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2018 Port Ohope Queens Birthday Regatta

Port Ohope hosted their annual QB Regatta.

A highlight was having a radial fleet of 11, including 5 women.
 
Helen Spencer (Hamilton/Tauranga) took out the radial fleet win overall with consistent 1sts & 2nds. Local Heather Hourigan drew on local knowledge to hold 4th overall, including one bullet.  Leny Woolsley (Ohope) and Fi Chapman (Tauranga) ventured into lasers for a new experience, having transferred from keeler backgrounds.  Young Clementine Roe (Taupo) got in there amidst the radials with her 4.7 and pulled off some fine starts and sailing (even with a smaller sail).
 
It was encouraging to experience women competing and encouraging new sailors from clubs around the BoP & Waikato region.

Photo: Clementine Roe, Helen Spencer, Fi Chapman, Heather Hourigan. Absent Leny Woolsley

- Helen Spencer

2018 Northshore Freshwater Champs Results & Report

34 sailors entered the 2018 Northshore Freshwater Champs.

All Results

Saturday had 12-18 knots from the Northwest with gusts up to 25 knots.

Sunday had sun and a shifty 8-12 knots from the West.

The Full rig numbers were down this year but the quality was excellent with Rohan Lord coming out top over Dave Ridley who was just ahead of Andrew Dellabarca who had driven up from Wellington.

Winner of the Great Grand Masters was Gary Lock who redeemed himself with a 3rd in the last race.

In the Radial there was an excellent turnout of youth, women and masters. Josh Armit series was ruined after a broken mast in race 2, but Luke Cashmore who won overall sailed a good series ahead of Harrison Baker. One to look out for was 13-year-old Caleb Armit who finished 5th.

1st Women was Samantha Stock in 7th and 1st Master Radial was Georgi Yankov in 12th.

Our thanks to Race officer Garth Briden and to Commodore John Dowsett for use of his boat in the trying Saturday conditions. Thanks to Sandy Wilson in the Tower and the rest of the committee who made it a successful day with generous prizes.

The next big Pupuke event is the North Harbour Masters in the 2nd week of November and there is regular sailing through the winter on Sundays at 1.30pm start time.

John Dowsett - Commodore Pupuke BC

2018 RSA LASER REGATTA - Results and Report

A fantastic fleet of 37 Lasers participated in the 41st edition of the RSA Laser Regatta at Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club this Sunday with sailors coming from as far away as Port Ohope, Onerahi, Hamilton and the four corners of Auckland to compete in this much anticipated annual event.

The weather came to the party allowing for some great racing conditions on the Basin with winds ranging between 10 to 17 knots.  Shifty gusts caught many, even the top sailors, by surprise and a spectacle of acrobatic capsizes could be enjoyed by the public. Rohan Lord from Pupuke Boating Club and previous Laser National Champion and RSA winner in 1987 and 1989 was this year's winner leading the field in 4 of the races in the Laser Standards. Luuk Van Basten Batenburg from Pupuke and previous RSA winner in 2003 2010 and 2011 won the 5th race and came second overall. Mike Keaton from Pupuke came 3rd overall.
 
In the Radial fleet, PLSC’s very own Kevin Welsh won the day which is his 4th win in that division, Samantha Stock from Murrays Bay Sailing Club and a member of the 2018 NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team not only came second overall but as well first Junior sailor and first Woman sailor. Taylor Farrell from PLSC came second woman sailor and Helen Spencer from Hamilton Yacht Club came third woman and first Master Women sailor. Jim Quinn from Point Chevalier Sailing Club, a previous World Radial Great Grand Masters Champion and a legend (75+) was third Radial, an amazing achievement showing that skills, not age matter.
 
The day closed with a BBQ of steak and sausages kindly donated by Manfreight followed by Prizegiving. We have to thank our invaluable army of helpers who kept the whole day running like clockwork. Special thanks to Garth Briden and Jock Bilger for setting up a great arena for the regatta with a great course and some great starts. Need to thank of course our Sponsors who donated an impressive list of prizes.
 

Silver for Sam Meech at the Princess Sofia regatta


© Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR

Sam Meech collected silver at the 49th Princess Sofia regatta in Palma, finishing off by winning the medal race.

Also in the Men's Laser - 8th Tom Saunders, 20th George Gautrey, 24th Andre McKenzie, 165th (silver fleet) Matt Kempkers

And in the Momen's Laser - 20th Suzanna Pyatt and 44th Olivia Christie.

Other podiums from the team NZL where silver for Alex Maloney and Milloy Meech in the 49erFX and bronze for Andy Maloney as he gets momentum in his Finn campaign.

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The Smart Marine 2018 Auckland Laser Masters Champs

A great 2018 Auckland Laser Masters regatta at Tamaki YC on Saturday 7th of April.

Results

It was a big ask for Race Officer Garth and the team to fit in 5 Laser races in combination with Mistrals Champs and Auckland Finn champs.

