Laser News

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

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.

Postcard from San Francisco - Final day Laser 4.7 World Champs

Sailing a Laser on the last day of the Laser 4.7 Worlds was a bit like hitting yourself on the head with a hammer felt so good when you stopped!

Images at

Guten Tag
This Postcard comes by way of Munich as we head for the Splash Worlds in Czech.
The last day held lots of promise for the Kiwi Team, everything to sail for ....and everything to let slip away,

NZL Results at 2011 Laser Radial Youth Worlds

The Laser Radail Youth Worlds ran at La Rochelle, France from 24th to 31st July.
No new reports from this regatta, but NZL results were;

  • Michael Cate 18th - Gold Fleet (including 2 x 1st's, a 2nd 4th and 6th)
  • Alexander Dyet 20th - Gold (incl 2 x 1sts a 3rd and 7th)
  • James Roberts 90th - Silver
  • Jack Collinson 121st - Silver
  • Mathew Kempkers 41st under 17 and 159th overall - Bronze

Regatta site results & reports
Day 6 report at

Postcard from San Francisco - Penultimate day Laser 4.7 World Champs

"Many that are first shall be last, and those that are last shall be first" Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke
Kia Ora from San Francisco, enough of the Hippy stuff....
The Boys Fleets were divided today, all the Kiwis made the Gold fleet and we had first start after the Girls raced, starting at 2pm.
A beautiful day, warm and sunny, lighter winds early, forecast to be stronger at 17 to 22 knots but stayed under that but quite shifty with Max Flood current at 12.30pm.

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