2017 Slalom Nationals
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2017 Slalom Nationals Report


Over 40 competitors fronted for the 2017 Slalom Nationals held down in Dunedin – some travelling all the way from Australia and Maui. At the opening briefing event co-ordinator Paul Vlietstra explained the forecast was looking difficult to predict, but warned us to be ready for anything.

After the first day it was clear things were going to be very tight at the top! Terry Beenjies tore out of the gate taking three wins, followed closely by Peter John, Dan Meehan, Gareth Wood and Jack Holliday. Slightly further back in the fleet the Juniors – Max, Thomas, Ben and Josh - were taking it to their more seasoned competitors!

The Queen of the women’s fleet, Annie Crombie, had a young challenger vying for her title. Fenella burst out of the gates taking first blood, setting the tone for a closely contested series with some brilliant sailing on display.

Pete Kennedy took the silver fleet by storm, grabbing two early wins in his first race series. Wily competitor Bernie Carey had a serious fight on his hands.

Day two dawned glassy and most of the out of town competitors wrote it off as not likely to happen. However the locals had faith and sure enough a wind line started to appear as we wrapped up the WNZ AGM.

The wind built quickly, then backed off making sail choices very difficult. Despite this the race officers completed the 5th round and got two more underway. The Gold fleet bunched even tighter with Terry, Peter and Jack tied 1st and Gareth and Dan tied for 2nd a single point behind!

Bernie mounted his comeback in the silver fleet, clawing back at Pete’s lead with a few good results.
In the women’s fleet Annie took back control over young Fenella.

After the racing everyone headed into town to take over The Asian Restaurant, with alcohol and stories flowing freely.

Day three the wind showed again that it was not a morning person, but obliged us later in the day with a patchy North Easter coming down the harbour. PJ showed his class taking three wins moving into first, Jack held on for second and Gareth showed his skills leapfrogging into the final podium position.

Again everyone piled into town to take over another restaurant, Mexican this time, for a rowdy celebration of Peter John’s birthday. With no regard for the promising forecast for the next day there were skulling races, tequila shots and many litres of margaritas and sangria on the bill. The hardy amongst us continued onward into the Dunedin night.

The promising forecast on Sunday never eventuated, probably to the relief of everyone who overdid it the night before. So everyone settled in for the prize giving and night of mast funnels, food and back yard cricket.

Massive thanks to the organisers and sponsors:

Paul and Barbara Vliestra + DWA crew (Graeme Evans, Jimmy James etc)
The race crew on the boat ( Paul Meehan et al.)
NZ Boardstore
Groundswell
Watercooled
Lund
Placemakers

Open Men
1st - Peter John - Fanatic/North
2nd - Jack Holliday - Team 10
3rd - Gareth Wood - Fanatic Blast/Tushingham
4th - Dan Meehan - Carbon Art/Maui Sails
5th - Terry Been pen Men
1st - Peter John - Fanatic/North
2nd - Jack Holliday - Team 10
3rd - Gareth Wood - Fanatic Blast/Tushingham
4th - Dan Meehan - Carbon Art/Maui Sails
5th - Terry Beentjes - Carbon Art/Maui Sails
6th - Chris Dimock
7th - Dave MacInnes
8th - Angus Butterfield
9th - Luke Holliday
10th - Gavin Jackson
11th - Jon Cameron
12th - Max Van Der Zalm
13th - Paul Vlietstra
14th - Simon Hall
15th - Thomas O'Neil
16th - Graeme Evans
17th - Glen Taylor
18th - Alan Taylor 
19th - Aki Shimizu
20th - Ben Davie
21st - Chris Bolt
22nd - Shayne Cross
23rd - Josh Dalley 
24th - Brian Smith
25th - Harry Reed (injury)

Open Women
1st - Annie Crombie - Carbon Art/Various
2nd - Fenella Bowater - JP/various
3rd - Sue Bradly - Carbon Art/various
4th - Lynn Donaldson
5th - Meg Rennie
6th - Derryn Arthur



 









 

Rebecca Moore :

rebecca@moorepc.co.nz
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