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Panmure RSA Regatta 2014 Results & Report

Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club has completed yet another very successful RSA Laser Regatta with participants coming from provinces of the far North, Taipa, Onerahi, Southern territories, the Waikato, Lake Ngaroto as well as locals such as French Bay, Weymouth and Pupuke.

A large fleet of lasers hit the water in moderate Easterly breezes of 8 to 12 Knots & steady, giving the valiant laser sailors some very exciting and tactical sailing to get their teeth into. The local PLSC boys did prevail on the day with Dario Motta winning not only his Standard division but for the third consecutive year, the RSA Laser Trophy for overall winner and Kevin Welsh winning the Radial division. There were some very close battles fought thoughout the day. Garth Briden, Jock Bilger with the help of Kim Ardmore kept the races turning over at great pace enabling the fleet to enjoy 5 races. This was followed by a yummy roast lamb on the spit & prize giving. Our sponsors this year have been very generous in their support of the PLSC Regatta which saw all those attending taking away spoils of the battle. Thanks goes to our sponsors for their continuous support: the RSA, CRC, PredictWind.com, Waipuna, Yeeha, Auckland Seaplanes, Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland Marine Centre, The Watershed, Joy Adams Sails, Sugarcrafts, Survitecgroup, Boating NZ, YMCA, Boat books, Flyajet and Coromondel Cacti.

Click here for the results and photos of the day

Minutes of the NZLA AGM - 17th December 2013

Minutes of the NZLA AGM - 17th December 2013

Thanks to all those who attended. Particularly the judges John Bullot and Doug Elder who gave us a very helpful perspective on a number of issues.

2014 Auckland Laser Champs Report

The Auckland Laser Champs at Tamaki over the weekend provided a full variety of conditions over the two days for the 25 sailors who rolled up on Saturday morning.

Nick Page after 2 days at the 2014 Australian Laser Masters

After 2 days of 10 knots or less we look like getting a decent breeze today.

Andy Maloney's report from the 2014 NZ Laser Nationals

Hey Everyone,

I have just returned from Nelson where the 2014 NZ Laser National Championship was held. Click the link below to read my brief blog update on how the week panned out for me;

http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog/andy-maloney/2014/01/20/2014-nz-laser-nationals

I hope everyone had a great holiday season, thanks for all of the continued support!

Cheers,
Andy

NZMT Marine Turbochargers New Zealand Laser Champs - Final Day 4

Stunning Conditions again for the final day

We were fortunate to enjoy another stunning blue sky day with a great sea breeze for the final day of the National Laser Champs in Nelson. Racing again started as soon as the sea breeze filled in just after midday, with 4 races being completed for the Open divisions and 3 for Masters, meaning that all divisions were only one race short of the programmed number despite the loss of races at the beginning of the contest.

The breeze steadily built through the afternoon, topping out at about 15 knots. The slightly lighter breeze, combined with the tide being later than yesterday meant there were considerably smaller waves that we had for yesterday afternoons races. However, the tide again caused some issues on the start line in the later races, with several sailors again suffering OCS’s for premature starts due to the tidal effect on the line.

In the Open Andy Maloney held his lead to win convincingly from Dutch sailor Nicholas Heiner with Tom Saunders in third.  Past champion Mike Bullot was fourth, followed by our other Dutch visitor, Rutger Van Schaardendurg,  who ended up 5th after having to count a DNF in spite of several race wins.

In the Radial leading Women’s sailor Sara Winther won overall from top youth sailors Trent Rippey and Sefton Cole. Susannah Pyatt however had a very strong day including a 1st and two  2nd’s to rise to 4th overall. Leading Women’s Youth sailor was Ali Nightingale in 9th overall.

Lachy Grimwade had a great day with 3 firsts in the 4.7 to take the title from Japanese visitor and top female sailor Emily Koya.

