2019 NZ National Laser Champs

2019 NZ Laser Nationals Report & Results - Final Day

Provisional results after final day 4   - 8 pm 15th Jan 2019.

Barfoot & Thompson Laser Nationals Day 4 - Snakes and Ladders
The final day of the Barfoot and Thompson NZ Laser Nationals featured some great contests for the final honours. Conditions on the day were gusty and very shifty with an offshore 10 to 15-knot southerly peeling around the cliffs between the bays. This caused problems for many, with frequent OCS's as the wind swung on several occasions as fleets started and many place changes during the beats as the lines of pressure came through. Both the Opens and the Radials sailed an extra race to make up for the races lost on Sunday so all fleets ended with a full complement of races.
In the Open Standard fleet world No 8 Tom Saunders wrapped up the title with wins in the first 2 races. Unfortunately, neither Sam Meech or Phillip Buhl were able to sail the final day, they were both attending former national champ Andy Maloney's wedding (congratulations Andy!). This left Josh Armit and George Gautry to fight it out for the minor placings, with Josh getting the bullet in the final race to take second and the U21 title with George third and consistent Luke Deegan and U21 Alistair Gifford 4th and 5th.
In the Radials youth, Harrison Baker was the star of the day with two wins and a third, more than enough for him to overhaul overnight leader Luke Cashmore (Y) and take the title. Luke held on for second place ahead of leading woman Olivia Christie, who tied on points with Caleb Armit (Y) but took third place on countback thanks to her two wins on Monday. Olivia's Worser Bay teammate Albert Stanley's 3rd in the final race secured 4th overall for him while Scott Leith (O) was a point back in 5th. Samantha Stock had a really consistent day to consolidate her place as the top youth woman.
In the 4.7's Daniel Brodie won a tight battle with Aidan Gordon to take out the title with a strong 2/1 day, with James Goodall from Napier ending up third after a really good contest between the trio. Ryker Green from Manly also had a great day, taking out the first race and following that up with a 3rd in the second race.
In the Masters Standard overnight leader Dave Ridley (A) only needed one decent result to secure the series but had to settle for second after a nightmare day, letting expat Matt Blakey (A) through to take the title. Continuing the expat invasion Gavin Dagley won the last race to finish 3rd overall and leading Grand Master, followed by leading Master Cris Brodie in 4th and defending champ, master Andrew Dellabarca in 5th. Gary Lock was the leading GGM in 13th overall with a couple of good top 10 finishes on the last day securing his position ahead of New Plymouth GGM John Pitman, one of the sufferer of a BFD in the days first race.
Speaking of black flags an unfortunate Richard Blakey, brother of Standards winner Matt, in the Masters Radials crossed the line first in the last race only to find he too had succumbed to the dreaded black, handing the title to defending champ Ed Tam (M) with leading GM Werner Hennig in second and Richard ending up third. GM's Kevin Jenkins from Whangarei and Hamish Atkinson from Christchurch ended 4th and 5th, with Kevin in, particular, enjoying the day with a first and 3rd in the two races.
So another Nationals is wrapped up after superb on and off the water organisation by Manly Sailing Club. Next year we head to New Plymouth, which is sure to offer a whole set of different challenges, with everyone looking forward to surfing the Tasman's ocean swells.
Nick Page

