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Bic Techno Oceania’s and RS:X National Championships 2012

February proved again that the wind can be very shifty and light. Great for socialising on the beach but more difficult for setting a fair course off Manly Beach.

A Techno competition doubled as the Oceania's and the NZ Nationals. There were four competitors from Noumea and one from Australia as well as a bunch of new local sailors in this class.

For the first time at a Techno Nationals there had a small Green Fleet that was mentored and coached by Worlds Class Coach Grant Beck. The New Caledonians proved that they are better in the light and unfortunately with the lack of wind couldn't prove how quick they really are in the breeze too!

The regatta proved to be very competitive throughout the middle of the fleet with many close battles being fought in the ages groups. Technos have under 17 and under 15 male and female classes as well as the newly formed Green Fleet. There were numerous lead changes upwind and those with strong downwind pumping technique were the fastest downwind.

Manu Goyard of New Caledonia brought a very capable team from New Caledonia. They had a great time here sailing for 3 weeks at the Sail Auckland, Junior Sail Auckland and the Techno Oceania's. They were made to feel very welcome. Charter boards were made available from the Techno Association and BoPSAT.

In the RS:X Fleet Antonio Cozzolino won the Open Men's. He was very proud to be at an event that celebrates Windsurfing in NZ. He felt honoured to be around such a great bunch of sailors and in particular all the Juniors on their Techno's "The future of his sport". He would like to thank his Parents, High Performance Sport and his good friend and training buddy Tom Ashley. According to Grant Beck the results didn't show how close the fleets were. In most races the leads changed often due to the shifty wind.

Techno Oceania's and NZ National Results:
Overall Winner: Alohkaa Pequeux FRA ACVP
Open Boys: Aaron Gibb-Pearson Wakatere
Open Girls: Paris Stowell RFBYC
Under 15 Boys: Finn Croft Manly
Under 15 Girls: Maiya Holton Takapuna
Under 17 Boys: Alohkaa Pequeux ACVP
Under 17 Girls: Xanthe Bowater NPCL
Green Fleet: Hilary Comber

RS:X Results:
Mens 9.5: Antonio Cozzolino NZL Wakatere
Women 8.5: Jessica Crisp AUS MHYC
Youth Men 8.5 Quentin Cottereau FRA ACPV
Youth Women 8.5 Audrey Yong SIN SAFYC

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