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NZL Results at the 2017 Mens Laser Worlds in Split

Wrap at yachtingnz.org.nz

Gold fleet
1st: Pavlos Kontides (CYP) 1 1 1 3 1 (dnf) (26) 2 1 5 - 15 points
2nd: Tom Burton (AUS) (18) 2 6 7 1 1 5 4 4 (23) - 30 pts
3rd: Matthew Wearn (AUS) (9) 3 1 1 2 2 11 (24) 5 6 - 31 pts
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8th: Tom Saunders (NZL) (15) 3 7 2 4 3 (23) 5 8 19 - 51 pts
12th: Sam Meech (NZL) 1 (4) 2 2 2 2 39 12 (40) 12 - 72 pts

Silver fleet
2nd: Andrew McKenzie (NZL) 46 5 2 11 13 (DSQ) 16 1 - 94 pts
11th: George Gautrey (NZL) 18 28 27 19 16 14 (bfd) 12 - 134 pts
 

Coaching Clinics with Brett Beyer prior to February 2018 Aussie Laser Masters Nationals

The Queensland Laser Association in conjunction with Australian Sailing is running two Coaching Clinics with Brett Beyer in the lead up to the Australian National Masters at Mooloolaba. The two camps will run from the 3rd to the 4th of February 2018, and from 6th to the 7th of February 2018 and will be held offshore at Mooloolaba.

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Sam Meech & Tom Saunders 3rd & 4th and world champs test event

Sam Meech narrowly beat Tom Saunders by just 2 points after the medal race for 3rd place at the world champs test event in Aaarhus, Denmark.
Sam has his worst day on the first day - before regaining his composure to catch up over the rest of the regatta.
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Thomas Saunders - care of YNZ
 

Australian and Oceania Laser Masters 2018

The Australian and Oceania Laser Masters is being held

"We have organised Brett Beyer to hold a Laser Master Class coaching clinic for two days at Mooloolaba on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th immediately before the Masters. Cost will be $250. Max 10 entries - if more we will get Mitch Kennedy from the Australian Laser Sailing Team as an assistant coach and then expand to max 20."

If you are interested contact Queensland chairman Michael Wilson, Michael Wilson <wilsomichael58@gmail.com>0417 758 859.

 

They have confirmed that Kiwis are very welcome and they won't even include too many false tips!

Josh Armit wins U17 division at 2017 Laser Radial Youth Worlds

Congratulations to Murray's Bay sailor Josh Armit who won the under 17 division of the 2017 Laser Radial Youth Worlds
The Murrays Bay sailor came remarkable 4th overall in the regatta which was sailed this year at Medemblik, in the Netherlands.

This fine result is not too much of s surprise for those of us who have watched and occasionally sailed against Josh (well were in the same race).

 

2017 South Pacific Laser Masters, Brisbane

6 Kiwis and 60 Aussies might seem a bit of a one sided contest but during 4 days of blue skies, light warm breezes and wonderful hospitality at the SPLM in Brisbane the Kiwis certainly held our own and were able to give the Aussies a few lessons on the way through.
 
We had a variety of breezes, mostly light and variable as is typical for this time of year in Brisbane, but we did enjoy a nice shifty challenging offshore (just) hiking breeze on day 3 as a change from the 4-8 knot "sea breezes" on the other 3 days. It was pretty much flat water the whole time but there were big tides that had to be respected and used wisely to get ahead of the very closely bunched fleets in both the Radial and Standard.
 
In the Radials it was a 3 way contest from the start between Kiwi Scott Leith (M) and Queensland locals Mark Kennedy (GM) and Danny Fuller (A). It was close all the way but Scott was able to keep control of the contest to win overall by a couple of points from Mark, with Danny having to carry a 15th from the second to last race to finish a few points further back.
 
After having a look at the forecast, waifes like Mike Knowsley (M) changed to the Standard fleet at registration and went on to record a couple of excellent bullets, joining GM's Chris Sadler and Gary Lock, who also scored bullets, in making sure the Aussies knew we were there. Unfortunately, unlike Scott in the Radials true consistency deserted all the Standard rig kiwis.
 
Local heavies ex World GM Champ Greg Adams & Brad Taylor (GM), Chris Dawson (GM) from Sydney and David Waite(M) from Perth ended up at the top of the Standard  results. They were closely followed by a flock of kiwis including Chris in 5th, GM's yours truely and Gary in 6th and 7th and Mike in 8th in the 35 boat fleet. GGM Bob Blakey finished mid fleet after pulling out early on the last day with the excuse of "having to get ashore to meet an old mate for drinks". Bob was spotted on the flight home the next day so it could not have been too tough a session.
 
So overall another great regatta to follow up on the trans tasman rivalries from the World Master Games and not a foil, X box or pedal in sight. 
 
Next opportunity to take on the Aussie Masters will be their Australian Laser Masters on the ocean at Mooloolaba in February, at which they tell us all kiwis will be welcome! They are expecting 250 masters so it should be a really great event so why not put it in the calendar and give it a shot.
 
Nick Page
 

NZLA on Facebook

Did you know the NZLA is on Facebook?

Sara Winther got us setup but anyone can post or check it out.

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Hi Everyone

 

Firstly thanks for the great turnout at the WMG and what a fantastic event, both on and off the water.

 

So many Lasers, such beautiful weather, such great racing and fantastic apres-sailing made it one of the best regattas I have been to and I hope all of you enjoyed it as much as I did.

 

So before you mothball the boat for the winter I thought I would rattle everyone's cage and get you to think about some opportunities to build on all you learned at Torbay.

 

1. Club sailing - keep the boat warm, make the effort and sail regularly at your club and keep the momentum going, which will get others to follow in your footsteps.

2. Next up - Queens Birthday Regatta at Port Ohope - 4th and 5th of June

3. Take a holiday South Pacific Laser Masters, Royal Queensland, Brisbane July 21st - 24th. Forget the dreary NZ weather, pop over to Brisbane for a long weekend in the warmth for what is always a good fleet, close racing and a great social program at one of the neatest venues in this part of the world. Charter boats will be available.

 

4. If you thought 170 Lasers at Torbay was good and the competition tough why not try 350 Lasers in Split, Croatia in September at the Laser Masters Worlds. If you want to go you need to get on and register smartly on the ILCA website as the event will be fully subscribed but hopefully all Kiwis that want to go will get a slot.

 

5. Forget the winter and start to plan for next summer, it's not that far away. There will be many great events but a few big ones to think about and to put in the diary;

 

  • North Island in Napier, last weekend of November (25th & 26th) - always a warm welcome and a good fleet.
  • NZ Nationals in Christchurch, Naval Point,  17th to 21st January. Plenty of SI sailors made it to Torbay so let's return the favour and all get down to Christchurch.
  • Australian Laser Masters Nationals - Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, 9th to 12th February. Plenty of Aussies made the effort to come here for the WMG so let's return the favour. I believe they are targeting a fleet of 250 and need a few Kiwis to keep them honest. Charter boats will be available and the sailing conditions on the ocean off Mooloolaba promise to be awesome.

There will also be the usual range of local and inter-club regattas to get your teeth into. Check the NZLA website regularly.

 

So plenty of places to build on what you learned at Torbay and plenty more fun to be had. 

 

See you on the water somewhere.


Regards

Nick Page

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