Barfoot & Thompson Laser Nationals Day 3 - Enjoyable Endurance Test
Day 3 of the Barfoot and Thompson Laser Nationals at Manly provided a bit of everything but in the end, delivered a fantastic days sailing for all. The fleet left the beach just after 11am in the rain with a 15 knot NW that then freshened to gusts of 25 knots as they did their pre-race preparation in the strong wind and rain. Come start time at midday things had changed, blue sky and flat calm and everyone wondering if we were in for another frustrating day. But just as depression set in so did a nice gusty, shifty 15-knot offshore breeze and it was all go, with the breeze holding for the rest of the day and fleets eventually completing not only their scheduled race but also a catch up one to make up for yesterday. So after about 7 hours on the water and tons of top quality racing, there were lots of smiles in the boat park, even if half the masters could hardly walk!
In the Standard Opens the 3 top 10 world ranked sailors; Sam Meech, Tom Saunders and Germany's Philipp Buhl, traded the top 3 spots all day, with Sam ending up on top overall, two points ahead of Tom with further two back to Philipp, although Philipp actually had the best of the day with 2 wins and 2 seconds. Fourth overall and leading U21 sailor is Josh Armit, who spent the day battling with Muritai's George Gautrey just behind the 3 leaders.
In the Radial Olivia Christie had a stunner of a day in the first three races (2,1,1) but had a hiccup in the days' last race to lie 4th overall and first Woman. Overall star of the day was Luke Cashmore (Y) who was super consistent (1,4,2,1) to take the overall lead by 4 points from Harrison Baker (Y), who also had a consistent day but could not quite match Luke and Olivia. Scott Leith (O) was his usual solid self to hold 3rd overall while Samantha Stock is the leading Youth Woman in 15th overall. Several other sailors including Annabelle Rennie Younger (WU21), local Matthew Rist (Y) and Bay of Islands James Sheldon (Y) managed one or two top results but found consistency challenging in the conditions, with the big shifts and pressure variations making staying at the top very challenging.
The 4.7's is coming down to a very close battle between Wakatipu's Aidan Gordon and Manly local Daniel Brodie, with Daniel holding a single point lead going into the final day. Jacob Goodall from Napier remains in contention but will need top performances tomorrow to have a chance of unseating the leading pair, while hopefully more moderate conditions tomorrow will be more to the liking of some of those who found todays condition arduous.
in the Masters Standard Dave Ridley (A) continued to show the fleet how its done, with his only blemish being in the first race of the day when he had to settle for second to Aussie expat Matt Blakey. These two sailors have established a significant lead on the balance of the fleet, with defending champ Andrew Dellabarca (M) and ex-World Grand Master titleholder Gavin Dagley (GM) a little way back but having a great tussle for 3rd place. US visitor Mike Matan had a much better day to rise out of the pack and hold 5th overall while many others struggled for top results in a very tightly packed bunch. Leading GGM is New Plymouth's John Pitman, who is narrowly leading Gary Lock.
In the Radial Masters there is a great battle for the title between defending champion Ed Tam (M), and Tamaki's Blakey clan Radial rep Richard (M), who trails Ed by a single point. Hamiltons Werner Hennig (GM) is 7 points back in third but pleased to have navigated the finish line successfully all day after yesterdays masters brain fade moment. The contest for the women's crown is also coming down to the wire, with Hamiltons Lucia Chagas (M) and Napier Gill Waiting (GGM) tied on points going into tomorrows races.
The forecast looks promising for tomorrows final day, with moderate SW offshore winds sure to again provide interesting conditions.
Nick Page


Barfoot & Thompson Laser Nationals Day 2 - Weather Frustrates
Day 2 of the Barfoot and Thompson NZ Laser Nationals dawned with a 10 knot easterly promising a great days sailing. Race 3 started bang on time at midday in a good 8-knot breeze and all 5 fleets completed the race while the breeze held. However, a rainstorm was on the horizon. By the time it arrived and passed through after the first divisions had started race 2, the wind had boxed the compass and then died completely, resulting in Race 4 being abandoned with the fleet becalmed. After a frustrating 3 hour wait, with the breeze repeatedly filling in over parts but not all the course and then dying again, the committee called it a day and the fleet returned to shore.
In the one completed race, the results followed yesterdays form in most fleets. In the Standards Tom Saunders again had the best of a close battle with Sam Meech, giving him a slim 2 point lead over Sam overall. German visitor Philipp Buhl and NZ squad member George Gautrey (U21) were very close behind the leading pair today and now sit 4th and 5th overall as they still carry UFD's from race 1 to sit behind a consistent Luke Deegan in 3rd overall. 
In the Radial fleet Caleb Armit (Y) managed to squeeze past Scott Leith (O) right on the finish line to claim the bullet, with a 3rd place for Harrison Baker (Y) sufficient to keep him in the overall lead ahead of Caleb and Scott. The leading woman remains Annabelle Rennie Younger in 4th overall. She was 9th today after taking a dip off the wind but keeps a 6 point buffer from her leading competition for the women's title, Olivia Christie. Luke Cashmore, Albert Stanley and Thomas Mulcahy were all consistent again today to all stay well in contention.
In the 4.7 local Daniel Brodie had a good win to take the overall lead from yesterdays leader, Napier's Jacob Goodall, while Wakatipu's Aidan Gordon also stayed well in contention with a second.
In the Standard Masters Dave Ridley (A) continued his excellent form, taking his third bullet ahead of defending champ Andrew Dellabarca (M), with Matt Blakey's (A) 3rd keeping him in 2nd overall. In the Radial Masters defending champ Ed Tam (M) continues to hold the overall lead after a 3rd today. GM Werner Hennig took out today's race in spite of almost forgetting to go through the finish line, realising his mistake just in time to get back and hold off Richard Blakey (M) in second and Ed in a photo finish. Stew Taylor (M) and Kevin Jenkins (GM) both got top 6 results to round out a closely bunched top 5.
After today's postponement, an extra race is scheduled for all fleets tomorrow so hopefully, conditions will be favourable and allow a continuation of the top quality racing we have enjoyed to date.
Nick Page


