With over 150 competitors from 15 different countries it has been a fantastic regatta with a lot of camaraderie and superb sailing!
Alexandra Maloney and her crew Sam Bullock representing the Murrays Bay Sailing Club completed their clean sweep of the 29er fleet, with a perfect scorecard of 8 wins out of 8 races. Matthew Spray and Tyler Russell representing Buckland's Beach Yacht Club, managed to hold onto second place just two points clear of the McKenzie brothers Andrew & Sam.
James Turner and his crew logan Dunning-Beck, representing the Murrays Bay Sailing Club added another second to their scoreboard to finish 12 points clear ahead of Alex Munro & Luke Stevenson in second place overall. The female Malaysian team helmed by Khairunnissa Mohd Afendy successfully held onto their lead to take third place overall for the regatta and bragging right for beating the mens Malaysian Sailing Team helmed by Mohammad Hafizzudin Mazelan who finished in fourth place.
The next two female teams were Brittany Wornall & Emma Goodwin, representing the Mt. Pleasant Yacht Club in Christchurch who placed sixth just ahead of seventh placed Erica Dawson & Vicki Francis from the Murrays Bay Sailing Club.,
Yachting New Zealand Olympic Squad members Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, although sailing to the wrong top mark they managed to undo their mistake and finish the final race in fourth place overall and take the overall win in the 470 class. The girls finished five points clear ahead of second placed Singaporean team helmed by Roy Junhao Tay and third placed Fancisco Lardies & Finn Drummond representing the Glendowie Boating Club.
The second female team in the 470 class were nineth placed overall Sarah & Emma Berry from the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
No change in the 2.4m Sailability Class as Andrew May won the final race and takes the series win with an impressive six wins out of seven races. Josh McKenzie-Brown holds onto second overall and Brett Willcock from Charteris Bay in Christchurch third overall.
Andrew Murdoch finished seventh in todays medal race by this result was good enough to keep him in the lead overall. Under 21 year old Andy Maloney also retained his second place overall but fellow junior Sam Meech who finished ninth in the medal race got pushed back into sixth overall. Josh Junior representing the Worser Bay Boating Club took the opportunity to jump into third place overall after gaining a second in the medal race.
Laser Radial - Men
The results remained the same even after the medal race in the Laser Radial Youth Men's division. Tom Saunders who won the Laser Radial Class National Championships a week ago held in Timaru, who has lead all regatta finished with an impressive 26 points overall, a full 20 points clear of his closest rival young French sailor Etienne Le Pen. In third place overall was Chris Steele on 54 points.
Laser Radial - Women
Sara Winther from the Takapuna Boating Club, just managed to stay one point ahead of youth sailor Molly Meech representing the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club. Another Takapuna local Rachel Basevi finished third overall ahead of rival Miranda Powrie representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Norwegian Ina Kullman.
Kiwi Olympic Gold Medalist Tom Ashley won the final Medal race to take the overall series win with an impressive 17points overall. Dutch sailor Dorian Van Rijsselberge who was tied with Ashley yesterday is pushed back into second overall on 28points and Kiwi Jon-Paul Tobin comes third overall on 32points.
Kate went into the Medal race for the 8.5 women in the lead and won the Medal race to finish first overall on 16points. Italian female Laura Linares was second and Jazmine Lynch third overall.
As well as being an ISAF Grade 1 event for the Olympic classes, Sail Auckland is also a major event in the Kiwi youth sailing calendar counting amongst the key selection events for NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team who will represented New Zealand at the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey this July.
Event website - www.sailauckland.org.nz.