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Laser Class Announces New Standard Sail Design

The all new Standard Mark II Laser sail available on 1 November

ILCA Office
9 September 2015

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is pleased to announce the release of a completely new class-legal design for the Laser standard rig sail. The release marks the first time in over 40 years that the Laser sail design has been substantially updated.

Known as the Standard Mark II Sail, the new patented design is the result of thousands of hours of design work and on-the-water testing involving the Laser builders, the Association, two major sailmakers and some of the world’s top sailors.

The Mark II features bi-radial panels, a heavier 4.5 ounce cloth and optimized reinforcement patches, all intended to maximize the sail’s competitive life. The sail also features tapered battens with Velcro batten pocket closures, a larger window for improved visibility and a patented re-designed luff tube to eliminate wrinkles at the mast joint.

“This is a quantum leap forward for our class,” says ILCA President, Tracy Usher. “For several years the number one complaint about the Laser has been the outdated sail design. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into this new sail design and we’re really happy with the result.”

As with all changes to the Laser, the new sail has been carefully designed to be backwards compatible with the existing equipment, meaning it was not designed to provide improved performance. Instead, the Mark II promises improved durability and ease of use.

According to ILCA Technical Officer, Clive Humphris, “The main objective of the design project for the Mark II was to create a sail with equal performance to the existing sail, but with better durability. We worked very hard to ensure that the Mark II was not a faster sail and wouldn’t make all the existing sails obsolete overnight. The original Laser standard sail will continue to be available through authorized Laser dealers and we fully expect to see the two designs racing side-by-side for a number of years.”

The initial run of class-legal Mark II sails will be available starting 1 November 2015, with worldwide availability by early 2016. Because of the timing of the release, by agreement with International Sailing Federation (ISAF) the Mark II will not be used in the 2016 Olympic Games or any Olympic country qualifying events for 2015 or 2016.

The use of the sail will be controlled by the Notice of Race for each event until after the 2016 games. After that time, the Mark II will be allowed in all ILCA sanctioned regattas along with the original standard rig sail.

“Because many of the Olympic qualifying events have already occurred, we’ve agreed with ISAF that we shouldn’t make any major changes to the equipment for the 2016 games at this time,” says Usher. “Our goal is to have the Mark II sail available worldwide for the start of the next quadrennium, leading up to the 2020 games in Tokyo.”

In coordination with ISAF and the Laser Builders, ILCA will make further announcements about the availability of the Mark II sail and its use at events over the coming months.


 

Women Laser Coaching Session at Point Chevalier Sailing Club - 5th September.

On a blustery Saturday morning in early September 13 women laser sailors travelled from far and wide to Point Chevalier Sailing Club for a coaching session with acclaimed NZ Laser Radial sailor Mike Bullot.
 
After a couple of sailors dashed over to The Watershed for an early morning boom purchase we settled in for a really useful theory session with Mike. As conditions freshened we headed out into squally weather which saw the first of several capsizes but also some determined and exciting sailing by all. Mike sped around the fleet giving sailors feedback and useful advice and helping the rescue crew to keep everyone in their boats.
 
Thanks to fantastic support before, during and after the sailing from legend Jim Quinn, Commodore Peter Fletcher, Club Captain Ian Dobson, Crispin Balfour and several club rescue crew we had a fantastic day, followed by tasty afternoon tea - and even a couple of bottles of bubbles.
 
This is the third women’s coaching session that has dialled up challenging conditions but fantastic to see sailors at every level getting in there keen to learn. Clubs represented included Tauranga Yacht Club, Hamilton Yacht Club, Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club,  Pupuke Boating Club, French Bay Yacht Club and Point Chevalier Sailing Club - so a fantastic turn out for conditions that had been forecast to be a bit on the wild side.
 
Thanks again to Mike for his time and valuable insights, to Chantal Grass for organising all of these coaching events and to the NZ Laser Association for their support of these great coaching sessions. 
 
 
Cheers
Kirsty Mac Donald, Point Chevalier Sailing Club
 

Andy Maloney after the Olympic test event in Rio

Hey Everyone,
 
I have just returned home from a month of training and racing over at the 2016 Olympic Venue. Click the link below to read my quick blog update "Rio Life", to get a feel for my month in Rio...
 