2019 Barfoot and Thompson NZ Laser Nationals - Day 1
Three of the worlds top 10 ranked Laser sailors joined 112 others for two great races to kick off the 2019 Laser Nationals at Manly Sailing Club in Auckland. The first race was held in a light SE breeze, which faded and shifted during the race, to be replaced by a lovely 8 to 10 knot NE sea breeze for the second race of the afternoon.
Kiwi Olympic bronze medallist and world No 1 ranked Sam Meech took out the first race of the day, but had to settle for 2nd overall after the days second race, with compatriot and world No 8 Tom Saunders win in the second race of the day going with his second in race 1 to narrowly lead from Meech. Several of the other favourites including World No 2 Philipp Buhl suffered UFD's in race 1 so they will be looking to keep clean for the rest of the contest and get into the mix.
In the Radials, three sailors stood out with consistent results in both races. Youth Harrison Baker had a really strong day, backing up a runaway win in race 1 with a 3rd in race 2 to lead overall. Women's U21 Olympic hopeful Annabelle Rennie Younger, with a win in race 2 coupled with her 6th in race 1, holds second overall by 1 point from 14-year old rising star Caleb Armit, whos pair of 4th put him well and truly in contention. All the others struggled for consistency but it's early days and the likes of Women's Olympic campaigner Olivia Christie, 2nd in race 1, and this seasons leading Youth to date Luke Cashmore are sure to push the current leaders hard in coming days.
The Standard Masters fleet suffered the brunt of the dying breeze in race 1 before the sea breeze filled in, leading to many sailors having at least one dodgy result. Apprentice Dave Ridley, however, mastered the conditions all day and had a blinder with 2 bullets to lead from AusKiwi visitor Matt Blakey (A). Leading Master is Cris Brodie in 3rd overall, leading GM Gavin Dagley in 5th while Gary Lock is the leading GGM in 9th. Defending champion Andrew Dellabarca had a tough start to the regatta with a 16th in the opening race so has some work to do to defend his title.
In the Radial Masters defending champ, Ed Tam (M) carried on from last year with a pair of seconds to lead from Onerahi's Kevin Jenkins (GM), with a consistent Stew Taylor in third. Both race winners, Steve Harris (M) in race 1 and Richard Blakey (M) in race 2, struggled in the days' other race to finish the day a bit further down the order. Leading GGM is Gill Waiting from Napier.
It was great to see a 4.7 fleet on the water for the first time in several years, featuring several graduates from the host club commodore Russell Coutts O'pen Bic initiative, but it is Napier sailor Jacob Goodall who leads after day 1 from Manly's Daniel Brodie while Aidan Gordon all the way up from Queenstown in 3rd.
Tomorrow looks promising but challenging for the race committee with a moderate but clocking breeze forecast.
Complete results are on the NZLA website http://www.nzlaser.org/content/2019-nz-laser-nationals-results
Nick Page

The Barfoot & Thompson 2019 NZ National Laser Champs - Manly

Manly SC at Whangaparaoa turns on some great racing at a beautiful location. So we are excited to be there for the 2018 NZ Laser Champs, kindly supported by Barfoot & Thompson.

