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2015 South Island Laser Champs

The South Islands were at Charteris Bay  on 21/22 November and attracted sailors from Te Anau, Dunedin, Timaru, Nelson, Queen Charlotte and Christchurch.

There were 11 Radials and 2 Full Rigs with a good range of Masters, Open, Youth, and Women sailors.

Saturday was a nice NE wind building through the day starting at 10-15 knots and ending at 20-23 knots.
Peter Graham from Dunedin dominated the Radials with 1,1,1 score with Hamish on 2,2,2 and Neil Morris a GM also from Dunedin on 3,3,3.
In the Full Rigs Chris Shannon showed his class with a 1,1,1 and Daryl Parkes 2,2,2.
Ibobrufen and Panadol and a hot spa were definitely required on Saturday night by some Masters sailors! (Hamish).

Sunday saw a honking SW in the Bay which gradually reduced over the day and actually went around 180 degrees to the NE again by the end of Race 6.

Notably the Radials had a different winner in each race, which was nice to see. Daryl Parkes had good speed and won a couple of races from Chris in the Full Rigs, well done.

Overall Radials:

  • 1st Peter Graham  O(7 pts)
  • 2nd Hamish Atkinson M (11 pts)
  • 3rd  Neil Morris GM (12 pts)
  • 4th  Samuel Rushton Y (18pts)
  • 5th  Alex Morris O(19 pts),
  • 6th Lola Adams W (27pts)
  • 7th Layton Hern
  • 8th Durham Throp
  • 9th Bas Hart
  • 10th Ross Shipman
  • 11th Anna Breen

Full Rigs:

  • 1st Chris Shannon AM (6pts)
  • 2nd Daryl Parkes (8pts)
Thanks to Charteris Bay Yacht Club, Canterbury Laser Fleet and Oborns.
Hamish Atkinson 

2015 North Harbour Masters

The 2015 North Harbour Masters was held at Lake Pupuke on 8 November, attracting a good fleet of 26 Masters; 20 Standard and 6 Radial and including several out of town visitors. The weather gods turned on a beautiful el nino spring day, fine and warm but unfortunately with a very light and variable westerly breeze. 

All Results

Pupuke is never easy but with the wind regularly shifting up to 45 degrees and many flat spots between the puffs everyone found it challenging and no one was able to consistently dominate, although the Pupuke fleet members showed out in the final results, indicating that maybe local knowledge counted for something, even though none of us could actually figure out what! In the standards there were 5 different winners in the 5 races while in the Radial 3 sailors scored bullets.
 
At the end of the day the final results in the Standards came down to a countback, with Nick Page (GM) coming out on top from Gary Lock (GM) by virtue of having managed a win in race 2. There was another tie for 3rd and 4th with Tony Nicholson (M) edging out club commodore John Dowsett (GM), again by virtue of securing a race win. Club stalwart John was extremely unlucky not to triumph having the best 3 race score for the day (2,2,3) but getting caught out by shifts in the other 2 races.  It was great to see Michelle Bain (WM) join the fleet as the start of her preparations for the 2017 World Master Games Laser event at Torbay and we hope to see many more new or returning faces through the season as we build towards the 2017 contest.
 
In the Radials it again took a tie break to determine the winner by the slimmest of margins, with Murray Bain  (M) only triumphing by virtue of a superior discard from Georgi Yankov (M), with both sailors counting 2 wins and 2 seconds. Third and leading Apprentice was Vladimir Minkov.
 
So another successful start to the seasons Masters regattas and we look forward to strong fleets at the upcoming SI champs at Charteris Bay, NI’s in Napier and Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay over the next few weeks.
 
Nick Page

2 top 10 results for NZL Lasers at the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Abu Dhabi

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Abu Dhabi.
NZL Sailing Team’s Final Results.
  • Sam Meech – 8th
  • Mike Bullot – 10th
  • Andy Maloney – 11th
  • Sara Winther – 19th

Full Results

Sailors comments on yachtingnz.org.nz

NZLA Chairman’s Report 2015

Prepared for the NZLA AGM 20 Oct 2015
 
The Laser class has again led the way for dinghy sailing nationally with good fleets to many regattas across the country and we have again seen our sailors perform well at international level.
 
