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Hi Everyone

 

Firstly thanks for the great turnout at the WMG and what a fantastic event, both on and off the water.

 

So many Lasers, such beautiful weather, such great racing and fantastic apres-sailing made it one of the best regattas I have been to and I hope all of you enjoyed it as much as I did.

 

So before you mothball the boat for the winter I thought I would rattle everyone's cage and get you to think about some opportunities to build on all you learned at Torbay.

 

1. Club sailing - keep the boat warm, make the effort and sail regularly at your club and keep the momentum going, which will get others to follow in your footsteps.

2. Next up - Queens Birthday Regatta at Port Ohope - 4th and 5th of June

3. Take a holiday South Pacific Laser Masters, Royal Queensland, Brisbane July 21st - 24th. Forget the dreary NZ weather, pop over to Brisbane for a long weekend in the warmth for what is always a good fleet, close racing and a great social program at one of the neatest venues in this part of the world. Charter boats will be available.

 

4. If you thought 170 Lasers at Torbay was good and the competition tough why not try 350 Lasers in Split, Croatia in September at the Laser Masters Worlds. If you want to go you need to get on and register smartly on the ILCA website as the event will be fully subscribed but hopefully all Kiwis that want to go will get a slot.

 

5. Forget the winter and start to plan for next summer, it's not that far away. There will be many great events but a few big ones to think about and to put in the diary;

 

  • North Island in Napier, last weekend of November (25th & 26th) - always a warm welcome and a good fleet.
  • NZ Nationals in Christchurch, Naval Point,  17th to 21st January. Plenty of SI sailors made it to Torbay so let's return the favour and all get down to Christchurch.
  • Australian Laser Masters Nationals - Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, 9th to 12th February. Plenty of Aussies made the effort to come here for the WMG so let's return the favour. I believe they are targeting a fleet of 250 and need a few Kiwis to keep them honest. Charter boats will be available and the sailing conditions on the ocean off Mooloolaba promise to be awesome.

There will also be the usual range of local and inter-club regattas to get your teeth into. Check the NZLA website regularly.

 

So plenty of places to build on what you learned at Torbay and plenty more fun to be had. 

 

See you on the water somewhere.


Regards

Nick Page

2017 NZ Laser Rankings

2017 NZ Laser Rankings for all divisions excluding Masters.

Any questions please;






  Nationals  Oceanbridge TOTAL RANK
OPEN        
Sam Meech Clause 18 Clause 18 0 1
Andrew McKenzie 1 2 3 2
Thomas Saunders 2 1 3 3
George Gautrey 3 3 6 4
Matthew Kempkers 4 4 8 5
Dean Drummond 5 7 12 6
         
YOUTH BOYS        
Josh Armit 1 1 2 1
Alastair Gifford 2 2 4 2
Blake Woodfield 3 3 6 3
Albert Stanley 5 5 10 4
Jason Hewitt 4 7 11 5
Lachlan Grimwade 7 4 11 6
Joshua Bull 6 6 12 7
Blake Nicholson 8 9 17 8
Harry Corston 9 8 17 9
Finn Drummond 11 13 24 10
Jack Tripe 15 12 27 11
Scott Woodfield 17 14 31 12
         
WOMEN        
Susannah Pyatt 1 1 2 1
         
YOUTH GIRLS        
Olivia Christie 1 1 2 1
Annabelle Rennie-Younger 2 2 4 2
Isabella Boyd 5 3 8 3

Laser Carbon top section finally here - almost

PSA will have the long awaited class legal Laser carbon top section available from 1st February 2017.
They are AUD850 in australia - with preorders accepted for AUD100 online at the PSA site.
 



In NZ they will be available from Dan Slater at The Watershed.

We are now taking pre orders for Feb delivery total cost is $1042 and the deposit is $200.
Sailors can call and make a CC deposit and the freight we will discuss at Nationals when we have more details but  would like to combine areas orders and freight.
- Dan Slater

 


The official word from the ILCA below:

Laser Class Announces New Composite Top Mast
The class legal composite mast will be available in early 2017.
 
5 December 2016
 
The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is pleased to announce the release of a class-legal composite top mast section that is expected to be available for purchase in early 2017.
 
Because the new mast was designed with the exact same weight and bend characteristics as the existing aluminum upper sections, it will not provide a performance advantage but instead will eliminate the permanent bending problems associated with the aluminum spars.
 
