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3 wins for NZL sailors at the 2012 Laser Masters Worlds

NZL Team members with their 2012 Masters Worlds cubes. Pete Thomas (3rd Grand Master Radial), Mark Orams (1st Master Radial), Scott Leith (1st Apprentice Radial), Andrew Dellabraca (4th Master Standard), Mike Keeton (1st Grand Master Radial).

The 3 new world champions were just part of the great form shown by the NZ team at the 2012 Laser Masters in Brisbane.

Scott Leith won the Radial Apprentice for the 3rd year in a row. But this one was sweet as he convincingly beat Richard Bot, a very good sailor from Sydney who had beaten Scott when they first met at the Worlds in the 2009 worlds in Nova Scotia.

In the Radial Masters past open world champion Mark Orams was battling a heavier Greg Adams from Brisbane in the strong winds during the first half of the regatta. But Mark finished with 5 staight wins in the lighter second half to clinch the title by 4 points.
Hamish Atkinson from Christchurch finished 7th.

Mike Keeton will be especially pleased with his first world championship win in the Radial Grand Masters. He has shown us glimpses of good form for years, but this time strung it all together on the international stage to beat Adam French from Brisbane. They were 1 point apart mid regatta, but Mike stayed consistent on the final day to stretch away to a 7 point lead.
Consistency also paid for Pete Thomas who took third, winning the final race to be tied on 34 points with 2 other sailors - then getting the 3rd on countback. Bruce Jones from Wellington will have been happy with his 8th.

Despite being concerned he was too heavy, Bob Blakey came 6th in the Radial Great Grand Masters. So we will ignore that excuse from now on.

Over on the Standard course, Apprentice sailors Kent Copplestone from Foxton Beach and Rob Woodward from Wellington had a epic finale. They were 6th and 5th in the final race, leaving them tied on 53 points. But on countback Kent was 4th overall and Rob 5th.

Andrew Dellabarca had another great worlds to finish 4th in the strong Standard Master fleet.

In the Standard Grand Masters Nick Page had a regatta of two halves. He did well in the heavy half but faded to 10th in the light shifty conditions. Despite training exclusively on Lake Pupuke.

Read more for all NZL Results & photos.

NZ Sailors do well at 2012 Aussie Masters Champs

A few of our NZ Masters sailors sailed the Aussie Master champs in Brisbane as a preliminary to the World Champs at the same location starting Saturday 10th March.
Scott Leith made a clean sweep of the Apprentice Radial Division. Ed Tam backing him up in 3rd.
Mike Keeton convincingly won the Grand Master Radials.
Mark Orams was 2nd in the Masters Radial, racing hard against local Aussie Greg Adams. Hamish Atkinson from Christchurch in 8th.

All Fingers and Thoms

NZ Laser glitteratti and past World Champions Mark Orams, Murray Thom and Mark Page preparing to head south for the highly enjoyable NZ Laser Champs hosted by the hospitable Worser Bay on Wellington.
In a rare moment Mr Page manages to upstage Murray with a finger fresh from A&E. Apparently the result of a workplace accident, not a domestic dispute as originally reported. Despite the discomfort Mark sailed all races although the finger was deemed a shipping hazard by the Wellington Harbour Master.

See how they went, along with all the rest of us.

6 NZL Radials in Top 11 at Aussie Youth Champs

Congratulations to the NZL Radial team who made a great showing at the Aussie Nationals.

Laser Radial Video from the 2011 ISAF World Champs

In this video from minutes 5 to 15 there is great coverage of the last race before the medal race in the Laser Radial. Sara Winther is sailing for a place in the medal race and qualification for the Olympcs (no pressure).

More Laser Radial action from a few days earlier. From minutes 5:30 to 15.

More Radial racing from minutes 18 to 24

Andrew and Sara representing NZL at the London Olympics

No great suprises but still nice to know. Following top 10 performances in Perth, Andrew Murdoch and Sara Winther have been officially selected as our NZL Laser sailors for the London Olympics. Congratulations to them, a huge amount of work already, a magnificent achievment, and much more to come.

The entire Olympic sailing team are;

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (49er), Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (women’s 470), Andrew Murdoch (laser), Jon Paul Tobin (RS:X), Paul Snow Hansen and Jason Saunders (men’s 470), Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt (women’s match racing) and Sara Winther (laser radial).

Quite an impressive lineup and a credit to the sailors and NZ Yachting coaching and development staff.

Andrew Murdoch's ISAF World Champs wrap up

Hey Guys,
Have had a pretty amazing last few days!!! Almost feels like Christmas....
I managed to get on the podium again at this years World Championships in Perth receiving the bronze medal. It was a tough regatta and I managed to be in solid medal contention going into the medal race which was great.
Then just yesterday, I became one of the first athletes announced into the NZ Olympic Team to compete at the London 2012 Olympics! Although this will be my second time to the Games, it still felt just as good as the first time to be included in the team. It's one more step taken in climbing my Everest, taking Gold at next years Olympics and "Knocking the Bastard Off!" Hillary would say.
There is plenty of hard work still to continue though and I now have just over 7 months till showtime! I have been pushed hard for this spot by the other kiwi guys (Andy Maloney, Mike Bullot, Sam Meech, Josh Junior) which has been awesome and this will be a huge benefit as we continue to work together through to the Games. I feel my campaign is in a lot better shape this time around as I have gone about working on many of the lessons learnt from the last Olympics.
Big thanks have to go to my awesome fiancé Natalie for her support. Also regatta coaches Mark Howard & Hamish Wilcox plus the whole Yachting NZ crew & Hyundai NZ for there continued support.
Exciting times ahead!!!
Thanks so much everyone for your support and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a great New Year!

You can follow my campaign at

Miranda Powrie's ISAF World Champs wrap up

Miranda give us an interesting insight into the world of elite Laser sailing ...

IC308 - 2011 Vote on the Fundamental Rule Change affecting design rights - majority in favour

The ILCA has reported on the result of the rule change affecting the builders and design rights holder.

For those who have followed the issue, here is a quick summary of the latest situation;

  • the ICLA say they are still not aware of any agreement between the design rights holder and Laser Performance Europe
  • the ICLA members vote has been completed and audited with the majority in favour of the ICLAs proposed rule change 1017 ‘yes’ (89.3%) and  122 ‘no’ (10.7%)
  • The ICLA is now seeking the approval of the ISAF for the rule change

The ICLA report on the vote is here;

It includes a summary of the past and current situation and next steps - from the point of view of the ICLA. If you're interested in the issue, or don't know what it is about then go to that link to get the ICLA's perspective. But be aware that other parties have differing views and there has been a lot of discussion in online and forums.

The NZLA as an association has remained neutral on this issue. Some members have formed their own opinion and some have participated in the vote.

Hamish Atkinson Mander Trust Canterbury Yachtie of the Year

Our own Canterbury Master Radial Sailor Hamish Atkinson has won the 2010/2011 Mader Trust Canterbury dinghy sailor of the year, and gone on to win the major trophy of Mander Trust Canterbury Yachtie of the year.
Nice job Hamish - great to have a Laser sailor winning overall.

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