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The Sheffield 2018 NZ National Laser Champs - Naval Point

A great regatta with excellent sailing conditions, expertly run by Naval Point Club Lyttelton.

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Report - Final Day - Sheffield 2018 NZ National Laser Champs

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The final day of the 2018 Laser Nationals at Naval Point Club Lyttelton was another ripper, with a nice 10-12 knot sea breeze arriving on schedule just before midday, allowing the scheduled 2 races to be completed in short order and the winners crowned in all divisions.
 
In the Open Standards, Andrew McKenzie (Akarana) made it a triple by winning both races to win his third NZ Laser Championship in a row in emphatic fashion. He battled with George Gautrey (Muritai) all day, with the two closer than Siamese twins much of the time, but George was, unfortunately, UFD in race 9 ending up 2nd overall and winning the U21 trophy. Alastair Gifford (Queen Charlotte) and Matt Kempkers (Wakatere)  continued their battle with Alastair doing enough to hold off Matt for the 3rd slot in spite of Matt having the better of the day. 
 
In the Radials Josh Armit (Murrays Bay) continued his emphatic domination of the series, winning both races to finish unbeaten in the regatta. It was a fine performance by the World U17 Laser champion Josh who was simply too good for the opposition this week. Second on countback was World Laser Masters champion Scott Leith (Murrays Bay), who's 3/2 results today were just enough to overhaul Women's title winner, club mate Susannah Pyatt. Annabel Rennie-Younger, also from the strong Murrays Bay squad had a consistent series to capture 4th overall ahead of Youths Albert Stanley (Worser Bay) and Luke Cashmore (Wakatere) who both showed a lot of promise with strong series overall. In the very tight battle for supremacy in the Women's Youth division Elly Warren's results today were just good enough to take the title, sneaking past Samantha Stock who had led from day 1.
 
In the Masters Andrew Dellabarca (M, Worser Bay) scored a  2/1 today which was well and truly enough to secure the title ahead of Ian Baker (AM) from Torbay, who again showed his strength upwind in the sea breeze to take out race 9 and be close to Dellabarca again with a second in Race 10. Behind these two it was a close battle with the order of the next 6 Masters all depending on the result of the last 2 races. In the end it was Master Rob Woodward from Worser Bay who edged ahead of the pack to take out a well deserved third spot ahead of a rapidly improving Kent Copplestone (AM, Rotorua) in 4th and Pupuke's Tony Nicholson in 5th. Nick Page was the leading Grand Master in 7th overall.
 
In the Masters Radial Ed Tam (M) put the contest beyond doubt with two bullets today to win from local GM Hamish Atkinson. In third place was Jenny Armstrong (M) from Ravensbourne, competing in her first Laser Masters nationals and certainly showing the fleet she will be a force to be reckoned with in future. Mike Knowsley (M, Tamaki) had a consistent day to hold onto 4th overall from Hamiltons Werner Hennig in 5th. Another successful Radial Master today was Werner's club-mate Scott McDougall, who took out the major spot prize of a new sail thanks to Dan at Watershed.
 
So another really successful Laser Nationals is complete, with all races completed to schedule and wonderful regatta and race management thanks to the efforts of the Naval Point Club and their band of volunteers. Next year the contest will be at Manly so we look forward to another strong fleet there.
 
Nick Page
NZLA
 

Photos - Sheffield 2018 NZ National Laser Champs


Andrew McKenzie


Susannah Pyatt


George Gautrey & Rohan Lord

Report - Day 3 - Sheffield 2018 NZ National Laser Champs

Leaders Consolidate
 
Day 3 provided a classic day with a bit of everything weather wise giving everyone a chance at a top result. It was another hot Christchurch day with temperatures in the early 30's and the fleet was initially held ashore waiting for a breeze but by midday, a light southerly had set in so PRO Ross May got the fleet on the water and headed over to Charteris Bay for the start of race 6. The breeze was a patchy 5 to 8 knots with an outgoing tide, which proved a challenge to many, although the top Open and Radial sailors showed their class, consolidating their positions at the top of the fleet. The Southerly then died and after an hour or so wait a really solid sea breeze blowing up to about 20 knots accompanied by a good seaway came in for the subsequent two races of the day.
 
In the Standard Open fleet, last years champion Andrew McKenzie and Muritai's George Gautrey were in a class of their own, with Andrew (2/1/1) again just taking the honours for the day from George (1/2/2) to consolidate his claim to this year's title. Alastair Gifford and Matt Kempkers continued to fight it out for the third spot with Alastair holding a nice 5 point margin over Matt going into the final day tomorrow while a consistent Rohan Lord managed a 4th in race 7 to break the monopoly of the top 4.
 
