Laser News

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

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.

2012 NZLA Chairman’s Report

The past season has again been successful for the class both locally and internationally.
From a successful Nationals at Worser Bay, excellent results for our open sailors on the world stage, an extremely successful Masters Worlds for our sailors in Brisbane to the amazing coverage from the Olympics it has been an interesting season.
Congratulations to Scott Leith for his second defence of his Apprentice Masters Radial World title and to Mark Orams (Radial Masters) and Mike Keeton (Radial Grand Masters) on their successes in Brisbane.  I would also like to specifically congratulate Andrew Murdoch for his strong showing in the Olympics. There were also many outstanding performances from our other top sailors at other international regattas including, Andy Maloney and San Meech in the open divisions and Pete Thomas’s 3rd in the Radial Grand Masters. This is again a reflection of the depth of our Laser fleet.
Our coaching initiatives continue and NZLA will continue to encourage and sponsor coaching this season and any club or group of Laser sailors should contact Bonnie, NZLA secretary, if they would like to arrange a coaching session.
The Nationals at Worser Bay were a success, with the at times challenging conditions for which Wellington is justly renowned making for exciting sailing for all. The reach back home on the first day was one to remember. Planning for the Nationals at Napier is well advanced and we again look forward to large fleets competing in all divisions.  Sail Auckland at Akarana was a success and they will again host the regatta this year.
On an international organisational level the uncertainty with the class builders in the Northern Hemisphere unfortunately continues. We hope that these issues are able to be resolved satisfactorily between the class and manufacturers and the future production of the class continues world wide without disruption. There have been distributor changes in NZ but we continue to enjoy good support for the class from the dealers.
We have unfortunately seen little progress with the challenges identified last year including our desire to increase the popularity of the class for women sailors at all levels and also arrest the decrease in the standard rig open fleet. We have canvassed some ideas in these areas but will continue to seek ideas to strengthen the fleet in both these areas.
Financially we enjoyed another successful season and the association remains in very good financial health.
I would like to thank all our committee for their input this year, with special mention of Mike Knowsley who continues to do a fantastic job in managing our website and Bonnie for her work as class secretary.
We have some new members on the committee but are always keen to see new blood so please let me know if you are interested.
If anyone would like to propose or discuss any Laser issue you are always welcome to contact me or any member of the committee via the NZLA website e mail contacts
Thanks and looking forward to seeing many of you at regattas this season.
Nick Page
Chairman NZLA

Andrew Murdoch Photos 2012 Olympics

Photographer: Carlo Borlenghi

More images at

NZL Lasers at the 2012 Olympic Games

It's coming down to the wire now for our Olympic reps Sara Winther and Andrew Murdoch.
They are already pretty unique - Olympic Athletes - the pinnacle of our sport.
Our very best hopes and wishes for this final step in that long journey.

Both Mens and Womens events follow the same calendar from first race on the 30th of July to the medal race on the 6th of August.

The official Olympic Sailing site

The full Olympic sailing calendar at

Andy Maloney Update - Bronze at Kiel then on to an Extreme 40 cat

Hi everyone,

This is a fairly late update due to having poor internet connections at all of our latest hotels and accommodation here in Europe. I wrote this update a few days after the Kiel Regatta finished (end of June). Click on the link below to see how I finished up Kiel Week, and what we have been up to for the last few weeks...

Since that is a late update, I can give a brief update here on the last 2 weeks;

I had the awesome opportunity to join the Oman Air team in Porto, Portugal for the 4th Act of the Extreme Sailing Series. It was a completely different type of sailing to what I have ever done before, and I learned heaps while having a great time with a good group of guys. Besides the fact that the X40 racing takes place on 40 foot catamarans (a bit different to a Laser!), it was also raced inside the river in Porto resulting in very exciting close quarter racing. One of the awesome things about the event was the thousands of spectators that lined the river banks to watch and literally cheer the teams on, it was sailing like I had never experienced before! The team taught me so much in a short amount of time, and managed to come away with 3rd for the event. The next event is at the end of August in Cardiff, UK, and the team will be looking to improve on our performance in Porto. Here is a short video wrap up for the event in Porto, it gives you a good idea of the kind of racing that the X40's do!

I have now just arrived back in Weymouth, UK, to do a week and a half of training with Andrew before he competes at the Olympics in 12 days time. I'm looking forward to the week ahead, and hope to push Andrew hard this next week and get in the best possible position to win the Gold in 2 weeks time.

Thanks for everyone's support!
I'll update in a few weeks time when I return to New Zealand,

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