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