Internationally, while the court case with the licensee and builders remains unresolved it has been great to see the new Standard Rig sail released as of November and hopefully we will see progress on the other ongoing equipment issues, principally bending top and Radial bottom sections, shortly.
 
Congratulations to Scott Leith for landing another Radial World title. There were also many solid performances from our top Youth, Open and Masters sailors at international regattas.
 
Our grants and coaching initiatives has again continued and NZLA will continue to encourage and sponsor coaching this season for any club or group of Laser sailors. It is often difficult to find suitable slots where coaches are available and thanks to Mike Keeton for his continued perseverance in organising the class coaching.
 
The Nationals at Takapuna were a success with the total fleet of 150+ boats. We hope to see a continuation of the strong support from sailors at this seasons contest at Muritai.
 
This raises one of the issues currently facing NZLA. With the new ISAF world cup regatta format our top international sailors need to attend the ISAF Miami regatta in January 2016, meaning that they will be overseas and miss our Nationals. Your committee have discussed our options and agreed that for 2016 and 2017 we will continue with our Nationals in January as the advantages of these dates outweigh the disadvantages. However if the ISAF program remains unchanged we may need to consider a change, at least to the Open division Nationals, in the future.
 
The local initiative for women’s sailing and the special women’s regattas have continued this season with increasing participation and a special thanks to Chantal for her ongoing organisation of this program.
 
With the 2017 World Masters games Laser sailing at Torbay we are looking to attract additional Masters sailors to our fleets. The 2017 contest will be open entry and an ideal opportunity for Masters to join the class with a specific target in mind.
 
Financially we again enjoyed a satisfactory year and the association remains in good financial health.
 
A proposal was raised last year for NZLA to purchase boats for charter. After quite extensive investigation of the options we did not proceed with this as the potential costs and complications of owning, managing, storing and chartering boats were found to be just too difficult for an organisation of the nature of NZLA to commit too.
 
Karen Grimwade has again done a great job as our secretary. I again would like to thank all our committee for their input this year, particularly Mike Keeton who in the dual roles of Treasurer and Coaching Coordinator and Mike Knowsley for his ongoing work on our high quality and constantly evolving website. 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
 
Thanks and enjoy another season of challenges sailing a great little boat.
 
Nick Page -Chairman NZLA

The 2017/2018 NZ Laser Regatta Program

NZLA, together with YNZ and clubs throughout the country have again put together a program aimed at meeting the aspirations of all our Laser sailing groups.
 
Groups we have focused on in preparing the program include;
  • Club Sailors
  • International sailors
  • Youths
  • Masters
  • Non-International Open sailors
  • Women sailors
So here's an outline of opportunities we see as being the focus for each of you in planning your season;
 
Club Sailors

There are over 40 yacht clubs in NZ where Lasers race, from Taipa in the north to Bluff in the south, and we see representatives from most of these clubs at interclub regattas and the Laser Nationals each season. NZLA is keen to continue to encourage and assist development and growth of Laser sailing at club level and continues to offer clubs coaching support from our top sailors. If you are interested in NZLA supported coaching at your club please contact us through the link on the website. 
 
Most clubs hold regular weekly racing throughout the summer season, typically from October to March, while some of the more prominent Laser clubs such as Pupuke and Tamaki have year-round club Laser racing programs. Details of club programs are best obtained directly from clubs, who will all welcome approaches from existing or aspiring Laser sailors wishing to try joining the fleet. So get your Laser on the water at the local club but also give a few interclub regattas, the NI, SI or Nationals a shot as set out below.

 
International Sailors

These days our top Laser sailors, both men, and women are full-time professionals, each working towards their ultimate goals of World Championship and Olympic success. Their competitive year is driven by the World Sailing international regatta program, as well as the Laser World Championship and for those fortunate enough each 4-year cycle, the Olympics. Their training programs are structured around those regattas and being professional sailors, while we see them training regularly in NZ, they are able to compete locally only occasionally, normally in our NZ Laser Nationals and the Yachting New Zealand’s Oceanbridge NZL Regatta.

