More Great Wellington Sailing - Day 3 of the Woodridge Homes 2016 NZ Laser Nationals

After a small delay while the wind settled in the morning we enjoyed a full days racing with a fresh NW all day gusting up to the high 20’s and a steep chop providing a solid test for everyone. Racing was again right out the front of the club, with the bottom mark only 100m off the wharf providing fantastic viewing for the spectators on shore. With 4 races completed for the Open fleets and 3 for the Masters the program is back on track with one day remaining.

In the Standard Open fleet Andrew McKenzie stamped his authority on the contest with four wins to lead convincingly from visiting Chinese sailors Ning Zhao and Jinfu Zhou. Ning was unlucky in the first race of the day to break his tiller extension while contesting the lead early in the race but then kept Andrew honest with 2 second places in the remaining races. Matt Kempkers holds fourth from U21 Auckland sailor James Jennings in 5th.

The Radial Open title is coming down to the wire with local favourite and top Youth sailor George Gautrey holding a single point advantage over Jianan Wu from the visiting Chinese team with reigning World Apprentice Master Scott Leith also still very much in with a chance a further point back in third. Susannah Pyatt is the leading women in 4th place overall with recent ISAF Youth rep Ali Nightingale second women in 7th overall. Second in the youths is 5th placed Josh Armit, who has been extremely consistent with 4th and 5th in every race and leading youth girl is Olivia Christie in 9th overall. The 4.7 are sailing with the Radials, with Julia Bone holding a 2 point advantage over Amy Anderson.

In the Masters Standard local Master Andrew Dellabarca had a top day with a 1,3,1 record to take the lead in the Masters fleet from last years winner, Apprentice Kris Decke and with GM and former world Masters champion Murray Thom in 3rd. Fourth is GM Peter Kempkers who managed a win in the second race but then had a “masters moment” taking on the committee boat anchor warp at the start of the last race (and loosing) while also taking his son out at the same time.

In the Radial Masters three Masters lead the fleet. Ed Tam continued to dominate with a 1,1,2 day to hold a strong lead from Greg Wilshire and Hamish Atkinson while leading GM Roger Winton is in 4th and leading GGM Bob Blakey is in 6th in spite of an injured ankle.

Nick Page
NZLA Chairman

Full Results

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. Jianan Wu, China
3. Scott Leith, Auckland
4. Susannah Pyatt, Auckland
5. Josh Armit, Auckland

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

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