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2017 Bayleys Taupo NZ National Laser Champs

We are excited to be back at the Lake Taupo Yacht Club for the 2017 NZ National Laser Champs.

Protest Committee


Preview of the 2017 Bayleys NZ Laser Nationals, Lake Taupo Yacht Club, January 18th - 22nd 2017

The 2017 Laser Nationals at Lake Taupo is shaping up to have a near record sized 120+ fleet. There are very strong Masters entries ahead of the upcoming World Masters Games, good Youth entries for the Radial and an interesting mix of NZL squad sailors, other kiwis aspirants and several overseas sailors due to compete in the Standard Open division.
Sam Meech, our Olympic Laser Bronze medal winner, is sidelined for a few weeks with injury (although he will be doing some pre regatta coaching for us) and Andy Maloney is now flying with Team NZ the Open championship. So the Standard Open division looks like a showdown between reigning champion Andrew McKenzie, NZL squad sailor Tom Saunders, our recent Worlds Youth rep George Gautry,  who is stepping up to the Standard rig, and overseas sailors including an expanded Chinese squad returning after strong showings at Muritai last year.
The Radials Open & Youth fleet will be missing regular front runner Sara Winther, who is still recovering from a wrist injury. That leaves Olympic campaigner Sussanah Pyatt and several outstanding Youth sailors. They include last years Youth runner up Josh Armit, Jason Hewitt and recent Youth Worlds rep Olivia Christie. But they will have to fight extremely hard to beat World Apprentice Masters champion Scott Leith, who has again elected to sail in the Open division this year.
The Masters Standards has an extremely strong entry meaning that defending champion Andrew Dellabarca will face a raft of challenges. These are expected to come not only from his usual competition such as 2015 champion Chris Decke and the strong Wellington contingent including Rob Woodward and Owen Anderson but also from many sailors back in Lasers in preparation for the WMG including past National Champions Rohan Lord, Mark Oliver, Chris Brodie and Giles Grigg. There will also be several "young guns" in the fleet such as expat Aussie Apprentice Master and recent North Harbour Masters winner Anthony Merrington.
With Scott opting to sail in the Open fleet the Radial Masters contest is likely to feature a battle between defending champion Ed Tam, last years runner up Hamish Atkinson, World Laser Masters cube winner Richard Blakey and returning faces such as past World Masters champion Mark Orams and Apprentice Phil Wild.
So there is going to be plenty of competition across the board.  NZLA sponsored pre regatta coaching on the two lead up days will feature several top sailors doing the coaching including Sam Meech and Susannah Pyatt. So whether you have just got into a Laser or have been doing it for 40 years come and learn from our first ever Olympic Laser medallist and join the party, get your entry in ( and come and be part of the action in Taupo next week. 
Nick Page
Chairman - NZ Laser Association

Pre regatta coaching - 2017 NZ Laser Nationals

Make the most of the pre-regatta coaching. We have a great lineup of coaches from the top end of the NZ Laser fleet, including Sam Meech our medal winning olympian.

  • Tuesday and Wednesday 17th & 18th January 2017
  • Be ready to go at 11am - the sessions usually run for 2 or 3 hours depending on conditions
  • At Taupo YC

Be mostly rigged (maybe with sail down) and ready to go at 11am.

The format and duration will vary to suit the fleet and conditions. Probably starting with a breifing, some on land ideas, then on-water coaching and ending with a debrief. But be flexible.

Please note: If the conditions get windy the coaches reserve the right to restrict who can go on the water.

The coaches will change on each day, and will include;

  • Sam Meech
  • Susannah Pyatt
  • Andrew McKenzie
  • Olivia Christie
  • George Gautry
  • Albert Stanley

The regatta measuring will be running on Tuesday afternoon and all of Wednesday. So get measure early to avoid the queue. You can come through with the boat rigged or derigged.

