2016 NZ National Laser Champs

We don’t do light - Final Day at the Woodridge Homes NZ National Laser Champs

Wellington again turned it on for the final day of the 2016 Woodridge Homes NZ Laser Nationals at Muritai Yacht Club in Wellington.

A light breeze greeted the 92 sailors as they arrived at the club and some of us were led to believe that the local Masters “we don’t do Light” was a Wellington myth. However true to Wellington form by start time it had built to 20 knots, again from the NW, and we ended up with the freshest day of the contest with gusts at times touching 30 knots and plenty of shifts and variation in pressure for those smart enough to take advantage. The outgoing tide ensured that conditions were not too rough and all fleets completed 2 races to complete their full complement of races for the contest.

In the Open Standard fleet Andrew McKenzie again took command from the start of each race to record two wins and an emphatic overall victory, winning 8 of the 10 races. Visiting Chinese sailors Ning Zhao and Jinfu Zhou were 2nd and 3rd in both todays races and overall with Matthew Kempkers from Auckland 4th.

The Radial Open contest was only decided in the final race and provided the highlight for the host club with club youth star George Gautrey, fresh from his second in the ISAF worlds youths, scoring a 1/2 today to secure victory over reigning World Apprentice Master champion Scott Leith, who also scored a 1/2 today but ended up 3 points behind George. Third was Chinese visitor Jianan Wu who was extremely  consistent and only 2 points behind Scott. The leading woman was Susannah Pyatt in 6th  and Worser Bay youth sailor Olivia Christie had an exceptionally strong regatta to finish 9th overall and first youth girl, out sailing many more experienced competitors despite the testing conditions.

After a really close contest visiting French sailor Juliette Bone claimed victory in the 4.7 division over Worser Bay sailor Amy Anderson.

Local talent was again to the fore in the Masters Divisions, with many of the sailors using the regatta to start to prepare for the Laser sailing at the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland.

The Standard Masters division saw local Andrew Dellabarca securing an extremely well deserved victory with a 2/3 scoreline today to defeat the reigning champion, Apprentice Kris Decke from Whangarei by 5 points. Grand Masters Peter Kempkers, who had a great day winning both Masters races, and Murray Thom were 3rd and 4th respectively.

In the Radial Masters Ed Tam from Worser Bay won comfortably overall. He had a 3/1 record today to win clearly from Master Hamish Atkinson from Christchurch. First Grand Master was Roger Winton from Whangarei and after an intense battle of the Grand Masters Eastbourne’s Garth Cheyne took out the division from Bob Blakey and Gus Fry in 6th, 7th and 8th overall.

So we have concluded a wonderfully successful contest with testing conditions and every division well contested. Next year’s contest will be in Taupo which is sure to provide a whole new set of challenges for sailors. The top 5 in each division were;

Regards
Nick Page
NZLA Chairman
 

Top 5 in each fleet at the end of todays racing;

Open Standard
1. Andrew McKenzie, Auckland
2. Ning Zhao, China
3 Jinfu Zhou, China.
4. Matt Kempkers, Auckland
5. James Jennings, Auckland

Open Radial
1. George Gautrey, Eastbourne
2. Scott Leith, Auckland
3. Jianan Wu, China
4. Josh Armit, Auckland
5. Alastair Gifford, Auckland

Standard Masters
1. Andrew Dellabarca, Wellington
2. Kris Decke, Whangarei
3. Peter Kempkers, Auckland
4. Murray Thom, Auckland
5. Rob Woodward, Wellington

Radial Masters
1. Ed Tam, Worser Bay
2. Hamish Atkinson, Christchurch
3. Greg Wilshire, Auckland
4. Roger Winton, Whangarei
5. Mike Knowsley, Auckland

Full Results

More Great Wellington Sailing - Day 3 of the Woodridge Homes 2016 NZ Laser Nationals

After a small delay while the wind settled in the morning we enjoyed a full days racing with a fresh NW all day gusting up to the high 20’s and a steep chop providing a solid test for everyone. Racing was again right out the front of the club, with the bottom mark only 100m off the wharf providing fantastic viewing for the spectators on shore. With 4 races completed for the Open fleets and 3 for the Masters the program is back on track with one day remaining.

In the Standard Open fleet Andrew McKenzie stamped his authority on the contest with four wins to lead convincingly from visiting Chinese sailors Ning Zhao and Jinfu Zhou. Ning was unlucky in the first race of the day to break his tiller extension while contesting the lead early in the race but then kept Andrew honest with 2 second places in the remaining races. Matt Kempkers holds fourth from U21 Auckland sailor James Jennings in 5th.

The Radial Open title is coming down to the wire with local favourite and top Youth sailor George Gautrey holding a single point advantage over Jianan Wu from the visiting Chinese team with reigning World Apprentice Master Scott Leith also still very much in with a chance a further point back in third. Susannah Pyatt is the leading women in 4th place overall with recent ISAF Youth rep Ali Nightingale second women in 7th overall. Second in the youths is 5th placed Josh Armit, who has been extremely consistent with 4th and 5th in every race and leading youth girl is Olivia Christie in 9th overall. The 4.7 are sailing with the Radials, with Julia Bone holding a 2 point advantage over Amy Anderson.

In the Masters Standard local Master Andrew Dellabarca had a top day with a 1,3,1 record to take the lead in the Masters fleet from last years winner, Apprentice Kris Decke and with GM and former world Masters champion Murray Thom in 3rd. Fourth is GM Peter Kempkers who managed a win in the second race but then had a “masters moment” taking on the committee boat anchor warp at the start of the last race (and loosing) while also taking his son out at the same time.

