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Post Covid Success

Following on from my earlier items on supporting club sailing I just wanted to say congratulations and thanks to all of you who are back doing it….supporting club sailing.
 
In spite of the mercury hardly getting to 15 degrees, our coldest weekend so far this winter, it was fantastic to hear that Tamaki YC had a fleet of almost 30 Lasers racing on Saturday. Joining the usual masters and youth sailors were Olympic squad sailors Sam Meech and George Gautrey, and a big contingent from charter Lasers Royal Akarana YC.

On Sunday it was Pupuke that was abuzz with Opti's, P's, Starlings, Zephyrs and a great fleet of almost 20 Lasers, with current National champ Luke Cashmore and fellow U21 Harrison Baker the most consistent, but with the Masters fleet making them work hard for their results.
 
So lets keep it happening, continue to support your club sailing and encourage everyone else to join the fun.
 
Nick

Chairman's May 2020 Update

Hi Everyone,
 
Well we've all learn a new language and made it to what we all now know as level 2, so we can try and ignore the disasters that is the rest of the world and go sailing. So here are a few updates and thoughts….
 
As I said in my last website post SUPPORT CLUB SAILING. We may not have the opportunity to travel much for a while but all the more strength to club sailing. For those in the north winter racing at Tamaki and Pupuke is getting underway over the next fortnight and I am sure that there are many other clubs where there will be some racing starting over the next few weeks so make the effort, get out there and join in. If anyone is interested in the class sponsored coaching at your club later in the year please contact us and we will try and set it up for you.
 
Next seasons programme is being finalised. As well as supporting club sailing look forward to a full programme of inter club regattas and YNZ training programmes. Anyone is welcome to let us know of any event you would like considered for the program but certainly it will feature the usual popular events including the NI's in Napier and SI's in November, Nationals at Worser Bay in January and Auckland Champs and Masters at Tamaki at the end of the season.
 
On the world scene ILCA has 6 new builders appointed and working through the pre production approval process and we expect to see them starting to sell boats and equipment very soon. This will be a fundamental change for the class and is bound to take a while to settle down but expect to see marketing from new builders starting to appear over the next few months. With the new builders now coming on stream ILCA is able to extend its focus and commence the second part of the World Sailing required FRAND changes, introduction of new supplier. This process will allow new sailmakers, spar suppliers and foil suppliers to produce ILCA equipment and should further improve the competitiveness of the class parts market in the future. All of this will be strictly controlled by ILCA's technical team to ensure that the strict one design principles on which the class is based are maintained.
 
Also on the world scene, some of you who were planning trips to World Championships will be well aware that all the remaining planned 2020 Laser World Championships have had to be cancelled due to the virus. ILCA has in place a full schedule of championships planned for 2021, so we can only hope that a vaccine is developed and international travel restarted for those of us who fancy a world trip before then.
 
If anyone wants more info on any Laser issues please feel free to get in touch but in the meantime stay safe, enjoy time on the water and I look forward to seeing all of you at regattas next season.
 
Nick Page
NZLA Chairman

Dan Slater Laser Coaching

With the hope we will be back on the water at least next month.  Its a good time to get better and improve with some on the water sessions that I hope will make you better.

Please pass it on to other sailors. I will be restricting numbers to a Max of 10 in each class as that way I can make sure everyone gets the help they need. 

Dan Slater  |  021555356

Cancelled ILCA Under-21, 4.7 and Radial Youth World Champs

Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, ILCA has mutually agreed with our host organizations that conducting Laser World Championships in 2020 will not be viable as originally planned, and rescheduling for later in the year was not a workable option. So, unfortunately for our sailors and everyone involved in the planning of the Championships, the events are being cancelled.
The cancelled events are:
  • 2020 ILCA Under-21 World Championships - Malcesine, Italy - 17-14 July
  • 2020 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships - Arco, Italy - 26 July - 3 August
  • 2020 ILCA Radial Youth World Championships - Dziwnów, Poland - 22 -30 August
 
We will be individually notifying all sailors who submitted applications to the above events, but we ask that you please update other sailors in your District with this information.
 

Regards,

The ILCA Team
International Laser Class Association 
 

Laser Sailing and Covid 19

Hi Everyone
 
Firstly I would like to sympathise with anyone directly affected by the virus. We are all affected by the fallout but it is clearly awful for anyone directly affected.
 
So where to from here 
 
The Government has been clear that sailing is not permitted under Level 4 or Level 3 so we all have at leat 3 weeks to wait to get back on the water. It is equally clear that none of us will be travelling offshore to sail for a while. We have cancelled all the main NZ regattas for the rest of the season in recognition of the countries effort to get rid of the virus.
 
So what do we do about sailing?
 
SUPPORT CLUB SAILING. Please, as soon as we are allowed get back on the water, support club sailing and encourage everyone else you know to do the same. Covid 19 is a kick in the guts to sailing and to the structure of sailing that we have all got to know in recent years as well as to the country overall.  Our response should be to get back to grass roots, enjoy the opportunity it offers and support your clubs and enjoy local sailing. It does not matter whether your target for this year was the Olympics, a World Championship, a National Championship or completing in a club race. We all need to get together and participate. We need to enjoy what we have, club sailing. So over the winter find your local sailing opportunity, take part and encourage everyone else to do the same.
 
At this stage we are planning for a full domestic program 2020/21; NI Champs, SI champs, Nationals and all the usual local interclub regattas so, barring a hiccup in eliminating Covid 19 from NZ, next season should look pretty normal here at home. Only time will tell if there are any international opportunities  but in he meantime don't be shy. SUPPORT CLUB SAILING. Don't just train with a few mates, get out there in a few weeks when we can and lets see everyone on the water supporting club Laser sailing in NZ.
 
Thanks
Nick Page
 

COVID-19 and ILCA World Champs

Check the International Laser Class Association site for the lates on World Champs.
 

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