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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

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

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