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Please stay well clear of divers on Lake Pupuke

For the Laser sailors using Lake Pupuke.
We have received the following notification from the Deputy Harbour master, advising us of a recent incident where Lasers have come too close to divers. And reminding us to give divers a wide berth on this shared waterway.
Good advice wherever we may be sailing with divers present.

Good afternoon Lake Pupuke water users
Subject : Divers using the lake – Alpha Flag

We recently had an incident on Lake Pupuke in which some sailing vessels (I think they were laser’s) were too close to some divers. The divers were displaying the alpha flag on a buoy.
Can I please remind all parties that when they see the alpha flag, please stay well clear – the rule is, less than 5kts within 200m.
Please be vigilant on the water, if you see the alpha flag, please give it a wide berth (and do not use it for a turning mark).
Remember, the lake is for everyone so please share with care.
Christiaan Moss | Deputy Harbourmaster Auckland Transport
Marine Rescue Centre, 3 Solent Street
Mechanics Bay, Auckland
Private Bag 92250, Auckland 1142

NZL at 2016 Laser Standard Masters Worlds

Our NZL sailors at the 2016 Standard Masters worlds at Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.
Left to right: Rob Woodward, Nick Page, Tony Nicholson, Bob Blakey, Andrew Dellabarca, Gavin Dagley, Luke Carter, Garth Briden and Greg Simon.

Andrew holds his cube for 3rd in the Masters division.
Gavin won the Grand Master s sailing for AUS. But Nick noticed a NZ sticker on his boat somewhere and he is in our photo - which sort of makes it an NZL win.

Everyone was saying it was well run, a fantastic venue and the hardest competition they have sailed against.

Full Results

2016 Collinson Forex Northshore Freshwater Champs Results & Report

The 2016 Collinson Forex Northshore Freshwater Laser Champs were held in moderate Westerly winds on Saturday and stronger SW winds on Sunday. After the weather forecast of gale force winds a lot of sailors failed to show.

Photo's on Flikr - thanks to John Adair.


In the Standard rig there were 20 sailors and in the Radial Rig 8 sailors. Winner of the Standards was Tim Adair, but his result wasn’t clear till after race 7 and a protest. He was pushed hard by Dean Drummond and Mark Oliver in 2nd & 3rdWinners of the races was shared around with Tim winning 2 races, Mark 2 races, John Showel 1 race, Chris Sadler 1 race and Greg Wilshire 1 race.
In the Radials winner Josh Armit made a clean sweep of every race, but was pushed by Grand Master Mike Keeton and Joshua Bull. 1st Radial Women was Georgina Wooldridge.
Race officer for the event was Dave West assisted by Sandy Wilson. Dave got all the 4 races in on Saturday to get the series in early, in case of a heavy forecast for Sunday.

Once again Pupuke BC put on a fine BBQ c/w refreshments and the prize giving was well received with Luke Batenburg winning the Top Section and Nigel Harford the Television.
Thanks to JD for use of his rescue boat and to the rest of Pupuke BC Committee for putting on a great event.

And special thanks for the support from Collinson Forex and all the sponsors.

Don’t forget North Harbour Masters Lake Pupuke in the 2nd week of November.



Rank HelmName Division R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett

Tim Adair Open 2 1 2 1 4 (21.0 DNF) 3 34 13

Dean Drummond Master 3 3 3 2 2 4 -6 23 17

Mark Oliver Master -7 5 6 3 1 1 5 28 21

John Showell Grand Master 1 -11 4 7 6 3 4 36 25

Ken Atchison Apprentice 9 8 9 4 3 6 (21.0 DNS) 60 39

Luuk Batenberg Master -14 7 11 14 5 5 2 58 44

David Lowe Grand Master -12 6 8 6 10 7 11 60 48

Gary Lock Grand Master 10 -16 10 12 8 2 9 67 51

Ian Gladwell Master 6 9 12 8 7 9 (21.0 DNS) 72 51

Chris Sadler Grand Master 16 12 5 5 (21.0 DNF) 13 1 73 52

Mark Hursthouse Grand Master 4 4 15 11 -16 8 10 68 52

Ray Beale Great Grand Master 5 13 7 -16 12 11 14 78 62

Wayne Ferguson Grand Master 8 14 13 9 14 (21.0 DNS) 13 92 71

Ian Wallace Great Grand Master -17 10 16 15 13 12 8 91 74

Neil Wooldridge Master 11 2 14 10 (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 100 79

