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2020 Mitre10 MEGA NZ National Laser Champs - New Plymouth

Back to New Plymouth for our national champs with the generous support of Mitre10 MEGA.

The NPYC runs great regattas, and the sailing there can be fantastic. We have had memorable years with spectacular downwind sailing.

Karen at

Protest Committee Links


Thursday 16th
  • Late Registration from 9am
  • Breifing 11am
  • 2 races - first race 1pm
Friday 17th
  • 2 races - first race 1pm
  • Contest Dinner at the club
Saturday 18th
  • 2 races - first race 1pm
Sunday 19th
  • 2 races - first race 12pm
  • Prizegiving after racing
Unloading and Parking
Boats are to be unloaded from road trailers in the car park next to the compound and wheeled from there into the compound. Road trailers are to be taken to the marked trailer storage area on the other side of Ocean View Parade and cars parked in the same grassed area.
On Sunday 19th, a popular Seaside Market will operate from 09:00 to 15:00 in the reserve adjacent to the yacht club. We will do what we can to reserve car parking at the western end of the grassed area.
See the map below.

Boat Storage
All boats are to be stored on beach trollies within the club compound which will be locked at night.  Since there is limited room, please keep your boat and gear stored neatly in the available space, being aware of the needs of others.
See the map below.

You must complete measurement before registering. Please do this as early as possible. Measuring time is officially from 12pm to 5pm on Wednesday. But we are aiming for early measuring on Tuesday afternoon, and measuring all Wednesday till 5pm. Measurement will be within the boat compound.
See more on getting through measurement.

Contest Dinner
A meal will be served at the NPYC on the evening of Friday 17th. Additional tickets can be purchased at the time of registration for $20 ea.

The club has changing rooms with showers. Please leave the black sand outside, use the shower wet areas for wet gear and keep the dry areas as dry as possible.

To help with beach trolley grouping, identification and boat retrieval, Radials are to launched on the eastern (right hand) side of the beach, Standards to the western (left) of the sign.
Boat Washing
New Plymouth has water restrictions January through March. To limit water consumption and to avoid congestion, boats will pass through a spray system on entering the compound from the beach.  There will be no facility for individual boat washing on competition days.

Incafé Coffee
A barista will be on duty each morning to serve your expresso caffeine fix.  EFTPOS available.

Clubrooms, Bar and Café
The clubrooms and bar will be open each day after sailing for socialising.
The café will be operating, selling food on each competition day and after racing.

Help Required
Further help is required both onshore (Call Alison) and offshore (Call Wayne Holdt 027 258 3796)

Regarding onshore arrangements or local information 

contact Alison Pitman 027 450 6102 (in the hi-viz vest onshore)



Preview for the 2020 Mitre 10 Laser Nationals

From the 16th to the 19th January New Plymouth Yacht Club will be hosting another strong fleet of close to 100 sailors aged from 14 to 80 next week for the annual NZ Laser Nationals. With our top men and women Olympic aspirants committed to sailing in Australia this summer in the lead up to the Laser Worlds in Melbourne in February this weeks contest offers a unique opportunity to our top non Olympic sailors to take home the coveted Standard and Radial Laser National Championship titles.
In the Standards the Open and Masters fleets will be combined, allowing reigning World Apprentice Master World champion Dave Ridley a chance of getting the better of an extremely strong group of younger sailors. These include those moving up from the Youth ranks such as Luke Cashmore, Harrison Baker and Albert Stanley as well as experienced campaigners including Alastair Gifford, who has been near the top for several seasons, and other top Masters including Andrew Dellabarca, Rohan Lord and Cris Brodie.
In the Radials the Open and Masters fleets will sail separately. In the Opens it will also be a contest of youth vs experience with top Youths sailors Caleb Armit, Thomas Mulcahy and Matthew Rist, all fresh from competing at the Australian Laser Nationals, sure to be pushed hard by several others including multi World Masters champion Scott Leith and up and coming Women's contender Courtney Reynolds Smith. In the Masters Radial, with Scott electing to sail in the Open fleet, reigning Radial Masters national champion Ed Tam will again be a top bet, although apprentice Phil Wild, who is returning from an injury break, and GM Roger Winton, also fresh from the Aussie Nationals, will be among those with other ideas.
The Laser class has been a regular visitors to New Plymouth, with several legendary contest over the years. It has a deserved reputation for providing challenging and exciting conditions and a great contest for everyone and we are sure that this year will be no exception. There is still time to get your entry in and join the fleet, with late entry available until the 15th January. All details are available on the NZLaser Association website.

