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Tornado Nationals 2016

TORNADO NATIONALS 2016

26-28 Feb at TYPBC

The Tornado National Champs for 2016 were held at the club over the weekend, starting with a practise race on Friday and then all nine scheduled races being completed over Saturday and Sunday in a range of conditions from fresh to marginally light.

The Tornado is the former Olympic multihull and Tauranga currently has the country’s strongest fleet of eight boats, so in recent years the event has alternated between here and away. Some local boats were unable to enter for various reasons, and previous winners Dave Shaw (2015) and Rex Sellars (2014) were not in attendance, but three entries from Northland made up the numbers to eight in total.

Both Bill Caunce and Julian Tankard relished the breeze once it picked up on Saturday and all the boats were flying, twin trapezing with cunninghams cranked in the gusts. Five races of multiple windward-leeward laps made for a tiring day, but most got together for dinner on Saturday night. Sunday saw us held ashore until the breeze arrived, and then Bill showed his versatility, cleaning up the fleet to take out the regatta. However it was not all a procession and the racing was close with only two points separating third, fourth and fifth place after nine races.


We were fortunate to have national race officer Richard Lane and his wife Sheryl officiating, and Lance Putan’s cruising cat as committee boat on Saturday. We also appreciated Warren sharing the Harry Highet on Sunday and keeping the centreboard fleet at bay while we finished our series – though we had expected to sail with them (carefully) for a race or two. Thanks for your patience, kids! Thanks also to Jason Marra, Winston Ordish-Benner and Phil Maidment in support boats. Check out the cool video – mostly taken with a drone here. (Ed. check out the shark at 1.47 !!)

Stu Pedersen

More photos here.

Results here.

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