Greg Wilshire Master 13 15 1 13 (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 105 84

Ben Molloy Apprentice (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 9 10 7 110 89

Nigel Harford Master 15 17 (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 11 14 16 115 94

Rob Waddell Grand Master (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 15 15 15 129 108

Grant Avichit Grand Master (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 12 138 117



Rank HelmName Division R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett

Josh Armit Open -1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 6

Mike Keeton Grand Master -4 3 2 2 4 2 2 19 15

Joshua Bull Open 2 2 3 3 2 -4 4 20 16

Finn Drummond Open -6 5 5 6 3 5 5 35 29

Georgina Wooldridge Women 5 -6 4 4 5 6 6 36 30

Pete Thomas Grand Master 3 4 (9.0 DNC) 9.0 DNC 9.0 DNC 3 3 40 31

John Beckett Master -8 7 6 5 7 7 8 48 40

Shaaron McKee Women 7 -8 7 7 6 8 7 50 42

Introducing the new and quite mega - NZ Laser Interclub Ladder

Recently retired, illustrious leader Chariman Nick has discovered spare time.

He has used it to prepare the NZ Laser Interclub Ladder.

Based on a meta-analysis spreadsheet borrowed from NASA, the ladder summarises the major national and interclub regattas we have results for.
In essence it shows where you rank in life. It makes miserable reading for some of us - but maybe not for you.

so Check it out

Sam Meech selected to represent NZ in the Laser at the Rio Olympics

Congratulations to Sam Meech, who has been selected to represent NZ in the mens Laser at the Rio Olympics.

Josh Junior has been selected in the Finn. The mens Laser and Finn are the last sailing classes to be selected.

More on the Yachting New Zealand site.

Sailing for NZ Olympic selection is a tough sport. Only one sailor can be selected in each class.

The mens Laser spot was a hard fought battle between Sam Meech and Andy Maloney. Either sailor would be a top contender in Rio. Sam, Andy and Mike Bullot have consistently been in the top 10 at international regattas over the past 2 years. With Tom Saunders steadily closing in.

Sara Winther will be disappointed to miss selection in the Radial as she sat very close to the threshold laid down by YNZ.
And Sussanah Pyatt has been improving her position on the international stage.

NZL at Hyeres in 2016

Quite a few NZL crews at the Coupe du Monde de Voile at Hyeres.
Regatta site results and reports at
YNZ report for the NZL sailors.

NZL in the mens Laser

  • Sam Meech had a great regatta to dinish 2nd just a few points behind the German sailor Philipp Buhl.
  • Andy Malony finished 5th - coming home strongly with 2, 7, 2.
  • Andrew Mackenzie 26th

In the Radials

  • Sara Winther was 11th

In other clases

  • Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had an other decisive win in the 49er - being 48 points ahead and unbeatable before the medal race.
  • Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie were 4th on the 470
  • Josh Junior 4th in the Finn and Andrew Murdoch 12th
  • Alex Maloney and Molly Meech  were 9th in the 49erFX

NZL Results at the 2016 Laser World Champs

We are part way through a busy round of Laser World Champs in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.
Sailors report it is a beautiful sailing venue.

Womens Radial and Masters Radial are complete, with Mens Open and Masters Standard yet to come.

All results and and report at

For NZL sailors in the Women's Radial

  • Sara Winther 11th, as she continues to push for an Olympic spot
  • Susannah Pyatt 19th - she should be happy with her best worlds result to date.

In the Masters Radial

  • Scott Leith won the apprentices again - with a fanatstic scoreline of 10 firsts and 2 seconds (which he could drop)
  • Richard Blakey 2nd Master loved it over there. Masters and apprentices sailed in a combined fleet - which made things more interesting.
  • Ed Tam 5th Master
  • Don Christie 24th Master
  • Hamish Atkinson 17th Grand Master
  • Roger Winton 26th Grand Master
  • Bruce Jones 32nd Grand Master

2016 Auckland Womens Laser Champs

Many thanks to the generous sponsors

The 3rd edition of the Auckland Women Laser Championships was held at Point Chevalier Sailing Club on 30th April with women sailors from all around Auckland participating in this fantastic event: Waiheke Boating Club, Kohimarama Yacht Club, Torbay Yacht Club, Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club, Pupuke Boating Club, and of course the host club.