2020 Mitre10 MEGA NZ National Laser Champs Entries

Entries updated 6pm 10th Jan

Laser 4.7 Under 18 Female Josefine Siemann
Laser 4.7 Under 18 Male Thomas Link
Laser Radial Open Male harry corston
Laser Radial Open Male Scott Leith
Laser Radial Women Female Rachel Basevi
Laser Radial Women Female Holly Curtis
Laser Radial Women Female Julia Francis
Laser Radial Women Female Courtney Reynolds-Smith
Laser Radial Youth Female Charli Gray
Laser Radial Youth Female Emily Overend
Laser Radial Youth Female Maddie Rist
Laser Radial Youth Female Molly Webley
Laser Radial Youth Male Caleb Armit
Laser Radial Youth Male Max Beck
Laser Radial Youth Male Jack Bennett
Laser Radial Youth Male Daniel Brodie
Laser Radial Youth Male Lachlan Dillon
Laser Radial Youth Male Harry Edwards
Laser Radial Youth Male Nicholas Mannering
Laser Radial Youth Male Thomas Mulcahy
Laser Radial Youth Male Matthew Rist
Laser Radial Youth Male Jaxon Roddick
Laser Radial Youth Male Blake Wood
Laser Radial Youth Male Will Wright
Laser Standard Open Male Harrison Baker
Laser Standard Open Male Yvan Beaufils
Laser Standard Open Male Luke Cashmore
Laser Standard Open Male Andrew Child
Laser Standard Open Male Alastair Gifford
Laser Standard Open Male Levi Harper
Laser Standard Open Male Tristan Hodge
Laser Standard Open Male JIN HWAN LEE
Laser Standard Open Male Eroni Leilua
Laser Standard Open Male Albert Stanley
Master Radial Apprentice (35-44) Male Phil Wild
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Female Jo Jackman
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Female Helen Spencer
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Male Robert English
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Male Paul Francis
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Male Werner Henning
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Male Scott McDougall
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Male Rick Spencer
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Male Christopher Trudgen
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Male Charlie Watt
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Male Roger Winton
Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+) Male Jeff Booth
Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+) Male Garth Cheyne
Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+) Male Sandy Grigg
Master Radial Master (45-54) Male Dragos Blaga
Master Radial Master (45-54) Female Lucia Chagas
Master Radial Master (45-54) Male steve harris
Master Radial Master (45-54) Male Edmund Tam
Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Male Tim Pitcaithly
Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Male dave ridley
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male Grant Abicht
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male John Coltman
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male Greg Corston
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male Mike Keeton
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male Mike Knowsey
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male Rohan Lord
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male David Lowe
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male Mark Page
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male Nick Page
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male Mark Patterson
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male Chris Sadler
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male Andrew Skerrett
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Male Paul Thomas
Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Male Allan Bindon
Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Male GARRY LOCK
Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Male John Pitman
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Doug Anderson
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Owen Anderson
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Robert Anderson
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Ken Atchison
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Ian Baker
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male simon beck
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Cris Brodie
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Don Christie
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Andrew Dellabarca
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Michael Gray
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male karl nicholson
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Tony Nicholson
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Daryl Parkes
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Luuk van Basten Batenburg
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Greg Wilshire
Master Standard Master (45-54) Male Rob Woodward


2019 South Island Laser Champs

On the 30th November and 1st December 2019, 13 Radials and about 5 4.7s arrived to a blustery NE.

A decision to race was delayed until 2pm. The wind hadn’t dropped much, and the decision was made to race. Sails were raised with difficulty and a number swopped to 4.7 rigs. At least the start line was very close to the launching site and the water was relatively flat. Spectators had a great view of the action as the wind blew mostly 20-30 knots with a few gusts in the low 30 knots.

We had 2 short races over an outer trapezoid course, some deciding to “granny gybe” thus avoiding a capsize swim. As far as I am aware Peter Graham and Hamish in the Radials and Morris Hall in the 4.7 made it around without a swim. Everyone was relieved to make it back to shore. Jenny Armstrong saying it was the windiest she had been out in her Laser!

