NZL Laser results at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Champs


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All 2014 ISAF Sailing World Champs Results

A mixed bag for NZ Lasers at the ISAF Sailing World Champs in Santander, Spain.

This regatta was the first stage in qualifying national spots for the Rio Olympics. The NZ Yachting team were fortunate to qualify us for all classes we entered.

In the Mens Laser;

  • Sam Meech came out top NZL - making the gold fleet and 9th overall.
  • Andy Maloney was on target with one bullet but had his worst result in the 7th race, keeping him just out of the gold fleet for the first time in a while. See Andys blog.
  • Thomas Saunders 20th - a great result
  • Mike Bullot finished in 30th despite two top 5 results.


In the Womens Radial;

  • Sara Winther had a heartbreaker, finishing 11th, just outside the crucial top 10 benchmark.
  • Susannah Pyatt 51st
  • Ali Nightingale was 108th


NZL results in the other classes;

  • Peter Burling and Blair Tuke having an outstanding regatta in the 49er to have won before the medal race was sailed.
  • Polly Powrie and Joh Aleh with silver in the 470. Top spot slipped away when they were caught on the wrong side of the course in the medal race.
  • Alex Maloney and Molly Meech fisnishing 12th in the 49erFX - a sign of how competitive the other crews have become in the last year.
  • Josh Junior and Andrew Murdoch 5 and 6 in the Finn. The NZ Finn spot for the Olympics is being very closely fought.
  • Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders 5th in the relatively new Nacra 17 class.
  • Jon-Paul Tobin 16th on the RS:X windsurfer.
  • And Natalia Kosinska 21st in the womens RS:X.

So some great results, but plenty of work to do. It sounded like pretty touch conditions to be consistent in.