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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

    Andrew McKenzie's 2016 Campaign Update

    Andrew's campaign update - Mixing it up in 2016, including a report on the NZ Nationals and European Champs.

    RSA Laser Regatta - 39th Edition

    The 39th RSA Regatta was held on the challenging waters of Panmure Lagoon.  They came from far and wide, Taipa to the North and Ohope to the South as well as Whangarei, Waikato and Auckland with one sailor coming from the UK making up a strong fleet of 41 Lasers split into 30 standards and 11 Radials.
    The wind gods settled in with winds up to 8 knots from the East making for some highly tactical close racing. First start landed up as a general recall as boats charged over the line before the start gun but Garth Briden and Jock Bilger, our race officers gathered in the exuberant jockeys sending them gallivanting on their way with a successful restart. Four races were held in these moderate but tricky winds requiring a fair chunk of concentration to out manoeuvre the agile fleet. The winner for the day was Andrew Childs from Taipa Sailing Club in the Standard rig, he had travelled down 4 hours on the day to pick up the coveted trophy which he missed out on last year.  He was followed closely by Luke Deegan from SSANZ and David Giles from Weir Wood Sailing Club in the UK. The Radials was won by PLSC’s very own Kevin Welsh, Roger Winton from Onerahi Yacht Club was second and 3rd as well as 1st Junior Radial was Loic Eisenring from PLSC, with the Radial Women’s fleet taken out by PLSC’s Shaaron McKee.

    The day ended with a BBQ and lamb on the spit followed by prize giving. Thanks must go to all our sponsors whom help to make this an extraordinary successful Regatta. We thank RSA for donating all the trophies as well as Waipuna, CRC, PredictWind, Auckland Seaplanes, Burnsco, Survitec Group, The Water Shed, Red Carpet Tours, Auckland Marine, Joy Adams Sail Repair, NZ SailingNet, FlyaJet, Sugarcrafts, YMCA and Auckland Maritime Museum for generously supporting our club by donating some amazing prizes for the sailors to take home. Thanks again to our sponsors for supporting our RSA Regatta. Thanks must also go to all the members who helped out on the day.

    2016 Auckland Laser Champs

    All Results

    Murrays Bay SC hosted the 2016 Auckland Laser Championships this weekend with the 46 Standard and Radial sailors facing a variety of challenging conditions over the 2 days. The fleet included a strong international contingent, who were competing as a prelude to Sail Auckland next weekend, with sailors from Canada, China, Korea, Singapore and South Africa competing in addition to a good cross section of the local Laser fleet.

    The start of racing on Saturday was delayed due to an unstable SW breeze fighting a forecast sea breeze that in fact never eventuated. Racing finally got underway in a light and very shifty SW breeze which constantly challenged all the sailors with major shifts and pressure variations from less than 5 knots to an occasional 12 knot puffs which seemed to appear from nowhere. The scheduled 3 races were completed with the cream as usual rising to the top in spite of the challenges. So after day 1 world top 40 ranked sailor Colin Cheng from Singapore led the Standards with reigning Apprentice World Champion, and current MBSC commodore, Scott Leith leading the Radials.

    Day 2 provided significantly more breeze, with a tricky & variable 10 knot SW for the first race shifting to the South and strengthening to about 15 knots for the final 2 races, which still delivered plenty of shifts and pressure variations. 

    In the Standards Colin Cheng held onto his overnight lead with a strong 1/2/1 record to win convincingly over South African sailor Stephano Marcia with Chinese sailor Jianan Wu in third.  First under 21 sailor was Tim Adair from Murrays Bay in 7th overall while the first master was another local, Dean Drummond in 9th overall.

    In the Radials Scott Leith was also able to hold onto his overnight lead, although two bullets for leading NZ women’s sailor Sara Winther did put some pressure on Scott and lifted Sara to third overall. Leading Youth, in 2nd overall, was a consistent George Gautrey, who continues a great streak of form following his excellent results at the recent ISAF Youth Worlds and NZ Laser Nationals. Visitor Kim Da Jeong was the leading female youth sailor.

    So following this weekend successful regatta we can look forward to a top quality contest at next weeks Sail Auckland regatta also being held at Murrays Bay, with the NZL Laser team sailors and more international sailors joining the fleet.