  
 
In the Radial, World Youth champion Josh Armit continued his seemingly unstoppable progress to the title, winning all 3 of today's races convincingly to retain his perfect score. In contrast, the contest for second is extremely close with Susannah Pyatt holding just a 1 point lead over Scott Leith. Scott had a shocker in race 1 today so now both Scott and Susannah have serious discards so both will be looking for 2 good races tomorrow as they endeavour to secure second spot. Behind then everyone had a bit of a mixed day, with Albert Stanley continuing to hold 4th spot and second in the Youths while Annabel Rennie Younger is second in the Women's and 5th overall. In the Radial Youth Womens Samantha Stock holds onto a two-point advantage over Elly Warren, with tomorrows two races critical to deciding the winner and who will go into the NZL regatta in front in the World Youth Womens selection contest.

   
 
In spite of "observations" from a few Masters about how to survive 3 races a day both Masters fleets again enjoyed excellent racing. In the Standard Masters Andrew Dellabarca (M) had a hiccup in race 7 with an OCS but a 1/2 in the other two races still has him in front of Ian Baker (AM) by 6 points going into the final day in spite of Ian winning both today's windy races. Rob Woodward (M) moved into a clear third overall while Nick Page continues to lead the GM's but slipped to 5th overall after a poor effort in race 7  to sit just a point behind Pupuke club mate Tony Nicholson (M) who moved up to 4th overall. 
 
All the leaders in the Masters Radial found the light race a challenge but the status quo was re-established with the onset of the sea breeze to leave Ed Tam (M) leading from Hamish Atkinson (GM) with yesterdays star Jenny Armstrong  (WM) holding 3rd after posting the most consistent 3 race results for the day with a 4/2/2.
 
With only one discard allowable everyone will need at least one good result tomorrow. The forecast is again looking a little tricky tomorrow but hopefully, the predicted sea breeze will eventuate early enough to allow the final 2 races to be completed as scheduled before the 15:30 cutoff time.
 
Nick Page 
NZLA

Report - Day 2 - Sheffield 2018 NZ National Laser Champs

Weatherman and weather agree
 
The supercomputers agreed with the weather gods today and we enjoyed 3 great races in a lovely 10-15 knot sea breeze, pretty much what was forecast. Everybody was ready to go at the midday start time but the PRO decided to wait half an hour for the sea breeze to settle in. There was a bit of ebb left in the tide when race 3 started at 12.30, enough to catch bag a few OCS's, but from then on the sea breeze settled, the tide turned, the cloud cleared and we enjoyed a beautiful day's sailing on excellent courses.
 
In  the Open Standards Andrew McKenzie (Kohi) and George Gautrey (Muritai) continued to battle it out at the front of the fleet with Andrew again winning the day with a 1/2/1, but having had to conceded one to George, who sailed a blinder to take out Race 4 and log a 2/1/2 for the day. The extra breeze today suited Matt Kempkers (Wakatere) who put together a 4/3/3 for the day but still trails 3rd placed Alastair Gifford from Queen Charlotte in the overall standings.
 
In the Open Radial fleet, there was no stopping Josh Armit (Murrays Bay) who really showed why he won the U17 worlds, being dominant in all 3 races today to reach the halfway point of the contest with a perfect score. Behind him, his Murrays Bay teammates, Women's Olympic hopeful Susannah Pyatt and Masters champion Scott Leith, had a close battle with Scott's 2/3/2 just pipping Susannah's 3/2/3. With the discard getting rid of Susannah's OCS from yesterdays race 1 these two are only separated by a single point going into day 3. Annabel Rennie Younger again had a solid day to hold 4th overall although Albert Stanley and Olivia Christie both had great days and are not far behind 5th and 6th. Samantha Stock continues to lead the Youth Women although Elly Warren found the conditions much more to her liking and closed the gap on Samantha considerably.
 
In the Masters Standard, the extra breeze was to the liking of Finn convert Ian Baker (Torbay), who flew upwind to take two Masters wins and jump up to second overall. However also enjoying the conditions was Wellingtonian and past champ Andrew Dellabarca, who scored a 2/1/2 to continue to lead overall. Behind these two there is a close group of aspirants, currently led by Nick Page (Pupuke) in 3rd overall, despite his succumbing to the outgoing tide start line trap in race 3, with a consistent Rob Woodward (Worser Bay) in 4th, while Cris Brodie (Pupuke) is now 5th after suffering speed wobbles and joining the Lyttelton Swimming Club in the last 2 races of the day.
 