The sometimes shifty 12 to 19 knot South West conditions were a test of tactics in the morning. But after a 12:30 pm high tide the left side started to play in the afternoon - most of the time.

The course was a Tamaki T2 (Triangle-WIndward Leeward). But with a finish at the top of the course, each race effectively had 3 full beats. So stamina started to pay by the end of the day.

No one had it all their own way in the Standards. The top 4 had at least one win. But overall winner David Ridley had 2 wins and a net 6 after dropping a 4th. He was followed by Kent Copplestone and Ian Barker. Andrew Dellabarca just pipped Cris Brodie on count-back after finishing on equal points.

Phil Wild won the Radials after a battle with Richard Blakey. They finished 1 point apart with Phl having 3 wins and Richard 2. Pete Thomas came 3rd after a tussle with John Pittman.

Great to have some top sailors making a long trip to Auckland to try and take our stuff. Kent Copplestone from Rotorua, Andrew Delabarca from Wellington and John Pittman from New Plymouth. We hope that's the start of a trend.

The after-match was quite special as Commodore Bob Blakey had twisted Grant Dalton's arm - and we had the Americas Cup in the bar and an entertaining talk from Richard Meech from Team New Zealand. It was a bit surreal with a full Commodores Lounge and The Cup just sitting there. Thanks for the loan TNZ - the sailors really appreciated the significant gesture (thanks for winning it too).


Americas Cup and Tamaki Commodore Bob Blakey (with sons Scott and Richard explaining he had to give it back now).

2018 OKI 24 Hour Race


The OKI 24 Hour Race 2018  
3-4 March 2018
 
 

2018 NZ Laser Open & Youth Rankings

2018 Open Rankings

Name Nationals Oceanbridge Total Ranking
Open Mens        
Tom Saunders Dispensation 1 1 1
Sam Meech Dispensation 2 2 2
Andrew McKenzie 1 3 4 3
George Gautrey 2 4 6 4
Alastair Gifford 3 5 8 5
Matthew Kempkers 4 6 10 6
         
Open Women        
Susannah Pyatt
1 1 2 1
Annabelle Rennie-Younger
2 3 5 2
Olivia Christie
3 2 5 3
Samantha Stock 5 4 9 4
Zelda Ladefoged
6 6 12 5
Isabella Boyd 8 7 15 6

2018 Youth Rankings

Only sailors who competed in both the ranking regattas have been ranked at this stage.
Any queries please contact Nick Page.

Youth Boys   Nationals Oceanbridge Total Ranking
Josh
Armit 1 1 2 1
Albert
Stanley 2 2 4 2
Luke
Cashmore 3 3 6 3
Harrison
Baker 4 4 8 4
Jack
Tripe 5 6 11 5
Jayden
Abbott 7 7 14 6
Lachy
Stewart 6 9 15 7
Ryan
Harden 10 5 15 8
James
Sheldon 8 8 16 9
Harry
Corston 11 10 21 10
Jack
Lee Rush 13 11 24 11
Charlie
Loughran 14 12 26 12
Henry
Goodall 15 14 29 13
           
 
Youth Girls
         
Samantha
Stock 2 1 3 1
Isabella
Boyd 4 2 6 2
 

2018 Auckland Laser Champs - Torbay

Results

Nice sea breezes and a particularly strong youth Radial fleet were the features of the 2018 Auckland Laser Champs held at Torbay on 17th and 18th February.

Saturday saw the sea breeze fill in early, with 10-15 knots for the 3 races and a decent chop. Sunday was overcast and the breeze never really got above about 8 knots but still provided good racing.

In the 30 boat Radial fleet, Luke Cashmore had an excellent weekend, winning 4 of the 6 races to take out the championship. Behind him Torbay local Harrison Baker had was also exceptionally consistent, particularly on the Sunday with 3-second places. Third overall was Master Phil Wild, keeping the youth fleet honest, as did Susannah Pyatt who had two good wins on Saturday but was not able to sail Sunday. The Torbay youth squad stood out overall with Jayden Abbott, Ryan Harden and Logan Beckman in 4th, 5th and 6th all having a good weekend on the water.

In the Standards there was a repeat of the contest from the recent Nationals in Christchurch with National Masters Champ Andrew Dellabarca making the trip up from Wellington worthwhile, taking out the contest from local Ian Baker with Cris Brodie third. GGM John Pitman from New Plymouth had an exceptional Sunday, winning two of the races to come in 4th overall, clearly preferring Sundays lighter condition.

 

Ed's Wellington Laser Sailing Update - February 2018

Hello All,
 
Here is a quick update to keep you informed on recent news and also a few details about the forthcoming events.
 
