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

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;

Clarification on the Laser Design Rights Rule Change from the ILCA President

Dear Laser friends,
Next Friday September 23 is the deadline for the vote on the fundamental rule change. The importance of this rule change triggered a lot of discussions between the Laser sailors and on the different web forums. These discussions were very healthy and contributed to a better understanding of all the different issues involved. Personally, I kept a certain restraint in order to allow an as free discussion as possible. For those who want to refresh their memories on the reasons of the rule change can go to .
During the last few weeks, however, a certain number of issues were brought up, which need clarifications: ...

Advice on funding & support for Laser Sailors

Our chariman Nick Page has written a comprehensive summary of the available funding & support for Laser sailors

Hamish Atkinson Mander Trust Canterbury Yachtie of the Year

Our own Canterbury Master Radial Sailor Hamish Atkinson has won the 2010/2011 Mader Trust Canterbury dinghy sailor of the year, and gone on to win the major trophy of Mander Trust Canterbury Yachtie of the year.
Nice job Hamish - great to have a Laser sailor winning overall.

Andy Maloney wins the 2011 Cork OCR in Canada

Andy Maloney won 5 of 9 races for a clear win at the 2011 Cork OCR regatta in Kingston Canada. He 8 net points clear of 2nd place Chris Dold (CAN) and 19 point ahead of Andys travelling partner Clay Dold (USA). He had no races outside the top 10 in the 47 boat fleet at the ISAF Grade 1 event. 

Full results

Andys trip continues on to San Francisco for some training before the Perth Worlds at the end of the year.

Keep up with Andy's activity & plans at

4 cubes for New Zealand at the 2011 Laser Masters Worlds


The 2011 Laser Masters Worlds has finished up in San Francisco with New Zealanders Scott Leith and Ed Tam first and second in the Apprentice Radials, and James Quinn and Mark Page also getting cubes.

The Masters were hosted by a very up market but friendly and well organised St Francis Yacht club on the city shoreline between the CBD and the Golden Gate Bridge. Naturally the backdrop was stunning. But while the sailors enjoyed the famous San Francisco sea breeze it was really all about the tide.

Andrew Murdoch 4th at Weymouth Olympic Test Event

With a 9 and 2 on the penultimate day Andrew Murdoch lead into the final days medal race at the Olympic test event in Weymouth, just one point ahead of Australian Tom Slingsby. But the double points format meant a 7th in the medal race dropped Andrew to 4th behind Tom Slingsby,  Rutger van Scaardenburg and Paul Goodison.

A frustrating end for Andrew, but his performance across the regatta looks like it's just where he wants it a year out from the Olympics.

Sara Winther finished 22nd in the radial.

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