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Notice of Annual General Meeting

New Zealand Laser Association

Notice of Annual General Meeting

7 pm Thursday 26th October 2017

Tamaki Yacht Club, 30 Tamaki Drive

For more information please contact: Karen at


Women Laser Coaching Session with an Olympic flair

The Sailing season has started in earnest this September and we have seen already quite a lot of our Laser Women travelling and competing at different Club regattas across the country, while quite a few of us were waiting for the sun rays and the upcoming and long awaited Women Laser Coaching session before coming out of hibernation.  Well we have some great news, it is scheduled in a few weeks, so be prepared, try to locate your wetsuit, that missing glove, dust off that neglected boat and be there.

The NZ Laser Association have organised a free coaching session for all Laser Women on Saturday 4th November – 10:00am start and will be hosted this year at Maraetai Boat Club, home to Sue Whitiskie, one of the local Laser sailors.

Now the great news!

Our coach will be none other than New Zealand’s first and only Laser Olympic Medallist, Sam Meech.  You would have watched in trepidation at the last Olympics in Rio all his moves on the water, which he will now be able to share with you but mostly he will be able to provide you with some great tips to improve your sailing. This is an opportunity not to be missed, so be make sure you are there!



How can I attend?

If you are interested in attending please let me know by 29th October so I can advise Sam and Sean McCrae, Maraetai Boat Club’s Commodore of the numbers. The Club has a wonderful bar and deck area, and we can have a drink afterwards in way of support of the club and to reward ourselves after a hard day on the water.

What do I need to bring?

  • Laser boat and gear
  • Yourself 
  • Bring a sailing friend

Hope to see you all on the 4th November, it will be a 10:00am start, so make sure you are all rigged by that time.

I will be sending shortly in a separate e-mail, a photo summary of the women’s year since March 2017 to now, if you have some photos please do not hesitate to send these.


Many thanks


Chantal Grass

On behalf of NZ Laser Association

2017 South Island Laser Champs

NZL Results at the 2017 Mens Laser Worlds in Split

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Gold fleet
1st: Pavlos Kontides (CYP) 1 1 1 3 1 (dnf) (26) 2 1 5 - 15 points
2nd: Tom Burton (AUS) (18) 2 6 7 1 1 5 4 4 (23) - 30 pts
3rd: Matthew Wearn (AUS) (9) 3 1 1 2 2 11 (24) 5 6 - 31 pts
. . .
8th: Tom Saunders (NZL) (15) 3 7 2 4 3 (23) 5 8 19 - 51 pts
12th: Sam Meech (NZL) 1 (4) 2 2 2 2 39 12 (40) 12 - 72 pts

Silver fleet
2nd: Andrew McKenzie (NZL) 46 5 2 11 13 (DSQ) 16 1 - 94 pts
11th: George Gautrey (NZL) 18 28 27 19 16 14 (bfd) 12 - 134 pts

Coaching Clinics with Brett Beyer prior to February 2018 Aussie Laser Masters Nationals

The Queensland Laser Association in conjunction with Australian Sailing is running two Coaching Clinics with Brett Beyer in the lead up to the Australian National Masters at Mooloolaba. The two camps will run from the 3rd to the 4th of February 2018, and from 6th to the 7th of February 2018 and will be held offshore at Mooloolaba.

More Details

Sam Meech & Tom Saunders 3rd & 4th and world champs test event

Sam Meech narrowly beat Tom Saunders by just 2 points after the medal race for 3rd place at the world champs test event in Aaarhus, Denmark.
Sam has his worst day on the first day - before regaining his composure to catch up over the rest of the regatta.
Yachting NZ Article

Thomas Saunders - care of YNZ

Australian and Oceania Laser Masters 2018

The Australian and Oceania Laser Masters is being held

"We have organised Brett Beyer to hold a Laser Master Class coaching clinic for two days at Mooloolaba on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th immediately before the Masters. Cost will be $250. Max 10 entries - if more we will get Mitch Kennedy from the Australian Laser Sailing Team as an assistant coach and then expand to max 20."

If you are interested contact Queensland chairman Michael Wilson, Michael Wilson <>0417 758 859.


They have confirmed that Kiwis are very welcome and they won't even include too many false tips!

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