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2016 Sir Peter Blake Regatta

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

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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.

ILCA promoting Marit Bouwmeester for Rolex Sailor of the Year

World Sailing has opened voting to the public for the Rolex Sailor of the Year award. 

 

Let your members know that they can show their support for Laser Radial sailor Marit Bouwmeester who is a candidate for this prestigious sailing award!

 

Those wishing to cast their vote can do so now, by following this URL – http://www.sailing.org/2016- world-sailor-of-the-year- voting.php

 

The public voting period is only 72 hours, closing on 7 November at 12:00 UTC.

The awards will be announced on 8 November.

 

Best of luck to Marit !!

Regards,

The ILCA Team

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.

Change of Date for Laser Standard and Masters World Champs in Croatia

In order to accommodate the shipping schedule for charter boats, the dates for the following World Championships have been adjusted by one week:

2017 Laser Standard Men's World Championship
Split, Croatia
New Dates: 12 – 19 September 2017

2017 Laser Masters World Championships
Split, Croatia
New Dates: 21 – 30 September 2017

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

NZL sailors off to Laser Radial Youth World Champs in Ireland

Laser Radial Youth World Championships 23rd-30th July, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
  • Josh Armit
  • George Gautrey
  • Alistair Gifford
  • Jason Hewitt
  • Albert Stanley
  • Blake Woodfield
  • Olivia Christie

Please stay well clear of divers on Lake Pupuke

For the Laser sailors using Lake Pupuke.
We have received the following notification from the Deputy Harbour master, advising us of a recent incident where Lasers have come too close to divers. And reminding us to give divers a wide berth on this shared waterway.
Good advice wherever we may be sailing with divers present.



Good afternoon Lake Pupuke water users
 
Subject : Divers using the lake – Alpha Flag


 
We recently had an incident on Lake Pupuke in which some sailing vessels (I think they were laser’s) were too close to some divers. The divers were displaying the alpha flag on a buoy.
Can I please remind all parties that when they see the alpha flag, please stay well clear – the rule is, less than 5kts within 200m.
 
Please be vigilant on the water, if you see the alpha flag, please give it a wide berth (and do not use it for a turning mark).
 
Remember, the lake is for everyone so please share with care.
 
Regards
Christiaan Moss | Deputy Harbourmaster Auckland Transport
Marine Rescue Centre, 3 Solent Street
Mechanics Bay, Auckland
Private Bag 92250, Auckland 1142
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