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North Island Laser Champs

Once again the North Island Laser Champs will be held with the excellent Napier Summer Regatta.

Sam Meech receives a YNZ Performance Award

Following his bronze medal in the Laser at the Rio Olympics, it's not surprising to hear Sam Meech will receive a Performance Award at the Volvo YNZ Excellence awards.
Congratulations again to Sam.

More details on all awards at YNZ.

NZLA Annual General Meeting 2016

The NZLA AGM will be;

  • 7pm Tuesday 25th October
  • at Tamaki Yacht Club

All welcome. Come along and have your say.

Andy Maloney ranks number 1 Laser sailor in the world

Andy Maloney is currently at number 1 in the ISAF rankings for the Laser class.
Congratulations to Andy. It's quite exceptional for the smallish (though enthusiastic) NZ Laser community to have both Andy and Sam level at the top of the world fleet.

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Change of Date for Laser Standard and Masters World Champs in Croatia

In order to accommodate the shipping schedule for charter boats, the dates for the following World Championships have been adjusted by one week:

2017 Laser Standard Men's World Championship
Split, Croatia
New Dates: 12 – 19 September 2017

2017 Laser Masters World Championships
Split, Croatia
New Dates: 21 – 30 September 2017

New Zealand's first Olympic Laser Medal - amongst others

Big excitement as Sam Meech won the Bronze medal in the Laser in Rio.

It's hard to believe we haven't had one before. But very nice for Sam that 4 years of effort have paid off so nicely.

Sam's 10 prelim race results indicated how tricky the conditions could be in Rio
19, 3, 5, 6, 14, 17, 13, 6, 12, then 1st (nice)
That placed him 3rd going into the single medal race, where a cool head delivered a 4th in the race and the Bronze medal. WhooHoo! - in a nail biting kind of way.

NZ sailors in other clases;

  • Blair Tuke and Pete Burling locked up the 49er Gold before the mdeal race - awesome.
  • 49erFX girls - Alex Maloney and Molly Meech get Silver. They peaked at the right time with a fantastically sailed regatta.
  • Womens 470 - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie also get Silver. Filthy luck with a UFD and earlier lost protest put gold just beyond reach. But the points were so close they had to sail a very good medal race to get 2nd and not 5th.
  • Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders were 4th just 3 points shy of a Bronze medal - an amazing result really.
  • Finn sailor Josh Junior kept his cool to climb back to 7th overall after a patchy start to the regatta, then an impressive come back.
  • Mens 470 - Daniel Wilcox and Paul Snow-Hansen were 10th - after a 6th in the medal race.

So all NZ sailors made their top 10 medal race. Which is amazing in itself.

Then 4 crews go on to win a medal, playing a big part in NZ's biggest every medal tally at one Olympics. What a credit to all the sailors, coaches and the whole YNZ Olympic program.

All Rio Sailing Results on Google

2016 South Pacific Laser Masters in Brisbane

All Results

Four kiwis were included in the 50 strong fleet for the South Pacific Laser Masters at RQYS. We encountered a variety of conditions, from very light to a distinctly testing 20+ knots, but could not fail to enjoy the sun and balmy 27 degree days as a mid winter break from the wet and windy weather back home.

Day 1 dawned with a 4 to 6 knot breeze, just sufficient for racing to commence on time and freshening a bit for race 2. Day 2 blew out any cobwebs with a strong offshore breeze and typical Moreton Bay short steep chop for both races. The wind averaged about 20 knots but with gusts over 30 recorded at nearby Brisbane airport, the day proved a challenge for many in the fleet and the source of great discussions sitting in the sun at the bar afterwards! Day 3 was a drift out and tow back with no racing possible after the light offshore breeze refused to freshen to race strength. The final day started with a couple of false starts in a westerly breeze but this was then replaced with an unsteady NE sea breeze which allowed two good races to wrap up a successful series.

In the Radials Mike Knowsley (M) sailed an excellent and consistent series to finish a creditable 3rd overall, even after being "robbed" (shades of the underarm incident??) of a 2nd over the line in race 1 by an eagle eyed race officer at the start. Our other Radial rep, Roger Winton (GM) from Whangarei suffered a bout of flu which contributed to his having an up and down series to finish mid fleet in 11th overall.

In the Standards the overall results were significantly affected by a couple of unusual factors. In race 3 the majority of the fleet rounded the wrong top mark, demonstrating that ex world champions are not always right and should not always be followed, which really mixed up the results for that race with many sailors withdrawing. The results were also skewed by current GM world champion, expat Kiwi Gavin Dagley, missing the first 2 races after misjudging the start badly by missing his plane to the contest! Anyway the net result was that few in the  Standards were able to post consistent results and I ended up 4th overall in spite of an at times inconsistent effort and Chris Sadler (GM) finished 6th overall after a strong series which suffered from a couple of very unlucky breaks when right in the hunt in several races.

Overall a very enjoyable series and to cap it off there was good interest from many of the Aussies there in coming to the WMG next April.

Nick Page

Volunteers required for the 2016 Youth Worlds in Auckland in December

The 2016 Youth worlds are now in Auckland, from the 14th-20th December.

At this stage there are 394 competitors, 77 coaches, 27 team leaders entered from 60 different countries. There will be 120 x Lasers Radials, 30 x 420s, 30 x 29ers, 20 x Nacra catamarans and 60 R:SX sail boards coming from all parts of the globe in 19x 40’shipping containers.

Yachting NZ is calling for over 200 any volunteers that can help with this huge event.

They need people to help with the many jobs organising the event as well as on and off the water volunteers during the event.

If you can help in any way please register to volunteer at the 2016 youth worlds.

NZL sailors off to Laser Radial Youth World Champs in Ireland

Laser Radial Youth World Championships 23rd-30th July, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
  • Josh Armit
  • George Gautrey
  • Alistair Gifford
  • Jason Hewitt
  • Albert Stanley
  • Blake Woodfield
  • Olivia Christie
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