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South Island Cup Report

The first round of the South Island Cup got underway on the 5th Dec' in Dunedin with a perfect sunny day. We had 18 men and 6 women enter, so the men were split into two heats so the starts weren't to dangerous!

We started out in 15-18 knots with most on 7m sails, had 2 rounds then a short break, another 2 rounds in similar conditions, at which time the tide was getting a little low so some of the marks had to be moved. The next 2 rounds the wind had increased slightly, some changed down to 6.4/5.9m sails and smaller boards.

We had a 40min break for lunch and to let the tide come in a bit. Then completed another 4 rounds in 18-22knots, perfect slalom conditions.

Afterwards everyone enjoyed a big feed of fish and chips and beers/wine and vodkas laid on by the organisers. Not too many sore heads the following morning as everyone is very keen to get a better placing but when Sunday dawned it nice as well, but we quickly realised that there would be no racing for the day when the southerly flow came over. George Copper made the call to close the first round at lunchtime Sunday.

1st Round Results
MENS
1- Gareth Wood 0.7 0.7 3 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 9.3 3.7 5.6 1
2- Paul Vliestra 2 3 3 5 0.7 2 0.7 0.7 0.7 3 20.8 8 12.8 2
3- Terry Beenjees 0.7 2 2 0.7 2 2 3 3 3 0.7 19.1 6 13.1 3
4- Chris Dimock 3 3 0.7 2 7 0.7 2 2 2 6 28.4 13 15.4 4
5- Gavin Jackson 5 2 5 4 2 3 2 2 3 2 30 10 20 5
6- Terry Alkmade 4 0.7 2 3 3 4 4 10 2 4 36.7 14 22.7 6
7- Graham Evans 2 11 0.7 4 3 5 5 5 4 2 41.7 16 25.7 7
8- Simon Hall 4 4 4 2 5 3 3 4 5 11 45 16 29 8
9- Ross Monk 8 4 4 7 8 5 4 3 6 5 54 16 38 9
10- Alan Taylor 8 7 7 6 4 6 5 4 4 3 54 15 39 10
11- Aki 5 10 6 3 5 7 9 7 5 4 61 19 42 11
12 - Nathan Taylor 3 5 5 5 6 10 6 6 8 7 61 18 43 12
13 - Durham 6 11 6 7 10 4 7 5 6 5 67 21 46 13
14 - George Cooper 7 5 7 6 4 8 6 6 7 11 67 19 48 14
15- Nathan K 6 6 8 8 6 6 7 7 7 7 68 16 52 15
16 -Dan 9 10 9 8 7 9 8 8 8 6 82 19 63 16
17 - Kerry 7 6 8 9 10 7 10 8 10 11 86 21 65 17
Bruce

Womens
1- Sue Bradley 2 2 2 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 10.9 4 6.9
2- Annie Crombie 0.7 0.7 0.7 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 16.1 4 12.1
3- Nic 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 33 8 25
4- Lucy 4 4 3 3 4 4 8 4 5 3 42 13 29
5- Lyn 6 6 6 5 5 5 4 6 4 5 52 12 40
6 - Rachel 5 5 5 6 6 6 5 5 8 8 59 16 43

The 2nd Round was held last weekend in Christchurch (12th & 13th Dec)

The first day was very strong and equally gusty Nor West winds but the call was made to still race in the eastury and wait for the tide to come in. It was also decided that we would race a figure of 8 instead of the prefered downwind slalom which proved to be somewhat challenging when the wind angle shifted dramatically and we were forced to tack to the wing mark after being hit by a huge knock. Still everyone had a goodtime and we managed to get through 10 heats (Men and Women each) and a few beers and a meal at the Spieghts Ale House went down well. Sunday was a lot lighter but still very shifty and we managed to get in 3 more heats each before the organisers called it off..... and then as usual the wind came through and those that were'nt traveling too far were able to have a great freesail.

I'm not sure of the points results in the Chch round but the overal top 3 results for the South Island Cup are as follows;

Men
1 - Gareth Wood
2 - Terry Beenjees
3 - Paul Vlietstra

Women
1 - Annie Crombie
2 - Lucy Waters
3 - Sue Bradley

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