Monday, 28 April 2014

Aussies win 2014 Viper Asia Pacific Championships in Takapuna

A contingent of eight Viper catamarans from Australia headed over to Takapuna NZ for the inaugural Viper Asia Pacific Championships over Easter. New Zealand was represented with three teams including New Zealand’s 2014 Youth Worlds Representative Michah Wilkinson skippering for Aussie Cam Alderson. 

Day 1 teams were greeted with 20-25kt Northerly with an outgoing tide and a 3m swell which made for some exciting capsizes in the testing conditions. Three races were completed with Newcastle brother ‘s Daniel & Nathan Van Kerckhof taking out 3 Bullets & up and coming 16yr old young guns Tayla & Harrison Rietman showing great upwind speed in the testing conditions by having a 4, 2, 2 to be in second place after day 1.

Day 2 the wind clocked further left to a NW 15-20kts breeze with the Van Kerckhof brothers having a capsize in race two leaving a scorecard of a 1, 3, 1 for the day. Brett and Christa Goodall made a move with some great sailing 3, 1, 2 to move up the leader board into third place overall.

Day 3 was a long Distance race which counted for 3 races on the score card. The breeze was 15kts W racing from Takapuna Boating Club out up wind to a mark near Rangitoto Island then around a few marks and up Auckland Harbour under the Harbour Bridge to the Sugar Refinery then back to Takapuna, a distance of around 30 Nautical miles. A few teams capsizing on the long downwind leg with James Mc Donald's crew Julia Hendrikson breaking her foot after getting washed off the back of the boat with her foot stuck in the foot strap.

Light Wind and an outgoing tide greeted teams at the harbor bridge with youths Tayla & Harrison the biggest losers going from third to eighth as they got stuck in the tide going backwards! They had to live with 3 x eighth places dropping them back into fourth overall with Brett Goodall moving up to second & Kiwi Miranda Powrie moving up to third overall.

Day 4 another three fleet races were held with winds going offshore to SW 10-20kts with flat water, gusty and shifty conditions. Once again Brother’s Dan & Nathan Van Kerckhof dominated racing scoring another 3 bullets leaving them with a near perfect scorecard for the regatta.

Sponsored by Maersk Shipping Lines & Goodall Design.

Top 5 Overall Results;
1st AUS 218 Daniel & Nathan Van Kerckhof 10 points
2nd AUS 313 Brett & Christa Goodall 26 points
3rd NZL 2 Miranda Powrie & Jack Felsenthal 39 points
4th AUS 345 Tayla & Harrison Rietman (1st Youth) 52 points
5th NZL 324 Alisanne Green & Mark Stichbury-Cooper 55 points

The eight Australian Teams and two New Zealand Teams are heading over to compete in the inaugural Viper World Championships in Erquy France 19th – 26th July 2014. The event should attract a field of around 70- 80 Vipers.

by Gavin Rietman

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sunday, 30 March 2014

20 Days till the Viper Asia Pacific's!

Check out the view with 20 days to go till the Viper Asia Pacific's!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

2014 Viper World Championships

The Viper WORLDS 2014 is to be held at Erquy, France.

Erquy village: Erquy is a small, 3702 inhabitants, harbor on the north coast of Brittany but nevertheless the capital of scallop fishing. We are also well known for Erquy's cap, not far from Frehel's cap, which is covered with moor and offers a beautiful view on the whole Saint-Brieuc's Bay. It's a protected and preserved environment. On the cap, you will find some abandoned old 19th century quarries from where the famous Côte de Penthièvre pink sandstone was extracted and exported with sailing vessels such as the St Jeanne. There are several other sea related historical places such as the “Four à Boulets” (cannonball furnace erected in 1794, part of Louis XVI's coastal defense system), the old emergency boat house (1935), St Michel small island with its chapel and the Bienassis castle (XV and XVII century). The lighthouse of the internal harbor have been built in 1900. In 2010, the new fishing harbor (external one) has been built. Aside from this, Erquy has 10 beaches offering enough space for our 30000 summertime visiting peoples.

Find your accommodations with:

Erquy Tourist Office -
Office de Tourisme d'Erquy
3, rue du 19 mars 1962 - BP 81
F - 22430 ERQUY
tél : 00 33 2 96 72 30 12
fax : 00 33 2 96 72 02 88
You will also find a lot of information on Erquy area on this web site.

Abritel / homeway

homelidays - in Erquy, France.

If you want to discover the race area of our Viper Worlds 2014, you can have a look at the video of the F18 Worlds 2010 at Erquy!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

New Brand, same values

Effective immediately AHPC/Goodall Sails will be trading as Goodall Design. Customers can expect the same great commitment to high performance and helpful service as before, but now all under a single clean new brand.
“Even though we refer to this as a “new” brand, it is more a return to the roots of where we originated.” Says Brett Goodall
Greg began designing and redesigning boats from the age of 17 when he built his first moth, from there it was into mosquitos, a relatively closed design class and then into the free world of A-class in 1978.
“Goodall Design, with the new logo, is much more representative of whom we are and the values we embody” says Greg Goodall
The new branding comes off the back of a very long and detailed investigation into the Goodall business, in which the core values of the business where distinguished.
“There were a number of breakdowns where the old branding just did not work” says Brett.
“Essentially it didn’t reflect the technical precision that customers have come to love from our products and we were looking for something to better reflect our core values” says Brett.
The Goodall Design product line will be branded with highly visual branding and the tops of all sails will now be sporting the “Flying G” logo.
“We are excited about this shift and I think the energy from the project will be transferred through us, to our dealers, to our customers”.
Have a look at for Greg’s full story.

Brett Goodall
Projects Manager

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Viper Asia Pacific Championships

Note the date change - the championship is over Easter - 18-21 April