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NZL in 2015 Under 21 and Youth Laser World Champs

In the 2015 Laser Radial Youth World Championships at Kingston Ontario
the NZL results in the Womens Radial were;
  • Ali Nightingale 26th
  • Olivia Christie 36th
  • Megan Thomson 45th

In the Mens Radial

  • Tim Adair 24th Gold fleet
  • Alastair Gifford 34th Gold fleet
  • George Gautrey 36th Gold fleet
  • James Jennings 17th Silver fleet
  • Blake Woodfield 31st Silver fleet
All 2015 Radial Youth Worlds results

At the Under 21 World Champs at Mdemblink Netherlands
In the Standard mens

  • Andrew Mckenzie 19th Gold fleet
  • Matt Kempkers 53rd Gold fleet

All mens results

And in the womens Radial

  • Libby Porter 63rd

All womens results

Women's Coaching Day 5th September 2015

Ladies it is time to lift off those blankets and dust off your wet suits.
The sailing season is beginning with
  • free Women's Laser coaching
  • 5th September 2015
  • at Point Chevalier Yacht Club
  • coached by Mike Bullot
  • email : grassc@gmail.com
organised by the NZ Laser Association.

It will be another eventful sailing season finishing off in 2016 with the Auckland Women Laser Champs on 30th April. These are just some of the events to get you all up and ready for the Masters World Games in April 2017. You can all participate in the games with a bit of practice and help.

And help is what you will get on Saturday 5th September with a great coach to brush up your skills, our coach will be Mike Bullot a talented member of the 2015 YNZ sailing team, who came 3rd in the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta this year.
 


How can I attend?
Email Chantal at  grassc@gmail.com by 29th August if you are interested in attending, then I can advise Mike and the Point Chevalier Yacht Club of the numbers. There will be some yummy baking by the Club members to be enjoyed after a hard day on the water.

What do I need to bring?
Yourself.
Boat - If you have your own boat, it is preferable that you bring it for the coaching session so that any adjustment tips learnt can be customised to your boat. If you do not have a boat and want to attend Point Chevalier Yacht Club has some lasers that could be used, please let us know and we will put you in contact with the Club.

What else can I do?
Bring a sailing friend.
Find members of the 1979 Women Laser team and get them back into Laser Sailing.  This coaching session would be a great refresher for them. (See photo below)

New Zealand Women’s Laser Championships, February 1979 at Taupo. Standing from left: Ann McDonald (third place, Auckland), Jan Shearer (Dunedin), Katherine Stewart (Taupo), Jan Hammond (Auckland), Anna Whitehead (Auckland), Miree Le Roy (Timaru), Rowena Carlson (San Diego USA), Jessica Trotter (Auckland), Millie Pickering (Picton), and Julia Gray (London, England). Seated from left: Philippa Binning (Auckland), Geraldine Pearce (Auckland), Margaret Ott (First Place Auckland), Marjorie Greenwell (Taupo), Margaret McEwen (Auckland), Joanna Stewart (Taupo). Missing from photo is second place getter Sheryl Smith (Tauranga) . Photo supplied by Ann Mc Donald for Sailing Away.
 

Hope to see you all on the 5th September, it will be a 10:30am start, so make sure you are all rigged by that time.
Chantal
grassc@gmail.com

 

2015 Masters Worlds, Kingston, Canada - Nick Page's Perspective


Photo courtesy of SailingShot.com

Kingston is a quaint town at the mouth of the St Lawrence Seaway where it exits Lake Ontario.

This was important because;

  • It was a nice place to be and kept the other half's happy; weather was good and water warm despite the fact that only a few months ago it was meter thick ice
  • It is really a slow flowing river we sailed on, not a lake, which was critical if one was silly enough to try and squeeze a mark against the current and definitely affected which side of the course was favoured, sometimes.
  • Where we sailed it was about 1.5 miles from the shore at Kingston to the opposite island shore, meaning that wherever the wind came from it was sort of an offshore breeze, with the associated variations in pressure and direction. Worst the day it came from the N but still applied to the S wind days.
  • There seemed to be no real weight in the breezes, warm air off the lake meant 12 knots felt like 8 at home so even when the regatta report says 12 knots most of the day it felt like the hiking strap was often more of a weight adding feature than a required one.

The net result of this was that sailing in Kingston posed many challenges to the mortals; as I said to one person who asked……train on Pupuke and expect the shifts to be larger and the pressure to be more variable……then add waves and current. Kingston is a tricky place to sail. The general wisdom was that you go left in Kingston. Well, with the exception of the last day when the rule definitely applied it was more like Right paid first beat, left second, left paid first downwind, right second etc etc. Really weird chop with reflection off the sea wall near the bottom of the course, just plain tricky. Question for the day for me was often: is a pressure knock better than a lull lift…….if only I knew the answer. 

