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2018 NZ National Laser Champs - Naval Point

Back to the South Island for the Laser Nationals at Naval Point Club Lyttelton - through the tunnel from Christchurch.
Check back to this page as we add more info closer to the regatta.

The Water Shed at the 2018 NZ Laser Nationals

The NZ Laser dealer, Dan Slater from The Water Shed, will be heading down to the National Champs.
He will have a selection of parts and accessories.
But if you need anything specific contact him early to make sure he has it for you.

Combined Starts at the 2018 NZ Laser Nationals

A smaller than normal number of Standard Open entries is expected for the 2018 NZ Laser Nationals, but we wish them to sail in a reasonably sized and competitive starting group.
So the Standard Open and Standard Masters fleets will be amalgamated into one start, but they will still be scored separately.

2017 North Harbour Masters

2017 North Harbour Laser Masters Results

A fine but chilly day with a gusty 8 to 12 knot southerly greeted the Masters for the 20th running of the North Harbour Masters at Lake Pupuke.


PRO Garth Briden was able to set a windward leeward course with just a very short offset reach at the top and the start finish line off the carpark. The course remained unchanged for the days 5 races. While this may imply that the breeze remained steady this was far from the case, with many large shifts and pressure lines offering plenty of opportunities up and down wind to those able to figure it out and leading to some dramatic place changes in many races.


Consistency, as is so often the case, was the key and those able to limit their day to at most a single discarded disaster were in the end at the top of the pile.  Local knowledge seemed to help some, although Phil Wild (A) from Manly was an exception to this, winning the Radials overall after overcoming Pete Thomas (GM) who had led after 3 races at the lunch break. Pete ended up third with Georgi Yankov (M) snatching second on a tie break. Both ended with identical scores, placings and discard with the tie only being broken on who beat who in the last race. Hamilton visitors Werner Hennig (GM) and Scott McDougall (GM) rounded out the top 5.


In the Standards Tony Nicholson (M) sailed super well all day, recovering from a couple of tricky mid race positions to count 2 bullets a 2nd and a 4th to win overall from Masters Rohan Lord in second and Dean Drummond third. The chasing pack of GM's was eventually led by John Showell, who took 4th overall after creating a mission for himself by getting an OCS in race 1. Gary Lock was 5th, convincingly winning race 4 after finding the shift of the day on the right hand side of the beat. GM Chris Brodie was 6th and Club stalwart (and secretary) Dave Lowe raised himself above the chasing pack with a well executed win in the last race, which he will no doubt use as justification  to delay getting a new boat for at least another 25 years!


The prize giving under the control of Commodore John Dowsett was as usual a highlight of the day. The next major regatta for many in the fleet will be the North Islands in Napier, which is sure to offer different conditions and a whole new set of challenges.


Nick Page

Successful Women Laser Coaching Session

Five lucky ladies from Point Chevalier, Maraetai and Panmure took the opportunity last Saturday to be coached by Sam Meech, who just hopped off the plane from his World Cup regatta win in Gamagori, Japan. Like dried out sponges, we soaked up his advice and wisdom on rigging, sail trimming for the different points of sail. He provided personal tips for all of us to improve our sailing techniques which we are all now looking forward to employing on the race course.

The coaching session was hosted at Maraetai Sailing Club, who welcomed us with open arms. Following a good work-out on the water,  Sean, the Commodore and Sue Whitiskie provided us all with some muffins and a hot cup of tea.  
We have to thank Sam Meech for his patience and invaluable tips to sail fast, the Laser Association for sponsoring the training session and Maraetai Yachting Club for supporting the promotion of Women Laser sailing.
- Chantal Grass


YNZ Bluebridge Ferry Deal for 2018 NZ Laser Champs

If travelling from the North Island to the 2018 NZ Laser Champs, check out the Bluebridge Ferry discounts arranged by Yachting NZ

It actually applies to any time you want to travel as a YNZ member.

Calling all South Island Sailors

As I hope you already know this seasons Laser Nationals are being held at Naval Point from the 17th to the 21st January 2018. The notice of race and entry form can be found on the NZLA website at 2018 NZ National Laser Champs - Naval Point.
There will be a good contingent of North Islanders attending but I am writing to ensure that we make the most of the opportunity of having the Nationals in Christchurch and get a many South Island sailors as possible at the event. There will be divisions for Youth, Open and Masters in both Radial and Standard rig so there should be a suitable division for everyone.
There will also be two days of coaching for competitors before the contest, organised by NZLA and conducted by some of our top sailors. There is no charge for taking part in this coaching so hopefully many of you can benefit from the opportunity to hone some skills that you can then apply in the contest.
So we would encourage you to enter early to assist NPCL with their planning and to encourage all your friends and club mates to give it a go and come and enjoy some top class racing and socialising. Also don't forget the South Island Laser Champs, coming up in a couple of weeks at Naval Point.
If anyone would like any further info please feel free to contact either me (Nick Page, 021 908 596, ) or the NPCL organiser Milton Bloomfield ( 
We hope to see you there.
Nick Page

NZLA Selection Policies for the World and European Laser Championships

NZLA Ranking Policy for the 2018 World and European Championships

Published 16 September 2017
Covers all World and European Laser Championships, except for the World Masters Championships.

NZLA Selection Policy for the 2018 World Masters Championships

Published 24th October 2017

2017 South Island Laser Champs

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