Judging Notices



11am - free coaching rigged and ready.

Early measuring Thursday afternoon.

11am - free coaching rigged and ready.

10am to 5pm measuring

Registration in the afternoon

8am to 9am - late measuring (but try to avoid this time)

11am briefing

Racing - 1pm first warning

Racing - 12 noon first warning
Racing - 12 noon first warning

6:30pm Gourmet Pizza meal at the bowling club

Racing - 12 noon first warning

Prize giving

2019 NZ Laser Champs Entries

Updated 8am 10 Jan

First Name Last Name Sail Number Fleet Nationality Yacht Club
Max Beck 190321 Laser 4.7 Under 18   Muritai Yacht Club
Jacob Goodall 196410 Laser 4.7 Under 18   Napier Sailing Club
Cameron Holding NZL 42618 Laser 4.7 Under 18   Manly Sailing Club
Pann Lastennet NZL 19883 Laser 4.7 Under 18 Thai-French Manly Sailing Club
Jayden Abbott 205920 Laser Radial Open   Torbay Sailing Club
Rachel Glenn n/a Laser Radial Open American Encinal Yacht Club
Jason Hewitt n/a Laser Radial Open   HYC
Scott Leith 208521 Laser Radial Open   Murrays Bay Sailing Club
Brad Salthouse 192642 Laser Radial Open   Torbay Sailing
Alex Wood n/a Laser Radial Open   Manly
Olivia Christie 209279 Laser Radial Women   Worser Bay Boating Club
Julia Francis 208518 Laser Radial Women   Murrays bay sailing club
Sally Hill 197253 Laser Radial Women   Naval Point Club Lyttelton
Annabelle Rennie-Younger 211516 Laser Radial Women   MBSC
Courtney Reynolds-Smith 208359 Laser Radial Women   MBSC
Caleb Armit 209259 Laser Radial Youth   MBSC
Harrison Baker 199215 Laser Radial Youth   Torbay Sailing Club
Jack Bennett N/A Laser Radial Youth   QCYC
Isabella Boyd 208341 Laser Radial Youth   Wakatere
Luke Cashmore 212257 Laser Radial Youth   Wakatere Boating Club
Chester Duffett 192303 Laser Radial Youth   MCC
Chester Duffett 192303 Laser Radial Youth   MCC
Henry Elworthy 206381 Laser Radial Youth   MBSC
Laura Erichsen 177768 Laser Radial Youth   Manly Sailing Club
Jaime Framis Harguindey 150057 Laser Radial Youth Spain Bay of island yatch club
Fin Georgeson 199211 Laser Radial Youth   Plimmerton Boating Club
Josh Gilmore 214440 Laser Radial Youth   Napier Sailing Club
Ollie Gilmour 185805 Laser Radial Youth   RBC/PCYC/MBBC
Henry Goodall 210160 Laser Radial Youth   Napier Sailing Club
Aidan Gordon 148935 Laser Radial Youth   Wakatipu
Ryan Harden 211559 Laser Radial Youth   Wakatere Boating Club
Noah Hengst 195540 Laser Radial Youth   Napier Sailing Club
Quinn Kusanic 210823 Laser Radial Youth   Bay of Islands
Jack Lee Rush 210821 Laser Radial Youth   Wakatere Boating Club
Nicholas Mannering 162135 Laser Radial Youth   Napier Sailing Club
Max McLachlan 195544 Laser Radial Youth   NPCL
Thomas Mulcahy n/a Laser Radial Youth   Murrays Bay Sailing Club
Greta Pilkington 211574 Laser Radial Youth   WBC
Matthew Rist 170546 Laser Radial Youth   Manly Sailing Club
James Sheldon 196868 Laser Radial Youth   Bay of islands yacht club
Albert Stanley 209281 Laser Radial Youth   Worser Bay Boating Club
Samantha Stock 210825 Laser Radial Youth   MBSC
Ryan Tait 136709 Laser Radial Youth   Paremata BC/Worser Bay BC
Blake Wood 161589 Laser Radial Youth   Manly
Josh Armit 212259 Laser Standard Open   MBSC
Philipp Buhl 191131 Laser Standard Open GER SCAI
Andrew Child 187890 Laser Standard Open   Taipa sailing club
Luke Deegan 214992 Laser Standard Open   Pupuke BC
Dean Drummond 181944 Laser Standard Open   Pupuke
Teakuao Framhein n/a Laser Standard Open   RSC (Rarotonga Sailing Club)
george george 211664 Laser Standard Open   Muritai Yacht club
Alastair Gifford 212252 Laser Standard Open   QCYC
Mark Hodren 208523 Laser Standard Open   Queen Charlotte yacht club
Jin Hwan Lee 206034 Laser Standard Open   Chungnam Yacht Club
JinHwan Lee 206034 Laser Standard Open Korea Chungnam Yacht Club
Rohan Lord Na Laser Standard Open   Pbc and tbc
Sam MEECH 214435 Laser Standard Open   TYPBC
Tim Pitcaithly 181965 Laser Standard Open   Naval point club
John Pitman 211512 Laser Standard Open   New Plymouth