In the Masters Radial local hero Hamish Atkinson found conditions a bit tougher today, scoring a 3/3/2 to sit equal on points with Ed Tam, who's 2/2/1 for the day looked impressive. However undisputed Radial Masters star of the day was ex-Olympian Jenny Armstrong (Dunedin) who gave the guys a sailing lesson and took out the first 2 races  of the day and now sits 3rd overall, tied with a consistent Werner Hennig (Hamilton) on points, just one ahead of Mike Knowsley who also had an extremely consistent day.
 
With the contest now at the halfway mark, it is difficult to think of any more ideal sailing conditions than we have enjoyed so far. The one thing all the forecasts agree on for tomorrow is that it will be hot, 31degrees predicted, but the wind is a different story with a range of possibilities proposed. Hopefully, we will again enjoy a solid breeze and continue the exceptional conditions we have enjoyed to date.
 
Nick Page
NZLA

Report - Day 1 - Sheffield 2018 NZ National Laser Champs

Subtropical Christchurch greets the Laser fleet

Results Day 1

 
A fantastic first day for the Laser Nationals with clear skies, 30-degree temperatures and a lovely 10-knot breeze. Every wind forecast site anyone could find agreed, 10 -15 knot NE sea breezes would be it for the day. The only dissenter was the wind itself which decided to come in from the South so with trepidation the race committee set a course up into Charteris Bay and sure enough the southerly settled in for the afternoon and gave us two interesting races. Pressure variations, tide, a shifty breeze and a small slop provided challenging conditions for all with a few tide-induced early starters and a few swimmers proving that the challenges of the day were real, even if the water felt like we were sailing off a tropical island.
 
The Standard Open and Standard Masters started together, with several of the Masters competitive upwind, but then the top Open sailors provided a masterclass in downwind sailing to put the Master's pretenders well in their place. In the Open there was very close racing between reigning champion and favourite Andrew McKenzie, George Gautrey from Muritai and Alistair Gifford from Tauranga. The three of them had a real tussle for the top spot in both races with Andrew just managing to get home first both times but only getting through on the last short beat to the finish in race 2. Unfortunately, George was OCS in race 2 to leave him some work to do to get back to the top of the table giving the third spot in race 2 to Rohan Lord, who had suffered an OCS in race 1.
 
In the Masters Standard fleet, the lead changed several times in both races with very close racing among the top group as well as the Masters mixing it with a few of the Open fleet. In Race 1 Andrew Dellabarca (M) from Worser Bay managed to prevail from GM Chris Sadler (Tamaki) showing exemplary masters downwind technique to secure 2nd spot followed by Cris Brodie from Pupuke. In race 2 it was a similar story with Andrew holding out Cris Brodie while GM Nick Page managed to capture third place.
 
In the Open Radials superior downwind speed saw reigning champion and 2017 World U17 Laser champion Josh Armit take both races convincingly. Behind Josh last years Youth Worlds rep Annabel Rennie-Younger had a very solid day with a 4/3 to sit 2nd and lead the World Masters Radial champion Scott Leith, who is tied on points with Albert Stanley from Worser Bay for 3rd. Women's favourite Susannah Pyatt was unfortunate to be OCS in the first race but made amends with a 2nd in race 2 while in the Youth Women Samantha Stock has a solid lead over the other Women's youth contenders.
 
In the Radial Masters, local knowledge must surely have helped with GM Hamish Atkinson having a blinder with two bullets. Pre-contest favourite Ed Tam (M, Worser Bay) is tied on points for second with GM Werner Hennig from Hamilton. Kevin Welsh (GM) from Panmure scored a strong second in race 2 to sit 4th overall.
 
So with 30-degree temperatures and a sea breeze again forecast for tomorrow it is anybody's guess what we will actually get but we will hopefully see 3 quality races for all fleets.
 
Nick Page
NZLA

Entry Application Dates for the ILCA World Champs

Dear District Members,
 
Information about all ILCA Laser World Championships and access to applications is available through the ILCA events page
   https://sailing.laserinternational.org/
 
Please note the application opening and closing dates for 2018 Laser World Championships:
 
(1) Applications for entry for the following World Championships will be accepted beginning Tuesday, 9 January:
 
   2018 ILCA Laser Radial Men's World Championship
   2018 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships
   2018 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships
 
For all three of the above events, the deadline for receiving PAID applications for initial allocation of places is 20 February 2018 at 23:59 Central US Time. 
 
You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible after it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by the 20 February 2018 deadline, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer. 
 
