4 (DNF) 4 (12) 4 3 30
4 NZL Andrew MACGREGOR 4 3 (5) 5 3 5 3 4 (9) 4 31
5 NZL Christine HEADEY 5 4 4 6 5 (DNF) (9) 6 6 5 41
6 NZL David HOOGENBOOM (7) (8) 7 7 7 3 5 7 3 6 45
7 NZL Alan DAWSON (9) 6 6 3 6 4 7 9 (11) 7 48
8 NZL Peter BROOKES 6 7 8 (DNC) (DNC) DNC 6 2 7 9 60
9 NZL John DUFF 10 (12) 10 10 10 6 11 8 5 (12) 70
10 NZL Hans SCHELTUS 8 (11) (11) 8 8 8 8 11 8 11 70

Trophies and Categories

1st NZ Champion and Open Int'l NZ Champion Dan Slater
2nd Overall Jim Turner
3rd Overall Denis Mowbray
1st Master Denis Mowbray
2nd Master Andrew MacGregor
3rd Master Christine Headey
1st Junior Hans Scheltus
2nd Junior Matthew Stuart
1st Handicap John Duff
1st Aluminium Mast Matthew Stuart
1st Thames Boa Christine Headey
Christine Headey (As Amended by ISAF). Image, Dan SLATER : © New Zealand Finn Association
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