The NZLA AGM will be;
All welcome. Come along and have your say.
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.
Photo courtesy of stuff.co.nz
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
New Dates: 12 – 19 September 2017
2017 Laser Masters World Championships
New Dates: 21 – 30 September 2017
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.