"ILCA's policy regarding the introduction of new equipment is that it should always have the same characteristics as the existing equipment and that the new equipment should not give a performance advantage when raced alongside existing equipment," says ILCA Executive Secretary, Eric Faust. "The composite mast definitely meets that objective. It's been tested by some of the top Laser sailors in the world and they all agree that they can't determine any difference while sailing."
 
According to ILCA Technical Officer, Clive Humphris, "The new top section has been rigorously developed and tested over the past six years to assure that it is a 'like-for-like' part with the current mast. The advantage is that the new mast will be much more durable and won't be prone to permanent bending like the aluminum masts."
 
ILCA President, Tracy Usher, agrees. "I've sailed with a prototype composite upper while training in a wide variety of conditions -- I couldn't tell any difference between having this spar on the boat or using an aluminum one. I sail the same way and the boat seems to behave the same way. Everything felt the same."
 
"This is going to make Laser sailing easier for everyone," adds Usher. "Sailors won't need to carefully align their mast rivet when rigging or worry about straightening their masts after a day of heavy air sailing. It's going to be a big improvement for everyone!"
 
Because the composite mast is now a fully approved change to the Laser Construction Manual, there is no need for a change to the Laser Class Rules. As long as the mast is purchased from an approved Laser Builder or one of its authorized dealers, it will be legal for use at all ILCA sanctioned events.
 
The new mast specifications have been developed in close cooperation between the approved Laser Builders, World Sailing and ILCA. Because the composite top section is class legal and it will not provide any advantage in performance on the water, neither ILCA nor World Sailing anticipate that the use of the composite mast will need to be restricted for any future events. If it is subsequently determined that the use of the mast needs to be restricted, this will be controlled by Notice of Race on an event-by-event basis.
  

2016 Sir Peter Blake Regatta

Long waits then light and tricky breezes at the 2017 Sir Peter Blake Regatta on 3rd & 4th Dec.

All Results

ILCA Oceania District News Update

Dear Sir/ Madam,

On the 19th of November 2016 at the International Laser Class Association “ILCA” annual general meeting the World Council voted to change the geographic boundaries of the Asia Pacific region into Asia and Oceania.

There are many reasons for this decision but the main one was to be geographically inline with the International Olympic Council “IOC” and their view on the five Continents around the World as described by the five Olympic rings in the Olympic trade mark logo. Oceania is one of those rings.
This new region for laser, Oceania will incorporate all Pacific Island Nations and Australia and New Zealand. While it is early days the Oceania Laser Committee will work out the best way to run a viable Oceania Laser Continental Championships annually that will gain the respect of the IOC and World Sailing “WS” and set a bench mark for other ILCA regions to follow.

In the future it is hoped that this Event will attract WS points and eventually be an Olympic selection Regatta for Oceania and ILCA member Countries.
This initiative will create an opportunity for increased participation in Youth, Open and Master Sailing that will lead to stronger laser class racing in the Region.
In the mean time all Oceania Countries not registered or financial with the peak body ILCA should become financial and compliant. Details ILCA Web site.
Things like web sites and better communications will be resolved over time and I will send information when it comes available, so be proud and be involved and we all will be winners.

Thank You
Ken Hurling
OAM ILCA Oceania Chair
LASERSAILFORLIFE

2016 North Harbour Laser Masters

Sunday 13th November saw the the 25th edition of the North Harbour Masters held on Lake Pupuke.

The first Laser Masters regatta of the 2016/17 season saw a strong turnout of 35 sailors starting their work up to next years World Masters at Torbay in April 2017. There was a healthy mix of the old guard, returning names of old and some new faces resulting in strong fleets in both the Standard and Radial. 

 

Conditions were pretty much ideal for an early season regatta, with 12 to 18 knot westerlies, gusty and shifty as usual on the lake which resulted in opportunities for all but a few thrills and spills when unexpected gusts or shifts caught out the unwary. It also allowed the scheduled 5 races to be completed easily, even allowing the luxury of a lunch break ashore between races 3 and 4. Starts and finishes right off the car park minimised organisational challenges for PRO Garth Briden and allowed spectators, including the usual tranche of masters not sailing due to age related excuses, a grandstand view of the racing.

 

In the Standards expat Australian, now from Cambridge, Anthony Merrington (A) was victorious with a strong performance, counting a 1,1,1,2. Racing at the front of the fleet was close at all times but Anthony dominated with consistently strong starts and clever reading of the shifty breeze to prevail from a trio of local Masters; Mark Oliver, who was a close second overall counting 1,2,2,3, followed by Rohan Lord and Dean Drummond. They were closely followed by leading GM Nick Page in 5th and Tony Nicholson (M) in 6th.