The really top guys, Scott, Adonis, Peter Shope in our GM fleet etc seem to have the speed to get there every race but for the rest of us the brain cells were fried by the end of each race.

Given the above, as usual the cream rose to the top and the results in most divisions were that the truly great sailors won, many good sailors did well but others just got confused and the rest of us wondered how the top guys did it with such consistency. 

For team NZ that meant Scott did it again in the Apprentice Masters Radial, and congratulations to him on another well earned world title cube. Matt Blakey showed exceptional consistency to finish second and get a cube in the AM Standards behind current Greek Olympic sailor Adonis Bougiouris. Both Bob Blakey and Michael Shields showed that they had fried far less brain cells than many of the younger members of the team, with Bob 3rd in the GGM Standard and Mike 3rd in the Radial 75+ division. Other notable team performances were Mike Knowsley’s 4th in the Masters Radial and Roger Winton 7th in the GM Radials and Andrew Dellabarca, 11th in a very strong Masters Standard Fleet.

The rest of us enjoyed the regatta, recruited for the 2017 Masters Games in our spare time and generally enjoyed somewhat variable results on the water.

Given the at times trying conditions the regatta was extremely well managed and we are all looking forward to the opportunity to do it all again in Mexico in 2016 with the promise of “guaranteed” fresh sea breezes and real waves….time will tell.

Nick Page

NZL at 2015 Queensland Youth Week

In early July, Ali Nightingale, Megan Thomson and Lachlan Grimwade headed off for the (much warmer) waters of Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Youth Week Regatta in the Laser Radial. The competition was the final of 3 regattas in the Australian qualifying series, drawing the most competitive youth sailors from across Australia making up the 47 boat fleet. Despite challenging and often light conditions, Ali finished up as 6th women and 19th overall, Megan as 13th women making 39th overall while Lachlan finished up 15th overall.
- Lachy Grimwade

2015 Queensland Yout Week - Radial Results

www.qldyouthweek.com

We see Lachy also competed in the 4.7 for the Sail Brisbane. Getting 2nd overall in the 16 boat fleet.
- ed

2015 Sail Brisbane 4.7 Results

Andy Maloney's 2015 Laser World Championships - Update

Hi Everyone,

The 2015 Laser World Championships wrapped up yesterday here in Canada, and it marks the end of a six week trip overseas competing at two major events. It was a very draining week of close racing, and I am now looking forward to getting home back to NZ to refresh ahead of flying out to Rio later this month. 

Read my latest update on how the Worlds went by following the link here;
http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog/andy-maloney/2015/07/09/2015-laser-world-championship---kingston-canada

Thanks for all of the continued support!
Cheers,
Andy

Andy Maloney on the Gold Cup event at Weymouth

Hi everyone!

The latest round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup wrapped up last weekend in the UK. It was strange being back in Weymouth a few years on from the 2012 Olympic cycle, when our squad spent so much time training and racing there. The conditions felt very familiar and there was a fair bit of de-ja-vu going on!

Follow the link below to read my quick blog update on how the event unfolded for me, and what is coming up next.

http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog/andy-maloney/2015/06/21/isaf-sailing-world-cup-weymouth

Thanks to everyone for the continued support!
Looking forward to updating you all after the World Championships.

Cheers,
Andy

Getting your boat Measured at the NZ Laser Nationals

Measuring is officially on Wednesday 18th Jan 2016 11am till 5pm.
We may have early measuring on Tuesday 17th afternoon - so keep your eye out and get measured as early as you can to avoid the rush.
Late measuring is available Thursday 19th from 8am to 10am before racing. But try to avoid this time as it will be a rush for you and me, as I want to go racing too.

Check the online ILCA 2016 Laser Handbook for answers on what is legal on your boat.
Also the Instructions for applying sail numbers - including the new MkII Standard sail.

You are allowed to use the new class legal MKII Standard Laser sail at the nationals.

Read more for all the details ...

  • Get measured before completing registration
  • To start you will be given a measuring form to fill in
  • Leave your boat completely unrigged for measuring.
  • Get your foils, tiller and control lines out of the bag.
  • Bring your sail with number correctly attached. We will unroll it to check everything.
  • If anything needs fixing we note it on your form. You can jump the queue to have it rechecked for sign off
  • The registration people will need to see your signed off measuring form

It's usually not that bad. If you are sailing a normal unmodified Laser of any age we will get you through measuring.