World Masters Games 2017 Sailing: More than just a regatta

While sailing off the “City of Sails” East Coast Bays in Auckland, New Zealand in the World Masters Games regatta in April 2017 will be a great experience (these sailing waters are special), this event is more than a regatta. The World Masters Games (WMG2017) is a mega-event with a diverse range of 28 separate sports and an expected 25,000 masters athletes from all around the world.
The activities and opportunities associated with the WMG2017 will be highlights in themselves. The Opening Ceremony on the evening of Friday 21 April 2017 will be held at Auckland’s iconic Eden Park, home of international rugby and cricket and some of history’s most memorable sporting showdowns. New Zealand’s pre-eminent event producer, Mike Mizrahi, will be the creative visionary behind the WMG2017 Opening Ceremony which promises to be an occasion athletes and supporters will never forget. The opening ceremony will celebrate the unique culture of New Zealand and the spirit of masters athletes, combining use of cutting edge technology, live performances, a tribute to the 28 sports of the Games and the celebratory athletes’ march. Attendance at the Opening Ceremony is included in all WMG2017 registration packages.
During the 10 days of WMG2017 there will be a range of activities at the Games Entertainment Hub on Queens Wharf, at Auckland’s downtown waterfront. Examples include:
A Toi ora (living gallery) where visitors can experience some of New Zealand’s traditional arts such as carving and ta moko (tattoo).
Shed 10 - a key performance space with a full programme of entertainment; also featuring culinary activations including a selection of food and beverage stations.
The Garden Bar - characterised by relaxed Kiwi vibe with music and food to match.
The Forecourt – featuring roving performers, food trucks and pop up performance spaces, it will also be the start / finish area for the athletics road races and cycling time trial.
The closing ceremony on Sunday 30 April will also be a highlight and a chance to celebrate a fantastic 10 days of competing, sharing, and fun!
This is one of those opportunities that you will regret not doing. The sailing will be awesome, the Games themselves a great event to be a part of, and the chance to enjoy living life to its full through an active participation in sport should not be missed!
REGISTRATIONS OPEN UNTIL 31 January – don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!
Sailing at WMG2017 will be held in Laser Standard, Laser Radial (men and women) and Weta trimaran classes (single and double handed). For more details, including information of charter boats see:

Volunteers needed for the World Masters Games

World Masters Games is coming up in April and we are expecting close to 150 Lasers and 60 Wetas for the sailing at Torbay, with sailors from all round the world entered. Its a lot of boats so we need lots of volunteers, both on and off the water to help run the regatta. So whether your partners sailing and you'd like to part of it as well or you can just give us a hand we would love to have your help.
Racing starts on Sunday 23rd April and finishes on Friday 28th April (no sailing on Tuesday 25th/Anzac Day). If you can help for a day or all week it will certainly be much appreciated.  
Masters regattas are always fun and social events. Come and  join in and spend a bit of time being part of the biggest sporting event in NZ this year, the World Masters Games. 
So if you can help please email by 20th January with your name and contact details and let him know which days you are available and what you would like to do.

Coach wanted for Calgary YC - May to August


Calgary Yacht Club 

P.O. Box 291, Station M, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2H9 

The Calgary Yacht Club, located in Chestermere, AB is seeking an experienced coach for our racing teams who will also take on the role of dedicated Club Coach. 

The ideal candidate will possess: 

- CanSail Level 4/5/6 

- Significant previous experience as a race coach 

- Both Laser and Optimist experience is essential 

- Strong organizational and communication skills 

- Knowledge of the Racing Rules of Sailing 

- Police Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening 

- Current Emergency First Aid and CPR 

- Current Boat Rescue 

- Current PCOC 


We offer: 

- Competitive wages based on experience and qualifications 

- A supportive board, staff and membership 

- The opportunity for input for program development 

- The largest educational, training and competitive centre for youth sailing in Alberta 

- Potential for assistance with accommodation 


The successful candidate will instrumental in helping to grow our youth program. Must be available from the beginning of May through the end of August. Preference will be given to a student that will be returning to school in the fall. 

Please apply with a cover letter and resume to

Manly Boxing Day Regatta

Once again Manly SC will be holding their great Boxing Day Regatta.
It will be a great day of friendly racing.

Enter the World Masters Games and be in the draw for a Volvo

By now you should know all the reasons why competing in World Masters Games 2017 is an unmissable opportunity? Well, now there’s another reason, and we think you’ll agree it’s amazing.


Volvo Car New Zealand, Official Vehicle Partner of WMG2017, is giving one lucky WMG2017 athlete a V60 Cross Country for keeps.