 

In the Radial current World Apprentice Radial Champion Scott Leith (A) was dominant, counting 4 bullets, but tripping up in the last race to let former World Masters champ Mark Orams (M) get one back after Scott had managed to pull out some impressive margins in the early races. Mark was second overall followed by Phil Wild (A), recently back in his Laser after a break of several years, Werner Hennig from Hamilton and then leading GM Pete Thomas in 5th. Pete strong post lunch results, a 3rd and 4th, allowed him to just pip GM Kevin Welsh who ended up 6th overall after a couple of tough afternoon races. Clearly Pete's lunch was faster than Kevin's! Michelle Bain was the first Women's master in 10th overall.

 

The usual generous Pupuke range of prizes, entertainingly presented as usual by commodore John Dowsett, capped off a successful day for sailors and spectators alike. The strong turnout for this regatta bodes well for the full program of regattas this season, culminating with the World Masters Games in April where entry numbers are already strong. Next up for NI sailors is the NI champs in Napier in a fortnight, followed by The Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay the first weekend of December and then the Nationals at Taupo in January.

Successful women Laser coaching day at Tamaki

The NZ Laser Association organised a free coaching session for Laser women sailors on 29th October with none other than Sara Winther, the current New Zealand Laser Radial Woman Champion. Her experience as an Olympic Laser Radial sailor at the 2012 London Olympics and at many international regattas and world championships makes her a fantastic coach.
 
There were 6 women taking part in this amazing opportunity: Michelle Bain from Torbay, Kirsty MacDonald from Point Chevalier and Annie Mills, Chantal Grass, Shaaron McKee and Taylor Farrell from Panmure.
 
 
From left to right: Michelle Bain (TYC), Sara Winther, Shaaron McKee, Chantal Grass, Kirsty MacDonald (PCSC), Annie Mills and Taylor Farrell.
 
Sara started with some rigging basics and control tips, we all soaked up her learnings and attempted to apply them on the water. This is the 4th coaching session organised by the Laser Association and this time true to form the wind blew again, just slightly stronger: 22 to 28 knots. It was fantastic to see the resolution of the women to conquer the Laser in these strong winds regardless of some spectacular capsizes. The debrief afterwards from Sara helped immensely and we are all looking forward to the next windy day to apply these.
 
It was a very successful day, a great thanks needs to go to Luuk Van Basten Batenburg for organising the coaching, Bob Blakey, Commodore from Tamaki and Mike Knowsley for hosting this successful event and a big thanks especially to Sara Winther for being a coach extraordinaire, all the women are now eager to put into practice all your tips.
 
Thankyou all
Chantal

Sam Meech receives a YNZ Performance Award

Following his bronze medal in the Laser at the Rio Olympics, it's not surprising to hear Sam Meech will receive a Performance Award at the Volvo YNZ Excellence awards.
Congratulations again to Sam.

More details on all awards at YNZ.

New Zealand's first Olympic Laser Medal - amongst others

Big excitement as Sam Meech won the Bronze medal in the Laser in Rio.

It's hard to believe we haven't had one before. But very nice for Sam that 4 years of effort have paid off so nicely.

Sam's 10 prelim race results indicated how tricky the conditions could be in Rio
19, 3, 5, 6, 14, 17, 13, 6, 12, then 1st (nice)
That placed him 3rd going into the single medal race, where a cool head delivered a 4th in the race and the Bronze medal. WhooHoo! - in a nail biting kind of way.

NZ sailors in other clases;

  • Blair Tuke and Pete Burling locked up the 49er Gold before the mdeal race - awesome.
  • 49erFX girls - Alex Maloney and Molly Meech get Silver. They peaked at the right time with a fantastically sailed regatta.
  • Womens 470 - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie also get Silver. Filthy luck with a UFD and earlier lost protest put gold just beyond reach. But the points were so close they had to sail a very good medal race to get 2nd and not 5th.
  • Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders were 4th just 3 points shy of a Bronze medal - an amazing result really.
  • Finn sailor Josh Junior kept his cool to climb back to 7th overall after a patchy start to the regatta, then an impressive come back.
  • Mens 470 - Daniel Wilcox and Paul Snow-Hansen were 10th - after a 6th in the medal race.

So all NZ sailors made their top 10 medal race. Which is amazing in itself.

Then 4 crews go on to win a medal, playing a big part in NZ's biggest every medal tally at one Olympics. What a credit to all the sailors, coaches and the whole YNZ Olympic program.

All Rio Sailing Results on Google

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