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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.

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

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