Laser News

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

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

Andy Maloney's ISAF World Champs wrap up

Hey Everyone!
I have just finished competing in my first ISAF World Champs. It was an amazing regatta to be a part of, it was a huge event!
Click to read my update from the regatta .
Thanks to everyone for their support, I am looking forward to a holiday over the Christmas period, but am already excited for next year! The 2012 Worlds are only 5 months away which is pretty cool and I have the NZ Nationals and Sail Auckland both coming up at the end of Jan.

Ed: Andy also points out some great Laser sailing video especially between minutes 4 and 16.

Miranda Powrie's ISAF World Champs wrap up

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

Carbon Laser Top Sections

One fairly comprehensive viewpoint on the recently trialled Carbon Laser Top Sections by Rob Kothe at

NZ Results at 2011 Sail Melbourne

We had top 10 finishes from Sarah Winther, Miranda Powrie, Andy Maloney and Josh Junior at the 2011 Sail Melbourne - 7th - 12th November.

Good form from Miranda in Melbourne.

All NZ results and blog links here;

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.

Laser Design Rights Revert to Bruce Kirby

The Laser design rights have reverted back to Bruce Kirby from Global Sailing. And Bruce hopes to work to get the builders back on track and resolve the dispute that arose around these design rights. It remains to be seen whether this really does resolve the issue, but best of luck to Bruce.

See this sail-world article for more;

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