News Haslett/Mitchell win 2014 New Zealand 420 Winter Championships

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Haslett/Mitchell win 2014 New Zealand 420 Winter Championships

Oct 2014

A strong line-up of 420 teams descended on Murray’s Bay Sailing Club, Auckland for the annual 420 Winter Championships.

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2014 New Zealand 420 Winter Championships

Two teams headlined the leaderboard, Henry Haslett/Jeremy Mitchell and Eliza Wilkinson and crew Emma (surname not given), who claimed the race wins between them and ended the Championship just 1 point apart. The scheduled 9 race series, dwindled to just 4 races, as the weather refused to play ball. So with no discard, every race counted.

Despite winning 3 of the 4 races, Wilkinson and crew slipped to a 5th place finish in race 3, as Haslett/Mitchell controlled the fleet to take the race win. Counting 2nd places from their other three races, Haslett/Mitchell's win was enough to give them the advantage and seal their claim on the Championship title. Second place to Wilkinson, who finished 28th overall at this year’s 420 Ladies World Championships with then crew Kate Stewart.

Finishing 10 points behind in third were Jonathan Weston/Taylor Balough.  Balough also made the trip to Europe to compete at this year’s 420 World Championships in Germany finishing a respectable 39th in the 111 boat 420 Open fleet.

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