The Wellington Laser Champs will be hosted by Muritai Yacht Club as part of the Wellington Centreboard Regatta on the 10th of March 2018. The notice of race will soon be available on the WAY website: http://www.sporty.co.nz/wya
We are hoping to have this event added to the overall NZ ranking ladder for both the Masters and Open divisions.
The 2018 Laser Nationals were held at the Naval Point Club in Lyttleton. The regatta was held in spectacularly warm conditions with a predominately moderate easterly breeze and big waves. The Wellington fleet was well represented with podium results in the Youth, Open, Women, and Masters categories. Here is a summary of the Wellington sailors results:
  • Don Christie                                        7th Laser Standard Masters
  • Olivia Christie                                      7th Radial 3rd Radial Woman
  • Andrew Dellabacca                             1st Laser Standard Masters
  • George Gautrey                                  2nd Laser Standard Open
  • Bruce Jones                                        7th Radial Grand Masters
  • Albert Stanley                                      5th Radial Open and 2nd Radial Youth
  • Edmund Tam                                       1st Radial Masters
  • Paul Thomas                                      3rd Laser Standard Grand Master
  • Jack Tripe                                           9th Radial Open and 5th Youth
  • Rob Woodward                                   2nd Laser Standard Masters
Check out the following link for further results and a post-regatta report from the NZLA President -Nick Page: http://www.nzlaser.org/content/sheffield-2018-nz-national-laser-champs-naval-point
 
3. Oceanbridge NZL Regatta Murrays Bay 3 – 4th February 2018 results:
 
Laser Standard:
  • 4th George Gautrey
  • 9th Andrew Dellabacca
 
Laser Radial
  • 5th Albert Stanley
  • 11th Jack Tripe (6th Youth)
  • 4th Olivia Christie (2nd Female)

4. International Events and applications for entry:
  • Laser Masters World Championship- 7 -15 September 2018. Entry applications are open from 1 March 2018
  • 2018 Laser Radial Youth Championships – 18 – 25 August 2018. Entry applications are open from 1 March
  • 2018 Laser & Laser Radial Under 21 World Championships – Poland 1 – 8 July 2018. Entry Applications are now open.
Check on the laserinternational.org site for further details
 
5. Attention Worser Bay Laser sailors -The 2nd Worser Bay Beach Carnival is set to be held on Sunday the 4th of March 2018. In order to prepare for this event the WBBC laser fleet has been tasked with assisting to set-up the tents prior to the start of the carnival @ 8am and also to help pack up at 3pm. If I could please get some WBBC laser volunteers to assist it would be most appreciated – It was a fantastic event last well worth attending with a wide variety of water and land-based events as well as some great food.
 
6. Boats wanted / for sale. There are a couple of people that are currently in the market for boats. If you are thinking of selling a boat please let me know and I can refer you on to the interested parties.
 
7. Zephyrs National Championships - 22 – 25 February 2018 Worser Bay. Rob Bryant is still looking for a few volunteers. If you are available to help please email Rob at robdebbryant@gmail.com
 
8. Events in Auckland:

9. Be sure to check out the ‘Wellington Laser Masters’ facebook page for local and international events and news as well as the odd repost of any useful sailing tips and articles. Please feel free to click ’like’ on any content that you find useful or interesting so we can continue to put up relevant material and stop posting items that are not of interest.
 
If you have any feedback or suggestions then please let me know.
 
Regards,
Edmund Tam

Oceania & Australian Laser Masters - Mooloolaba

Well if you ever get an opportunity to sail a Laser regatta in Mooloolaba in the future TAKE IT.
 
Blue skies, beautiful 10 to 15 knot onshore winds everyday, real ocean swells, 30+ degree air temperatures, 160 odd boats (even if they were mostly Aussies!), excellent race management and easy rigging and launching in the estuary combined to deliver a near perfect regatta. The Standards all sailed as a single fleet, 70 boats on the start line posing some interesting starting challenges, while the Radials were split with the GGM's and Legends sailing in a separate fleet from the rest
 
The Kiwi contingent of 9 all enjoyed the regatta, why wouldn't you, and left with a few Aussie cubes in hand after 10 races over the 4-day long weekend. A standout was Matt Blakey, sailing under NZL even though he is currently resident on the wrong side of the ditch. He just missed winning the Standards on count back to the legendary Brett Bayer but took home the Apprentice champions cube. I managed to put together a consistent regatta for 12th overall and collected a cube for 4th placed GM. Cris Brodie also had a strong regatta for 13th overall, including what was almost an all the way win in race 9, just getting pipped at the post by Aussie Apprentice Nick Skulander. The other kiwis in the Standard fleet battled for consistency and ended up mid-fleet although all had races in the top bunch.
 
In the Radials, Hamish Atkinson was the standout kiwi and ended up 7th overall and winning a cube for 4th GM, with a win in race 8 being the highlight of his weekend. Roger Winton started the regatta on fire, being in the top 5 after 2 days, but found the slightly windier conditions on days 3 and 4 more challenging and ended up 9th overall.
 
Nick Page
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