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Great day at the Womens Laser Coaching session at French Bay Yacht Club

Sore muscles and bones will be soaked in a lovely bath tonight but there will be some great smiles with it.

10 women attended the Laser Coaching session today at French Bay Yacht Club. We had women from all over NZ and Auckland attending: Port Ohope, Worser Bay, Point Chevalier, Pupuke, Panmure and French Bay attending. A nice 15-25 knot breeze gave us some challenging conditions to apply our tips from our 2 fantastic coaches: Rachel Basevi and Jim Quinn, there were some acrobatic pirouettes around the reaching, windward, leeward course but eventually each laser was going faster. Everybody came back with some new knowledge that they will apply while racing at their respective Clubs.

So a big thank you must go to Rachel and Jim for sharing their experience and giving us valuable personalised feedback to each of us, we really appreciated it. A special thanks needs to go to French Bay for hosting such a fantastic event, we all enjoyed the yummy baking after a hard day sailing. 

There is another great event next week for Women Laser Sailors, the Auckland Women Laser Championship at French Bay Yacht Club on 19th April. 8:00am registration, 9:00am briefing and 9:30am Start. Make sure you all attend!


2015 Wellington Laser Champs Results

Full Rig:
1st Rob Woodward (and 1st Masters)
2nd Owen Anderson
3rd Rodney Studd

1st  Edmund Tam (and 1st Masters)
2nd Olivia Christie (1st Youth and 1st Female)
3rd Bruce Jones

The Laser Champs were held as part of the Evans Bay Regatta.

Full Results for the Evans Bay Regatta

2015 Auckland Masters Laser Champs Results & Report

The 2015 Auckland Masters Championships, held at Tamaki on Saturday 21st March, attracted almost 40 entries with 25 Standards and a good group of Radials. 5 races were completed for both fleets in tricky E to NE breezes between about 5 and 12 knots. Seas were typically lumpy Tamaki sea breeze conditions with the heavy harbour traffic adding to the wind against an outgoing king tide for 4 of the 5 races.

In the Radial there was a very tight contest with current World GM champion Mike Keeton eventually prevailing by one point with a 1,1,1,2,3 scoreline over Richard Blakey, who made the podium in Hyeres in the Masters division, with a 1,1,2,2,3 scoreline. Third was Whangarei visitor Roger Winton who managed to get between Mike and Richard a couple of times and was unlucky not to pull off a win in one race. Shaaron Mckee was the leading Women’s Masters Radial sailor.

In the Standards reigning National Masters champion AM Kris Decke from Whangarei ended up winning convincingly with 4 bullets after starting slowly, having got caught on the wrong side of the beat in the first race. Second was expat Kiwi GM Gavin Dagley, now resident in Melbourne, who managed to show consistent form in all 5 races to convincingly win the GM division from third placed Nick Page (Pupuke), who was fortunate to be able to discard a meltdown in the 4th race. Leading Master was local Tamaki sailor Nick Brewer, back in the Laser after focussing on sailing the Mistral with his kids in recent times. Leading GGM was Bob Blakey, who showed he is still a force to be reckoned with a 2nd in one race in spite of turning 70 in the next few days. It was great to see 5 GGM’s in the Standard fleet, with Bob, Sandy Grigg, Jack Hansen, Dave Almond and Derek Bond all mixing it up during the day.

Nick Page


Andy Maloney's Update

Hey Everyone,

2015 is flying by! Another month of great training back in the NZ summer, and a couple of local events have now come and gone. Both Oceanbridge Sail Auckland, and the OKI 24 Hour race have been great tests for different reasons. Sail Auckland was a tightly contested battle, and the 24 Hour race was definitely a physical battle in some very testing conditions!

Click the link below to find out how I got on and what is up next...