(2) Applications for entry for two other World Championships will be accepted beginning Thursday, 1 March:
 
   2018 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships
   2018 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships
 
For these two events, the deadline for receiving PAID applications for initial allocation of places is 12 April 2018 at 23:59 Central US Time. 
 
You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible after it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by the 12 April 2018 deadline, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer. 
 
Please Note: The 2018 World Championships for Standard Men and Radial Women are Organized by World Sailing as part of the Sailing World Championships in Aarhus. If you intend to compete in that event, you should coordinate with your Sailing MNA to obtain entry.
 
Best regards,
The ILCA Team

Entries - Sheffield 2018 NZ National Champs

Entries so far - updated Monday 17th Jan 18

Lachlan Grimwade Male 202682 Laser Radial Open RPNYC/RNZYS
Scott Leith Male 208521 Laser Radial Open Murrays Bay Sailing Club
David Southwick Male 44282 Laser Radial Open NPCL
Olivia Christie Female 209279 Laser Radial Women Worser Bay Boating Club
Zelda Ladefoged Female n/a Laser Radial Women Kohimarama Yacht Club
Susannah Pyatt Female 212258 Laser Radial Women MBSC
Annabelle Rennie-Younger Female 211516 Laser Radial Women MBSC
Helen Spencer Female 171132 Laser Radial Women HYC/TYPBC
Jayden Abbott Male 205920 Laser Radial Youth Torbay Sailing Club
Caleb Armit Male n/a Laser Radial Youth Murrays Bay Sailing Club
Josh Armit Male 209259 Laser Radial Youth Murrays Bay Sailing Club
Harrison Baker Male 199215 Laser Radial Youth Torbay Sailing Club
Isabella Boyd Female 208341 Laser Radial Youth MBSC
Luke Cashmore Male 212257 Laser Radial Youth Wakatere Boating Club
harry corston Male n/a Laser Radial Youth cbyc
TeAkauou Framhein Male n/a Laser Radial Youth Rarotonga Sailing Club
Jack Frewin Male 210820 Laser Radial Youth Howick Sailing Club
Henry Goodall Male 196410 Laser Radial Youth Napier Sailing Club
Blake Grindley-Jones Male 211518 Laser Radial Youth
Waimakariri Sailing and Power Boat Club WSPBC
Ryan Harden Male 211559 Laser Radial Youth Torbay Sailing Club
Sally Hill Female n/a Laser Radial Youth npcl
Jasper Hopkins Male 207850 Laser Radial Youth QCYC
Helene Johnson Female n/a Laser Radial Youth Rarotonga Sailing Club
Jack Lee Rush Male 210821 Laser Radial Youth Wakatere Boating Club
Charlie Loughran Male 212266 Laser Radial Youth Torbay Sailing Club
Max McLachlan Male N/a Laser Radial Youth NPCL
James Sheldon Male 150057 Laser Radial Youth BOIYC
Albert Stanley Male 209281 Laser Radial Youth Worser Bay Boating Club
Lachlan Stewart Male 191021 Laser Radial Youth Wakatere
Samantha Stock Female 210825 Laser Radial Youth Murrays Bay SC
JACK TRIPE Male 212265 Laser Radial Youth Worser Bay Boating Club
Elly Warren Female 195540 Laser Radial Youth Tauranga yacht and power boat club
charles corston Male n/a Laser Standard Open cbyc
Sean Dickey Male 188804 Laser Standard Open Wanaka
George Gautrey Male 216419 Laser Standard Open Worser Bay Boating Club
Alastair Gifford Male 212252 Laser Standard Open Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
Matthew Kempkers Male 208519 Laser Standard Open RNZYS
Rohan Lord Male N/A Laser Standard Open Pupuke boating club
Andrew McKenzie Male 210817 Laser Standard Open RAYC
Tim Pitcaithly Male 181965 Laser Standard Open Naval point Club
Samuel Rushton Male 202688 Laser Standard Open Torbay Sailing Club
Hamish Atkinson Male 201518 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Naval Point Lyttelton
Murray Bain Male 199057 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Torbay
peter Bush Male 196408 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) queen charlotte yacht club
Brian Harvey Male 205317 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Naval Pointb
Bruce Jones Male 206418 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Worser Bay Boating Club
Scott McDougall Male 181997 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) HYC
Neil Morris Male 190328 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Macandrew Bay Boating Club
Erin Shull Female 136741 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Wanaka
Rick Spencer Male 193138 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) HYC/TYPBC
kevin welsh Male 206029 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) panmure lagoon sailing club
Roger Winton Male 202689 Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Onerahi Yacht Club
Gus Fry Male 210505 Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+) Muritai
Morris Hall Male 110732 Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+) Vauxhall Yacht Club
Richard Ineson Male 150010 Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+) Christchurch Yacht Club
Jenny Armstrong Female n/a Master Radial Master (45-54) Ravensbourne Boating Club
Dragos Blaga Male 186660 Master Radial Master (45-54) Vauxhall Yacht Club
greg corston Male n/a Master Radial Master (45-54) cbyc
Robert English Male 174322 Master Radial Master (45-54) Vauxhall Yacht Club & PCYC
Mike Knowsley Male 202918 Master Radial Master (45-54) Tamaki
Edmund Tam Male 202441 Master Radial Master (45-54) Worser Bay Boating Club
Ken Atchison Male 192705 Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Hamilton Yacht Club
Ian Baker Male 196417 Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Torbay Sailing Club
Kent Copplestone Male 193059 Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Rotorua
Rob Burn Male 187886 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
Nick Page Male 211519 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Pupuke Boating Club
Chris Sadler Male 210161 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Tamaki
Peter Sutherland Male 206740 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Wanaka
Paul Thomas Male 198105 Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Worser Bay Boating Club
Cris Brodie Male 174323 Master Standard Master (45-54) PBC
Don Christie Male 161266 Master Standard Master (45-54) Worser Bay Boating Club
Andrew Dellabarca Male 210488 Master Standard Master (45-54) Worser Bay Boating Club
Tony Nicholson Male 195549 Master Standard Master (45-54) Pupuke
Chris Shannon Male 171098 Master Standard Master (45-54) Naval Point Club Lyttelton
sean thomson Male 190325 Master Standard Master (45-54) cyc
Rob Woodward Male 208529 Master Standard Master (45-54) Worser Bay Boating Club