Defending champion, Apprentice Chris Decke, won a very close contest in the full rig Masters to take the title from Master Andrew Dellabarca with Apprentice Kent Copplestone sailing extremely consistently for third overall. He was followed by master Owen Anderson in 4th, with Nick Page taking the Grand Masters title and holding on to 5th overall. Bob Blakey was the leading GGM’s in 11th overall.

In the Masters Radial Apprentice World Champion Scott Leith continued to dominate and took the overall title winning every race. Richard Blakey moved up to second overall , overhauling Ed Tam who held onto 3rd. Mike Keeton was the leading GM in 4th and Jim Quinn the leading GGM in 11th.

Overall the contest was extremely well run by Nelson Yacht Club and delivered wonderful conditions for the final 2 days after a frustrating start. The Open and Radial fleet will now be moving to Sail Auckland, the second NZ team qualifying regatta for the season. Next years contest will be at Takapuna Boating Club in January 2015 and we look forward to a large fleet and more high quality racing.

Final Results

- Nick Page

 

2014 NZ Laser Champs Final Results

Results after the final day.

  • Day 1 - light and tricky - only one race
  • Day 2 - no racing due to strong winds
  • Day 3 - Nelson as advertised - strengthening sea breeze - 4 races for open divisions and 3 for masters
  • Day 4 - Another Nelson beauty - strengthening sea breeze - 4 races for open divisions and 3 for masters

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers at the Nelson Yacht Club. Great sailing the last 2 days. Very forendly and well organised. Awesome lunches. And Tasman Bay scenary people travel around the world to see.

Click for Full Results

NZMT Marine Turbochargers New Zealand Laser Champs - Day 3

Sea Breeze Delivers

After two days of frustration we enjoyed a great Nelson sea breeze and were able to complete a full set of races in perfect Laser sailing conditions. Racing started as soon as the sea breeze filled in at about 12.30, with 4 races being completed for the Open divisions and 3 for Masters.

The breeze steadily built through the day. The first race was sailed in 8 to 10 knots with a slack tide. The breeze topped out at about 20 knots later in the afternoon and a strong ebb tide resulted in a big wind against tide seaway for the later races. The tide also caused some issues on the start line, with many sailors underestimating the drift in the last minute and consequently there were a few general recalls and quite a few sailors suffer OCS’s for premature start.

In the Open Andy Maloney leads from Dutch visitor Nicholas Heiner with Tom Saunders in third. Unfortunately the other top ranked NZ sailor, Sam Meech, was forced to withdraw from the later races due to an injury he sustained in training earlier this week.  Our other Dutch visitor, Rutger Van Schaardendurg, who was 4th in the recent World Laser Championships, incurred an OCS but otherwise had strong results today and remains in contention for the title once the discard comes into play tomorrow.

In the Radial leading Women’s sailor and last Olympic rep Sara Winther leads a closely bunched field from Trent Rippey, the leading youth sailor. He is followed by South Island youth trio Sefton Cole, Cullen Le Roy and Charles Corston, with local Nelson sailor Josh Edmonds in 6th. Leading Women’s Youth sailor is Ali Nightingale in 8th overall.

The 4.7’s enjoyed close racing and is led by Lachy Grimwade from Japanese visitor Emily Koya.

In the Masters Andrew Dellabarca prevailed in all 3 races but was OCS in one race, relegating him down the order and allowing defending champion Chris Decke to lead overall from Kent Copplestone and Pete Van Ryn, the leading Master. Nick Page leads the GM’s in 5th overall. In the Masters Radial Scott Leith produced another dominant performance with 3 wins to lead convincingly overall. The other standout performance of the day was Richard Blakey who was 2nd in all 3 races and is now 3rd overall behind a consistent Ed Tam in 2nd. Mike Keeton is leading the GM’s and Jim Quinn the GGM’s.

The forecast for tomorrow is similar to today so we hope to get another top days sailing for the final day of the championship.  With a discard coming into play for all divisions if we get a full compliment of races tomorrow there will potentially be some rearrangement of standings with several top sailors currently carrying OCS’s so there will be much to play for in tomorrows races.

- Nick Page - NZ Laser Association Chairman

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