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2014 South Pacific Laser Masters - Brisbane

Seven NZ sailors competed in the SPLM at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron over 4 days - 24-28 July.

Light winds and fine warm weather were generally the order of the day, with only one of the seven races completed having more than 8 knots of breeze. The wind was generally light and fairly shifty on shore breezes, with the exception of one race on Sunday completed in a very shifty SW breeze before this died and the sea breeze filled in later in the day.

It was a very successful regatta for the NZ team with Matt Blakey taking out the Standard Rig overall and Scott Leith victorious in the Radials. Other sailors having good regattas were Bob Blakey, 4th overall in the Standard Masters and first GGM, Nick Page 5th overall and first GM and Greg Wilshire, who had a great regatta but was unfortunate to get score OCS in the last race after another strong result.

RQYS is a magnificent venue and the regatta was excellently run both on and off the water. It was certainly no hardship having to put up with the 24 degree daytime temperature after leaving the wind and rain behind in Auckland and I would recommend it for a mid winter break to anyone thinking of competing in future years.

2014 SPLM Results

- Nick Page

Lachie Grimwade 4th at the 2014 Australian Midwinter Youth Championships


Photo courtesy of Andrew Gough

Lachie Grimwade from French Bay YC had a strong regatta at the Australian Midwinter Youth Championships 2014, held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly Brsibane. Two firsts on day 1 racing set him up well, finally finishing 4th in the 39 boat fleet. Jordan Makin from Gosford Sailing Club won the event.

Masters sailors will be at the same venue in a few weeks for the South Pacific Laser Masters.

Women's coaching session 2nd August 2014

Following the tremendous positive feedback received from our last women coaching session and the eagerness of all to learn more skills, a new coaching session has been scheduled

  • Saturday 2nd August - 9:30am
  • rig at Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

Click 'read more' for details.

Great day at Point Chevalier and Women's Race Day

Thank you so much Point Chevalier Sailing Club for welcoming us with open arms and organising a successful women sailing event. It was a great day all round, gorgeous weather some nice winds 7 to 12 knots and some friendly competition, finishing off with a yummy spread and some bubbly. What else could you ask for?

Eight women participated in the event, an even split of 4 point Chevalier and 4 Panmure Lagoon ladies. The 3 races were all very close, in the Radial fleet, Shaaron McKee (PLSC) and Susan Town (PCSC) were sailing a tremendous battle on the water. Shaaron won 2 of the races, Susan the other one. They were followed closely by Julie Davies (PCSC), Aleisha Ferguson (PLSC) and Kirsty McDonald (PCSC). In the 4.7 rig, Akemi Izawa (PLSC) and Trish Ware (PCSC) both sailed a great race until Trish realised at the end of the 1st race that she had forgotten the bung and her boat was taking on water. What a pity as that was the end of her racing for the day. Congratulations needs to go to Akemi for sailing her first race at another venue, she did so well! 

Here are some photos of the day.

Thanks so much Kirsty, Julie, Trish and Sue for making this event possible, I definitely had a very enjoyable Sunday on and off the water.

- Chantal Grass

Mike Bullot 6th at 2014 Kieler Woche


Photo : www.onedition.com

After a 4 year layoff Mike Bullot has slotted back into elite Laser competition with a 3rd in the Delta Lloyd regatta at Medemblik in May and now a 6th at Kieler Woche in Germany.

Andy Maloney Wrapup on the 2014 Laser Europeans in Croatia

Hi Everyone!

My first overseas trip of 2014 has wrapped up after the European Championships finished yesterday in Croatia. I am now on my way home, currently in Dubai in transit about to begin the long haul back to Auckland via Melbourne.

Croatia was an awesome place to train, race and explore over the final few weeks of my trip to Europe. Click the link here to find out how the end of my trip went and what I am up to next; http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog/andy-maloney/2014/06/16/laser-europeans-2014---split-croatia

Thanks to everyone for the continued support! There has been a slight lack of blog updates over the past month, but be sure to follow me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AndyMaloneySailing?ref=hl as I update that much more regularly while training and competing. 

Cheers!
Andy

Ali Nightingale and Trent Rippey YNZ Sailor Profiles

Click through to YNZ on our Laser youth sailors

YNZ and AON Insurance packages for yacht clubs

The following letter from YNZ introduces insurance packges they have negotiated for yacht clubs with AON.

Women Coaching Day a Success

Despite Saturday's terrible forecast for the 24th of May, 17 women sailors from Point Chevalier Sailing Club, French Bay Yacht Club, Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club and even as far as Hamilton Yacht Club braved the elements to participate in the first Women Coaching Day at Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club.
Our coach, Laura Lowther helped boost the sailors self esteem by giving them tips on how to sail in very gusty conditions. There were some capsizes, even a broken mast but everybody came back with a smile on their faces.

The next Women's event is a Women racing start at Point Chevalier Sailing Club on 6th July at 12:00, make sure to be there.

photos of the day

- Chantal Grass

2014 North Shore Freshwaters Wrapup

Pupuke Boating Club hosted the 2014 Fresh Water Champs over the weekend of 17 and 18 May.

The regatta was well attended with 40 boats, 26 in the full rig class and 14 in the radials. It was classic autumn conditions on the Saturday with a relatively steady 15-18 knot breeze from the south. With a relatively short start line there was a real emphasis on clear air and having the ability to get on the right side of the first shift in order to stay at the top of the fleet.

Andrew MacKenzie from Kohimarama Yacht Club showed his intensions early in the full rig winning every race on the first day. The competition for the remaining places in the top ten was very tight with many of the sailors exchanging places during the first day.

In the radial fleet Scott Leith continued his dominant form on the first daywith his closest completion coming ftrom James Jennings and Richard Blakey.

Sunday dawned cold, crisp and sunny, had no real breeze to speak of. The race committee was fortunate enough to get away one start late in the day. This was very much a light air affair with thin veins of pressure providing good rewards to those who were able to keep their heads out of the boat.

The final race on the Sunday allowed each sailor to drop one race so in the end it was the results on the Saturday that largely determined the results.

The Pupuke Boating Club again enjoyed very generous sponsorship with a well attended prize giving with great spot prizes up for grabs. All in all it was another great weekend and Pupuke Boating Club is looking forward to hosting the event again in 2015.

- Ben Molloy

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