This coming season Yachting NZ are trialing a 'Tasman Series' comprising 5 regattas in cooperation with the Australian Sailing Team;

and

  • Oceanbridge NZL Regatta 2nd-5th Feb 2018 Murrays Bay SC
 
Youth Sailors

There are extensive opportunities for male and female youth sailors to train and compete in the Laser Radial both in NZ and internationally. 
The key opportunities within NZ are based on an established YNZ training program and a season-long program of local, national and international regattas. While there are many local interclub regattas around the country, for 2016/2017 season key NZ regattas where we expect a strong youth fleet include;
  • Wincham (Murrays Bay SC - 7th & 8th October 2017)
  • NZ Youth Trials (Gulf Harbour - 11th to 15th October 2017)
  • SI Laser Champs (Naval Point YC 25th & 26th November 2017)
  • NI Laser Champs (Napier Sailing Club 25th & 26th November 2017)
  • Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 2nd & 3rd December 2017)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (Naval Point Club Lyttelton - 17th to 21st January 2018)
  • Oceanbridge NZL Regatta (Murrays Bay SC - 2nd to 5th February 2018)
  • Auckland Laser Championships (Murrays Bay SC - 17th & 18th February 2018)
  • 24 Hours Race (Lake Pupuke - 10th & 11th March 2018)
Many youth sailors also take the opportunity to sail in international regattas. Some of the more popular will be;
  • Australian Youth Champs (RQYS - 11th to 15th January 2018)
  • World Youth Laser Champs (TBC)
For the top male and female Laser youth sailor each season, selected by YNZ, there is also the opportunity to compete in the ISAF World Youth Championship.
 
 
Masters

Masters sailing is one of the stronger Laser sailing groups in NZ. There are opportunities for Masters to compete locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 
 
With the success of the WMG Laser sailing in 2017, we are looking forward to strong Masters fleets this season.
 
The main regional and national regattas attended by Masters sailors include;
  • North Harbour Masters (Pupuke - 12th November 2017)
  • SI Laser Champs (Naval Point YC 25th & 26th November 2017)
  • NI Laser Champs (Napier Sailing Club 25th & 26th November 2017)
  • Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 2nd & 3rd December 2017)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (Naval Point Club Lyttelton - 17th to 21st January 2018)
  • Auckland Laser Championships (Murrays Bay SC - 17th & 18th February 2018)
  • Wellington Laser Champs (TBA)
  • Panmure RSA regatta ( Panmure Lagoon SC - 22nd April  2018)
  • Auckland Laser Masters (Tamaki Yacht Club - TBA)
  • Freshwater Champs (Pupuke - 19th & 20th May 2018)
 
Internationally the main opportunities targeted by NZ masters sailors this season are likely to be;
  • Oceania & Australian Laser Masters (Mooloolaba - February 2018)
  • South Pacific Laser Masters (Brisbane - July 2018)
  • World Laser Masters (Ireland - September 2018)
 
Non-International Open sailors
 
Sailors who have graduated from the youth ranks but are not pursuing international professional success are welcome at all open regattas, with the main focus generally being;
  • SI Laser Champs (Naval Point YC 25th & 26th November 2017)
  • NI Laser Champs (Napier Sailing Club 25th & 26th November 2017)Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 2nd & 3rd December 2017)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (Naval Point Club Lyttelton - 17th to 21st January 2018)
  • Auckland Laser Championships (Murrays Bay SC - 17th & 18th February 2018)
  • Wellington Laser Champs (TBA)
  • Panmure RSA regatta ( Panmure Lagoon SC - 22nd April  2018)
  • Freshwater Champs (Pupuke - 19th & 20th May 2018)
 
 
Women Sailors
 
There is a program of women’s coaching regattas held in Auckland throughout the season. Details of the contacts and dates for the regatta are published on the NZLA website.
 
So get the boat ready, plan your season and we look forward to seeing you on the water. We are aware that there are many local regattas around the country not listed above where Laser’s compete. We are very happy to publicise these on the NZLA website so please submit details (blurb and NOR details) to us (webmaster@nzlaser.org) so they can be posted and send us reports on your event for us to publish on the website and let everyone know what is going on around the country.
 
