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20 June 2014, 12:45 pm
Success At Oceania Sailing Championships
Fijian Laser sailor Robert Hazelman
Fijian Laser sailor Robert Hazelman

Oceana Sailing Championship
Nouméa, New Caledonia

The 2014 Oceania Sailing Championship took place in Nouméa from 7 to 10 June with more than 120 sailors taking park. Six countries of Pacific Islands were present in New-Caledonia competing over four days in the Optimist, Laser, Hobie 16, Kitesurf and Elliott 6.
The 2014 Oceania Sailing Championship took place in Nouméa from 7 to 10 June with more than 120 sailors taking park. Six countries of Pacific Islands were present in New-Caledonia competing over four days in the Optimist, Laser, Hobie 16, Kitesurf and Elliott 6.

Day one and day two on Bay St Marie saw sunny skies and steady trade winds allowing five races each day to be completed, then rain and clouds on Day three saw shifting winds as rain showers for tough sailing for all competitors.

For the president of the Caledonian league, Philippe Mazard, "the goal of this competition was to bring foreign athletes in to raise the level of our races and also to be prepared for the 2015 South Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea."

Elliot 6m

In the Elliot 6m Match Racing event Sam Ellis and his team Matt Stenta and Cam Gundy from Australia took the honours with a 3-0 defeat of George Brassel (NZL) in the final.

Ellis, elated with his first match race win as helm, said, "We are very happy to take out this championship and couldn't have been done without my crew, Cam Gundy and Matt Stenta. Sailing the quarter finals gave us a few tougher races which helped prepare us for the finals. Thanks to the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy for allowing us to represent the Club and our coach, Jay Griffin"

Optimist

In the Optimist Clément Masson dominated proceedings, winning eight victories of the 12 races. Aurel Martin, just eight years old, finished second and first in his age group. Third place went to Clement Bouvet.

Laser
A fleet of twenty Lasers raced in Cote Blanche. Mickaël Farina achieved the grand slam in the Laser Radial with eleven straight victories. Cyril Fortin took second position while up and coming Fijian Robert Hazelman completed the podium in third.

The Fiji team manager Neville Koop said the performance by Hazelman puts him in a strong position for the coming Pacific Games in 2015.

"Robert will benefit greatly from this regatta, and he has been selected to travel to Santander in Spain later this year to attend the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. He has the potential to sail at the 2016 Olympics and the Fiji Yachting Association are working with his coaches and mentors to ensure he prepares and trains well over the next few years ahead of the 2016 Olympic regatta in Rio," said Hazelman.

In the Laser 4.7, New Zealander Tom Fyfe used his experience and dominated the fleet, completing the podium were Mael Le Pen Le Pen and Nathan le Pen in second and third respectively.

Kitesurfing
In the foiling kite surf event, Manolo Barlet took a convincing win over his fellow competitors. In the Twin Tip, the title went to young Arthur Guillebert the current European Junior freestyle champion. Anne de Soras finished in second and Yves Tendron in third.

Hobie 16
Brothers Enguerrand Thomas - Cyriaque Thomas finished ninth in the Hobie 16 2014 World Championships demonstrated their high standard of sailing. Christophe Renaud and Vital Berger took second place and Louis Charles de Lima-Meyer with his son Thibaut finished in third.

"I am very pleased with the smooth running of these Oceania events,"
said Philippe Mazars, President of the League.

"We had excellent wind conditions. I would also like to thank all of the clubs and volunteers who participated in the success of this event in a spirit of fair play."
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