We may check anything. But here are the most common things that need to be fixed to pass measuring.

No non-Laser Parts
We are very protective of the 'one design' aspect of the class. You will not be allowed to use any non-Laser parts such as sails, centre-board, rudder, vang assemblies etc, even if you have been using them for club racing.

Sail Numbers
We are fussy about sail numbers because they help the race officials and safety boats identify you quickly.

  • You must have a regulation sail number, regulation size, fixed in the regulation position and spacing on the sail.
  • Instructions come with the new sails, or see these online instructions for applying sail numbers.
  • Place the numbers accurately - position and spacing. If they are not right we ask you to do it again, which is expensive and time consuming.
  • Typically your sail number matches your hull number. It's ok if they don't, but this must be noted on your measuring form.
  • Most boats will have a 6 digit number, partial numbers are not permitted. Only very old boats would be allowed to use their original 4 or 5 digit number.
  • Your number must not be used by anyone else in the regatta, even if they are in a different division. If you bought a second hand sail with numbers attached, make sure the person you bought it from is not using the same number on a new sail. If there are duplicates the sailor with a matching hull number has the right to use that number.
  • You do not need country letters at the Nationals. But if you have them they should be the regulation size and position on the sail.

Bent and altered masts
The mast sections must be standard laser parts. The mast fittings must all be in the standard position.
Officially your mast sections must be straight. But we all know most top sections and radial bottom sections are a bit bent after normal use. So we permit a 'normal' amount of bend but will reject an excessive bend. The decision on normal or excessive is up to the measurer.

Rudder angle
We measure the angle between the rudder and the rudder stock as it really affects the boats performance.
Many have the wrong angle, even new rudders. But it's easy to fix with a file or some electrical tape for packing.

Battens
Battens must be a standard laser part. They must not exceed the standard length. Even new ones do sometimes and we will get you to file them down to length. It's easy.

Mast retaining line
We insist on a mast retaining line. It's a safety thing. The best option is through the goose neck to the control line deck fitting.

Sail Numbers on your hull and trolley
Please have your sail number on both sides of your hull, near the stern. Numbers 40mm high or more.
Numbers in felt tip permanent marker are ok.
If you are temporarily using a number for this regatta and have old numbers on the hull, tape over them and write the new number on the tape.
Also put your sail number on your trolley to assist the volunteers who are helping you when you come in.

Buying parts at the regatta
The NZ Laser agent Dan Slater and his crew - The Water Shed will be at the Nationals.
They are a helpful bunch. They will have some parts and numbers for sale. But they can't guarantee to have enough of everything, so try to get everything sorted out before you arrive. Or ring them to pre-order.
www.nzwatershed.co.nz - Ph 09 489 6475 - 51 Barrys Pt Road Takapuna.

Advertising on your boat
See John Bullots advice on the advertising permitted on your Laser.

Questions about rules & measuring

First check online;

Otherwise email me at: mikeknowsley@xtra.co.nz

2015 South Pacific Laser Masters

So there we were, bobbing around on a sun drenched Moreton Bay, waiting for some breeze on the first day of the South Pacific Laser Masters in Manly, Brisbane.
No suprise if you've sailed this regatta before. But that's normally in July. This year it was May to fit in with the July Masters Worlds in Canada. 'Plenty of breeze in May' we were assured. So we drifted around on the tide searching for the people who had told us that.
 
But by 3pm the wind did arrive. And it hung in for 4 days of superb sailing.
 
  • Excellent photo's from Julie Hartwig Photography
  • Matt Blakey in the Standard fleet and Scott Leith in the Radial won in 2014, so they had a bit to live up to. The rest of Team NZL didn't want that sort of pressure on a winter break. Apart from Matt we were all in Radials.
     
    On the first, third and fourth days there was a range in pressure even across a single race. When it was up it was generally puffy. You could be working hard up wind, planing down wind or just as easily searching for power or trying hard to work the waves.
     
    On day 2 it was pretty strong across the board. Upper teens with gusts to 25 producing short pitch waves in the shallow waters. It was a workout upwind and a challenge downwind. The gusts knocked us down in batches during the second race. The tell tail sign was mud on the top of the mast - shades of Lake Pupuke. I turned turtle and blew a reasonable spot as did Bob while being a gentleman and doing his 720. Hamish went over but recovered quickly. So did Scott - still managing a second (it's hard to work up much sympathy).