In the Radial Masters three Masters lead the fleet. Ed Tam continued to dominate with a 1,1,2 day to hold a strong lead from Greg Wilshire and Hamish Atkinson while leading GM Roger Winton is in 4th and leading GGM Bob Blakey is in 6th in spite of an injured ankle.

Nick Page
NZLA Chairman

Full Results

Top 5 in each fleet at the end of todays racing;

Open Standard
1. Andrew McKenzie, Auckland
2. Ning Zhao, China
3 Jinfu Zhou, China.
4. Matt Kempkers, Auckland
5. James Jennings, Auckland

Open Radial
1. George Gautrey, Eastbourne
2. Jianan Wu, China
3. Scott Leith, Auckland
4. Susannah Pyatt, Auckland
5. Josh Armit, Auckland

Standard Masters
1. Andrew Dellabarca, Wellington
2. Kris Decke, Whangarei
3. Murray Thom, Auckland
4. Peter Kempkers, Auckland
5. Owen Anderson, Wellington

Radial Masters
1. Ed Tam, Worser Bay
2. Greg Wilshire
3. Hamish Atkinson, Christchurch
4. Roger Winton, Whangarei
5. Mike Knowsley, Auckland

Ignore the forecast - Day 2 of the Woodridge Homes 2016 NZ Laser Nationals

Day 2 of the Woodbridge Homes Laser Nationals at Muritai Yacht Club in Wellington turned on a fantastic days sailing with a full complement of races, including a catch up race from day 1. After losing yesterday’s racing due to high winds, and the Met Service predicting 40 knots this afternoon, sailors arrived at the club hoping for the best but fearing another lost day. But thankfully the wind cooperated and we enjoyed a wonderful days racing. 

At the 11am start time the wind was Northerly around 10-15 knots but quite patchy and choppy with the wind opposing the tide. The course was laid close to the shore and working the shifts up the shore proved to be the winning strategy for all fleets in the first race. For the second and subsequent races the wind tended to the NW and freshened a little, topping out at around 20 knots for the 4th race for the Open fleets. It remained shifty all day so there were plenty of overtaking lanes and opportunities for all those able to figure it out.

In the Standard Open fleet top NZ sailor Andrew McKenzie had a battle all day with visiting Chinese sailors Jinfu Zhou and Ning Zhao but finished the day with a 3 point advantage after a 1,1,2,3 record. Next best of the NZ sailors was Matt Kempkers in 3rd after getting a bullet in the 4th race.

In the Radial Open fleet it is a close contest between Scott Leith, the current World Apprentice Masters Champion who has elected to compete in the open fleet for this contest, George Gauntry, the local Muritai sailor who recently finished 2nd at the ISAF youth worlds, and Chinese team member Jianan Wu, with only 4 points separating them at the end of the day. Consistency won the day with George leading by 1 point after scoring 4 seconds from Scott with Jianan a further point back after each won two races but lacked Georges consistency.Leading Youth is Josh Armit in 4th and  leading Women Susannah Pyatt who is 5th overall

In the Masters Standard the front of the fleet was very tight with Whangarei Apprentice Master Kris Decke, the reigning champion holding the lead from former World Master champion Grand Master Murray Thom, who made the most of his preferred breezy conditions and local Master Andrew Dellabarca.

In the Masters Radial Worser Bay Master Ed Tam made the most of Scott electing to sail in the open to lead with a 1,1,3 record from Master Hamish Atkinson from Christchurch and GM Roger Winton from Whangarei. Leading GGM is Gus Fry who had a fantastic day to be only a point off 3rd place overall.

The forecast for tomorrow (if it is to be believed!) is for similar conditions to today so we all look forward to another top days racing with 4 races again scheduled for the Open and 3 for the Masters.

Nick Page
Chariman NZLA

Full Results

Day 1 top 5 results

Open Standard
1. Andrew McKenzie, Auckland
2. Ning Zhao, China
3. Matt Kempkers, Auckland
4. Jinfu Zhou, China
5. James Jennings, Auckland

Open Radial
1. George Gautrey, Eastbourne
2. Scott Leith, Auckland
3.Jianan Wu, China
4. Josh Armit, Auckland
5. Susannah Pyatt, Auckland

Standard Masters
1. Kris Decke, Whangarei
2. Murray Thom, Auckland
3. Andrew Dellabarca, Wellington
4. Peter Kempkers, Auckland
5. Owen Anderson, Wellington

Radial Masters
1. Ed Tam, Worser Bay
2. Hamish Atkinson, Christchurch
3. Roger Winton, Whangarei
4. Mike Knowsley, Auckland
5. Gus Fry, Wellington
 

Wellington Winds Prevail on Day 1 of the 2016 NZ Laser Champs

Strong northerly winds gusting over 30 knots all day prevented any racing on the opening day of the NZ Laser Nationals at Muritai Yacht Club in Wellington. The 92 sailors were held on shore until 3pm when racing was finally postponed for the day with no sign of the winds abating. First race is now scheduled for 11am tomorrow, with an additional race to be included if wind conditions permit.

Nick Page
NZLA Chairman

2016 Woodridge Homes NZ National Laser Champs - Muritai YC


Woodridge Homes was generously supporting the 2016 NZ National Laser ChampsHosted by Muritai Yacht Club - Eastbourne, Wellington.

  • Racing Friday to Monday 22nd - 25th January 2016
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