 
Thanks for the continued support!
Cheers,
Andy

NZL in 2015 Under 21 and Youth Laser World Champs

In the 2015 Laser Radial Youth World Championships at Kingston Ontario
the NZL results in the Womens Radial were;
  • Ali Nightingale 26th
  • Olivia Christie 36th
  • Megan Thomson 45th

In the Mens Radial

  • Tim Adair 24th Gold fleet
  • Alastair Gifford 34th Gold fleet
  • George Gautrey 36th Gold fleet
  • James Jennings 17th Silver fleet
  • Blake Woodfield 31st Silver fleet
All 2015 Radial Youth Worlds results

At the Under 21 World Champs at Mdemblink Netherlands
In the Standard mens

  • Andrew Mckenzie 19th Gold fleet
  • Matt Kempkers 53rd Gold fleet

All mens results

And in the womens Radial

  • Libby Porter 63rd

All womens results

Women's Coaching Day 5th September 2015

Ladies it is time to lift off those blankets and dust off your wet suits.
The sailing season is beginning with
  • free Women's Laser coaching
  • 5th September 2015
  • at Point Chevalier Yacht Club
  • coached by Mike Bullot
  • email : grassc@gmail.com
organised by the NZ Laser Association.

It will be another eventful sailing season finishing off in 2016 with the Auckland Women Laser Champs on 30th April. These are just some of the events to get you all up and ready for the Masters World Games in April 2017. You can all participate in the games with a bit of practice and help.

And help is what you will get on Saturday 5th September with a great coach to brush up your skills, our coach will be Mike Bullot a talented member of the 2015 YNZ sailing team, who came 3rd in the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta this year.
 


How can I attend?
Email Chantal at  grassc@gmail.com by 29th August if you are interested in attending, then I can advise Mike and the Point Chevalier Yacht Club of the numbers. There will be some yummy baking by the Club members to be enjoyed after a hard day on the water.

What do I need to bring?
Yourself.
Boat - If you have your own boat, it is preferable that you bring it for the coaching session so that any adjustment tips learnt can be customised to your boat. If you do not have a boat and want to attend Point Chevalier Yacht Club has some lasers that could be used, please let us know and we will put you in contact with the Club.

What else can I do?
Bring a sailing friend.
Find members of the 1979 Women Laser team and get them back into Laser Sailing.  This coaching session would be a great refresher for them. (See photo below)

New Zealand Women’s Laser Championships, February 1979 at Taupo. Standing from left: Ann McDonald (third place, Auckland), Jan Shearer (Dunedin), Katherine Stewart (Taupo), Jan Hammond (Auckland), Anna Whitehead (Auckland), Miree Le Roy (Timaru), Rowena Carlson (San Diego USA), Jessica Trotter (Auckland), Millie Pickering (Picton), and Julia Gray (London, England). Seated from left: Philippa Binning (Auckland), Geraldine Pearce (Auckland), Margaret Ott (First Place Auckland), Marjorie Greenwell (Taupo), Margaret McEwen (Auckland), Joanna Stewart (Taupo). Missing from photo is second place getter Sheryl Smith (Tauranga) . Photo supplied by Ann Mc Donald for Sailing Away.
 

Hope to see you all on the 5th September, it will be a 10:30am start, so make sure you are all rigged by that time.
Chantal
grassc@gmail.com

 

2015 Masters Worlds, Kingston, Canada - Nick Page's Perspective


Photo courtesy of SailingShot.com

Kingston is a quaint town at the mouth of the St Lawrence Seaway where it exits Lake Ontario.

This was important because;

  • It was a nice place to be and kept the other half's happy; weather was good and water warm despite the fact that only a few months ago it was meter thick ice
  • It is really a slow flowing river we sailed on, not a lake, which was critical if one was silly enough to try and squeeze a mark against the current and definitely affected which side of the course was favoured, sometimes.
  • Where we sailed it was about 1.5 miles from the shore at Kingston to the opposite island shore, meaning that wherever the wind came from it was sort of an offshore breeze, with the associated variations in pressure and direction. Worst the day it came from the N but still applied to the S wind days.
  • There seemed to be no real weight in the breezes, warm air off the lake meant 12 knots felt like 8 at home so even when the regatta report says 12 knots most of the day it felt like the hiking strap was often more of a weight adding feature than a required one.