A happy bunch of sailors ready to start the day
The Regatta was held on a bright sunny autumn day in rather light airs which ranged up to eight knots, requiring a fair chunk of skills in keeping those lasers gliding through the water as well as finding those wisps of breeze to fill the sails.
In the A fleet, competition was fierce throughout the day between the Master Women, Michelle Bain (NZ National Radial Champion -1987 & 1988) and Georgina Wooldridge (PBC), who were constantly chomping on the heels of Libby Porter (KYC). The last race was won by Michelle, who finally managed to catch up with Libby with that winning puff filling her sail.  Libby Porter won the day and the coveted Auckland Women Championship trophy for the 3rd time in a row. The trophy was generously donated by Jim Quinn.

Jim Quinn presenting the winner Libby Porter with the Auckland Women Champs Trophy
In the B fleet, Deborah Killen from Panmure dominated the fleet and even managed to catch up with the A fleet in a race, a great feat as she completed a Learn to Sail course just a year ago.  She was followed by Jemma Walden from Waiheke. Jemma won the inaugural J. Davern Trophy for 1st Youth, which was generously donated by Point Chevalier Sailing Club. Well done!
Kirsty McDonald did an amazing job organising the regatta with her team of helpers. The Point Chevalier Sailing Club members made everyone feel welcome; we were greeted with a fantastic race pack designed by Julie Davies and some yummy homemade scones and cookies made by Ros Quinn. At the end of a hard day of racing a sumptuous feast was waiting for us all. The regatta sponsors provided the winners with some generous prizes and a fantastic line up of spot prizes so that everyone came back up with some goodies. Thanks needs to go to all the sponsors for supporting this event, Burnsco, Mad Millie, North Sails, Rialto Cinemas, ecostore, Auckland Paddle Boarding
It was a fantastic event enjoyed by all and everyone came back with smiles on their faces and even a tan! Thanks Kirsty and Point Chevalier for such a memorable day!
All the Master Women cannot wait for next year’s Master World Games in Torbay if you are interested in attending contact Michelle Bain
Chantal Grass
Laser Association

Andrew Maloney wins the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía

Andrew Maloney displayed great consistency to win the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía, just 2 points ahead of sailing legnd Robert Scheidt.
Andrew McKenzie was a creditable 34th in the 152 boat fleet.

In the Radials Sussanah Pyatt was 30th and Sara Winther 32nd out of 84.

And Josh Junior won in the Finn.

2016 Auckland Masters Laser Results & Report

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  • Standard Results
  • Radial Results
  • The 2016 Auckland Masters was held at Tamaki on Saturday 2 April. 

    The fleet of 25 Full rigs and 9 Radials arrived to a promise of a building N to NW wind for the day. Unfortunately it was not to be and we never got much over 5 knots all day which, combined with an offshore power boat race through our course at lunchtime, resulted in only 3 races being completed before a rain squall completely killed the breeze for the day.

    The light and patchy conditions made consistency almost impossible, with everyone getting caught in holes and unfavourable shifts at times. The first race started on time and in the Standards ancient local knowledge proved the difference with GGM and Tamaki commodore Bob Blakey somehow finding his own breeze in the middle of the course to take the lead at the half way point and carry on to an epic victory. Not to be outdone the next generation of Blakey made it a father and son double with Master Richard winning the Radials first race.

    The fleet now alerted to the Blakey magic was on their toes for the second race, managing to relegate both Blakey’s down the fleet showing that even at Tamaki lightning doesn’t strike twice! Team Hamilton visitor Ken Atchison (AM) enjoyed an all the way victory in the Standards while AM Scott Leith managed to show the Radials that he was on form after all and the first race 3rd was an aberration. In the 3rd Race Chris Brodie (M) backed up a 2nd in Race 1 with a convincing victory in race 3 to take out the Standard trophy from Ken with former top Laser sailor Mark Oliver (M) getting back into a Laser after many years to start his training for the World Masters Games and secure 3rd overall. First GM was another Hamilton visitor Scott McDougall in 4th overall.

    Whangarei visitor GM Roger Winton was victorious in R3 of the Radials but Scott’s second was just enough for him to come out on top by a point from Roger with Richard a couple of points back in 3rd the first Master.

    So another strong Masters turnout for the Roast Beef sandwiches at the prize giving and thanks to sponsors Smart Marine and Watershed for some great prizes.

    Nick Page

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