Ross Roberts 187891 Master Radial Apprentice (35-44)   Tamaki Yacht Club
Ross Roberts 187891 Master Radial Apprentice (35-44)   Tamaki Yacht Club
Hamish Atkinson 199057 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64)   Npcl
Ian Dobson 170538 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64)   Point Chevalier Sailing Club
Robert English 174322 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64)   Vauxhall Yacht Club
Mark Hursthouse 163947 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64)   Pupuke Boating Club
Jo Jackman 167047 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64)   Napier Sailing Club
Kevin Jenkins 186656 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64)   Onerahi
Helen Spencer 171132 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64)   HYC & TYPBC
Rick Spencer 193138 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64)   HYC & TYPBC
Chris Trudgen 205848 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64)   muritai yacht club
Georgi Yankov 210822 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64)   Pupuke Boating Club
Bob Blakey 212260 Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+)   Tamaki YC
Gill Waiting 188800 Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+)   Napier sailing club
Dragos Blaga 186660 Master Radial Master (45-54)   Vauxhall Yacht Club - Dunedin
Richard Blakey 212249 Master Radial Master (45-54)   Tamaki Yacht Club
Mike Knowsley 202918 Master Radial Master (45-54)   Tamaki YC
Edmund Tam 202441 Master Radial Master (45-54)   Worser Bay Boating Club
Stew Taylor 192278 Master Radial Master (45-54)   Worser Bay Boating Club
Simon Beck 161275 Master Standard Apprentice (35-44)   Muritai Yacht Club
Matt Blakey 197259 Master Standard Apprentice (35-44)   PMYC
dave ridley 215052 Master Standard Apprentice (35-44)   pbc/ mcc
Ric Carr 198106 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64)   Port Ohope Yacht Club
gavin dagley 210818 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64)   Port Melbourne YC
Lachlan Hill 197253 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64)   NPCL
David Lowe N/a Master Standard Grand Master (55-64)   Pupuke boating club
Mark Macintosh 196879 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64)   Port Ohope Yacht Club
Mark Patterson 162087 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64)   Pupuke BC
Chris Sadler 210816 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64)   Tamaki Yacht Club
Paul Thomas 198105 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64)   Worser Bay Boating Club
Roger Winton 202689 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64)   Onerahi Yacht Club
Richard Dreverman 202583 Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Australian Vaucluse Yacht Club
Sandy Grigg 188808 Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Tamaki Y C
Garry Lock 196909 Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) RNZYS
Ian Wallace 192308 Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) PLSC
Doug Anderson 195538 Master Standard Master (45-54)   PCSC
Robert Anderson 168881 Master Standard Master (45-54)   KYC
Ken Atchison 192705 Master Standard Master (45-54)   Hamilton Yacht Club
Cris Brodie NZL 174323 Master Standard Master (45-54)   Manly Sailing Club
Charlie Buckingham 183898 Master Standard Master (45-54) USA NHYC
Don Christie n/a Master Standard Master (45-54)   Worser Bay Boating Club
Andrew Dellabarca 214438 Master Standard Master (45-54)   Worser Bay Boating Club
Michael Gray 161265 Master Standard Master (45-54)   Worser Bay Boating Club
steve harris 208790 Master Standard Master (45-54)   wbbc
Mike Matan 208838 Master Standard Master (45-54) USA RYA
Tony Nicholson n/a Master Standard Master (45-54)   Pupuke
Greg Wilshire 210507 Master Standard Master (45-54)   Pupuke
Rob Woodward 208529 Master Standard Master (45-54)   Worser Bay Boating Club