The net result of this was that sailing in Kingston posed many challenges to the mortals; as I said to one person who asked……train on Pupuke and expect the shifts to be larger and the pressure to be more variable……then add waves and current. Kingston is a tricky place to sail. The general wisdom was that you go left in Kingston. Well, with the exception of the last day when the rule definitely applied it was more like Right paid first beat, left second, left paid first downwind, right second etc etc. Really weird chop with reflection off the sea wall near the bottom of the course, just plain tricky. Question for the day for me was often: is a pressure knock better than a lull lift…….if only I knew the answer. 

The really top guys, Scott, Adonis, Peter Shope in our GM fleet etc seem to have the speed to get there every race but for the rest of us the brain cells were fried by the end of each race.

Given the above, as usual the cream rose to the top and the results in most divisions were that the truly great sailors won, many good sailors did well but others just got confused and the rest of us wondered how the top guys did it with such consistency. 

For team NZ that meant Scott did it again in the Apprentice Masters Radial, and congratulations to him on another well earned world title cube. Matt Blakey showed exceptional consistency to finish second and get a cube in the AM Standards behind current Greek Olympic sailor Adonis Bougiouris. Both Bob Blakey and Michael Shields showed that they had fried far less brain cells than many of the younger members of the team, with Bob 3rd in the GGM Standard and Mike 3rd in the Radial 75+ division. Other notable team performances were Mike Knowsley’s 4th in the Masters Radial and Roger Winton 7th in the GM Radials and Andrew Dellabarca, 11th in a very strong Masters Standard Fleet.

The rest of us enjoyed the regatta, recruited for the 2017 Masters Games in our spare time and generally enjoyed somewhat variable results on the water.

Given the at times trying conditions the regatta was extremely well managed and we are all looking forward to the opportunity to do it all again in Mexico in 2016 with the promise of “guaranteed” fresh sea breezes and real waves….time will tell.

Nick Page

NZL at 2015 Queensland Youth Week

In early July, Ali Nightingale, Megan Thomson and Lachlan Grimwade headed off for the (much warmer) waters of Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Youth Week Regatta in the Laser Radial. The competition was the final of 3 regattas in the Australian qualifying series, drawing the most competitive youth sailors from across Australia making up the 47 boat fleet. Despite challenging and often light conditions, Ali finished up as 6th women and 19th overall, Megan as 13th women making 39th overall while Lachlan finished up 15th overall.
- Lachy Grimwade

2015 Queensland Yout Week - Radial Results

www.qldyouthweek.com

We see Lachy also competed in the 4.7 for the Sail Brisbane. Getting 2nd overall in the 16 boat fleet.
- ed

2015 Sail Brisbane 4.7 Results

Andy Maloney's 2015 Laser World Championships - Update

Hi Everyone,

The 2015 Laser World Championships wrapped up yesterday here in Canada, and it marks the end of a six week trip overseas competing at two major events. It was a very draining week of close racing, and I am now looking forward to getting home back to NZ to refresh ahead of flying out to Rio later this month. 

Read my latest update on how the Worlds went by following the link here;
http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog/andy-maloney/2015/07/09/2015-laser-world-championship---kingston-canada

Thanks for all of the continued support!
Cheers,
Andy

Andy Maloney on the Gold Cup event at Weymouth

Hi everyone!

The latest round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup wrapped up last weekend in the UK. It was strange being back in Weymouth a few years on from the 2012 Olympic cycle, when our squad spent so much time training and racing there. The conditions felt very familiar and there was a fair bit of de-ja-vu going on!

Follow the link below to read my quick blog update on how the event unfolded for me, and what is coming up next.

http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog/andy-maloney/2015/06/21/isaf-sailing-world-cup-weymouth

Thanks to everyone for the continued support!
Looking forward to updating you all after the World Championships.

Cheers,
Andy

Getting your boat Measured at the NZ Laser Nationals

Measuring is officially on Wednesday 17th Jan 2016 12pm till 5pm.
But we are likely to be measuring on Tuesday 16th afternoon - so keep your eye out and get measured early to avoid the rush.
Late measuring is available Thursday 18th 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 2017 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 measured before going to registration
  • To start you will be given a measuring form to fill in
  • Bring your sail with number correctly attached. We will unroll it to check everything.
  • Rig only 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. 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.
Also 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
Battens must be a standard laser part. They must not exceed the standard length. Even new ones do 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. The best option is through the gooseneck to the control line deck fitting.

Buying parts at the regatta
The NZ Laser agents The Water Shed will be at the Nationals.
They are a 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 : 2017 ILCA Laser Handbook
Otherwise email me at: mikeknowsley@xtra.co.nz

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