    Nick Page
    NZLA Chairman

    Laser Standard

              R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
    1st 197538 Colin Cheng Singapore open 1 -3 1 1 2 1 9 6
    2nd 207559 Stefano Marcia WYAC open (26 UFD) 1 4 2 7 2 42 16
    3rd 211551 Jianan Wu Jiangsu open 2 2 3 4 5 -10 26 16
    4th 206034 Jeong Bo Chungnam open 3 -15 2 3 4 4 31 16
    5th 200817 Ning Zhao Jiangsu open 5 4 7 (26 UFD) 1 3 46 20
    6th 203460 Jinfu Zhou Jiangsu open 6 -14 5 5 3 5 38 24
    7th 195538 Tim Adair MBSC U21 4 6 9 6 6 -18 49 31
    8th 191616 Luke Deegan SSANZ open 8 -21 6 8 11 11 65 44
    9th 19810 Dean Drummond MBSC open -15 7 13 7 12 7 61 46
    10th 208069 Fillah Karim Vancouver U21 10 8 -15 12 8 8 61 46
    11th 203776 James Jennings MBSC U21 11 9 -23 13 9 9 74 51
    12th 195704 Taua Elisa MSC open 16 12 -24 10 13 6 81 57
    13th 196302 Lee Ein Hwan Chungnam U21 9 -20 8 9 15 16 77 57
    14th 174323 Cris Brodie TSC open -21 16 18 11 10 13 89 68
    15th 7 Dario Muto PLSC open 7 5 10 (26 DNC) 26 DNC 26 DNC 100 74
    16th 200531 Yuchen Gu Jiangsu open 17 -24 12 14 17 15 99 75
    17th 198107 Nick Page Pupuke GM 19 11 -21 20 14 12 97 76
    18th 198114 Tony Nicholson MBSC Master 12 -23 11 19 18 17 100 77
    19th 210161 Chris Sadler Tamaki GM 13 19 14 17 -20 14 97 77
    20th 192705 Ken Atchison Hamilton AM 18 -25 19 16 16 19 113 88
    21st 17432 Greg Wishire Thames open (26 UFD) 17 16 15 21 20 115 89
    22nd 202918 Mike Knowsley Tamaki open -23 13 20 18 19 21 114 91
    23rd 208517 Park Jong Kyun Chungnam U21 14 18 -25 22 22 22 123 98
    24th 158903 Andrew Coffin PLSC open 20 10 22 23 -24 24 123 99
    25th 192308 Ian Wallace PLSC GGM 22 22 17 21 -23 23 128 105

    Laser Radial

    Rank SailNo HelmName Club Category M/F R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
    1st 208521 Scott Leith MBSC AM M 2 1 1 -4 1 2 11 7
    2nd 206419 George Gautrey Muratai Youth M 1 3 -14 3 4 4 29 15
    3rd 202441 Sara Winther Takapuna / Akarana open W 5 -6 6 1 3 1 22 16
    4th 209259 Josh Armit MBSC Youth M -7 4 7 2 2 3 25 18
    5th 209278 Jason Hewitt HYC Youth M 6 -7 2 6 6 6 33 26
    6th 204111 Loic Eisenring PLSC MBSC U21 M 3 10 3 -11 5 5 37 26
    7th 192281 Susannah Pyatt MBSC open W 4 2 4 5 (22 DNC) 22 DNC 59 37
    8th 182978 Joshua Bull MBSC Youth M (22 UFD) 8 15 7 7 10 69 47
    9th 202688 Sam Rushton TYPBC Youth M 13 12 12 9 8 -17 71 54
    10th 198108 Libby Porter KYC open W 11 -18 9 14 10 11 73 55
    11th 5712 Teau Mckenzie MBSC open W 8 11 17 -18 11 9 74 56
    12th 20852 Damian Sari MBSC Youth M 12 9 10 10 15 -18 74 56
    13th 178671 Kim Da Jeong Chungnam Youth W 10 5 5 -21 19 20 80 59
    14th 208359 Gus Fry Muratai GGM M 17 -19 13 8 14 8 79 60
    15th 193052 Sam Beckman MBSC Youth M 16 -17 8 12 13 13 79 62
    16th 192279 Michelle Bain TSC Master W 15 -16 11 13 12 12 79 63
    17th 178818 Finn Drummond MBSC Youth M 9 14 16 -17 9 16 81 64
    18th 207851 Megan Thomson FBYC Youth W 18 13 (22 DNF) 16 22 UFD 7 98 76
    19th 195540 Elly Warren TYPBC Youth W 19 15 18 -20 16 14 102 82
    20th 185811 Annabelle Rennie-Younger MBSC Youth W 14 -20 19 15 17 19 104 84
    21st 190329 Julia Francis MBSC open W (22 DNC) 22 DNC 22 DNC 19 18 15 118 96

    2016 Canterbury Laser Champs

    Over the weekend of the 13th 14th February 2016 34 keen Laser sailors headed down to the Mt Pleasant on the Christchurch estuary for 9.00 and 9.30 starts. 

    Saturday’s first race was a tricky downwind start in a dying Southerly. 2 ½ hours later we finished in a light Easterly breeze. The Full Rig places seemed to change somewhat as some were becalmed and others bought the new breeze through. All in all a very frustrating race I would say by all!

    The second race the light Easterly remained and we just finished with enough water to spare.

    Day 2 we managed 4 races a piece in all the fleets in a light Easterly breeze.

    Thanks to Mt Pleasant and especially Phil Galloway for hosting the regatta. It was great to see so many Lasers sailing off the one club in Christchurch.

