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NZ Sailors do well at 2012 Aussie Masters Champs

A few of our NZ Masters sailors sailed the Aussie Master champs in Brisbane as a preliminary to the World Champs at the same location starting Saturday 10th March.
Scott Leith made a clean sweep of the Apprentice Radial Division. Ed Tam backing him up in 3rd.
Mike Keeton convincingly won the Grand Master Radials.
Mark Orams was 2nd in the Masters Radial, racing hard against local Aussie Greg Adams. Hamish Atkinson from Christchurch in 8th.

2012 Auckland Laser Champs Results

Well it blew like hell on the Saturday. On the Tamaki YCs start boat Garth measured 2 solid minutes of the souwester at 30 knots during the the second race. Then his arm got tired. It didn't stop him setting 3 looong races into the tide. He has quite a cruel streak does Garth. Sunday was lighter, but more to the South and still shifty.

Of those that coped;
Scott Leith cleaned up the Radials mens (again, boring, whatever). At least he was properly pushed by Mark Orams in 2nd. Sara Winther took the female radials, with a cameo appearance by second place Jo Aleh to give the event an Olympic flavour. Our dear leader Nick Page gets his name on the Standard cup, alongside some quite illustrious company. And 2nd placed Ken Atchison made his trip up from Hamilton worthwhile. He often comes up and we appreciate the effort.

But for some of us Tamakis famous Roast Beef Sandwiches were the weekends highlight.

All results at: http://tyc.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Akl-Laser-Champs-20121.pdf

Update from Andy Maloney

Hey Everyone,
The 2012 training and racing has begun. I have just finished competing at the NZ Laser Nationals and in Sail Auckland. I have written an update on my website, including how these two events went and any other latest news from me. You can read it by clicking on this link http://andymaloneyracing.com/Newsletters/NationalsSailAuck2012.aspx
Thanks for all the support and for following my progress!
I am looking forward to a great year training and competing!
Cheers,
Andy

And another update from Andy after winning the OKI 24 Hour.
p.s.  Update after winning the OKI 24 Hour

Olympic representatives Shine at 2012 New Zealand National Laser Championship

Nationals Report from Edmund Tam at Worser Bay BC.


Photo: Sara Winther – Laser Radial Winner and Andrew Murdoch Winner of the Laser Open (Photo by Bruce Jones)

All Fingers and Thoms

NZ Laser glitteratti and past World Champions Mark Orams, Murray Thom and Mark Page preparing to head south for the highly enjoyable NZ Laser Champs hosted by the hospitable Worser Bay on Wellington.
In a rare moment Mr Page manages to upstage Murray with a finger fresh from A&E. Apparently the result of a workplace accident, not a domestic dispute as originally reported. Despite the discomfort Mark sailed all races although the finger was deemed a shipping hazard by the Wellington Harbour Master.

See how they went, along with all the rest of us.

2012 NZ Laser Champs Results, Reports & Photos

6 NZL Radials in Top 11 at Aussie Youth Champs

Congratulations to the NZL Radial team who made a great showing at the Aussie Nationals.

Laser Radial Video from the 2011 ISAF World Champs

In this video from minutes 5 to 15 there is great coverage of the last race before the medal race in the Laser Radial. Sara Winther is sailing for a place in the medal race and qualification for the Olympcs (no pressure).

More Laser Radial action from a few days earlier. From minutes 5:30 to 15.

More Radial racing from minutes 18 to 24

Andrew and Sara representing NZL at the London Olympics

No great suprises but still nice to know. Following top 10 performances in Perth, Andrew Murdoch and Sara Winther have been officially selected as our NZL Laser sailors for the London Olympics. Congratulations to them, a huge amount of work already, a magnificent achievment, and much more to come.

The entire Olympic sailing team are;

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (49er), Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (women’s 470), Andrew Murdoch (laser), Jon Paul Tobin (RS:X), Paul Snow Hansen and Jason Saunders (men’s 470), Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt (women’s match racing) and Sara Winther (laser radial).

Quite an impressive lineup and a credit to the sailors and NZ Yachting coaching and development staff.

Andrew Murdoch's ISAF World Champs wrap up

Hey Guys,
Have had a pretty amazing last few days!!! Almost feels like Christmas....
I managed to get on the podium again at this years World Championships in Perth receiving the bronze medal. It was a tough regatta and I managed to be in solid medal contention going into the medal race which was great.
Then just yesterday, I became one of the first athletes announced into the NZ Olympic Team to compete at the London 2012 Olympics! Although this will be my second time to the Games, it still felt just as good as the first time to be included in the team. It's one more step taken in climbing my Everest, taking Gold at next years Olympics and "Knocking the Bastard Off!"...as Hillary would say.
There is plenty of hard work still to continue though and I now have just over 7 months till showtime! I have been pushed hard for this spot by the other kiwi guys (Andy Maloney, Mike Bullot, Sam Meech, Josh Junior) which has been awesome and this will be a huge benefit as we continue to work together through to the Games. I feel my campaign is in a lot better shape this time around as I have gone about working on many of the lessons learnt from the last Olympics.
Big thanks have to go to my awesome fiancé Natalie for her support. Also regatta coaches Mark Howard & Hamish Wilcox plus the whole Yachting NZ crew & Hyundai NZ for there continued support.
Exciting times ahead!!!
Thanks so much everyone for your support and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a great New Year!
Cheers,
Andrew

You can follow my campaign at

www.facebook.com/andrewmurdochsailing
www.andrewmurdoch.co.nz

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