Sunday brought nicer weather with a 10-15 knot NE. Jenny and Peter in the Radials sharing the 2 race wins each over 4 races. 

Thanks to Vauxhall yacht club for hosting the regatta. Well done to all.
Hamish Atkinson 201518 

Radial Results

4.7 Results

2019 Laser North Island Champs Results and Report

Standard, Radial and 4.7 Laser Results

We were back at the Napier Sailing Club's Summer Regatta for our 2019 North Island Laser Champs on 23rd & 24th November.

Napier SC always puts on a great event and this year it was the biggest, with over 200 boats across all the classes, from Opti's, Bic's through to the adult classes. Add some Hawkes Bay sun and warmth and it was a great start to the summer sailing.

The Lasers were on the outer Triangle/Windward/Leeward course along with Europes, OK's and Paper Tigers. Managing your position amongst the wider fleet was a big part of the weekend.

Saturday was a real challenge. The breeze was generally light to medium - but very unstable with short lived changes in wind direction and pressure. At times it was quite tricky keeping optimally trimmed and powered up in the small waves. Our RO Andrew had to reset the course before every race, and did well to get our 4 races in. The 3rd race was a bit dodgy for the Standards, crumping out a couple of times before a shortened finish. And the Radials had to abandon that start and were out fairly late getting their 4th race.

Sunday was lighter but actually more stable and we got our last 3 races in and back home fairly smoothly.

Most of us had our ups and downs, but as usual the best guys and girls were consistently at the front. They really earned their results.

Luke Cashmore won the Standards quite convincingly, ahead of the masters Dave Ridley and Andrew Delabarca.

Results were closer in the Radials. Youth sailor Caleb Armit had the measure of master sailor Phil Wild who finished just ahead of the first female Courtney Reynolds Smith. But all 3 sailors had wins.

Nathan Putt from Rotorua represented the 4.7s sailing within the other fleets.

Thanks again to the Napier SC for a well run and enjoyable regatta.

Canterbury Laser Champs 2019

2019 Canterbury Laser Champs Results

Over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th November, 14 Full rigs, 4 4.7’s and 4 Radials competed at Christchurch Yacht Club. The racing was combined with the P Class trials.

We had a good spring tide and a window to work with for the days races in the Christchurch estuary. 

Saturday the breeze came in and we had 10-15 knots NE in Race 1 and 15-20 knots for Race 2. On Sunday we started Race 3 in a NW 20 knots which shifted to SW after the first 2 legs, so there was a lot of “follow the leader” reaches. Race 4 saw a SW to NE wind shift with 2 minutes to go. So, a downwind start it was, with the course again being a difficult Outer 3 type. The race officer Peter Stokell tried in desperation to get another start but the wind was doing 360’s.

Thanks again to CYC for the great event. 

Hamish Atkinson South Island rep.

2019 North Harbour Masters Results & Report


A forecast of 20 to 30 knots freshening for a time in the middle of the day put quite a few off but after a couple of pretty fresh and gusty races to begin with the breeze dropped to around 10 knots for the final 3 races, giving everyone plenty of chances and allowing the fleet to avoid total exhaustion while providing extremely close racing, with many photo finishes right through the fleet.

There were quite a few swimmers in the first 2 races, with the very gusty northerly catching many out on the runs. This mixed up the results quite a bit, leading to an early discard for some of the favourites. In the end Cris Brodie (M) was a clear and well deserved winner in the Standards, showing consistent speed and tactics which enabled him to work up through the fleet on several occasions when he got back a bit early. Starting off the carpark with the breeze from the north provided some interesting challenges, with lulls, squalls and big shifts making getting to the first mark near the top of the bunch a bit of a lottery at times.
Second overall was GM Nick Page, who was looking good after the first 2 races and managed to be just consistent enough over the final 3 races to hold out Master Tony Nicholson. Tony a couple of great races, getting the bullet in race 2, but struggled for consistency and verticality, ending up 3rd overall. Other race winners in the Standards were GM Mark Hursthouse, who finished 4th overall and Thomas Borrmann, who did a horizon job on the fleet in race 4.
In the Radials, who started with the Standards, Apprentice Phil Wild managed a clean sweep, several times also beating almost all of the Standard fleet! Second was GM Werner Hennig who made the drive up from Hamilton for the day, while GM Jeff Coffin just pipped WM Georgina Wooldridge for 3rd spot.
Nick Page

