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2018 South Island Laser Champs Report & Results

The South Island Laser Champs were held at Nelson Sailing Club on December 1st and 2nd.

There were 18 Radials and 4 Full rigs entered from Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson and Picton.
 
On Saturday, sailors were held on shore until about noon (beats sitting on a millpond!). We then sailed out to the start line which felt like a race and a half in itself. The winds were 3-5 knots WSW moving to WNW later in the day and then dying away altogether after 3 races were done and dusted.

2018 North Island Laser Champs

Another great North Island laser Champs was held at the Napier Sailing Club as part of their annual Summer Regatta.

Laser Results

There were 149 entrants in the various classes of the regatta. Naturally, the biggest fleet was Lasers with 31 x Radials, 17 x Standards and 2 x 4.7's. But also good numbers of Opti's, Open Bic's, OK's and Piper Tigers - a real old school regatta atmosphere.

With the rain lashing the rest of the upper North Island, we probably had the best spot. Cloudy but warm, a few sprinkles on Saturday, but the worst of the forecast rain for Sunday held off till we were off the water and packed up.

The excellent Napier SC race committee got all 7 races, 4 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. The Lasers shared the outer Triangle+Windward-Leeward course with the OK's and Paper Tigers. That made for some challenging bottom mark roundings - those Paper Tigers arrive from nowhere and can leave a big hole in the wind.

Saturday was light to medium breeze. One big right-hand shift caught some (well me) on the first beat of the standard fleet in the third race, but otherwise, it generally oscillated and was fair racing.

We were delayed 30 minutes at the start on Sunday when the wind died as we got out to the course. But were entertained by a decent school of dolphins (or maybe porpoises) who paralleled the boats as we warmed up in the filling breeze. We then go a medium strength breeze and busier sea state over the groundswell - making for some energetic sailing.

Josh Armit dominated the standard fleet winning every race. He was generally (but not always) in the front few sailors from the start. But really put distance on the chasers on each reach.

Dave Ridley was the next most consistent standard and leading master. He was followed by Luke Deegan who is recently back in the country and a great addition sailing at Lake Pupuke.

The Radials had a much tighter battle with master Scott Leith getting 4 bullets to Luke Cashmore's 3 bullets. They ended on equal total points, and Scott only one point clear to win after the drops. They were followed by Caleb Armit and Albert Stanley finishing on equal points, Caleb taking 3rd on countback.

Only one point shy of the boys was Annabelle Rennie-Younger as leading female and 5th overall. Second female and first youth female was Samantha Stock in 9th after having to drop a DSQ (there must be a story there).

Two 4.7's were mixing it up with the Radials. Jacob Goodall came out on top in all but one race over Charlotte Gray.

Thanks again to Napier SC and all the volunteers who put on such a slick event each year. And all the local and travelling sailors who made it such a great event.

2018 The Water Shed North Island Laser Traveller Series

Due to popular demand, and with support from The Water Shed, we are going to have a North Island Laser traveller series.
 

The regattas which all count to overall series points are;
  • North Island Champs - Napier - 24th & 25th November 2018
  • Laser Nationals - Manly - 12th to 15th January 2019
  • Auckland Laser Champs - Tamaki - 6th & 7th April 2019
Prizes awarded for Standard and Radial (and 4.7 if sailed at the 3 regattas) and we will publish progressive results.
 
Overall lucky dip prize open to everyone who sails all 3 regattas, a new Laser sail courtesy of Dan at The Water Shed.

2018 North Harbour Masters

Patience was the name of the game at Sundays North Harbour Masters regatta.

5 races were scheduled and the fleet got on the water on time but the breeze refused to cooperate, boxing the compass and then fading out completely before a course could be set. After a nice chat and lunch ashore a light 5 to 8-knot Easterly breeze arrived, allowing the fleet back on the water for two races before the 3pm start close-off time . The breeze remained unstable all afternoon, with frequent large shifts and pressure variations challenging everyone.