    The wind gods were not kind but we did well to get 6 races done and dusted in unusually light weather conditions.

    The Standard rigs were won by Richard Ineson  from Cyc, with Nick James 2nd and Haydn James 3rd.

    Sam Higginbottom won the 4.7s with Annah Winheld 2nd.

    In the Radials Dougal Frame was a convincing winner with Craig Atkinson beating Dad Hamish for 2nd and 3rd.

    4 x NZL in Miami Gold Cup Laser Medal Race

    Super impressive to see 4 NZLs in the 10 top Lasers that sailed the medal race at the Miami Gold Cup.
    And congratulations to Sam Meech who was the leading Kiwi into the final day before finishing 3rd in the race to jump to 3rd in the regatta.
    Final results were;

    • Sam Meech 3rd
    • Thomas Saunders 7th
    • Andy Maloney 9th
    • Mike Bullot 10th

    Also amazing to see Robert Scheidt win the regatta at 42 - more than twice the age of the impressive young Perth sailor Mathew Werne.


    Youtube Video of all medal races (Laser Standard race from about 2 hr 52 Min mark)

    Stuff Article

    We don’t do light - Final Day at the Woodridge Homes NZ National Laser Champs

    Wellington again turned it on for the final day of the 2016 Woodridge Homes NZ Laser Nationals at Muritai Yacht Club in Wellington.

    A light breeze greeted the 92 sailors as they arrived at the club and some of us were led to believe that the local Masters “we don’t do Light” was a Wellington myth. However true to Wellington form by start time it had built to 20 knots, again from the NW, and we ended up with the freshest day of the contest with gusts at times touching 30 knots and plenty of shifts and variation in pressure for those smart enough to take advantage. The outgoing tide ensured that conditions were not too rough and all fleets completed 2 races to complete their full complement of races for the contest.

    In the Open Standard fleet Andrew McKenzie again took command from the start of each race to record two wins and an emphatic overall victory, winning 8 of the 10 races. Visiting Chinese sailors Ning Zhao and Jinfu Zhou were 2nd and 3rd in both todays races and overall with Matthew Kempkers from Auckland 4th.

    The Radial Open contest was only decided in the final race and provided the highlight for the host club with club youth star George Gautrey, fresh from his second in the ISAF worlds youths, scoring a 1/2 today to secure victory over reigning World Apprentice Master champion Scott Leith, who also scored a 1/2 today but ended up 3 points behind George. Third was Chinese visitor Jianan Wu who was extremely  consistent and only 2 points behind Scott. The leading woman was Susannah Pyatt in 6th  and Worser Bay youth sailor Olivia Christie had an exceptionally strong regatta to finish 9th overall and first youth girl, out sailing many more experienced competitors despite the testing conditions.

    After a really close contest visiting French sailor Juliette Bone claimed victory in the 4.7 division over Worser Bay sailor Amy Anderson.

    Local talent was again to the fore in the Masters Divisions, with many of the sailors using the regatta to start to prepare for the Laser sailing at the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland.

    The Standard Masters division saw local Andrew Dellabarca securing an extremely well deserved victory with a 2/3 scoreline today to defeat the reigning champion, Apprentice Kris Decke from Whangarei by 5 points. Grand Masters Peter Kempkers, who had a great day winning both Masters races, and Murray Thom were 3rd and 4th respectively.

    In the Radial Masters Ed Tam from Worser Bay won comfortably overall. He had a 3/1 record today to win clearly from Master Hamish Atkinson from Christchurch. First Grand Master was Roger Winton from Whangarei and after an intense battle of the Grand Masters Eastbourne’s Garth Cheyne took out the division from Bob Blakey and Gus Fry in 6th, 7th and 8th overall.

    So we have concluded a wonderfully successful contest with testing conditions and every division well contested. Next year’s contest will be in Taupo which is sure to provide a whole new set of challenges for sailors. The top 5 in each division were;

    Nick Page
    NZLA Chairman

    Top 5 in each fleet at the end of todays racing;

    Open Standard
    1. Andrew McKenzie, Auckland
    2. Ning Zhao, China
    3 Jinfu Zhou, China.
    4. Matt Kempkers, Auckland
    5. James Jennings, Auckland

    Open Radial
    1. George Gautrey, Eastbourne
    2. Scott Leith, Auckland
    3. Jianan Wu, China
    4. Josh Armit, Auckland
    5. Alastair Gifford, Auckland

    Standard Masters
    1. Andrew Dellabarca, Wellington
    2. Kris Decke, Whangarei
    3. Peter Kempkers, Auckland
    4. Murray Thom, Auckland
    5. Rob Woodward, Wellington

    Radial Masters
    1. Ed Tam, Worser Bay
    2. Hamish Atkinson, Christchurch
    3. Greg Wilshire, Auckland
    4. Roger Winton, Whangarei
    5. Mike Knowsley, Auckland

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