Wanted - NZ Laser Association Secretary

After 7 years our NZLA secretary Karen Grimwade is moving on. Very many thanks to Karen who has done such a wonderful job and put up with us all for so long.
But now we are looking for a new NZLA secretary. 
This is a part time position covering all the usual administration of the class in NZ and carries an honorarium, currently $4000 pa. The secretary is fully supported by the NZLA committee, who are always available to assist in sorting out any problems that arise.
The general scope of the position is as follows;
  • Agendas and minutes for AGM, and two or three committee meetings a year.
  • Registration of members over the year;  administer our database of contact details and payments, and as membership registrations come in, send out membership pack (sticker, handbook & welcome letter).  NZLA has approximately 150 active members.
  • Pay the bills and keep an eye on the bank account.
  • Interact with the ILCA; payment of annual membership, ranking of Worlds Sailors and order cubes.
  • Administer Nationals entries in the lead up to Nationals each January.
  • Attend Nationals; manage the registration of entries and other Nationals related administration.
  • Send out ‘newsletter’ style emails to members from time to time over the year
The amount of work required each week varies with the time of year, with the period leading up to the Nationals being the busiest, but there will be many weeks where no work is required other than general monitoring of e mails etc. Management of the class website and facebook page is done by other committee members.
If you may be interested and available please contact the NZLA chairman, Nick Page (, and have a chat and raise any questions you may have.

Chairmans Report - 2019 NZ Laser Association AGM

Yes, 2019 has again been a good year for Laser in NZ with good turnouts nationally at regattas, particularly in the Youth fleet, and success on the international stage for our Olympic sailors. 
The core of the success of the class however remains attracting and retaining new sailors at all levels. It has been pleasing to see strong club fleets in many regions but it remains a challenge for the class to retain numbers as longstanding members of the masters fleet become less active and youth sailors move on to new challenges if they are not looking at Olympic campaigns.
After a very challenging couple of years for the class, the Laser and the Laser Radial have been confirmed by World Sailing as the single handed classes for men and women for the 2024 Olympics. I believe this is great news for the class and its future. Part of World Sailing’s requirements for Olympic selection was that the class adopt a policy to allow new manufacturers to enter the Laser market. The class has agreed to this and is just commencing the appointment process. In NZ we do not expect any rapid change to the market for boats and equipment but in the medium term we hope that the scope of the class will expand and that this will lead to more competitive pricing for boats and equipment in the future.
Congratulations to George Gautrey and Sam Meech, whos results on the world stage this year have continued to demonstrate the strength of our Men’s Laser squad and the talent of our sailors. Of particularly note are George’s podium finish in the worlds in Japan and Sam’s consistency and No1 World Ranking. Our women sailors have also competed internationally and have been successful in qualifying NZ for an Olympic spot in 2024 if they are able to meet the NZ Olympic committee selection criteria.
Congratulations also to Dave Ridley and Scott Leith for their recent victories in the World Masters in Holland. There were also many other solid performances from our top Youth, Open and Masters sailors at international regattas.
The Nationals at Manly was again a success, with good numbers in the Masters and Youths. It was extremely well run by Manly and the fleet again enjoyed a great variety of conditions. We trust that this years nationals in New Plymouth will be well supported and we look forward to some awesome sailing at this iconic venue.
Our grants and coaching initiatives have continued and NZLA will continue to encourage and sponsor coaching this season for any club or group of Laser sailors.  I think this is a great opportunity for clubs and would encourage any club to get in touch to see how we can assist.
Financially we again had a satisfactory year and the Association remains in good financial health. We again had a small loss but this was within the committees comfort zone, given the cash resources of the Association. We are however continuing to look at options for a fundraising initiative to bolster the Associations coffers and ensure its ongoing financial health.
Internationally ILCA continues to try and work with the manufacturers on the ongoing equipment issues. We understand that approval of the carbon alternative for the Radial bottom section imminent. Unfortunately the issues with the European Laser manufacturers have continued, but with the introduction of the WS FRAND policy this year we are hopeful that these too are nearing resolution. 
Thanks again to Karen who has continued to do a great job as our secretary and to all our committee for their input this year. 
If anyone would like to join the committee or propose or discuss any Laser issue you are always welcome to contact me or any member of the committee via the NZLA website e mail contacts
Nick Page 
Chairman NZLA
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