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A good article summarising Sara's career (so far) at

Sara Winther wins Gold at the French Sailing Week 2011

She's making it a habit.

Following on from gold in the Prince Sofia Regatta in March, Sara has won again in Heyres at the Semaine Olympique Francaise.
She had a 5 point lead over Frances Sarah Steyeart lead going into medal race, then started badly, only slowly clawing back during the race. But after a strong final downwind to the finish she surged past two boats on the last wave. Just enough to secure victory with two points.
In the same strong fleet Miranda Powrie was pleased with a 15th in her first year back in the class, making improvements in first beat tactics but losing ground downhill.
Mike Bullot was the best of the NZL men with a 8th overall and 6 of 11 races in the top five. Josh Juior was 12th, Andy Maloney 16th, Andrew Murdoch 23rd and Sam Meech 55th (and a 1st in his final race).

More details at

Sara Winther wins Gold in the Princess Sofia Regatta 2011

Whoo hoo!
After a slower start early in the regatta Sara Winther found her form in the middle races to win the Laser Radials at 42nd princess Sofia Regatta in Palma, Mallorca. A most impressive result against some big names including Evi Van Acker, Paige Riley and Marit Bouwmeester.

Sara's perspective at

Sam Meech must be elated with a 4th in the mens Lasers. He had only Paul Goodison (GBR), Tom Slingsby (AUS) and Nick Thomson (GBR) in front of him. The strength of the NZ squad was on show again with Andrew Murdoch and Andy Maloney 6th and 7th and Mike Bullot 8th.

In other fleets Jo Aleh and Biacha Barbarich-Bacher had a stunning regatta to win gold a full 10 points (net) ahead of silver. And Dan Slater was 4th in the Finn.

Reports and full results at

Final Results for the 2010-2011 4.7 Traveller Series

These are the final results  for the 2010-201 4.7 Traveller Series.
Congratulations to all competitors and especially Phillipa, Liam and Emma who came out on top. Many thanks to Steve & Linda NZ Sail for getting this series under way and all the clubs who hosted a round.

2011 Sail Auckland Laser Results

For Laser results for 2011 Sail Auckland - 'read more' below.
 For all Sail Auckland reports, results & photos visit;

2011 NZ Laser Nationals Photos on

Images from the NZ Nationals are available here at

I'm gradually adding more images to the site and should have about two hundred up by the end of the day. I have about 450 reasonable shots so anyone who can't see their photo is welcome to email me via the website and I'll have a look for them.

Membership to our site is free and I generally have a policy that if a member sees a photo of themselves and would like a copy I am happy to send them the file provided it is only used privately - ie have printed for their own use.
As a keen boatie, I appreciate how hard it is to get an action shot or decent photo of yourself as most people aren't stupid enough to try taking photos in large swells with lots of spray around.
Cathy Vercoe

To Laser Nationals Competitors from Torbay Sailing Club

As vice commodore of Torbay Sailing Club and one of the organisers of the Laser Nationals I would like to thank all 185 competitors, friends and family who came to Waiake Beach.

Report - 2011 New Zealand Laser National Champs - A full range of conditions

The progression of a tropical storm provided a full range of conditions for the 2011 New Zealand Laser Champs at Torbay on Auckland’s North Shore.

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