2019 Barfoot & Thompson Laser Nationals Preview

Entries are still open but with less than 2 weeks to go until racing gets underway at Manly Sailing Club in the 2019 Barfoot & Thompson Laser Nationals a large fleet is expected, with strong fields shaping up in all divisions.
In the Open Standards 2016 Olympic Bronze medallist and current World No 1 ranked San Meech must be the favourite but he will face challenges from several other NZ aspirants for the 2020 Olympic spot. These include Tom Saunders, also currently ranked in the World Sailing top 10, last years World Youth Champion Josh Armit, who has moved into the Standards for the first time this season after dominating the Radial in recent years and Wellingtonian George Gautry. 
Excellent Radial fleets at this season's early regattas show that the Radial division is extremely strong and promises to be a close and interesting battle. Recent Sir Peter Blake Trophy winner and women's Olympic aspirant Olivia Christie will probably rank as favourite but is facing strong challenges from many directions including fellow women's Olympic hopeful Annabell Rennie Younger, top youth sailors including Luke Cashmore, Harrison Baker, Caleb Armit and Samantha Stock and multiple World Masters champion Scott Leith, who has again chosen to sail in the open division and keep the younger sailors honest.
In the Masters Standard a strong local contingent led by 2018 winner Andrew Dellabarca (M) and runner-up in the recent Fiji Oceania Master Championship Dave Ridley (A) will be facing multiple international challenges. Top expat AusKiwis Matt Blakey (A) and ex-Grand Masters World Champion Gavin Dagley (GM) are entered together with a couple of top US Masters sailors, Charlie Buckingham and Mike Matan, who have obviously decided summer racing at Manly is just too good an opportunity to miss!
In the Masters Radial 2018 champion Ed Tam is back to defend his title and is sure to be well prepared and hard to beat as usual. He is again expected to face challenges from several of last years top 5 including South Island Radial GM Hamish Atkinson and fellow top Masters Mike Knowsley and Werner Henig.
The contest will be preceded by a two-day free coaching clinic open to all contest entries. With coaches including World No 1 Sam Meech and top women's sailor Olivia Christie its got to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to get the winning formula from the best Laser sailors in the world right now so get your contest entry in and get to Manly Thursday morning to be part of the coaching clinic.
Nick Page

Coaching - 2019 NZ National Laser Champs

There will be free coaching and practice racing at the 2019 NZ National Laser Champs.
Come and learn from New Zealand's top Laser sailors. It's a fast an efficient way to push yourself and get tuned into the Manly venue conditions.

Thursday 10th January - rigged and ready by 11 am.
Provisional coaches, winner of the Sir Peter Blake regatta Olivia Christie and George Gautrey.

Friday 11th January - rigged and ready by 11 am.
Provisional coaches, Olympic medalist Sam Meech and Matt Kempkers.

2019 NZ Laser Nationals T-Shirts

Manly Sailing Club are proud to release the T-Shirt design for the 2019 Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Laser National Championships.  
These high-quality UV garments will be issued to all those who volunteer throughout the event and to competitors - free of charge.  
However, stocks will be limited so be sure to volunteer or enter soon and forward size preferences to phil_wild1@yahoo.co.nz


Manly Nationals Volunteers

With the successful completion of the Manly midwinter regatta, the club is now turning its thoughts to January when it will be hosting us for the Laser Nationals from 12 to 15  January 2018. With Manly also hosting the BIC worlds in early January club volunteers will be at a premium so they are looking to the Laser community to assist with volunteers for running our Nationals.
We know it's a while away yet but if you may be able to assist (or know someone else that might) on or off the water the water, one day or every day please contact Phil Wild (phil_wild1@yahoo.co.nz, 021 933 841) and discuss when you can help and what roles you would like. 

