2020 North Island Laser Champs

Napier again welcomed a fleet of over 50 Laser for our North Island Champs as part of their Summer Regatta. It was great to see almost 20 clubs represented through the fleet, showing the continued strength and universality of the Laser class.
The weather forecast for the weekend promised a variety of conditions and that certainly proved to be the case, with the wind changeable on both Saturday and Sunday, boxing the compass and challenging the race committee. However between all the wind changes they did a great job and delivered good courses and challenging racing for both fleets, with mostly moderate to fresh shifty conditions in the predominantly offshore breezes.
There was close racing in both fleets. In the Radial Caleb Armit again came out on top, but not before a really close 3 way contest with Thomas Mulcahy and Olivia Christie. Phil Wild was 4th overall and leading master. In winning in the first race Phil was the only sailor other than the leading 3 to score a top 3 in any race. Ed Tam was 2nd Master and Werner Hennig 3rd ,but neither was able to match Phil’s consistency over the weekend. Emily Overend was the leading Youth Girl with Lucia Chagas led the Women’s masters.
In the Standards the 3 open sailors, Luke Cashmore, Luke Deegan and Eroni Leilua, enjoyed very close racing at the top of the fleet, with Luke Cashmore coming out victorious. Top master Andrew Dellabarca was able to mix it with the top 3 in several races and was the standout of the Masters fleet. The balance of the fleet struggled for consistency, with Rob Woodward and Kent Copplestone eventually coming through 5th and 6th overall and 2nd and 3rd masters.
Having lost a lot of sailing at the end of last season with Covid it was great to get together with such a mix of sailors from around the country again in Napier. With entries now open for January’s nationals we are all looking forward continuing close racing at Worser Bay in January.


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