Thanks for all the continued support!
Cheers, Andy

2015 NZ Laser Rankings

  Nationals  Sail Auckland TOTAL RANK
 Andrew Maloney 1 1 2 1
 Sam Meech 3 2 5 2
 Thomas Saunders 2 4 6 3
 Michael Bullot 4 3 7 4
 Andrew McKenzie 5 5 10 5
 Cullen Le Roy 6 9 15 6
 Matthew Kempkers 8 7 15 7
 Keith Inglis 9 11 20 8
 Chris Tulley 10 12 22 9
UNDER 21        
 Andrew McKenzie 1 1 2 1
 Cullen Le Roy 2 3 5 2
 Matthew Kempkers 3 2 5 3
 Keith Inglis 4 4 8 4
YOUTH BOYS        
 Tim Adair 3 1 4 1
 Alastair Gifford 2 3 5 2
 George Gautrey 1 6 7 3
 Josh Armit 6 2 8 4
 Sam Simpson 4 7 11 5
 James Jennings 8 4 12 6
 Scott Inglis 7 8 15 7
 Blake Woodfield 12 5 17 8
 Charles Corston 9 11 20 9
 Henry Gibbs 11 9 20 10
 Dylan McKinlay 14 10 24 11
 Travers Cole 10 15 25 12
 Callum Radford 13 12 25 13
 Hamish Clark 15 13 28 14
 Bryn Bennett 16 14 30 15
 Lachlan Grimwade 17 18 35 16
 Samuel Rushton 19 16 35 17
 Sam Beckman 20 17 37 18
 Sam Hassall 24 21 45 19
 Susannah Pyatt 1 2 3 1
 Sara Winther 2 1 3 2
 Elise Beavis 3 5 8 3
 Ali Nightingale 4 4 8 4
 Libby Porter 5 3 8 5
 Olivia Christie 6 7 13 6
 Megan Thomson 7 6 13 7
 Julia Francis 9 8 16 8
 Ali Nightingale 1 1 2 1
 Olivia Christie 2 3 5 2
 Megan Thomson 3 2 5 3

Panmure Lagoon SC 38th edition RSA Regatta - 22nd February 2015

Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club has had yet another successful Regatta that saw 39 Laser sailors & their steeds from all over the World – Canada, Austria, Switzerland–as well as the North Island, Taipa, Onerahi, Hamilton and Lake Ngaroto come & do battle on this challenging spot of water in Auckland. The winds defied all predictions coming in at 8 t0 11 knots from the South West giving our illustrious race officer Garth Briden something to work with. He managed to fire off 4 races even though those errant jockeys pushed their valiant steeds across the line three times in false starts. Garth got the measure of those miscreants by black flagging the starts which brought those fiery steeds back under control. The fleets were very tight with even the top end being continuously hounded by the hoards doggedly nibbling away at their heels.

The day closed with a BBQ & lamb on the spit followed by Prize giving with Daniel Barry from Canada taking out the RSA trophy & some other great goodies, which included a top section, 2nd place went to Andrew Childs from Taipa with our own Paul Page taking out 3rd. The Radial fleet was taken out by Loïc Eisenring of PLSC with 2nd place going to Kailash Clearwater of Taipa & Kevin Welsh PLSC taking 3rd place. Jana Senn from Nautic Club Austria won the First Women trophy. This was followed by spot prizes. We have to thank to our invaluable army of helpers who kept the whole day running like clockwork and our Sponsors who donated an impressive list of prizes.

So we thank our generous Regatta sponsors: RSA, Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, CRC, PredictWind, Auckland Seaplanes, the Water Shed, Survitec Group, Auckland Marine Centre, Red Carpet Tours, Boating NZ, Sugarcraft, Joy Adams Sails, Flyajet, Mortgage Express, YMCA and New Zealand Maritime Museum.



2015 Auckland Laser Champs Results

A generally light regatta. Both days started with an Easterly before swinging to the North. And a solid breeze for the end of the second day.

Garth did well getting us all 6 races.

The racing was fair and the good guys still won.

This year the Chinese team dominated the Standard fleet finishing in the top 3 places with J. Zhou the champion. They have been training in Auckland and taking part in the NZ Laser Champs, Auckland Laser Champs and Sail Auckland.

 The Radial fleet was closely fought. Tim Adair was the eventual winner after only winning 1 of the 6 races, and only 3 points separated the top 3.

Andy Maloney's post Miami update

Hi everyone!
It's been a while since my last update in September after the World Championships in Spain. A lot has happened between now and then. 2015 is now well underway and my first two events of the season have finished. The NZ Laser National Champs off Takapuna, and the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami. Click the link below to read a quick update on how everything has been tracking.
Happy 2015, and thanks for the continued support!

Top 10 in Miami for Andy Maloney and Sara Winther

Andy Maloney had a solid finish at the Miami round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup to get 4th overall.
Sara Winther finished 9th, even after a frustrating yellow flag while running equal 2nd in the medal race.
Other Laser results were Sam Meech 13th and Mike Bullot 23rd.
And of course 2 gold medals for 470 crew Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie and Alexandra Maloney & Molly Meech in the 49erFX.

Reinstate Sailing at the 2020 Paralympics

Radial sailor, Lachy Grimwade, drew our attention to Sailing having been dropped from the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
And the online petition where you can show your support for having the decision reversed.

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