Nick Page
NZLA Chairman
 

Laser Class Announces New Standard Sail Design

The all new Standard Mark II Laser sail available on 1 November

ILCA Office
9 September 2015

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is pleased to announce the release of a completely new class-legal design for the Laser standard rig sail. The release marks the first time in over 40 years that the Laser sail design has been substantially updated.

Known as the Standard Mark II Sail, the new patented design is the result of thousands of hours of design work and on-the-water testing involving the Laser builders, the Association, two major sailmakers and some of the world’s top sailors.

The Mark II features bi-radial panels, a heavier 4.5 ounce cloth and optimized reinforcement patches, all intended to maximize the sail’s competitive life. The sail also features tapered battens with Velcro batten pocket closures, a larger window for improved visibility and a patented re-designed luff tube to eliminate wrinkles at the mast joint.

“This is a quantum leap forward for our class,” says ILCA President, Tracy Usher. “For several years the number one complaint about the Laser has been the outdated sail design. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into this new sail design and we’re really happy with the result.”

As with all changes to the Laser, the new sail has been carefully designed to be backwards compatible with the existing equipment, meaning it was not designed to provide improved performance. Instead, the Mark II promises improved durability and ease of use.

According to ILCA Technical Officer, Clive Humphris, “The main objective of the design project for the Mark II was to create a sail with equal performance to the existing sail, but with better durability. We worked very hard to ensure that the Mark II was not a faster sail and wouldn’t make all the existing sails obsolete overnight. The original Laser standard sail will continue to be available through authorized Laser dealers and we fully expect to see the two designs racing side-by-side for a number of years.”

The initial run of class-legal Mark II sails will be available starting 1 November 2015, with worldwide availability by early 2016. Because of the timing of the release, by agreement with International Sailing Federation (ISAF) the Mark II will not be used in the 2016 Olympic Games or any Olympic country qualifying events for 2015 or 2016.

The use of the sail will be controlled by the Notice of Race for each event until after the 2016 games. After that time, the Mark II will be allowed in all ILCA sanctioned regattas along with the original standard rig sail.

“Because many of the Olympic qualifying events have already occurred, we’ve agreed with ISAF that we shouldn’t make any major changes to the equipment for the 2016 games at this time,” says Usher. “Our goal is to have the Mark II sail available worldwide for the start of the next quadrennium, leading up to the 2020 games in Tokyo.”

In coordination with ISAF and the Laser Builders, ILCA will make further announcements about the availability of the Mark II sail and its use at events over the coming months.


 

Women Laser Coaching Session at Point Chevalier Sailing Club - 5th September.

On a blustery Saturday morning in early September 13 women laser sailors travelled from far and wide to Point Chevalier Sailing Club for a coaching session with acclaimed NZ Laser Radial sailor Mike Bullot.
 
After a couple of sailors dashed over to The Watershed for an early morning boom purchase we settled in for a really useful theory session with Mike. As conditions freshened we headed out into squally weather which saw the first of several capsizes but also some determined and exciting sailing by all. Mike sped around the fleet giving sailors feedback and useful advice and helping the rescue crew to keep everyone in their boats.
 
Thanks to fantastic support before, during and after the sailing from legend Jim Quinn, Commodore Peter Fletcher, Club Captain Ian Dobson, Crispin Balfour and several club rescue crew we had a fantastic day, followed by tasty afternoon tea - and even a couple of bottles of bubbles.
 
This is the third women’s coaching session that has dialled up challenging conditions but fantastic to see sailors at every level getting in there keen to learn. Clubs represented included Tauranga Yacht Club, Hamilton Yacht Club, Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club,  Pupuke Boating Club, French Bay Yacht Club and Point Chevalier Sailing Club - so a fantastic turn out for conditions that had been forecast to be a bit on the wild side.
 
Thanks again to Mike for his time and valuable insights, to Chantal Grass for organising all of these coaching events and to the NZ Laser Association for their support of these great coaching sessions. 
 
 
Cheers
Kirsty Mac Donald, Point Chevalier Sailing Club
 

Andy Maloney after the Olympic test event in Rio

Hey Everyone,
 
I have just returned home from a month of training and racing over at the 2016 Olympic Venue. Click the link below to read my quick blog update "Rio Life", to get a feel for my month in Rio...
 
 
Thanks for the continued support!
Cheers,
Andy

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

 
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