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Charter boats required prior to Youth Worlds

Sara Winther is looking for 2 more lasers to charter for 4 days from the 9th - 12th Dec.
This is for the Irish youth sailors that will be here early to train.
$100 per day.
The boats will needed for 4 days - to be dropped off either afternoon of the 8th December or early morning on the 9th December and picked up evening of the 12th December.
You would need to supply, mast top and radial bottom, boom, foils, hull, dolly. So no sail, ropes or tiller.


Contact: sarawinther@xtra.co.nz
 

2016 Sir Peter Blake Regatta

 

  • 2016 Sir Peter Blake Regatta
  • Torbay YC
  • 3rd & 4th December
  • NOR and Online Entry at: www.blakeregatta.co.nz
  • Official entries close Wednesday 10pm. Late entries possible with a late fee.

 

2016 North Island Laser Champs at Napier


The Laser North Island Champs was again held this year as part of the summer regatta at Napier Sailing Club on the weekend 26/27 November.

Saturday dawned with a moderate Northerly breeze to greet the fleet of 40 Standards & Radials as well as good fleets of OK's, Paper Tigers, Flying 15's etc which gave the regatta a great atmosphere. On the way out to the course the breeze shifted to the NW and started to freshen. The first race was held in about 15 knots, a typical shifty and gusty offshore breeze, which continued to freshen throughout the day, peaking at close to 30 knots by the finish of the 4th race. This resulted in many swims through the fleets and more than a few retirements in the latter races. Sunday carried on where Saturday left off, with the wind over 30 knots by 11am causing an early cancellation of the days racing. 

 

In the 12 boat Standard fleet reigning National Masters champion and defending NI champion Andrew Dellabarca from Wellington was most consistent, winning 3 races to take out the trophy convincingly from Howick's Mark Oliver and Pupuke's Dean Drummond who were tied on points in 2nd and 3rd. Rob Woodward and I had a close battle for 4th with Robs young legs ultimately victorious to clinch 4th spot by a single point.

 

In the Radial's, with a good fleet of 27, defending NI champion and leading youth Josh Armit was able to successfully defend his title after an extremely close struggle with master Scott Leith and fellow youth George Gautrey, who's unfortunate OCS in the last race saw him finish down the order as there was no discard and ultimately cost him victory in that race and the series. Close behind Scott were another group of youths with Alastair Gifford, Blake Woodfield, leading women's youth Olivia Christie and Joshua Bull all sailing consistently to wrap up the top 6 slots. Second Master was Ed Tam in 7th, just holding out leading women's master Michelle Bain.

 

Napier again provided a great venue for us, with good racing and a great social in the evening. It was unfortunate that the gales that prevailed throughout the country over the weekend got the better of conditions on the Sunday but with 4 quality races on Saturday and close racing in both fleets everyone could go home feeling well challenged for the weekend and looking forward to next weeks Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay.

 

Nick Page
 

ILCA Oceania District News Update

Dear Sir/ Madam,

On the 19th of November 2016 at the International Laser Class Association “ILCA” annual general meeting the World Council voted to change the geographic boundaries of the Asia Pacific region into Asia and Oceania.

There are many reasons for this decision but the main one was to be geographically inline with the International Olympic Council “IOC” and their view on the five Continents around the World as described by the five Olympic rings in the Olympic trade mark logo. Oceania is one of those rings.
This new region for laser, Oceania will incorporate all Pacific Island Nations and Australia and New Zealand. While it is early days the Oceania Laser Committee will work out the best way to run a viable Oceania Laser Continental Championships annually that will gain the respect of the IOC and World Sailing “WS” and set a bench mark for other ILCA regions to follow.

In the future it is hoped that this Event will attract WS points and eventually be an Olympic selection Regatta for Oceania and ILCA member Countries.
This initiative will create an opportunity for increased participation in Youth, Open and Master Sailing that will lead to stronger laser class racing in the Region.
In the mean time all Oceania Countries not registered or financial with the peak body ILCA should become financial and compliant. Details ILCA Web site.
Things like web sites and better communications will be resolved over time and I will send information when it comes available, so be proud and be involved and we all will be winners.

Thank You
Ken Hurling
OAM ILCA Oceania Chair
LASERSAILFORLIFE

2016 South Island Laser Champs - Ravensbourne BC, Dunedin

2016 South Island Laser Champs

10 Laser Radial sailors gathered at Ravensbourne Boating Club in Dunedin on the 19th and 20th November. There were 8 Masters, 1 Youth and 1 Open fleet. Interestingly there were no Full Rigs or 4.7s. The racing was combined with the Bic Otago Champs.

On the Saturday, racing started at 11 o’clock with a 10- 14 knot NE. The wind steadily built over the day to reach 20-23 knots in race 4.

Peter Graham from Ravensbourne dominated the regatta with 3 race wins, followed by Hamish Atkinson from Naval Point club with 3 second placings. In race 4 , Hamish managed to come through in the final downwind leg to take a race win from Peter. 3rd overall was Neil Morris from Mc Andrew’s Bay Boating club with 5,3,4,3. 4th was Jenny Armstrong sailing a 3,4,5,4 series. This was Jenny’s second time in a Laser and she will be one to watch in the future. Jeremy from Vauxhall Yacht Club was 5th, Dragos from Otago Yacht Club 6th, Morris VYC 7th, Gwynn MBBC 8th, Graham VYC 9th and Oliver RBC 10th.