    Hamish Atkinson - care of Julie Hartwig Photography

    For mere mortals the competition seemed tough. You could feel you sailed ok, but end up further back than you'd hoped. The marked shifts were hard to predict at times. Picking the gate at the start of the second beat often played a big part.

    But the 3 or 4 guys with consistently good results in each fleet  were simply the fastest through the water.

    Matt Blakey had a real battle. He needed his win in the final race 8 to just retain his Standard title after a count-back to break the tie with room mate Nick Skulander. Quite different from last years clean sweep, and hopefully enough to keep him coming back, as it definitely wasn't boring.

    Scott won the radials again although he didn't have it all his own way in every race. Aussies Mark Kennedy, Danny Fuller and Zac Skulander were fast and ready to grab a race when they got the shifts right.

    Hamish Atkinson came out of a Christchurch winter and no training to get 5th. He is very consistent and just chips away making few mistakes. A lesson in how to put together a good regatta.
     
    The rest of team NZ - Bob Blakey, Roger Winton, Greg Wilshire and me all felt that life is not really that fair. Or maybe we didn't want to peak before the Kngston worlds in July.
     
    The Queensland Laser Association and the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron put on a great masters event. It's relaxed and well run both on and off the water. We'll be back.

    Mike Knowsley

    2015 North Shore Freshwater Champs Report

    2015 North Shore  Freshwater Champs

    A 30 knot forecast plus a number of sailors over in Brisbane for the South Pacific Masters resulted in a slightly smaller than usual entry for the NSFWC at Pupuke on 16/17 May. However quality was there with 2 of our Open Worlds squad, defending NSFWC champion Andrew McKenzie and world top 10 ranked Mike Bullot fronting to give the locals something to aspire to in the Standards and World GM champion Mike Keeton and World cube winner Richard Blakey the form sailors in the Radial for the youth sailors to knock over. 

    In spite of the forecast Saturday dawned with a nice Pupuke SW breeze, never really getting much over 12 knots but with shifts and pressure variations providing ample challenges for all. Sunday was again a SW breeze but lighter, around 5 to 8 knots all day. These conditions provided plenty of opportunity for all and no place was ever secure with some major shifts and gusts reshuffling both fleets in several races. 

    As usual though the cream rose to the top. In the Standard fleet Mike showed his class with 5 wins from the 6 races, the sequence broken by Andrew who was deservedly victorious in race 3 and was right on Mikes heels in the other races, with the exception of the last where a major wind shift combined with a mainsheet that decided to come unkotted at a critical moment seeing him join the mortals in the bunch. There was a tight contest in the Masters, with GM Peter Kempkers victorious by 1 point from GM Nick Page after a very close series. Leading Master was Dean Drummond, who was still hoping for the forecast 30 knots even at the prize giving, in 5th, first Apprentice Rob Bland in 8th and GGM Ray Beale capping a consistent series with a 4th in the last race for 10th overall.

    In the Radials Youth beat experience with Tim Adair putting together a great series to take out the overall win from newcomer and current Starling champion youth Josh Armit, who’s speed and consistency showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Third overall and first Master was Mike Keeton, who despite an ever increasing list of old age ailments seems to just keep pulling out the results on the water. He was followed by GM Kevin Welsh who managed a win in race 2 and was consistent all weekend. First women was Youth Libby Porter in 6th, who also showed flashes of brilliance in the challenging conditions with her best result a 2nd in race 2. 1st Master was Richard Blakey, who after a very challenging weekend was heard to comment on his love of the lake, while leading Women’s Master Georgina Wooldridge was happy to be on the water while husband Neil looked after the kids for the weekend rather than being able to demonstrate his prowess in the Standard fleet.

    The contest was followed by the usual Pupuke prize giving, with an awesome range of prizes overshadowed only by commodore John Dowsett’s presentation skills (not matched this weekend by sailing skills we note). A great weekend and thanks to Pupuke and PRO Garth Briden for yet another quality regatta.

    Nick Page

    Andy Maloney reports from Hyeres

    Another relatively short three week stint overseas and back is now complete. This time with the main event being the first European ISAF Sailing World Cup event of 2015, held in Hyeres, France. It was the debut event in which a new format has been adopted by ISAF, where only the top 40 Laser sailors in the world could compete. This made for extremely tight racing from day one with no 'warm-up' qualifying series like in the past. 

    I've written a quick blog update on the trip and how the regatta unfolded. Click the link below to have a read on my thoughts from the few weeks away, and what's coming up next... Enjoy!

    http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog/andy-maloney/2015/04/30/isaf-sailing-world-cup-hyeres

    Thanks for the continued support! It is never forgotten :)
    Cheers,
    Andy

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