Getting your boat Measured at the NZ Laser Nationals

Measuring is officially on Friday 11th Jan 2019 12pm till 5pm.
But we are likely to be measuring on Thursday 10th afternoon, and earlier on Friday - so keep your eye out and get measured early to avoid the rush.
Late measuring is available Saturday 12th from 8am to 10am before racing. But try to avoid this time as it will be a rush for you and me, as I want to go racing too.

Check the online 2018 ILCA Laser Handbook for answers on what is legal on your boat. It includes instructions for applying sail numbers.

Read more for all the details ...

  • Get your boat measured before going to registration
  • Start by filling in your simple measuring form
  • Bring your sail with numbers correctly attached. We will unroll it to check everything.
  • Only rig the bottom section, boom and control lines. Do not rig the full mast and sail.
  • Get your foils, tiller and control lines out of the bag.
  • If anything needs fixing we note it on your form. When you have fixed it, you can jump the queue to have it rechecked for sign off
  • The registration people will need to see your signed off measuring form

It's usually not that bad. If you are sailing a normal unmodified Laser of any age we will get you through measuring.

We may check anything. But here are the most common things that need to be fixed to pass measuring.

No non-Laser Parts
We are very protective of the 'one design' aspect of the class. You will not be allowed to use any non-Laser parts such as sails, centre-board, rudder, vang assemblies etc. Even if you have been using them for club racing.

Sail Numbers
We are fussy about sail numbers because they help the race officials and safety boats identify you quickly.

  • You must use a unique sail number. Not used by anyone else in the regatta, even if they are in a different fleet. If you bought a second-hand sail with numbers attached, make sure the person you bought it from is not using the same number on a new sail. If there are duplicates the sailor with a matching hull number has the right to use that number.
  • You must have a regulation sail number, regulation size, fixed in the regulation position and spacing on the sail.
  • Instructions come with the new sails, or see these online instructions for applying sail numbers.
  • Place the numbers accurately - position and spacing. If they are not right we ask you to do it again, which is expensive and time-consuming.
  • Most boats will have a 6 digit number, partial numbers are not permitted. Only very old boats will be allowed to use their original 4 or 5 digit number.
  • Your sail number does not need to match your hull number. But if they do not match, the sail number must not be an old style number for less than 6 digits. 
  • You do not need country letters at the Nationals. But if you have them they must be the regulation size and position on the sail.

Sail Numbers on your hull and trolley
Please have your sail number on both sides of your hull, near the stern. Numbers 40mm high or more.
Numbers in felt tip permanent marker are ok.
If you are temporarily using a number for this regatta and have old numbers on the hull, tape over them and write the new number on the tape.
Put your sail number on your trolley to assist the volunteers who are helping you when you come in.

Bent and altered masts
The mast sections must be standard laser parts. The mast fittings must all be in the standard position.
Officially your mast sections must be straight. But we permit the 'normal' amount of bend these sections get with normal use. We will reject an excessively bent section - and that judgement is up to the measurer.

Rudder angle
We measure the angle between the rudder and the rudder stock as it really affects boat performance.
Many have the wrong angle, even new rudders. But it's easy to fix with a file or some electrical tape for packing.

Battens must be a standard laser part. They must not exceed the standard length. Even new ones are wrong sometimes and we will get you to file them down to length. It's easy.

Mast retaining line
We insist on a mast retaining line. It's a safety thing. There are various options for tying the line. If you're not sure check with another sailor or the measurer.

Buying parts at the regatta
The NZ Laser agents The Water Shed will be at the Nationals.
They are helpful and will have some parts and numbers for sale. But they can't guarantee to have enough of everything, so try to get everything sorted out before you arrive. Or ring them to pre-order.
www.nzwatershed.co.nz - Ph 09 489 6475 - 51 Barrys Pt Road Takapuna.

Advertising on your boat
See John Bullots advice on the advertising permitted on your Laser.

Questions about rules & measuring
First check online: 2018 ILCA Laser Handbook
Otherwise email me: mikeknowsley@xtra.co.nz

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