Unfortunately Sundays racing was blown out with a fierce SW gusting up to 40 knots.

Special thanks to Peter Graham Traffic Management and Control for sponsoring the regatta and to Ravensbourne Boating Club  for hosting a great championship.
- Hamish Atkinson 


Winner Peter Graham at the 2016 South Island Laser Champs (Dogs name unknown)

2016 North Harbour Laser Masters

Sunday 13th November saw the the 25th edition of the North Harbour Masters held on Lake Pupuke.

The first Laser Masters regatta of the 2016/17 season saw a strong turnout of 35 sailors starting their work up to next years World Masters at Torbay in April 2017. There was a healthy mix of the old guard, returning names of old and some new faces resulting in strong fleets in both the Standard and Radial. 

 

Conditions were pretty much ideal for an early season regatta, with 12 to 18 knot westerlies, gusty and shifty as usual on the lake which resulted in opportunities for all but a few thrills and spills when unexpected gusts or shifts caught out the unwary. It also allowed the scheduled 5 races to be completed easily, even allowing the luxury of a lunch break ashore between races 3 and 4. Starts and finishes right off the car park minimised organisational challenges for PRO Garth Briden and allowed spectators, including the usual tranche of masters not sailing due to age related excuses, a grandstand view of the racing.

 

In the Standards expat Australian, now from Cambridge, Anthony Merrington (A) was victorious with a strong performance, counting a 1,1,1,2. Racing at the front of the fleet was close at all times but Anthony dominated with consistently strong starts and clever reading of the shifty breeze to prevail from a trio of local Masters; Mark Oliver, who was a close second overall counting 1,2,2,3, followed by Rohan Lord and Dean Drummond. They were closely followed by leading GM Nick Page in 5th and Tony Nicholson (M) in 6th.

 

In the Radial current World Apprentice Radial Champion Scott Leith (A) was dominant, counting 4 bullets, but tripping up in the last race to let former World Masters champ Mark Orams (M) get one back after Scott had managed to pull out some impressive margins in the early races. Mark was second overall followed by Phil Wild (A), recently back in his Laser after a break of several years, Werner Hennig from Hamilton and then leading GM Pete Thomas in 5th. Pete strong post lunch results, a 3rd and 4th, allowed him to just pip GM Kevin Welsh who ended up 6th overall after a couple of tough afternoon races. Clearly Pete's lunch was faster than Kevin's! Michelle Bain was the first Women's master in 10th overall.

 

The usual generous Pupuke range of prizes, entertainingly presented as usual by commodore John Dowsett, capped off a successful day for sailors and spectators alike. The strong turnout for this regatta bodes well for the full program of regattas this season, culminating with the World Masters Games in April where entry numbers are already strong. Next up for NI sailors is the NI champs in Napier in a fortnight, followed by The Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay the first weekend of December and then the Nationals at Taupo in January.

ILCA promoting Marit Bouwmeester for Rolex Sailor of the Year

World Sailing has opened voting to the public for the Rolex Sailor of the Year award. 

 

Let your members know that they can show their support for Laser Radial sailor Marit Bouwmeester who is a candidate for this prestigious sailing award!

 

Those wishing to cast their vote can do so now, by following this URL – http://www.sailing.org/2016- world-sailor-of-the-year- voting.php

 

The public voting period is only 72 hours, closing on 7 November at 12:00 UTC.

The awards will be announced on 8 November.

 

Best of luck to Marit !!

Regards,

The ILCA Team

Successful women Laser coaching day at Tamaki

The NZ Laser Association organised a free coaching session for Laser women sailors on 29th October with none other than Sara Winther, the current New Zealand Laser Radial Woman Champion. Her experience as an Olympic Laser Radial sailor at the 2012 London Olympics and at many international regattas and world championships makes her a fantastic coach.
 
There were 6 women taking part in this amazing opportunity: Michelle Bain from Torbay, Kirsty MacDonald from Point Chevalier and Annie Mills, Chantal Grass, Shaaron McKee and Taylor Farrell from Panmure.
 
 
From left to right: Michelle Bain (TYC), Sara Winther, Shaaron McKee, Chantal Grass, Kirsty MacDonald (PCSC), Annie Mills and Taylor Farrell.
 
Sara started with some rigging basics and control tips, we all soaked up her learnings and attempted to apply them on the water. This is the 4th coaching session organised by the Laser Association and this time true to form the wind blew again, just slightly stronger: 22 to 28 knots. It was fantastic to see the resolution of the women to conquer the Laser in these strong winds regardless of some spectacular capsizes. The debrief afterwards from Sara helped immensely and we are all looking forward to the next windy day to apply these.
 
It was a very successful day, a great thanks needs to go to Luuk Van Basten Batenburg for organising the coaching, Bob Blakey, Commodore from Tamaki and Mike Knowsley for hosting this successful event and a big thanks especially to Sara Winther for being a coach extraordinaire, all the women are now eager to put into practice all your tips.
 
Thankyou all
Chantal

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 www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz or Facebook Torbay Sailing Club – WMG 2017 sailing.

NZLA Annual General Meeting 2016

The NZLA AGM will be;

  • 7pm Tuesday 25th October
  • at Tamaki Yacht Club

All welcome. Come along and have your say.

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