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Laser Masters World Champs 2014 - Day 2

Another long day which finally yielded one race for most divisions. A very light southerly prevented any action until very late in the day, with launching delayed until well after 4pm for all fleets.

Laser Masters World Champs 2014 - Day 1

Well it did not quite start with a hiss and a roar……………absolute flat calm at the designated start time.

Inaugural 2014 Auckland Women Laser Regatta

The Inaugural Auckland Women Laser Regatta is just around the corner, a few weeks away, so do make sure you all have it in your calendars. There are some great sponsors, prizes and an inaugural trophy for grabs kindly donated by Jim Quinn.

Saturday 11th October,  9:30am Start

Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

Who can attend?
All Laser women sailors. There will be 2 fleets racing: A Fleet and a B Fleet.

A fleet: Proficient sailors, who have participated in an open fleet Laser regatta.

B Fleet: Sailors who have not sailed in an open fleet regatta. It is open to less experienced Laser Sailors. This fleet is to offer the less experienced sailors the opportunity to participate in their very first regatta.

How do I register?
A Notice of Race and a Registration form can be access from the link below. We would appreciate if you would let us know as soon as possible if you are able to attend the regatta. For out of towners, some Club members have offered accommodation, so do let us know if you are interested.

See the Notice of Race

See you all soon on the water
Kind Regards
Chantal Grass
PLSC Commodore
www.plsc.org.nz
 

NZL Laser results at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Champs


Photo: Sailing Energy

All 2014 ISAF Sailing World Champs Results

A mixed bag for NZ Lasers at the ISAF Sailing World Champs in Santander, Spain.

This regatta was the first stage in qualifying national spots for the Rio Olympics. The NZ Yachting team were fortunate to qualify us for all classes we entered.

In the Mens Laser;

  • Sam Meech came out top NZL - making the gold fleet and 9th overall.
  • Andy Maloney was on target with one bullet but had his worst result in the 7th race, keeping him just out of the gold fleet for the first time in a while. See Andys blog.
  • Thomas Saunders 20th - a great result
  • Mike Bullot finished in 30th despite two top 5 results.


In the Womens Radial;

  • Sara Winther had a heartbreaker, finishing 11th, just outside the crucial top 10 benchmark.
  • Susannah Pyatt 51st
  • Ali Nightingale was 108th


NZL results in the other classes;

  • Peter Burling and Blair Tuke having an outstanding regatta in the 49er to have won before the medal race was sailed.
  • Polly Powrie and Joh Aleh with silver in the 470. Top spot slipped away when they were caught on the wrong side of the course in the medal race.
  • Alex Maloney and Molly Meech fisnishing 12th in the 49erFX - a sign of how competitive the other crews have become in the last year.
  • Josh Junior and Andrew Murdoch 5 and 6 in the Finn. The NZ Finn spot for the Olympics is being very closely fought.
  • Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders 5th in the relatively new Nacra 17 class.
  • Jon-Paul Tobin 16th on the RS:X windsurfer.
  • And Natalia Kosinska 21st in the womens RS:X.

So some great results, but plenty of work to do. It sounded like pretty touch conditions to be consistent in.

Andy Maloney's Santandar Debrief


Photo: Sailing Energy

Hey Everyone!

My pinnacle event for 2014 concluded last week. I have written a short blog update to fill you all in with some of the details, how my week unfolded and what I am looking forward to next. (link below)

http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog/andy-maloney/2014/09/24/2014-isaf-world-championships

Thanks to you all for the continued support!
Cheers,
Andy

Bob Blakey Sailor Profile

Follow the link to read the Yachting NZ sailor profile of Bob Blakey, our past president of the NZLA
    http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/news/201409/world-masters-games-bob-blakey-...

Advertising Permitted on your Laser at the Nationals

John Bullot, one of our lead judges, points us to the regulations on advertising permitted on our Lasers at National and International competitions ...


The advertising that may be on a laser is controlled by the ISAF Regulation number 20, Advertising Code. 

This ISAF regulation can be found at   http://www.sailing.org/regulations

The laser class rules do not modify these ISAF regulations.  The same rules on advertising apply to any laser event be a national championship, a world championship or a club race.

You will note when reading this regulation that advertising is not very restrictive, however there are some places (namely on a laser the from 25% of the sides of the hull) where no personal advertising is permitted and only the regatta organisers can place advertising.

Good Sailing
John Bullot
 

2014 Laser Radial Youth World Championship

The 2014 Laser Radial Youth World Championship has wound up in Dziwnow Poland.
Team NZL gaining a lot of valuable international experience in the large fleets. Trent Rippey and Alexandra Nightingale had standout performances finishing just outside the top 10.

Very good and varied sailing and very competitive. I think all the Kiwi sailors would agree it was a tough event, a small mistake would lose you 10 or 20 places very quickly. That's big fleet sailing and that's why the experience is so important for them.
- Don Christie

YNZ coaches report

NZL Results

Help required moving boat from Queenstown to Auckland

I have moved to Auckland earlier in the year but my boat is in Queenstown! If anyone is able to help with relocating at any time I am happy to help with the costs etc :). Any help is appreciated, cant wait to get back on the water!

Regards
Phillip Bennett | phillipdigbybennett@gmail.com | 027 895 2975

Another successful Women's Laser coaching Day

Under Dario Motta's coaching guidance, 3 ladies from Point Chevalier and 6 from PLSC sailed the gusty waters on Saturday 2nd August at Panmure. There were certainly capsizes, everybody had a turn, some more acrobatic then the others but then the fleet took Dario's learnings into practice and sailed the course with more confidence. Sailors will be certainly practicing the rabbit drill starts for the big inaugural regatta in October. It was great day, the sun was even out. Thanks so much Dario for all your tips and Andrew for the rescues.

Photos of the day

https://www.flickr.com/photos/plsc/sets/72157646143165955/

Next Women event

The Inaugural Auckland Laser Women Regatta will be on 11th October at Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club. Please make sure this date is all in your calendars, we have some great sponsors, an amazing new trophy up for grabs, it will be a great day. For those coming outside Auckland, some members have offered accommodation, so please let us know if you are interested. More info to come.

Chantal Grass
www.plsc.org.nz

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