Laser Class Rule Changes from 1st January 2018

This advice from the ILCA.

The following class rule changes will be effective from 1st January 2018.

 
1) Electronic Compasses
Rule 22 was changed to allow the use of certain electronic digital compasses that are not GPS Enabled. ILCA will maintain a list of approved compasses on the ILCA website as an interpretation to the Class Rules. This rule change was approved with 81% "Yes" votes.
 
 
2) On-board Cameras
A new Rule 28 was added to allow the use of cameras while racing. This change was approved with 84% "Yes" votes.
 
3) Shock cord inhaul attachment
Rule 3(v)vi was amended to read "A shock cord may be used as an inhaul on the clew." This change removes the restriction on where the shock cord can be attached in the inhaul system. This change was approved with 89% "Yes" votes.
 
4) Cleat in Hiking Strap Control Line
Rule 17(c) was changed to allow the use of one cleat and one turning point in the hiking strap support line. The cleat and turning point must be "free floating" and may not be attached to the hull or the hiking strap. This rule was approved with 81% "Yes" votes.
 
For additional details about the rule changes, please see the announcement on the ILCA Website.
 


New Class Rule Interpretations
ILCA has approved several new rule interpretations that are effective immediately. ILCA Rule Interpretations are put in place to clarify existing Class Rules. Many of these interpretations are subsequently proposed as changes to the ILCA Class Rules. 
 
 
1) Approved Compasses List
In support of the rule change allowing electronic compasses, ILCA will maintain an online list of approved compasses that meet the requirements of amended Rule 22 Compass, Electronic Equipment and Timing Devices in the interpretations section of the ILCA Class Rules. 
 
2) Control Line Eye Splice
Rule 3(b)ii is interpreted such that the for a control line with a cover and a core, the cover may be removed near the load bearing attachment point for the purpose of making an eye splice.
 
3) Sail Buttons
The Laser Construction Manual requires that class legal sails must have attached near the tack an ILCA supplied sail button. The Fundamental Rule is interpreted to require that Standard MkII sails must have an orange sail button while Radial, 4.7 and older Standard MkI (cross-cut) sails must have a red sail button. This applies only to sails manufactured after 1 January 2001.
 


Upcoming Rule Change Proposals
The Technical and Measurement Committee suggested several new rule changes that were approved by the ILCA World Council to go before class members for a vote in 2018. The ILCA office will send out a special announcement in early 2018 with information and voting instructions.
 
New ILCA Chief Measurer Appointed 
At the November 2017 ILCA World Council Meeting, Aileen Loo or Singapore was appointed as the ILCA Chief Measurer, to serve until after the 2020 Olypmic Games. Please see our story on the ILCA website for details

 
Best regards,
The ILCA Team
 
International Laser Class Association 
Website: http://www.laserinternational.org 
 
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