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2013 Oman Laser Standard Mens World Champs Results

The 2013 Laser Standard Mens World Champs was sialed from the 17th to 23rd November in Mussanah Sports City in Oman.
From the daily reports it sounded like a very shifty and dificult regatta.

The final places for the NZL team was;

  • Andy Maloney 11th
  • Sam Meech 13th
  • Thomas Saunders 22nd
  • Michael Cate 39th
  • George Lane 42nd

The regatta was one Brazlian Robert Scheidt - a remarkable return to the Laser class from the 41 year old. Confirming his position as the Laser classes most successful sailor.

Full results and reports at;

2013 South Island Laser Champs in Nelson

The South Island Laser Champs are at Nelson Yacht Club on 14th & 15th December 2013.
The same venue as the national champs in January, so a great warmup.


Laser Radial Womens Worlds in China

It was a game of 2 halves for Sara Winther at the 2013 Womens Radial Worlds in Rizhao China.
After 6 qualifying races, including a 2nd and two 3rds she was in 2nd place in the gold fleet. Then more mixed results in the 6 final races saw here drop back to 19th overall.

Rachel Basevi also scored her best results in the first half to make the Gold fleet and finish 32nd overall.

Susannah Pyatt finished 9th in the Silver fleet getting two 2nds at the start of the final 6 races.

All results at:

Mackay Boats takes over NZ Laser distribution

Silverdale company Mackay Boats has taken over the distribution of Lasers in New Zealand on behalf of PSA in Australia.
Mackays replaces the previous distributor Fyran boats.

Mackays are well known to the dinghy sailing community as builders and distributors of the 49er, 49erFX, 29er, 470, 420 and Starling.

At this stage the sole NZ Laser retailer is The Boat Shed at Takapuna, and Mackays hopes to work with The Boat Shed to create an online retail site to service Laser gear.

Closing of the Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club 50th Jubilee Celebrations

Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club (PLSC) was founded 50 years ago on 14th August 1963 and was known then as the Panmure Lagoon Aquatic Club, its aim was and still is, to promote yachting and to instruct young people in the handling of boats. The Club regularly offers Laser and Optimist training sessions to the public to introduce them to sailing. 
PLSC enjoyed last weekend the closing ceremony of its Jubilee celebrations.The celebrations started in March this year with a dinner attended by old and current members at the Waipuna Conference Centre followed by a well attended RSA Laser regatta with just under 50 boats.  We had sailors coming all the way from Melbourne, Taipa, Lake Ngaroto and many Clubs around Auckland. Last Sunday 17th August, 20 boats came down to race and to celebrate the Club’s 50th birthday.
For more information on our club, please consult our website

Update from Andy Maloney - August 2013

Hi Everyone!

I have just spent the last two weeks training in Rio for the first time in the Laser. It was an awesome experience learning about the 2016 Olympic venue and training with other top Olympic Laser sailors from all over the world.

I am now in San Francisco, about to begin the next month of adventure which is the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. Read my quick blog update 'Rio - "It's never like this"...' on the past two weeks in Rio and the month to come here in San Francisco! The link is below, be sure to click 'read more' to get the full story...

Thanks for all of the continued support!

Update from Andy Maloney

Hi Everyone,

My 100-day stint overseas is over, arriving home yesterday after a very long plane trip! The time spent competing overseas in Oman, Europe and the UK the past 100 days has been invaluable and a great success. Here is the link to a quick blog update with a short summary of my overseas adventure, and what my next plans are; (be sure to click 'Full Story' to read the update)

Thanks for all of the continued support. The help from my suppliers and partners is very much appreciated, and the messages of encouragement and congratulations from all of you guys goes a long way!


Delta Lloyd Regatta 2013 - Bronze for Andy Maloney and 5th for Sam Meech

Andy Maloney won the medal race to grab bronze at the 2012 Delta Lloyd Regatta at Medemblik, in the Netherlands. Sam Meech also finished strongly to get 5th. Olivia and Jo won their medal race and the regatta in the 470 womens, and Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox got silver in the mens 470.
The regatta site has reports and results.
Sail World has a good wrap of the NZ efforts.
And a report from Andy Malony below ...

Another event here in Europe has just wrapped up. I finished the Delta Lloyd regatta with a bronze medal, after a week of sailing in a range of conditions, some fairly extreme!

Read my update on how the event went here:

Be sure to click on the "Delta Lloyd Regatta 2013 - Bronze!.." post to read the full story.

Keep up to date more regularly during with short posts during events on my facebook page;

Thank you for the continued support!

Results from Hyeres

The final standings for out Laser Men at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres.
Andy Maloney and Sam Meech still at the sharp end of things in a regatta that saw the return of Robert Scheidt to Lasers, claiming a 2nd.

7. Andy Maloney
12. Sam Meech
23. Thomas Saunders
50. Andrew McKenzie
91. Michale Cate
107. Jack Collinson

And a regatta wrap from Andy Maloney

Hey everyone!

The latest ISAF World Cup event wrapped up a few days ago in Hyeres, on the South coast of France. Check out my quick blog update on the event here; (be sure to click 'full story' to read the update)

I am now in Lake Garda, Italy! A week of fitness and getting mentally refreshed will be followed by a week of competing in the Garda Olympic Week. Another great fleet is registered for what is sure to be an intense competition.

Thanks for the continued support!

Laser Class Changing to Torch Class?

You may be aware of the long running builders dispute between the designer Bruce Kirby and LaserPerformance (the builder and supplier of Lasers into UK, Europe and North America) over the non-payment of design royalties.
In the latest phase of that dispute Bruce Kirby in conjunction with Performance Sailcraft Australia and two new builders in the US and Europe have announced they are converting operations to produce exactly the same boat under a new brand name the 'Torch'.

A positive aspect is that Bruce Kirby and PSA's clearly stated motivation is to break a legal deadlock and reenable the worldwide production and supply of exactly the same boat as we are all sailing now - albeit under a different name.  

While the eventual outcome of the dispute still remains far from clear to us, particularly on an International and Olympic basis, what is clear is that locally we will all be able to continue to purchase equipment for and enjoy competing in the best one design fleet in NZ and the world.

So while the Titans battle over the spoils lets just do our thing and keep doing what we have always done, enjoy sailing a great boat, and once the dust settles we will hopefully emerge with clear direction and a reinvigorated Class that will provide the platform for next 40 years.

Nick Page

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