This year’s event was held at the Sanson track and Ohakea.

Quite a contingent arrived on Wednesday  for weigh in and scrutineering, it was cold and damp with   conditions making parking at the domain a bit dodgy.

So to Thursday with fine but cold conditions, cars and campers arrived in mass and were guided to their parks and the show got under way.

Sailing began around 10-30 am at the Sanson track with the course set for a North West wind but the course had changes as the wind increased to around 32 knots  making sailing challenging for many sailors. There were several capsizes, and a bit of kart damage as some ran in to the fence turning into that wind with a flapping sail and no steerage. Sailing was stopped for a while as the lights and production struggled.  The day finished early with the heavies  and super heavies.

Many went to the Sanson community hall for the NZ BAI AGM followed by drinks and nibbles an estimate of about 75.

Friday saw fine but cool conditions with a light to moderate breeze. The breeze started  from the NW and ended the day SW and light, with some wheeling.   The course was changed several times to suit the wind. Over all a pleasant day without any dramas.

Saturday we headed to Ohakea.   After a slightly delayed start, sailing started in a anti clockwise direction but after a few races, was changed to clockwise as the wind shifted ,  to have a good tacking leg.  The wind was steady  around 25 to 30 km, making for great sailing on the 2.5 km circuit of smooth asphalt. 78km was recorded.  The first round was run in weight divisions  then doubled up with a 2min delay between groups, with 8 and 10 min races. This continued through the day.  At the end of sailing most went to the Ohakea lounge for drinks and nibbles.

Sunday saw the same program as Saturday,  followed by a prize giving dinner where 95 enjoyed a tasty meal and the worthy place getters received their medals, well done to you all.  The Sanson community hall,  had a make over with fancy table clothes, shrubs, balloons and a back lit screen showing the names of each place getters.   Well done to all who had the vision for it all.   Very impressive!!

It was obvious that if tacking was your strong point,. your results tended to be  good, for the rest of us more practice is needed.  Over the four days it highlighted the fact that the sailing rules need to be taught in clubs with the hope that there would be less frustration amongst sailors

Thanks to the hosts MBC, and those who worked hard to make this event a success. If the wind conditions are similar to this event,  then the world’s event next year should not be missed, so put it in your diary.


Class / Division 1st 2nd 3rd
Performance Lights Deb Davidson Amanda Norris Dave Pearson
Performance Middles Trevor Register Bob Louden Rudi Dekker
Performance Heavies Alex Morris John Nicholson Russell Harray
Performance Super Heavies Theo Vondervoot Terry Helm Davie Norris
Production Lights Bryn Wooding Frank Csizmark Donald Palmer
Production Heavies Ian Timperley Brett Fitzgerald

Full Results can been seen on Speedhive.

NZOpen 2019 Lights

NZOpen middles

NZOpen 2019 Heavies

NZOpen 2019 Super Heavies

NZOpen 2019 Production Lights

NZOpen 2019 Production Heavies

For detailed race results, use these links, search SpeedHive for NZOpen, or look under ‘Other Sports’