 
Two sailors however mastered the conditions, GM's Dave Lowe in the Standards and Werner Hennig in the Radials. Both scored two convincing bullets in their respective fleets, showing that it was possible to master the tricky conditions. In the Standards Mark Hursthouse (GM) pipped Tony Nicholson (M) for second on countback while in the Radials Hamilton visitor Helen Spencer(WM) and local GGM Barrie Knott were tied in second place. Leading GGM in the Standards was Commodore John Dowsett, who finished the day with the usual entertaining prize giving.

2018 Auckland Women's Laser Champs Report

  • 2018 Auckland Women's Laser Champs
  • Saturday 13th October
  • See the report
  • Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

Laser Recycling

With the new season approaching there are a lot of young sailors looking to move into the Lasers and a real shortage of suitable second-hand boats available. 
 
So if you have an unused, reasonable race quality Laser sitting around why not put it on the market and let a new sailor start using it for the new season.
 
If you do have a boat can you please either;
 
1. email NZ Laser Assoc (webmaster@nzlaser.org) and we will list it on our website.
2. Pop in and see Dan at The Watershed, who has a list of potential buyers
3. Just list it in Trade Me

Manly Mid Winter Regatta Report

The Laser classes were well represented at the Manly Mid Winter Regatta with 40 entrants over the Standard, Radial and 4.7 divisions.  The regatta was raced earlier this month between 7-9 July with a range of testing conditions from light to fresh.  Moderate conditions kicked off proceedings on day one with slight chop and around 12-15knots of onshore breeze.  While we battened down the hatches in apprehension of the big one to hit on Sunday, the breeze only got up to a modest 5-10knots.  However Monday was fresh with solid waves.
 
The highly competitive Radial fleet was dominated by Harrison Baker who won five of the nine races.  Jack Lee Rush and Thomas Mulcahy sailed well to be second and third respectively.
 
Matthew Rist was the top performer from Manly Sailing Club with a respectable 5th overall and relished the wild conditions on Monday: “The waves were a highlight for me since they were great for surfing, so there were big gains and losses on the downwind as well as on the beats.”
 
The standard division was taken out by Wellingtonian Andrew Dellabarca winning two of the four races sailed on Saturday before staying on to keep the young radial sailors honest on Sunday & Monday.  Chris Brodie and Gary Lock followed in 2nd & 3rd respectively.  A special mention goes to Dave Ridley who finished in 4th while sailing on a broken foot.
 
The growing 4.7 class was won by Burty Meffan with Kahurangi Nepia and Kaya Reese 2nd & 3rd respectively.
 
It was fantastic to have sailors from all over the country including Nelson, Dunedin and Wanaka as well as Napier, Wellington and Kerikeri.
 
A big thank you from Manly Sailing Club to all those who got involved both on and off the water and we look forward to hosting the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Laser Nationals in early January next year.
 
Phil.

 

2018 Oceania Laser Masters Champs - Fiji

2018 Oceania Laser Masters Champs - Fiji

Please note some changes to this regatta;

  • both Radial and Standard fleets now sail from 11th to 19th October 2018
  • a new Corinthian division for age 21 to 34


All details at www.oceanialaserchamps.com

Josh Armit wins Gold at the 2018 Youth Worlds


Photo: Sailing Energy

Huge congratulations to Josh Armit who won the boys Laser Radial at the 2018 Youth Worlds in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Josh sealed the deal in the 58 boat fleet with a day to spare, then went on to get a second in the final race. He started the regatta with a 6th, his eventual drop race, then was a model of consistency, including 3 firsts, 2 seconds, a third, fourth and fifth.

Samantha Stock finished 20th from 46 in the girls Radial.

Josh and Samantha were part of a successful NZL team which include
- 2nd girls RSX Windsurfer (nice to see)
- 2nd in boys 29er
- 3rd mixed Nacra 15
- 5th Boys 420

All 2018 youth world results

More at YNZ

South Pacific Laser Masters 2018

Results for the July 2018 South Pacific Laser Masters Results, Manly Brisbane

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