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Georg Cautrey's Bronze at the 2019 Laser World Champs

Photo: Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine

Read more at YNZ about George Cautrey's fabulous podium finish at the 2019 Laser World Champs. Including a knee dislocation!

The event was at Miho Bay, Sakaiminato, Japan and George in 3rd was followed by Sam Meech in 4th and a 10th for Thomas Saunders.
Aussies Tom Burton & Matt Wern were 1st an 2nd.

All results at

NZLA Ranking Policies for 2020 World and European Champs Published

Ranking policies for the 2020 World and European Champs have beed added to this page

If you intend to sail at one of these regattas, please check the relevant ranking policy carefully.
Som of the policies are different this year due to timings of some World and European regattas, the NZ ranking regattas and the Olympic cycle - some of the policies are different this year.
If you have any questions please email Nick Page as early as possible to avoid suprises.

ILCA Rule Change Vote

See below - where ILCA has opened the membership vote for a rule change to try and secure the place of the class in the Olympics for 2024 and beyond. I strongly believe that this option is the best for the class and hope that you will agree and vote YES to the ballot. Every vote is critical so please take the time to have a look at all the info and register your vote.
If you would like further info on any aspect of the issue before voting please feel free to contact me at, and I can either provide a reply by e mail or organise to talk through the issues.

Nick Page - NLZA Chairman

Dear District Members,

Voting is now open for a VERY important ILCA rule change. 

Please vote "YES" to secure the future of our class and to make sure that we remain in the Olympics!

The 2019 Rule Change vote is VERY important, as ILCA works to meet new requirements imposed by the World Sailing Council in their 2024 Olympic Equipment Policy, which includes allowing competitive supply of boats and parts by qualified builders worldwide. 

In a vote of the ILCA World Council, this rule change was overwhelmingly approved by an 11 to 2 margin, including the unanimous approval of all six ILCA Regional Chairmen.

The class now needs your support! 
Your vote "YES" will: 
1) Make sure that our class will remain in the Olympics.
2) Allow for healthy market competition and ensure that class-legal equipment is available in ALL parts of the world.
3) Give control of our class to the sailors, not the commercial parties.
If you would like additional information about the proposed rule change, click on any of the following links:
To be counted you must vote by 31 July 2019.

In order to secure the future of our class, please take a moment to click the link below and vote "YES" now in a quick, 1-question online survey. 
There is also a link to voting on the ILCA website:
Thank you for voting on this vital proposed rule change. 
Best Regards,

Manly mid-winters 6th & 7th July 2019

Manly Sailing Club will be holding the annual Manly Mid-Winter Championship over the weekend of 6-7 July (2 day regatta).
This regatta is open to all Laser Radial Sailors (youth, open, masters).  
Please follow the below link for the event NOR:

Update from the ILCA on the Lasers Olympic Status and Builder Engagement

Over the three weeks since our last announcement, ILCA has been
working hard behind the scenes to secure our class in the Olympics and
lay the foundations for our continued success.
We have engaged in meetings with World Sailing and discussions and
negotiations with the commercial parties towards developing a FRAND
compliant agreement between the relevant commercial parties.
All this work has been undertaken against a background of trying to

A perspective on the Lasers Olympic Status and Builder Engagement from the ILCA

Click for a letter sent by ILCA chariman Tracy Usher which summarises the ILCA's perspective of the requirements for the Laser to retain Olympic class status and new requirements they feel are required of the Laser Builders. In part the letter addresses comments made in letter from the French Laser Assoication - which is also attached.

Updated Laser Interclub Ladder

Laser Interclub Ladder  updated 24th May 2019

2018 Lake Dunstan BC Laser Regatta - Report

The Lake Dunstan BC Special Laser Regatta was held on December 8th & 9th 2018 and continues to build on previous editions.

Over the weekend there was around 25 Lasers in attendance from across the region including Invercargill, Bluff, Dunedin, Queenstown, Te Anau and Auckland.

There was a range of conditions from light to very strong and as always with lake sailing it provided a few shifts calling for tactical skills from everyone.

The event was won by Daryl Parkes who sailed consistently throughout the regatta to add to his wins from previous years.

Lake Dunstan BC did a fantastic job once again and their continued focus on social Laser sailing is doing wonders for the sport in the region. The lake is an excellent sailing destination with scenery to match. The clubhouse is perfect for the social evenings and has plenty of room for camping around it.

The dates for 2019 are yet to be announced but keep an eye on the event calendar and make this a must-do for the upcoming season. We have identified another 15 lasers locally who could be convinced to attend the next one.

Phillip Bennett

More photos of the event on Facebook



2019 Northshore Freshwater Champs - Results & Report

All 2019 North Shore Fresh Waters Results

Josh Armit wins 2019 NSFW Laser Champs.

There were 40 competitors and a breeze between 6-25 knots from SW over the weekend 18 & 19 May 2019.

  • 1st Radial and 1st Woman overall Sara Winther
  • 1st Radial Youth and 2nd Radial Luke Cashmore
  • 1st Radial Master Werner Hennig
  • 1st Standard overall Josh Armit
  • 1st Standard Apprentice Master Dave Ridley
  • 1st Standard Master Tony Nicholson
  • 1st Standard Grand Master Mark Hursthouse
  • 1st Standard Great Grand Master Gary Lock

We had a great turnout and generous prizes.

Congratulations once again to to Garth Briden for getting another successful series in.

- John Dowsett - Commodore

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