DYC Sailors on Podium at Kiwi Cup

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Krista Bailey & Russell Phillips competed in the SKUD 18 at the Kiwi Cup and NZ Access Nationals
Krista Bailey & Russell Phillips competed in the SKUD 18 at the Kiwi Cup and NZ Access Nationals
Bailey & Phillips (AUS030) lead the SKUD 18s off the start line in Napier, NZ
Bailey & Phillips (AUS030) lead the SKUD 18s off the start line in Napier, NZ
David Staley, Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Victorian sailors Krista Bailey and Russell Phillips have finished in third place in the SKUD 18 competition of the Kiwi Cup and New Zealand Access Nationals held last week in Napier. 

 

Bailey & Phillips, both members of Docklands Yacht Club, finished behind two teams who have qualified their nations for the 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition sailing the Sailability Victoria SKUD 18.  Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel from Auckland (NZL) strung together 6 wins from 8 starts to top the SKUD fleet.  Jovin Tan and Desiree Lim from Singapore sailed very consistently to secure 2nd overall but could not match the speed of the Dempsey & Apel. 

 

Bailey & Phillips will join the other SKUD 18 teams to race in the Sail Auckland International Regatta this coming weekend and join in a training camp run by Yachting New Zealand's Rob Hielkema before heading home.

 

The Kiwi Cup and NZ Nationals included three classes - the SKUD 18, Liberty and Access 303.

 

Wellington sailor Michael Jones (NZL) won the Liberty competition by one point over Magali Moraines from France.  Current World and European Champion, Moraines was in a strong position after the first day but was slower in the stronger breezes yesterday.  NSW North Coast sailorsChris Cook (AUS) led the Liberty fleet on day one, but dropped from 1st to 5th overall enabling Auckland sailor John Toole (NZL) to finish in 3rd.

 

Tess Connell & Briar Mannering (Auckland & Napier) dropped a 2nd place score from day two to take a resounding win in the all New Zealand Access 303 competition.  Alexander O'Connor (Wellington) held second position on both days and finished 6 points ahead of fellow Wellington sailors Genevieve McLachlan & Jane Thomasson. 

 

All the visiting sailors have enjoyed the facilities and hospitality of the Napier Sailing Club and Sailability Hawkes Bay.  The Kiwi Cup has been generously supported by the Glenn Family Foundation, Hooker Pacific Transport, Mondiale Freight Services and New Zealand Sailability programs.

 

Regatta reports and results are available from www.accessclass.org

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