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28 February 2005, 12:09 pm
A Big Fleet In Wellington Produces A Close Finish
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Asia Pacific & New Zealand 420 & 470 National Championships
Wellington, New Zealand

Chris DAWSON (NZL) and Scott ILLINGWORTH (NZL) came out on top of a 30-strong fleet of 420 dinghies to claim the National and Asia Pacific Championship titles over the weekend. Derek SCOTT (NZL) and Dave HEALY (NZL) won the 470 class.
Friday and Saturday produced two brilliant days of sailing in moderate winds of 12-18 knots, gusting up to 20 knots. Strong winds meant that racing was cancelled yesterday. Yachting New Zealand National Coach, Leslie EGNOT was in Wellington for the Championship regatta.

'It was great to have such a big 420 fleet this year, and two brilliant days of racing. The sailors were really able to test their skills in the moderate breeze. There was a high level of competition too. Scott and Chris shone through, though the points were close in the end.'

DAWSON and ILLINGWORTH from Kohimarama Yacht Club in Auckland beat this years Starling Nationals stand-outs Peter BURLING (NZL) and Bruce KENNEDY (NZL) by four points. Riley DEAN (NZL) and John LITTLE (NZL) of Naval Point Yacht Club in Christchurch in third place were the best placed of four Canterbury teams finishing in the top ten.

'It was fantastic to see some strong talent from the regions in the 420 fleet,' says EGNOT.

Derek SCOTT and Dave HEALY won the 470 title after a close battle between the top three crews in the six boat fleet. Brothers, Stephen KEEN (NZL) and Phillip KEEN (NZL) were two points behind the winners and Geoff WOOLLEY (NZL) and Mark OVERINGTON (NZL) were a further two points behind in third place.

'Derek and Dave came out on top because essentially they made less mistakes than the other guys,' says EGNOT. 'They sailed really consistently, though they did have the others on their tail all the way.'

Results

Asia Pacific & New Zealand 470 Nationals
Top Three

1 - Derek SCOTT & Chris HEALY - 9 points
2 - Stephen KEEN & Philip KEEN - 11 points
3 - Geoff WOOLLEY & Mark OVERINGTON - 13 points

Asia Pacific & New Zealand National 420 Nationals
Top Three

1 - Chris DAWSON & Scott ILLINGWORTH - 10 points
2 - Peter BURLING & Bruce KENNEDY - 14 points
3 - Riley DEAN & John LITTLE - 17 points

Jodie Perkins (as amended by ISAF)
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