2017 Auckland Laser Masters Results and Report

There were testing conditions at Tamaki for the 2017 Auckland Laser Champs on the 1st and 2nd of April.
The 66 strong fleet is the largest we can remember in recent years, with many masters getting on the water time prior to the World Masters Games.

RO Garth Briden (who else) did an excellent job getting us 7 races in light and veering N to NE winds and big tides.

The first race on Saturday was light NE but fair. The first attempt at a second race was abandoned when a small group jumped out ahead while the majority parked up at the wing mark - a robust discussion on events ensued.

Some sailors waited ashore for the breeze to settle in. And when it did a pretty even second race was completed. The 3rd race was completed in a dying breeze that caught a few out.

4 races were completed on Sunday. Races 4 & 5 started in a Northerly breeze and a triangle, which shifted right half way through race 5. It hung in long enough to finish races 6 and 7 on a windward leeward course.

Garth tried to control the general recalls with the U flag as the tide flowing over the reef and under our bows pushed us over the line.

Despite the light breezes, the waves (some would say slop) could be worked - but carefully.

Even the successful sailors had a few trying moments. On the water Josh Armit was the most successful in the standard fleet. But he doesn't count as he's only 15 and we get sick of him winning everything.

Dan Slater eventually came out on top master in the Standard fleet.

And Werner Henning won the radial fleet on countback, being tied at the top with Richard Blakey.

Great to see Jim Quinn winning the Legends Radial division with a brand new knee.

For others Sunday's roast beef sandwiches were the most successful part of the regatta.

Many thanks to the volunteers at Tamaki and to the generous prize sponsors

  • Smart Marine
  • The Water Shed - thanks Dan Slater
  • nzsailing.net - thanks Mike Pasco


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