That’s right, any New Zealand resident registered to compete as an athlete in the Games before 3 March 2017 is in the draw to drive away one of WMG2017’s ex-fleet V60 Cross Country vehicles*. 


If you’ve already registered, you’re automatically in the draw. If not, what are you waiting for? Register now and make sure your name is in the mix for winning this incredible car. 


Sporty prizes up for grabs too

If you’ve got family or friends umming and ahhing about the Games, make sure they sign-up to our newsletter.


When they do, they’ll also be able to choose one of our four sporty prize draws*, including a Giant mountain bike, watersports kit, golf clubs, and family sports pack.

So sign up now and you could win big.

Team WMG2017

Over 35??? World Masters Games Sailing is for YOU.

Forget the Olympics, forget the social golf game, forget the lump of lead under the boat……...
This season offers you the best opportunity you will probably ever have to shake out the cobwebs and do what you always meant to do when you were young….compete in a world dinghy championship. Prove to yourself that you could always have done it, you just needed the opportunity, and here it is. Choose a Laser or choose a Weta and get into it.
World Masters Games sailing at Torbay from 22nd to 28th April next year offers you the opportunity to sail in a world class dinghy event in your own back yard and be part of what will be the biggest world sporting event of 2017. The World Masters Games will feature a spectacular opening ceremony at Eden Park and a full social program, which are included in your event entry fee and will give you the opportunity to mix with 25,000 other masters athletes.
With the whole season from now until April ahead of us there is plenty of time for you to get a boat, get sailing and enjoy the physical and mental challenges of competing against like minded Masters sailors from around the world.
So just for this season calm the Zephyr, cage the Tiger, sadden the Jolly, KO the OK. Haul a boat back from the beach, steal it off the kids, pick one up on Trade Me or go and see Roger at Weta Marine or Dan at Watershed for a flash new one and get on the water and join the rest of us for the summer. 
Remember the guys you were always going to beat years ago; Peter Lester, Murray Thom, Marko Orams, Steve Pyatt, Mark Oliver, Scott Leith, Dan Slater, Laura Baldwin, Michelle Bain (nee Baker) and many other; they will be there so have a go at them again. While you’re at it why don’t you grab some mates and put together a program for the summer and convince your mates overseas to come for a holiday and give it a go. Why not start with the Laser Freshwater Champs at Pupuke on 13th November or the Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay, on the 3rd and 4th December or join the regular Weta fleet at Torbay on Sundays.
But remember it's all about being there. Unrestricted entry gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail in an event like this in our own back yard and join in a great social program to back up the racing on the water.
So whether your 35 or 75 get a boat, start the program and join well over 100 sailors already registered and enter now. 
All the details and registration is at or Facebook Torbay Sailing Club – WMG 2017 sailing.

2016 Dunstan Special Laser Regatta - Report

The 2016 Dunstan Special Laser Regatta was held on December 3rd & 4th.

Marakura Laser sailors Ross Shipman, Eric Nicholson, Daryl Parkes and Sue McKenzie participated in this regatta hosted at the Lake Dunstan Boat Club. Always good to catch up with the laser sailors from Central, and with Tim Smith from Bluff attending, along with Dragos Blaga and Neil Morris from Dunedin, this was a good fleet with 15 boats on the start-line.

Day One saw one “practice” race and 4 “official” races completed in 15-22 knots of northerly breeze, getting off the water nicely buggered at 5.30pm after three and half hours of racing. Great hospitality with a hot meal and BYO drinks saw the conversation wind up about midnight, after tasting Dunstan laser sailor Roger Gibson’s nationally acclaimed Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir.

No wind was forecast for Sunday, but it actually turned into a pretty good day, albeit patchy increasing wind strength during the day, and swinging from SE to SW all day, so keeping in the breeze lines was crucial. Another 5 races were completed, with some good competitive battles throughout the fleet.

Many thanks to James and his team at Dunstan for hosting the regatta and to the excellent race management who took care to set good courses. Fantastic secure facilities with excellent launching harbour inlet. Many thanks to James also for selling peonies at the club. I’m now in credit with my better half for a few more regattas! 
Looking forward to resuming the battle at the Wanaka Regatta on Jan 7-8 and at the Te Anau Plumbing Open Dinghy Regatta on Jan 28-29.    

Daryl Parkes - 184217

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