If you didn't sail this regatta you missed a great event. The E5.9's had a fantastic regatta with some close racing, great weather and also seemed to create quite an impression amongst the other fleets. We enjoyed sailing on the course with the E7's and the 8.5 Cats. Thank you to Doyle Sails and PIC Insurance Brokers for supporting the event. Thanks also to the Banks family who provided the launch to transport the bulk of the crews to the Motuihe Island party mid regatta,
1. The Blurr
2. Animal Crackers
3. Stratis Icebreaker
Full results here: http://www.aucklandr... ... Series.pdf
Heat wins were shared around 6 boats which really showed how close the racing was. The Ranking Trophy was won by Animal Crackers in what was a very impressive first-up performance. This is awarded for best performance against seeding - Craig Coulam was the first winner in Voodoo last year. Animal Crackers won the spot prize of a new Doyle Spinnaker.
Great to have Rapido with Mike, Kirsten and Jackson join us before the boat heads south. It was also great to see Keith Hogan sailing on Zoots - even showing some interest in rejoining the class. Also Matt Stechmann who borrowed Blownaway and impressed with some great races - Matt is committed to getting a boat when he returns from duty with Artemis.
Our intention in joining the regatta was to show our class off and we have had several enquiries about joining the class since the regatta.
Welcome to Fritz and Conrad, new owners of Brilliant in Tauranga. The guys are doing some sailing locally and we hope to see them in Opua in May.
We also understand Lambada may have sold and will be heading to Auckland...to a past national champion in the E5.9 class!
We are also anticipating Nevis, Sub60 and Voodoo rejoining the circuit in 2013.
2013 Traveler Series
The dates for the 2013 Traveller Series are set. We have decided to forgo Turangi this year. Here are the dates and schedule:
Opua - 25/26 May
Marsden Cove - 27/28 July
Auckland Champs - 14/15 September
Gulf Harbour - 19/20 October
Sandspit - 23/24 November
You need to be a financial member ($50) for 2013-14 - please PM us for a form form and send it in soon - prior to the first event (or pay us at the first regatta). Any payment from now will take you through to 31 May 2014.
If you use on-line banking, please ensure you use your surname and boat name as a reference.
Boats must be weighed prior to the series and carry any correctors - this was discussed and agreed at the AGM. If this affects you (i.e. your boat has not been weighed, or has had changes affecting the weight) than drop us a line.
Opua Event details - 25-26 May.
The race details for Opua are now available - PM us if you want them. This event is looking to be a big fleet with some new owners and some returning boats. We have 8 committed boats already and there could be up to double that number sailing our first event of the year! As always we will have the tow lines available.
Our PRO will once again be Paddy Simms.
For those requiring accommodation, this is the place we stayed last year - it is a reasonable price and suits a large group well! http://www.pinelodge...fislands.co.nz/
At the AGM the venue and timing of the 2014 Nationals was discussed. It has been agreed that the 2014 Nationals will be in November, to cap off the Traveller Series. The venue is yet to be decided.
We are also planning a new type of event in March 2014 - stay tuned for details!
We have worked up a fairly extensive price list with Craig at Leach Stainless, the original parts supplier to Eagle Yachts. Here's a sample of what is available:
Elliott 5.9 Class Association - 2013 Pricelist - Leach Stainless
Stainless Steel (electropolished) Price
Forestay Chain Plate including jib tack plates $ 115.00
Sidestay chainplates (pair) $ 150.00
Rudder frame incl tiller $ 620.00
Gudgeon Plate incl. pin $ 200.00
Gudgeon pin $ 25.00
Keel Lifting Plate incl. Eye loop $ 205.00
Rear mast holder for trailering (SS or alloy) - fixed $ 280.00
Rear mast holder for trailering (SS or alloy) - extending $ 210.00
Aluminium Fittings (anodised unless specified)
Traveler beam $ 140.00
Traveler beam incl. mainsheet block plate $ 175.00
Mast post (Bulkhead to cabin top) $ 186.00
Winch Post/Keel frame (not anodised) $ 270.00
Mainsheet post (alloy or SS) $ 300.00
Contact Leach Stainless to discuss your needs and any dimensions that are required. They can supply photos of the parts they are able to provide and we will also be progressively putting them all on the Facebook page shortly. Alloy curved spreaders are also available - price TBA.
We also have a price list for masts and booms from NZ Rigging - coming soon.
More information to come next month, including a report from the AGM.
Keep an eye on what we are up to by liking us on http://www.facebook.com/elliott5.9 and hope to see you in Opua