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All the news that's fit to print for New Zealand Laser sailors.

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

Andy Maloney and Sam Meech 1st and 3rd at Princess Sofia

The 2013 seasons first big European regatta, the Princess Sofia Regatta in Mallorca was a brilliant start for the NZL Laser men. Andy Maloney's two bullets in the two medal races eased him past the leading Aussie, Tom Buton who OCS'd in the last race.
Sam Meech was third and Thomas Saunders 15th in the 119 boat fleet.

Andrew Murdoch and Josh Junior were  7th and 8th in the 72 strong Finn fleet.

All Results

Andy's latest wrap up and links below.

Hey Everyone!

Racing here in Palma at the first European stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup of 2013 has just wrapped up, and I am happy to come away with the win after having an awesome final day racing with two wins!

Here is a link to my blog where there is an update from the week of competition;

I have also created a short video update with some highlights of our NZL Laser team's adventure to Palma over the past few weeks, and the racing over the last week. It can be viewed by clicking on the following link;

I am looking forward to a week off the water and then getting back into it in the build up to the next event in Hyeres, France.

Thanks for all of the continued support,

IC347 - ISAF Sailing World Cup Events Now Require Country Flags on Sails

Please Note: This information applies only to Laser Standard and Laser Radial sailors intending to take part in any upcoming ISAF Sailing World Cup event or the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Please circulate this notice to your sailors and coaches who may be attending these events.   
ISAF Announces Country Flag Requirement for Olympic Classes in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas
Sailors in the Laser Standard and Laser Radial divisions at all upcoming ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas will be required to display a country flag decal on each side of their sails.

Andy Maloney's 2013 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Report

An interesting report from Andy Maloney battling at the front of the Standard Laser fleet at the 2013 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland regatta run by Akarana YC.

All results at:

NZL Lasers at Sail Melbourne & Sail Sydney

A great result for Sam Meech to wind the Open Lasers at Sail Sydney, holding off world #1 Austraia's Tom Burton.
With Andy Maloney 5th and Thomas Saunders 8th.

Another standout performance was Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech who one the 49erFX skiff at both Sail Melbourne and Sail Sydney. The 49erFX is the new womens skiff for the Brazil Olympics.

All NZL Laser results from both regattas below.

2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup / Sydney (Sail Sydney)
YNZ Report
NZ Results


  • 1st Sam Meech
  • 5th Andy Maloney
  • 8th Thomas Saunders
  • 20th George Lane
  • 21st Andrew McKenzie
  • 22nd Sam McKenzie
  • 24th Jack Collinson
  • 25th Matthew Kempkers
  • 26th Michael Cate

2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup / Melbourne (Sail Melbourne) 
YNZ Report

NZ Results


  • 6th Thomas Saunders
  • 14th Andrew McKenzie
  • 15th Michael Cate
  • 21st George Lane
  • 23rd Sam McKenzie
  • 24th Jack Collinson

Laser Radial

  • 7th Susannah Pyatt
  • 14th Laura Lowther

Laser Radial Men

  • 6th Cullen Le Roy
  • 18th Jacob Miller

IC333 - ILCA World Council Meeting Summary Nov 2012

The report from the IC333 - ILCA World Council Meeting Summary November 17-18, 2012 can be read here.

Some important points in the report;

  • 2013 schedule is now set with contracts in place with each of the event organizers. Oman will host three championships including the Masters' and Senior in November and the Radial Youth Worlds over the Christmas holidays in December
  • The inclusion of a GGM Standard division at the 2013 Masters' Worlds was provisionally approved pending final approval before the end of the year
  • 2013 Women's Radial Worlds are scheduled for Rizhao City, China in September
  • 2013 4.7 and Under-21 Standard Worlds in Hungary in July
  • September, 2014 ISAF will hold the Sailing World Championships in Santander, Spain, which will serve as the Senior and Women's Worlds for that year
  • 2014 Radial Men and Youth Worlds in Poland July
  • 2014 4.7 Worlds in Japan in August 9-15
  • 2014 Masters' Worlds will be in Hyeres, France on September 20-30

Minutes of the 2012 NZ Laser Association AGM

See attached Minutes of the 2012 NZ Laser Association AGM.
Thanks to all those who attended and to new comittee members Sam Meech, Andy Maloney, Ken Atchison and Mike Keeton.

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